Building McMaster’s capacity for community engagement

A new initiative is underway that will draw on McMaster’s existing expertise and provide the university with a framework for community engagement.

The Network for Community Campus Partnerships, which recently held its inaugural meeting, will look for ways to share information and to become a resource to others on campus as they seek to engage with the community.

The network is made up of faculty, staff and students from many different areas of the University with hands-on experience working collaboratively with the community.

Participants were identified by a number of senior leaders from across McMaster and invited to serve on the network.

Network for Campus Community Partnerships

Susan Denburg makes the opening remarks at the inaugural meeting of the Network for Community Campus Partnerships.

“McMaster has a long history of community engaged learning and research,” says Susan Denburg, Associate Vice-President (Academic) in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Strategic Advisor to the President.  “There is a wealth of knowledge and experience on campus and the Network will provide an avenue to discuss community engagement challenges, issues and opportunities.  The broader university community can draw on this expertise to ensure that future community engagement initiatives support our academic and research missions, and lead to meaningful outcomes and mutually beneficial relationships.”

To help facilitate information sharing, the network will undertake the development a university-wide database of community engaged activities and scholarship that can be used as a resource by others at McMaster.

The Network, a priority of Forward with Integrity and a key recommendation of the Community Engagement Task Force, will also help to streamline and coordinate university outreach initiatives with community partners to avoid duplication of efforts, as well as look for new ways to develop and sustain partnerships.

To learn more about the Network for Community Campus Partnerships, contact Mary Koziol, Assistant to the President, Special Community Initiatives.