CFICE’s Community-Campus Engagement Brokering Working Group

Students collaborate on some homework.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.

Multiple stick-people connected with dashed lines, representing a network.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.

Jason Garlough presents at Carleton's Community Engagement Event.

Jason Garlough presents on Ottawa’s brokerage mechanism.

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.