A Network Approach to Engagement

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A Network Approach to Engagement

  1. 1. Acknowledgements Office of the Vice-President Research Office of the Vice-Provost Teaching & Learning Special Advisor, Aboriginal Initiatives Task Force on Community-Based Research Task Force on Undergraduate Research University Learning Centre Contact Information Laura Zink (Interim Contact) Special Projects and Operations, Office of the Vice-President Research University of Saskatchewan 107 Administration Place, Saskatoon SK S7N 5A2 Telephone: 306-966-1778 Email: [email_address] A Network Approach to Engagement Tools for Knowledge Mobilization <ul><li>The Concept – Community Engagement (CE) Hu b </li></ul><ul><li>A collaboration of 3 U of S units with responsibility for community engagement activities: </li></ul><ul><li>The Hub provides: </li></ul><ul><li>the first stop or storefront for all CE activities </li></ul><ul><li>increased visibility of CE activities </li></ul><ul><li>a coordinating structure to address opportunities and mitigate procedural barriers </li></ul>Enhancing Existing College-based CE Capacity – Network Approach Governance - Balanced U of S and Community voice <ul><li>Background to KMb </li></ul><ul><li>Location: Community Engagement Hub, Office of the Vice-President Research </li></ul><ul><li>Mandate: To facilitate and support partnerships between the University and Community around research and learning by: </li></ul><ul><li>facilitating every community’s interest in partnering with the U of S </li></ul><ul><li>encouraging broad engagement of faculty </li></ul><ul><li>expanding student learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>leading in the scholarship and practice of community-engaged research and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Funding: University Academic Priority Fund. Five-year pilot. </li></ul><ul><li>Services at the University of Saskatchewan: </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership Development: </li></ul><ul><li>Brokering U of S / Community connections </li></ul><ul><li>Seed grants for community-based research </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance in developing grant proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Student Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum development assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for Community Service Learning initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Student development and training workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Student community-engagement showcase </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement and Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty training and mentorship </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Library / data warehouse of research and learning activities </li></ul><ul><li>Community Fellowships for external partners </li></ul><ul><li>Communication across pre-existing forums and units </li></ul><ul><li>Champion and advocate for community engagement </li></ul>List of Key Local Partners United Way Saskatoon English River First Nations Business Centre Station 20 West U of S Colleges and Centres U of S Offices for Aboriginal Initiatives, Advancement, Teaching & Learning, and Research University Learning Centre U of S Background Materials Task Force: Comm.-Based Research, Recommendations (2010) Task Force: Undergraduate Research, Recommendations (2010) Zink, L. Community-University Partnership Mechanisms (2009) Zink L., Background Paper on Undergraduate Research (2010) Network Approach to Community-Engaged Research and Learning <ul><li>The goal of the network approach is to capitalize on and enhance existing college/centre and community relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>the Hub is a “service-only” and coordinating office </li></ul><ul><li>the Hub works with existing U of S forums and networks to share best practices, identify partners and develop cross-unit responses to community questions </li></ul><ul><li>CE research and student learning opportunities are developed as core activities of colleges and centres </li></ul><ul><li>The Advisory Board: </li></ul><ul><li>provides input into the Hub’s mandate and activities </li></ul><ul><li>advises on emerging opportunities or issues </li></ul><ul><li>champions and promotes CE activities </li></ul>

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