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Complex social, political, and economic issues such as poverty, environmental sustainability, political instability, infectious disease, homelessness, and unemployment require equally complex, creative, innovative, and multi-disciplinary action. Creating interconnections across contemporary issues such as these requires knowledge and skills on a practical and scholarly level, social and biophysical approaches, attention to humans and other species, and an understanding of policy regimes and the work of local practitioners.

The vision for a School for Civil Society and Engagement at the University of Guelph seeks to bring together this expertise, and to develop and support rich partnerships to explore and actively address relevant issues in local and international contexts. The school will focus on the development of deep learning processes, modes for reflection, and the teaching of new skills and knowledge that would see civil society actors, students, and faculty engage for change.

Building Blocks of Civil Society