Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies has a long history of facilitating successful community engaged learning opportunities. Recently we have been working with our long-time community collaborators on the design of a Research to Social Action (R2SA) Hub meant to formalize, facilitate, and strengthen the relationships among UCalgary, community partners, and policy makers with the goal of effecting tangible, positive social change in the Calgary community. Our community engaged learning approach is an essential component of R2SA Hub and we are investigating the best ways to ensure these learning opportunities have a positive impact in our community and result in transformative, enriching learning experiences for our students. We will discuss the development of the R2SA Hub model and the protocols and guidelines we have begun to develop in partnership with our faculty, students, and community partners.
By the end of this session, participants will gain:
- A knowledge of community partners' perceptions regarding academic partnerships and the roles of students.
- An understanding of student roles in the community in the context of undergraduate placements and concrete ideas for the improvement of community-university relationships.
- The development of application strategies to support students engaging in a critical, transformative learning approach in the community
Please Note: Coffee and tea will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch