CFICE’s Community-Campus Engagement Brokering Working Group
In the CFICE context, a brokerage mechanism is an organization, person, tool, or online platform, that helps communities and campuses form partnerships.
The CCE Brokering working group identifies problems found in existing brokerage models. They offer solutions for more effective community-campus partnerships through piloting new and improved brokerage models.
By examining different brokerage models, this working group generates research on how to start and maintain community first community-campus partnerships.
The CCE Brokering working group supports 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 working on national food policy issues through a food sovereignty lens.
These partnerships are supported through Food Secure Canada (FSC) as part of their efforts to establish a platform through which a wide range of food sovereignty stakeholders can connect and share knowledge and experiences.
Through this network, the CACFS pilot project runs activities 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 Environmental Brokerage Table
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?
CCE Brokering Working Group News, Resources, and Research
Check out the CCE Brokering WG’s news, resources, and research below.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
The SSHRC Partnership Grant: Is it the right grant to support your partnership with Canadian academics?
by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Grant applications can be long and arduous processes, and can swallow a lot of your capacity and time, which is why it’s important to make sure the grant will suit your needs. Before applying for a grant like the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Partnership...
Monday, August 13, 2018
Community-Campus Engagement Funding: A Student Perspective
What is it like to receive funding to participate in community-campus engagement work? Magda Goemans and Anna Przednowek, two long-time CFICE research assistants, talk to CFICE about how continuous Community-Campus Engagement funding has impacted their experiences. Both speak to how continuous funding allowed them to immerse themselves in the...
Monday, August 6, 2018
Community-Campus Engagement Funding: A Community Perspective
What's the difference for a community organization between receiving community project funding versus community-campus engagement project funding? What makes community-campus engagements challenging with respect to funding? What opportunities does community-campus engagement funding provide to community organizations? In this podcast, we sit down...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
The Important Role of Project Administrators in CCE
by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Working with an institution as large as a university can be a daunting, challenging task filled with moving parts and bureaucratic hoops to jump through. For a community organization, tackling the challenges that come with a partnership with a post-secondary institution can be...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
A Budding Community-Campus Engagement Hub: The Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation
by Leigha McCarroll, Research Assistant, Community-Campus Engagement Brokering (Ottawa) Working Group Take a stroll through the echoing hallways of St. Paul University to find a hidden treasure: the Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop – a gorgeous co-working space and innovation hub nestled in Old Ottawa East. It serves as a workspace...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
A Greater View of the Landscape: Co-Creating a Brokering Tool for Community-Campus Engagement
by Eileen O'Connor, Academic Co-lead, and Leigha McCarroll, Research Assistant, of the CCE Brokering (Ottawa) Working Group Ottawa is home to a rich cast of academics and community organizations hoping to make the city a little more environmentally friendly. But with countless government departments, 6 post secondary institutions in the...
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Achieving Positive Community Change through Reciprocal CSL Partnerships
In CFICE’s “Conversations With” series, we interview community-campus engagement (CCE) practitioners to get their insights on CCE. Interview conducted by Erin Martel, CFICE Communications Research Assistant. Lynn Sutankayo is a partnership coordinator at University of Alberta's (North Campus) Community Service-Learning (CSL) unit, where she...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Expectations and timelines when working with a post-secondary institution
by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Post-secondary institutions have specific timelines, long processes for things like ethics approval or grant applications, and generally speaking, a complex power structure that can involve some firm top-down governance. These factors can easily complicate a campus-community partnership,...
Thursday, June 28, 2018
CFICE/FLEdGE Researchers Talk Food Policy in Europe
by Diana Bronson, CFICE Community Co-Lead and Peter Andrée, CFICE Principal Investigator We recently had an extraordinary opportunity to discuss what is happening on food policy with European experts and organizations, as well as colleagues from around the world, in events in Brussels (29-30 May), Budapest (30 May-1 June) and Brighton (June 4-5)....
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Ontario Government Work-Integrated Learning Mandate: What does this mean for Faculty, Community, and Students?
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Co-op placements and internships, some unpaid, have long been the only way for many university students to put what they’re learning in classrooms into practice. These opportunities provide students with the chance to do a sort of taste-test of their chosen career path before graduation....
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Video: Co-Creating the Future of Community-Campus Engagement in Canada
On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 CFICE celebrated the launch of a new national network and community of practice called ‘Community-Campus Engage Canada’. As part of this launch, CFICE convened a panel and webinar titled Co-Creating the Future of Community-Campus Engagement in Canada. Moderated by Peter Andree, the webinar had presenters thinking...
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Key Ingredients of ‘Community First’ CCE: Shared Aspirations, Values and Goals
In CFICE’s “Conversations With” series, we interview community-campus engagement (CCE) practitioners to get their insights on CCE. Interview conducted by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant. This month, CFICE was happy to speak with Isabelle Kim, the Director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Community...