Review of Existing University and Other Programs

working group

Convenor: Jennifer Ball


  • Determine whether existing university programs offer what the School of Civil Society proposes in combining the three areas of civic engagement, community engaged scholarship, and a local/global focus
  • Review existing university programs, particularly in North America but also internationally, and highlight innovative approaches to operationalizing any one or combination of the three focus areas – civic engagement, community engaged scholarship, and the local/global connections.


  • Primarily internet-based research, complimented with key publications, utilizing a list of universities, programs, and organizations as a guide, including:
    • TALLORIES Network (Tufts University)
    • AUCEA: Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance
    • CLAYSS: Latin American Centre for Service Learning
    • Ma’an Arab University Alliance for Civic Engagement
    • Asia-TALLOIRES Network of Engaged Universities (ATNEU)
    • GACER (Global Alliance on Community Engaged Research)
    • UVic, Carlton, UQAM, UBC (SCARP Program), St. Francis Xavier (history of the Antigonish Movement), University of Alberta
    • Living Knowledge Network (Science Shop)
    • IDS (UK) (Knowledge Mobilization & Transfer)
    • SIG (Social Innovation Group)
    • MaRS (Toronto)
    • Conrad Grebel University College (University of Waterloo)
    • Centre for Social Innovation (University of Waterloo)
    • UCLA, Stanford University, John Hopkins University

The following outputs and resources are available as PDFs (left side-bar):

  • Objectives and Strategies
  • Final Report


Re-imagining the role of the university bottom arrow

Dialogue goals

  • Broaden and deepen our and thinking on the meaning of civil society
  • Explore the linkages between the universities and civil society sectors
  • Engage university and civil society constituents in a process of imagining how the University of Guelph can move in a direction of greater engagement

Building Blocks of Civil Society