CFICE’s Community-Campus Engagement Brokering Working Group
The Community-Campus Engagement (CCE) Brokering working group seeks to understand the opportunities and limitations of existing brokerage models and pilot viable new models to support and expand community-campus partnerships. In the CFICE context, a brokerage mechanism is conceptualized as an organization, person, tool, platform, etc. that helps connect and support relationship development between community groups and academics.
Through research on different brokerage models, this working group will identify opportunities for establishing and maintaining productive community first CCE partnerships. The CCE Brokering working group will complete this research by supporting the development of two community-driven pilot projects.
1. The Community-Academic Collaborative for Food Sovereignty
The Community-Academic Collaborative for Food Sovereignty (CACFS) project aims to strengthen relationships between academics and community-based practitioners doing work on national food policy issues through a food sovereignty lens. This will be accomplished by working with Food Secure Canada (FSC) to establish a platform through which a wide range of food sovereignty stakeholders can connect and share knowledge and experiences.
Through the platform, the CACFS pilot project will run several activities, grounded in community, to promote further collaboration between community-based actors and the research community. Activities may include:
- Curating and sharing videos, webinars, and briefing series on critical issues in food policy
- Developing plain language summaries of academic and community-generated research
- Hosting workshops to broker relationships between academic and community partners around specific themes
In the longer-term, CACFS aims to increase the quality and quantity of community and academic-generated knowledge and food sovereignty research partnerships across Canada. Other researchers working on food security and food sovereignty will be invited to collaborate with the project by contributing to the overall budget and to the knowledge base in exchange for access to FSC’s civil society and policy contacts.
This project is being co-led by Amanda Wilson, Coordinator at Food Secure Canada, Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada and Charles Levkoe, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University.
2. The Ottawa Brokerage Working Group
The Ottawa brokerage initiative builds off the work of CFICE Phase I partner, Ottawa Eco-Talent Network’s (OETN’s), focus on engagement with local post-secondary institutions. The OETN is a managed mentorship network whose goal is to facilitate research and knowledge mobilization that will be applied to support tangible community action on environmental sustainability in Ottawa.
The goal of the Ottawa brokerage initiative is to facilitate community-campus connections for opportunities in research, student training, volunteerism, networking and knowledge mobilization. We are engaging Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Environment sector as well as local post-secondary institutions (PSIs) to share tools, lessons, and technology developed in Phase I, and develop guidance in Phase II on how community brokers can better engage and collaborate with multiple post-secondary institutions and community organizations.
One key deliverable of our Phase II work will be a Community-Campus Pathways Guide for Community-Based Organizations in the Environment sector. We appreciate your feedback and you can help by providing us with input on the following questions:
- Why do you connect with local post-secondary institutions? Research, interns, volunteer placements etc?
- How do you seek information about community-campus engagement opportunities?
- What information would you want in a pathways guide?
This project is being co-led by Jason Garlough, Executive Director of the Ottawa Eco-Talent Network, Eileen O’Connor, Associate Professor at University of Ottawa, and Elizabeth Whitmore, Professor Emerita at Carleton University.
CCE Brokering Working Group News, Resources, and Research
Check out the CCE Brokering WG’s news, resources, and research below.
Friday, January 5, 2018
CFICE Seeks Research Assistant – Apply by end of day January 14, 2018
This is a short-term contract to make a lasting impression with local environmental non-profit organizations, by being the first to design a framework to standardize data on university and college engagement opportunities and pilot the data collection/dissemination with community groups here in Ottawa. You will be co-creating a brokering tool to...
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Academic Article: A people-centred approach to food policy making: Lessons from Canada’s People’s Food Policy project
Our partners in the Community-Campus Engagement Brokering (Food Sovereignty) working group have been busy this year advocating for a National Food Policy in Canada. They have also been busily writing up the lessons learned from this work in a new journal article titled A people-centred approach to food policy making: Lessons from Canada’s...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Video: Students in the Community Webinar Recording and Resources
On Tuesday, December 5, 2017 CFICE presented Students in the Community: Models of Student Community Engagement. Moderated by Nadine Changfoot, the webinar had presenters, Robert (Bobby) Hackett, Eileen O'Connor, and Stephen Hill discussing several different models for integrating student training and engagement throughout their university...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Community-Academic Collaboration in Peer Review
by Amanda Wilson, Community Co-Lead, CCE Brokering (Food Sovereignty) Working Group One of the first projects I became involved in when I joined CFICE was developing a peer review process for a series of discussion papers mapping the food policy landscape in Canada. It was part of a research collaboration between Food Secure Canada...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
CFICE Co-Lead Eileen O’Connor Announced as New Chairholder in University Teaching
It is with great pleasure that we share the news that our Community-Campus Engagement Brokering (Ottawa) Working Group Academic Co-lead, Eileen O'Connor, has been appointed as the new Chairholder in University Teaching at University of Ottawa. The official press release announcement follows (reposted from University of Ottawa): New Chairholder...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
10 Resources for building a community-engaged curriculum
by Ash Coutu, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Does the thought of including community engagement in your courses sound intimidating? Don't fret. There's no need to reinvent the wheel when there's already a wealth of resources out there waiting to be used! Our team at CFICE has combed through the internet and put together a...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Collaborating for a Canadian National Food Policy
by Jasmine Law, CFICE Vounteer Food connects us all. Believe it or not, food is tied to the economy, environment, and to social justice and democracy. It’s so central to our lives that one in eight jobs in Canada are related to food systems, not to mention that it has a daily connection with...
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Plain Language Podcast and Report: Community-Campus Engagement (CCE) Brokering, Partnership Tools, and Student Pathways to Engagement: An Environmental Scan
This plain language podcast provides a summary of Holly Stack-Cutler’s report titled Community-Campus Engagement (CCE) Brokering, Partnership Tools, and Student Pathways to Engagement: An Environmental Scan. This research was conducted in 2016, in partnership with the CCE Brokering, Student Pathways, and Partnership Tools working groups. The...
Thursday, February 2, 2017
CFICE’s Amanda Wilson Reflects on Evaluation Symposium Experience
by Amanda Wilson, Community Co-lead of the CCE Brokering (FS) Working Group --- This article was first posted on Food Secure Canada's Website January 26, 2017. Link to the full article here --- January 18-19, 2017 CFICE (Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement) held a two day Symposium in Ottawa to reflect on the...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Podcast: Decolonizing Research and Relationships
The Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty has consistently held the space since 2006 for the generation of a body of knowledge within food systems discourse, that shines a light on the myriad ways that Indigenous hunting, fishing and gathering societies are persisting into the 21st century. While they are among some of the...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Report: Responsibilities and Relationships: Decolonizing the BC Food Systems Network
The BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN) strives to build and maintain networks inclusive of diversity of cultures including Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. In 2012, with support from Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement’s (CFICE) Community Food Security (CFS) Hub the BCFSN staff developed an evaluation to better understand...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
CFICE’s Charles Levkoe Discusses Sustainable Food Systems with CBC!
On January 10, 2017, Dr. Charles Levkoe of CFICE's Community-Campus Brokering Working Group chatted with CBC's Lisa Laco about sustainable food systems. In the interview, Charles touched on his role as a Canada Research Chair, the food movement in Thunder Bay, and how community-campus engagement contributes to building sustainable food systems in...