Heather Reid chats with other CFICE members at CFICE’s symposium.

On January 18th and 19th, 2017, the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project hosted an important research event for its community and academic partners titled Community Impact: A community/academic symposium for clarifying, sharing and celebrating CFICE’s key messages.

This event was held in Carleton University’s Discovery Centre (MacOdrum Library), and ran from 9am to 5pm each day. The symposium began with a welcome and opening prayer from Mohawk elder Paul Skanks, and with an acknowledgement that Carleton is situated on unceded Algonquin territory.

The purpose of the event was to bring together CFICE project partners to collaboratively discuss the findings of our Phase I evaluation process, and to develop key messages and lessons for our Phase II work. The event celebrated CFICE’s impact in communities across Canada and also looked at what recommendations could be carried forward in Phase II to improve community-campus engagement work nationally.

During the intensive two-day meeting, attendees sought to achieve the following goals:

  • Draft key recommendations to better support ‘Community-First’ CCE (Community Campus Engagement) practices by governments, funders, post-secondary institutions, faculty members, community-based organizations and students.
  • Identify and celebrate CFICE’s achievements from Phase I (2012-2016).
  • Understand how we can better work together within CFICE in Phase II (2016-2019)
  • Decide on how we will share our findings moving forward.

The preliminary results of this symposium are compiled in point form in this report. The intent is to use this report as a basis for further discussion of the ways in which CFICE and its partners want to share this information.

Click on the image below to access the full report or CLICK HERE to access the report in FRENCH.

Title page of the CFICE Symposium Report