Engage Western opens doors to campus-community collaboration

Western University will bring together campus representatives, the London community and special guests to talk campus-community collaboration on Friday, November 28.

For the second year, Engage Western will provide a forum to share perspectives and stories about the ways academic institutions partner with community organizations to share resources, create knowledge, and contribute to the well-being of the communities in which they are situated.

“Engage Western celebrates partnerships between Western and the London community,” said Anne-Marie Fischer, Community Engaged Learning Coordinator – Curricular Programs at Western. “It’s important that we have ongoing dialogue about how we can work together for the mutual benefit of the community and university and find new opportunities to collaborate.”

The event opens with a panel discussion on Community Engaged Learning, a program where partnerships are facilitated for the mutual benefit of students and community organizations. Panel participants include:

  • Dr. Joel Faflak – Director, School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities (SASAH) at Western
  • Dr. Abe Oudshorn – Assistant Professor & Year 4 Coordinator, Collaborative Nursing Program at Western
  • Carolyn Young – Director, Continuing Studies at Western
  • Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic – Associate Professor, School of Health Studies at Western

The panel discussion will be followed by roundtable discussions of successful community-university partnerships.

A keynote address will be provided by Paul Born, President of the Tamarack Institute, an organization dedicated to providing leadership in Canada on issues of citizen engagement, collaborative leadership and community innovation.

What: Engage Western
When: Friday, November 28 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Panel Discussion at 9:00am)
Where: Mustang Lounge West, University Community Centre, Western University

More information about Engage Western, including a detailed agenda, speaker biographies and online registration is available at http://engagewestern2014.eventbrite.ca

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Ledgley, Senior Media Relations Officer, 519-661-2111, ext. 85283, sledgley@uwo.ca