The 6th Annual Community Campus Connections event offers networking and learning through workshops.

The workshops are designed to promote discussion on the workshop topic area. Each workshop is driven by a community member and Carleton partner working in the subject area. Many co-leads have worked or are working together on a community-campus partnership.

There are two sets of workshops offered throughout the morning:

Concurrent Workshops A from 9:30am – 10:30am

A.1 Community Engaged Research to Improve Public Safety

Craig Bennell, Carleton University; Simon Baldwin, RCMP

This workshop will focus on how community engaged research can be used to improve public safety, where “community” is broadly defined to include not-for-profit, private-sector, and government organizations. Methods for facilitating academic-community research partnerships in this area will be explored, and the benefits and challenges associated with community engaged research will be discussed. In dealing with these issues, the facilitators of this workshop will draw on their own experiences of developing a research partnership.

A.2 Student & Community-led Health Promotion Activities

JC Caramillo, Carleton University; Nicole DiBiagio, Carleton Health and Counselling Services

This session will focus on how to facilitate the roles of students and community partners when students participate in health promotion activities in the community. Topics for discussion may include health promotion activities with post-secondary students, seniors, and others. Carleton is looking to generate ideas for future topics and effective methods to further engage post-secondary students in community-based health promotion initiatives.

A.3 Engaging Community in Addictions Research

Ariel Fuenzalida, Carleton University; Carol Wu, Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre

This session will provide an opportunity for an addiction researcher and community organizations together to explore opportunities and success stories.

A.4 Using 4th Year Engineering Projects to Design Cross-Disciplinary Solutions to Community Problems

Cheryl Schramm, Carleton University; Gerhard Bruins, Species Inc.

This session will present several undergraduate thesis projects done by 4th year engineering students that addressed community-identified needs. The diverse range of projects have cultivated creative partnerships between our engineering students and high school math teachers, beekeepers, biologists and visual artists. Community groups/individuals seeking to have students work on a project are invited to come to talk about their ideas for future projects.

A.5 The People’s Official Plan for Ottawa’s Climate Emergency: Seeking Grassroots Consensus on Climate Solutions and Mobilizing Informed Action on Municipal Decision-Making

Daniel Buckles, Carleton University; Emilie Frenier, Ecology Ottawa

This session will outline the current status of the People’s Official Plan, and brainstorm ways Carleton University can support efforts to build grassroots consensus on climate solutions and mobilize informed action on municipal decision-making. See for details.

A.6 Intervening in the Financialization of the Herongate Community

Josh Hawley, Herongate Tenant Coalition & Carleton University; Andy Crosby, Carleton University

The Herongate Tenant Coalition is working to organize residents in the neighbourhood known as Herongate, which is facing demolition from the corporate landlord. This session will discuss issues around gentrification, land dispossession, financialization as well as strategies of resistance.

A.7 Incubator session with the Sustainability Stakeholders Council of Ottawa

Jim Birtch, SSCO; Kevin Partridge, Carleton University; Deborah Conners, Carleton University

The Sustainability Stakeholders Council is seeking a brainstorming session to support the development of an appropriate governance structure.

A.8 Student Team Projects with Community Partners

John Milton, Carleton University

Many projects being considered by community groups and organizations are multi-disciplinary requiring teams of students with a diverse set of skills and topic expertise. Some students would also opt for such a team community experience rather than working as individuals. However, forming and managing teams can present challenges. In this workshop we will explore the opportunities team projects offer both community groups and students, and the challenges they present. The goal of the workshop is to produce a summary tip sheet listing the opportunities and challenges, and possible solutions. We will be using the river clean-up projects and other work initiated by the Riverkeeper in this workshop to tease out the challenges and opportunities.

A.9 Research Collaborations between Carleton University Researchers and the Native North American Travelling College (NNATC): Best Practices 

David Fadden and Sydney Jacobs, NNATC/Akwesasne; Kahente Horn Miller, Carleton University; Anna Hoefnagels, Carleton University

This session will showcase some of the collaborative research projects we’ve been working on and the connections made between the NNATC and Carleton, including having the NNATC Travel Troupe come to Carleton to give workshops and to host a Social.

A.10 From Campus to Community

Dwaine Taylor, Carleton University

The Student Experience Office provides support to faculty and community organizations seeking to partner and provide experiences for students. This session will explore how community partners can connect with faculty via the Student Experience Office and how faculty can leverage existing community partner relationships for course work.

A.11 Finding Funding for Community Engaged Research

Jackie Kennelly, Carleton University; United Way Eastern Ontario

Funding community-engaged research requires an innovative approach which can include both traditional academic funders (if approached in the right way) and community funding sources. This session will discuss the ins and outs of seeking funding.

A.12 Hub for Good: Introducing Carleton’s New Online Portal for Community Engagement

Laura McCaffrey, Carleton University; Leo Solano, Carleton University

In this session, you’ll learn about Carleton’s brand-new front door website, the Hub for Good—a centralized platform through which members of Carleton’s internal and external community can identify and engage partners in a wide range of opportunities. Learn about how the Hub works and participate in an in-depth discussion about how it can support your community engagement and partnership endeavours. (Danette contact)

A.13 It’s All About Reciprocity: Using the Carnegie Classification to Assess Carleton’s Partnership Work

Lorraine Dyke, Carleton University; Nicole Bedford, Bedford Films

This year Carleton is participating in a pilot of the Carnegie Classification System for measuring community engagement. This workshop will provide a brief overview of the system with a discussion on measuring community-campus engagement at Carleton. Questions include: How do you want to be engaged with Carleton on an ongoing basis? What do you think is important for Carleton in assessing its community engagement work?

A.14 Envisioning 2030: Building Carleton’s Future with the Community

Cathy Malcolm Edwards, Najeeba Ahmed, Dawson Clark, Ruzbeh Irani, Carleton University

Students in the master’s in industrial design are doing a research project to envision what the post-secondary institution of 2030 might look like. This is timely as Carleton is in the throes of creating its next Strategic Integrated Plan. Students from the class will share a bit of their research and invite participants to co-generate some possible futures based on design scenarios. Community members, staff, faculty, and students are welcome to join in.

Concurrent Workshops B from 11am – 12pm

B.1 Carleton Connects on Accessibility

Adrian Chan, Carleton University; Boris Vukovic, Carleton University

Carleton University is leading a number of initiatives that are looking to engage the community on and off campus in advancing accessibility. We will discuss initiatives such as the Canadian Accessibility Network, the Coordinated Accessibility Strategy, and other projects developed collaboratively by the READ Initiative and its partners.

B.2 Making Community Buildings in Ottawa More Energy and Water Efficient Through Student Research

Mary Hegan, Ottawa Eco-Talent Network; Lisa Meyer, Carleton University

Exploring the experience of placement students in community organizations, this session presents an opportunity to connect community interests with students and faculty from engineering, environmental science and architecture re creating energy and water efficiencies in existing buildings.

B.3 Engaging Communities Around Human Rights Issues at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre

Aaron Doyle, Carleton University; Souheil Benslimane, Co-ordinator of CPEP’s Jail Accountability and Information Line

Academic and community members of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project will talk about their successful work addressing horrific conditions at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre and invite discussion on principles for effective partnerships.

B.4 Pragmatic Challenges Facing Small Community Organizations for Student Placements

John Milton, Carleton University; Ottawa River Keepers

This session will focus on the challenges experienced by small organizations in working with students from the perspective of the community organizations. For example, most of these organizations are volunteer based with no formal offices. Many of the volunteers also work during the day and volunteer at nights or on weekends making working with students (under the framework of practicum for example) challenging. The goal of this workshop is to come up with a concrete plan that enables small community organizations to secure students and for students to secure meaningful real-world professional experience.

B.5 Student & Community-led Food Safety / Food Security Activities

Veronic Bezaire, Carleton University

The aim of this session is to determine how students and community partners can collaborate to 1) inform the community of food safety and food security issues, and 2) develop approaches to improve food safety and food security across the community.

B.6 Getting Millennial Students to Visit and Think About Museums

Ian Wereley, Carleton University; Adjunct Curator of the History of Energy, Canada Science and Technology Museum

This session will explore the different ways that undergraduate students engage (or not) in local and national museums in their community. Using innovative classroom technologies and digital learning tools, we will search for ways to bridge the gaps between students, universities, and the rich network of museums in Ottawa.

B.7 Initiating Sustainability Plans in Neighbourhoods

Jim Birtch, Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City

In 2018 and 2019, Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC) developed four neighbourhood sustainability plans in which neighbourhood members identified many individual and neighbourhood projects. Uptake of projects has been slow and OBEC is looking to generate ideas for effective methods to further engage neighbourhoods.

B.8 Dilemmas and dramas of Community Engaged Teaching and Learning

Melissa Frankel, Carleton University; David Hornsby, Carleton University 

Bringing the requirements of a university course together with the needs of community partners can be a challenging process for both. This session will explore some of the considerations which need to be addressed for a successful partnership.

B.9 Better Practices in Student Placement Development and Delivery

Tom Scholberg, Ottawa Community Youth Diversion Program; Niamh O’Shea, Carleton University

Student placements can provide meaningful benefits to students, partners, and faculty alike, but how do we know if we are making the most out of the opportunity at hand? Join us for a discussion and brainstorm of best practices in designing a placement experience that promotes deep learning and reciprocal benefits for students and partners alike.

B.10 Building and maintaining communities of practice for community-campus engagement

Magda Goemans, Campus Engage Canada; Jesse McClintock, Carleton University

The impact and reach of community-campus engagement (CCE) is enhanced when collaborators have access to wider CCE networks, when they better understand others’ perspectives and when they can draw on CCE best practices or tools. This workshop explores methods of developing communities of practice (CoPs) among CCE collaborators, where members can work together to expand networks, promote greater efficiency in their efforts and stimulate innovative partnerships to address critical community issues. This workshop will outline some suggested practices for CoPs and encourage participants to consider how they may assemble CoPs for community-campus engagement within varied regions and sectors.

B.11 Scaling It Up: Thinking About Community Engagement for Large 1st and 2nd Year Classes

Tonya Davidson, Carleton University; Nina Doré, Carleton University

Community engagement course activities are more easily done with smaller classes. How can we engage our large classes in community assignments? This session will be a brainstorming opportunity. Organizations who have the capacity to work with large numbers of students are especially welcome.

B.12 Introducing Carleton’s New Online Community-Based Research Toolkit

Zoey Feder, Carleton University

This session will introduce Carleton University’s new online community-based research toolkit, of interest to community organizations wishing to work with Carleton and CU researchers working with communities.

B.13 Carleton University Strategic Indigenous Initiatives Committee (CUISIC)

Benny Michaud, Carleton University

Carleton University is situated within the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin people. CUISIC has conducted consultations and published a draft set of Carleton-specific calls to action. This workshop will explore the opportunities inherent in the calls to action.

B.14 Student and Community Organizations: What are the Opportunities?

Karen Hidalgo, Carleton University; Ashleigh Hyland, Community Addictions Peer Support Association

This session will discuss lessons learned and best practices for student engagement in experiential learning.  The session will aim to generate ideas about how best to support students and community partners in experiential learning. The session may explore future topics/areas for student engagement.

B.15 Working with Children and Youth Through Volunteer Placements

Hiwot Abebe, Catholic Centre for Immigrants Sophia House; Monica Patterson, Carleton University; Sheila South, Carleton University

This session will explore the experience of placement students and supervisors in community organizations.