The Community Development Collaborative Program of the University of Toronto and the Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/University of Toronto) present
University-community partnerships: the case of the University of Toronto
Ben Liu, Coordinator, Service-Learning Programmes, Centre for Community Partnerships, University of Toronto
Tony Chambers, Associate Vice-Provost, Students and Assistant Professor, Theory and Policy Studies, OISE/UT
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
In the past few years, there has been a convergence of the University’s Stepping Up Plan, the National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE), and the efforts of the City of Toronto and United Way to build strong and safe communities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Guided by Stepping UP, the Poverty by Postal Code document, and the report of the Strong Neighborhoods Taskforce, the University of Toronto responded by creating the Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP). As part of the portfolio of the Deputy Provost/Vice-Provost, Students, the CCP is playing an increasingly important role in enhancing student engagement, advancing pedagogical innovation, strengthening university-community relations, and developing cross-disciplinary learning opportunities. This presentation will present some of the recent initiatives of the CCP and Vice-Provost’s Office, with a particular focus on community-based learning and research, and community development and capacity-building.