Can Campus-Community Partnerships change Policy

Submitted by Liz Weaver on July 26, 2016 - 12:50am

Four cross-community hubs:poverty, food security, environment and violence against women, will be exploring how the power of the academic campus can become a force for social change.

Carleton University officially launched the Communities First:  Impacts of Community Engagement (CF:ICE) project on February 4th in Ottawa with a panel exploring the policy implications of a food secure Canada. 

Vibrant Communities Canada is the co-chair of the Poverty Hub, one of four hubs exploring how the community and campus can more effectively work together to drive social change.  The first four years of this project will explore the dynamics of the campus-community relationship, uncovering those elements that both facilitate and provide barriers to enhancing access and support community change efforts. 

The other hubs include Community Food Security, Community Environmental Sustainability and Violence against Women.  Working alongside each of these pragmatic hubs is a Knowledge Management Hub which is designed to capture and disseminate the learning widely amongst project and community stakeholders. 

At Vibrant Communities, we have engaged our local partners in Waterloo, Hamilton, Saint John and Calgary to explore local policy change initiatives in collaboration with their college and university partners.  More details about these projects will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. 

Also, watch this space for links to a survey about campus-community connections.  We are looking for your perspectives about how this relationship happens and the opportunities to make it even more effective.