Celebrating 10 years of community-university partnerships
U of T’s Centre for Community Partnerships is celebrating its 10th anniversary!
10th Anniversary Celebration
On January 21, more than 150 guests gathered to celebrate the Centre for Community Partnerships’ tenth anniversary.
Students, staff, alumni, faculty and community partners were all on hand to show their appreciation for the decade of important work done at the Centre, whose staff works with faculty and community agencies to develop academic courses taught with a service-learning approach. Combining community service with coursework and reflection, their goal is to use in-class material and co-curricular community-engaged learning to enhance students’ leadership development skills and commitment to civic engagement.
President Meric Gertler started the evening off by thanking the hundreds community organizations that partner with the Centre and have provided placements for more than 18,000 students over the past decade. He also praised the Centre for Community Partnerships for encouraging students to become civically-minded individuals and advancing his priorities for U of T students.
“Whether it be for a day or a year, all the students involved have been given the opportunity to meet new people and to face unique challenges,” he said. “They’ve discovered meaningful ways to apply their skills and knowledge to real world scenarios. They’ve also gained a new perspective on their academic work and a renewed sense of civic engagement which, as you know, is one of my very highest priorities for this university.”
City councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam also had words of praise for the Centre’s work, presenting a certificate of recognition.
“It is a pleasure to extend to you my heartfelt congratulations,” she said. “Over the past decade the Centre for Community Partnerships has been a champion in seeking innovative ways to enrich student learning through community engagement. I applaud the Centre for Community Partnerships for fostering a sense of responsibility in students to work in the community.”
After hearing to remarks from students, faculty, staff and city leaders, guests watched an inspirational video celebrating the Centre’s achievements and were treated to a performance by a spoken word artist who drove home the importance of working with underserved communities.
Each guest had a personal connection to the work done by the Centre for Community Partnerships and many expressed their desire to see the Centre’s programming expand in the future.
“It is indeed my hope that one day soon, community engaged learning will be available to each and every interested student,” said President Gertler, “and with it, the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in the community and to bring community-based learning back to the classroom, enriching the educational experience for all.”
Centre for Community Partnerships
U of T’s Centre for Community Partnerships is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Students, faculty and community partners share their thoughts on why it’s important to learn from the city around us and apply classroom theory to a real-world setting.
Over the past 10 years, the Centre for Community Partnerships has helped hundreds of students, faculty and community partners get connected, fostering an innovative approach to learning. Thank you for helping us celebrate the work we’ve done. Here’s to 10 more years!