Community Engagement (CE) is a key component of the Faculty of Education’s Strategic Plan. The goal is to “make vital, ethical, and sustained contributions to social and economic well-being by engaging communities in research, learning, and debate about community issues of concern.” A CE Working Group was formed in October 2012. You can read about the key areas we planned to explore in both the discussion paper and our background paper.
The first task of the Working Group was to begin mapping CE in the Faculty. We wanted to learn about and represent the diverse CE activities of faculty that are locally, nationally, internationally based, no matter the size, focus or goal. To that end, we invited faculty to tell the story of their CE activity in various ways through the website (tweeting, narratives, questionnaires) and in person (index cards at faculty meetings and events, informal meetings, interviews). That process is ongoing and as the stories are collected, they are featured on this website in a number of formats.
In addition to gathering information from faculty members we are also interested in collecting stories, reports, case studies and even videos (with permissions) from the perspective of community partners. Faculty are also invited to post academic articles and other publications about community engaged research and approaches under Research and Resources. We are also providing a list of funding opportunities.
Rather than begin with a specific definition of CE, the mapping project was also intended to help define CE for our faculty in our own terms. As many of you know, CE is part of UBC’s Place and Promise: “UBC exists for the communities it serves: local, provincial, national, and global. An integral part of those communities, the University enters into relationships where decisions about means and ends are made collaboratively, costs and benefits are shared, and learning is reciprocal.” We have begun to collect CE definitions which you can explore here.
Our mapping project has evolved into a multi-faceted celebration of community engagement, what we are calling Storying with Our Communities, Community Engaged Scholarship in the Faculty of Education. We will continue to update this page as the project evolves.
If you would like to add your community engagement to this site or provide a CE definition, please let us know.
This project originated in the Faculty of Education with a group of scholars interested in community engagement. The Working Group was formed in October 2012 and is comprised of faculty from all departments, units and centres, along with staff and students. The steering committee for this project includes: Mark Edwards, Shauna Butterwick, and Hartej Gill. Working group members, both past and present are listed below. The Working Group meets once a month and all are welcome. See Events for more information.