Events and Activities
Designing the school for civil society
More information about the engagement activities can be found by clicking on the activity name on the left side-bar.
Short conversations with various international development faculty, community engaged faculty and students; early conversations with university partners
Envisioning a School for Civil Society dialogue held with 25 campus stakeholders from across colleges to encourage critical and rich discussion about opportunities and obstacles in the University responding to ideas around civil society.
The campus wide Dialogue on Civil Society challenged just under 100 participants to re-envision undergraduate education, to identify knowledge and skills needed by civil society organizations, and to move to meet both local and global challenges. Speakers included President Alastair Summerlee, Paul Davidson (AUCC), and Dr. Budd Hall, Secretary to the Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research and holder of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.
Catalyst Team engaged: small group of campus leaders with expertise in engagement, international development and planning, design further strategies and process, and elicit support from additional stakeholders. Key methods for eliciting stakeholder input, scans, reviews and vision for new pedagogy, international development, community engagement developed.
Additional convenors to host conversations and provide input in a variety of areas engaged. Website developed to engage stakeholders beyond convening working groups.
- Conceptualizing Civil Society
- Exploring Pedagogy
- Arts-based Learning Strategies
- Practitioner Provocateurs
- Review of Existing University and Other Programs
- International Development Students and Faculty
- Undergraduate Engagement
- Complex Initiatives
- Local Youth Engagement by 10 Carden
Key individuals are meeting with the Catalyst Team to provide their own vision for what a school might look like – including University PresidentAlastair Summerlee and other administrators, the UNESCO Chairs on Community-based Research and Social Responsibility of Higher Education Rajesh Tandon and Budd Hall, the Mayor of Guelph Karen Farbridge and several more. Content experts are being engaged to provide additional advice in several areas. Click here to for interview transcripts and Wordles™.
Convenors meeting: bringing together the multiple lenses.
Community Consultation: bringing together voices from the community.
End of formal consultations. Identify directions, values, partners in the new school.
Incorporate directions, address structural issues of new school, engage in shaping new curriculum, fellowships, research endeavours, etc.
An open house was held on January 29th, 2013 to showcase the vision for the school for civil society and engagement. 62 members from the university and community attended the event, providing feedback on the progress and input for the proposal. Several posters outlining the process and progress to date are available here.
A proposal for the School for Civil Society and Engagement is now complete.