CFICE’s Student Pathways for Community Impact Working Group
Jim Blake, Consultant and Facilitator
Stephen Hill, Associate Director, School of the Environment, Trent University
In Phase I of CFICE, several hubs tested the practice of “embedding” student Research Assistants (RAs) in community organizations. The purpose was to deeply engage students in the work of community partners by having them work with and for community partners. This approach enhanced RAs’ abilities to deliver high-quality community first research and work because the research was shaped to support the goals and needs of the community partner.
The Student Pathways for Community Engagement Working Group seeks to further develop the idea of the “embedded” RA by creating and pilot testing an integrated community-campus engagement (CCE) curriculum for students at Trent University. The curriculum will include a graduated learning process, starting with service-learning experiences in first and second year of undergrad to embedded RAships and research experiences at a Master’s level.
The curriculum mapping process will integrate a focus on environmental sustainability and social justice throughout. The purpose will be to incrementally build students’ skills for practicing successful community first CCE. Once students have developed a set of CCE skills and knowledge, they will then have opportunities to be placed in embedded RAships as Master’s students.
To achieve this pathways goal, the Student Pathways for Community Engagement Working Group will:
- Complete a curriculum mapping process (map curriculum for 6 years of post-secondary education)
- Build tools, courses, modules, etc. to support student learning and skills development in CCE
- Design a high school CCE course for students in grade 11/12
- Streamline Trent University’s current community service learning program
Student Pathways for Community Impact Working Group News, Resources, and Research
Check out the Student Pathways Working Group’s news, resources, and research below.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Conversations with: Isabelle Kim, Director of University of Toronto’s Centre for Community Partnerships
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...
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The Benefits of Working with Post-Secondary Institutions
by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Entering into a partnership with post-secondary institutions (PSIs) can open a lot of doors for community-based organizations (CBOs), including access to certain funding opportunities, increased capacity, and the creation of new and collaborative networks with shared goals. CCE partnerships...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The ABCs of CCE: Sharing Power
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications RA This is part three of a three-part series on the ABC’s of CCE Partnerships, where we share some of the most important things to keep in mind when engaging in a CCE Partnership. Here, we’ve identified some strategies for sharing power. This article draws from interviews and focus...
Friday, May 11, 2018
The ABCs of CCE: Sharing Resources
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications RA This is part two of a three-part series on the ABC’s of CCE Partnerships, where we share some of the most important things to keep in mind when engaging in a CCE Partnership. Here, we’ve identified some strategies for sharing resources in a way that empowers the community...
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The ABCs of CCE: Sharing Responsibilities
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications RA This is part one of a three-part series on the ABC’s of CCE Partnerships, where we share some of the most important things to keep in mind when engaging in a CCE Partnership. Here, we’ve identified some of the main things we’ve found important to consider when taking...
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
How Community-Campus Engagement Can Help YOU Make the World a Better Place
by Kate Wetterstrand, CFICE Administrative RA As students we’ve all heard the very ‘tumblr’ quote “You all have a little bit of ‘I want to save the world in you’. That’s why you’re here in college”. But, did you know that participating in community-campus engagement can actually help you cultivate that ambition and actively...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Video: Post-Secondary Jobspeak Webinar Recording and Resources
On Wednesday, January 17, 2017 CFICE and Algonquin College jointly presented Post-Secondary Jobspeak: How to translate your student experiences into job skills employers desire. Moderated by Magda Goemans, the webinar had presenters Anna Przednowek and Ashoka Patel sharing tips, pointers, and examples for translating student school and work...
Friday, December 8, 2017
CFICE Welcomes New Community Co-lead, Jim Blake!
CFICE is excited to welcome a new community co-lead to the team! Jim Blake joins us from the U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research. He will be working with Stephen Hill as a community co-lead of the Student Pathways working group. About Jim Jim resides in Haliburton, Ontario where he works as a facilitator, consultant,...
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...
Monday, August 21, 2017
How to find, prepare and pay for your international internships
by Ash Coutu, CFICE Communications RA Do the Ottawa winters have you down? Maybe you need a change of scenery. Thankfully, being a student means you have access to unique opportunities to study, travel, and to work abroad. Travelling is a big undertaking, so check out these tips on how to prepare for your...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
6 ways for students to get involved with community-engaged learning
by Ash Coutu, CFICE Communications RA Community-engaged learning is a great way to illuminate course content with real world experience. Community-engaged learning helps you: Make meaningful connections in the community Volunteer in your area of interest Learn about issues going on in your city Beef up your resume Gain hands on experience Add to...
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...
Friday, November 18, 2016
Trent Community Research Centre: 2016/17 Academic Year, The First Sixty Days
by John Marris, Community Co-lead, Student Pathways for Community Impacts Working Group The Trent Community Research Centre (TCRC) is a community research broker based in Peterborough. We work as a connector between the Peterborough community and Trent University, developing projects that meet the needs of the local community and matching these...
Friday, September 16, 2016
Service learning for students – putting the community first!
by Stephen Hill, Academic Co-lead, Student Pathways for Community Impact Working Group As the last of summer dwindles away, university and college professors begin one of their busiest times of year: starting new courses, organizing assignments, labs, seminars and teaching materials, and getting to know students. It’s a wonderful kind of busy,...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Trent University Announces Dr. Stephen Hill as an Inaugural Teaching Fellow
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA On September 7, 2016, Trent University announced Dr. Stephen Hill as one of Trent's two Inaugural Teaching Fellows for 2016. The Trent Teaching Fellowship program provides selected fellows with a financial award that is funded as part of Trent's $50 Million Campaign: Unleash the Potential. This year,...