Engage Western conference brings together campus and community

Western University will bring together delegates from campus and community to discuss the role of the university in public life and ways academic institutions partner with their communities to mobilize knowledge and create positive social change.

Engage Western takes place on Thursday, November 14 and opens with a panel discussion on community-university engagement, featuring experts from the university and local community, including:

– Dr. Martin Taylor, Community Based Research Canada
– Dr. Cheryl Forchuk, Lawson Research Institute
– Maureen Spencer-Golovchenko, Pillar Nonprofit Network
– Dr. Belinda Leach, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship at University of Guelph
– Rick Ezekiel, The Student Success Centre at Western

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

“Engage Western is an opportunity to look at the many existing connections between the local community and various groups and individuals at Western, and to discover new ways we can work together to have positive social, cultural, educational and economic impact,” said Amit Chakma, Western’s President & Vice-Chancellor.
What: Engage Western
When: Thursday, November 14 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Panel Discussion at 9:45am)
Where: Mustang Lounge West, University Community Centre, Western University
Following Engage Western, a special event Stories of Health at Western will take place at 6:30pm at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library (Central Branch). This public storytelling initiative and community-engaged research project is the collaborative effort of the Public Humanities at Western, the Narrative Medicine Initiative at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and London Health Sciences Centre.
Engage Western is presented by Western’s Student Success Centre and the Public Humanities at Western as part of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s Open Doors, Open Knowledge national campaign of events on the theme of university-community engagement, taking place at universities across the country in November.
More information about Engage Western, including a detailed agenda, speaker biographies and online registration is available at www.engagewestern.eventbrite.ca.