2021 CESI Summer Intensive in Critical Community Engaged Scholarship

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The CESI Summer Intensive in Critical Community Engaged Scholarship is a week-long training and knowledge exchange opportunity for researchers aiming to expand their knowledge and skills in critical community engaged scholarship (CCES) and integrated knowledge mobilization (KMb). Participants may include faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, instructors, graduate students, and community-based researchers. Through presentations, interactive workshops, panels, and critical dialogue, participants learn to plan and conduct ethical and sustainable community-university research and mobilize knowledge to achieve meaningful social change.


  • Develop your knowledge of the core principles and practices of critical community engaged and anti-oppressive research practices
  • Develop shared terminology, values and methodologies for your partnered projects. 
  • Apply CCES principles to your own research projects and partnerships. 
  • Increase your understanding and capacity to plan and conduct ethical, rigorous and impactful community engaged scholarship while reflecting on and integrating anti-oppressive and decolonizing approaches.

Content and delivery

The CESI Summer Intensive in CCES will be delivered online during the week of August 16, 2021. This year, registration is free of charge. Session formats include presentations with Q&A, participatory workshops, and panel discussions.

Core modules

These modules form the core curriculum of the intensive and build from the key principles of CESI’s approach to Critical Community Engaged Scholarship. Attendees must enroll in and attend all five core sessions to receive recognition of participation in this intensive.

Breakout Sessions

Additional (optional) modules will be offered covering a range of topics relevant to the practice of collaborative research. 

To register

To express interest in participating in the Summer Intensive, please complete this registration form by July 20, 2021. Your participation will be confirmed by the organizing committtee by the end of July.


Date Morning Session Afternoon Session
Monday, August 16th  

Core Module #1

Doing Impactful Research: Introduction to Critical Community Engaged Scholarship (CCES)

Tuesday, August 17th Breakout Sessions

Core Module #2

Doing Impactful Research: Integrated Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) and Community Engagement

Wednesday, August 18th

Open Space Breakout Sessions: Practical Considerations for Engaged Research 

Core Module #3

Two Eyed Seeing: Indigenous Research Methods

Thursday, August 19th

Breakout Sessions

Planning for Research Impact

Core Module #4

Moving Bravely Forward: Anti-Oppressive Practice and Critical Community Engaged Scholarship

Friday, August 20th  

Core Module #5

Community Expert Panel

*This schedule will be updated as more information about sessions and presenters is confirmed.

Core Modules

Doing Impactful Research: Introduction to Critical Community Engaged Scholarship (CCES)

The first module will introduce and explore the concept of critical community engaged scholarship. In this session, participants will define CCES, learn about how CCES principles can inform the collaborative research process, and gain insights through practical examples and stories of CCES partnerships. 

Doing Impactful Research: Integrated Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) and Community Engagement

This module will discuss the concept of integrated knowledge mobilization and explore links between KMb, community engagement processes, and CCES. Participants will learn about integrated KMb as a framework for engaging collaborators throughout the research process, ultimately leading to more relevant and impactful research and action.  

Two-Eyed Seeing: Indigenous Research Methods

Two-eyed seeing is a concept created by Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall to describe the process of learning to see using two knowledge systems, drawing on both to guide discovery and problem solving. Join Professors Deborah McGregor, Jeji Varghese, Robin Roth, and Dr. Ally Menzies to learn about Indigenous research methods and how to enact two-eyed seeing in research with Indigenous peoples. This module is hosted by the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership, a seven-year SSHRC partnership grant which strives to embody the principles of ethical space and two-eyed seeing in its approach to research and intercultural relationships.

Moving Bravely Forward: Anti-Oppressive Practice and Critical Community Engaged Scholarship

This module will take a deep dive into anti-oppression approaches for researchers interested in shifting the quality of the conversations toward greater authenticipty and inclusive practice. Through self-reflection, group discussion, and skills-based practice, participants will learn to:

  • Create a brave space to engage in critical conversations
  • Uncover and speak about social location, power, and privilege
  • Identify the varied forms of oppression in the community and learning environments
  • Interrupt oppressive behaviour

Community Expert Panel

The final module of the Intensive is a facilitated panel and critical dialogue in which community experts will discuss their perspectives and experiences as partners in critical community engaged scholarship and mobilizing knowledge for social change. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a variety of community leaders and apply these critical perspectives to their own research collaborations. 

*More information on community panelists coming soon

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