CESI Invites Collaborations With New, Past, and Current Community Partners

Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Written by Calla McLachlan

Although our physical office is closed due to COVID-19, CESI remains as active as ever! All staff are working remotely, and our program areas are continuing to operate virtually. During this stage of remote work, CESI continues to explore new and ongoing partnerships with community organizations to collaboratively tackle community research questions.

Both the Research Shop and the Community Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) program continue to work on collaborative community research projects. In the Research Shop, student researchers work with local organizations in the non-profit and public sectors to meet community-identified research needs on a mutually agreed-upon timeline. The Research Shop currently has availability for mid to late Fall projects and Winter 2021 projects. The CETL program facilitates collaboration between community partners, instructors, and students who perform collaborative research within graduate and undergraduate courses (typically over one or two semesters). Some academic programs are working within reduced courseloads, however CETL staff are still happy to connect to learn about partnership needs for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester as well as future semesters

CESI is also open to projects that fall outside of these program areas. For example, our Responsive Research program provides timely and flexible support for community engagement needs on and off campus that do not fit into our other programs. We also have the Guelph Lab, which brings together municipal, community, and university expertise to address challenges that have direct impact and relevance to the community.

If you are a community organization with a research question you would like to explore, or a need for research support, please contact us to explore whether your project would be a good fit for one of our programs. For general inquiries, contact cesi@uoguelph.ca. For program-specific inquiries, find contact information on CESI's staff page.

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