We foster a CEL Community of Practice through regular workshops, roundtables, informal peer-led gatherings and co-presented events throughout the academic year.
Our faculty events cover a variety of topics and bring together instructors who teach, or are interested in teaching, community-engaged learning courses.
In addition to the events listed below under How the program works, one-off events may arise throughout the year. To stay up to date on upcoming events, please register for our faculty newsletter.
All U of T faculty
How The Program Works
Our upcoming events include:
Community Engagement in COVID-19: A Practitioner-Led Panel
Thursday, April 29, 3 – 4:30 p.m. EST
Learn how community-engaged practitioners working across the fields of participatory research, participatory visual methods, community arts, and community facilitation have adapted their participatory work and facilitation to online and remote contexts, and the unique ethical and pedagogical opportunities and tensions that arise. There will also be opportunities to network with others.
This event is open to students, community-engaged practitioners, community artists, participatory researchers, and anyone interested in the field. Register to receive a personalized Zoom link to join the webinar.
This event is co-sponsored by the Youth Research Lab at OISE, Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention at New College, Neighbourhood Arts Network, the Centre for Community Partnerships, and a group of community-engaged practitioners working across community and academic fields. The event is funded by the New College Initiatives Fund (NCIF) at New College, University of Toronto.
Save the date!
This event is part of a 2-part event series. On May 20, 2021 from 3 – 5 p.m. we will launch audio-visual resources to help practitioners think through remote/online facilitation with communities. We will also present findings from an affiliated study about how community-engaged practitioners are adapting their participatory, community-engaged practice as a result of COVID-19. Join us in our community of practice to learn more!
The CEL Community of Practice (CoP) Gathering
This pilot series of peer-led community of practice gatherings offers CEL instructors a recurring conversation space to meet each other, share best practices, troubleshoot, discuss relevant literature and collaborate on CEL/CER teaching-related issues. Each gathering will be co-hosted and facilitated by a different faculty member, who will present a challenge, case study, experience, article or other resource to spark discussion. These gatherings also offer an opportunity for instructors to ask CCP staff questions.
Pushing Against, Reaching Towards: On Building Sustainable Partnerships
Thursday, May 27, 11 a.m. -–12 p.m. EST
Facilitated by Professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández (OISE) and Dr. Sarah Switzer (OISE)
CEL Faculty Roundtables
CEL Faculty Roundtables offer an opportunity for experienced CEL practitioners to discuss selected themes or issues in depth with experts from across the University. Our roundtables take place online. Each speaker has 10 minutes to share their experiences and questions on the topic at hand. Time is also reserved for attendees to interact and further share their experiences.
Faculty Institute on Community-Engaged Learning
This keystone annual program will not be offered in 2020-2021 due to the pandemic.
The Faculty Institute on Community-Engaged Learning is an annual meeting where faculty from across the University come together to share best practices in community-engaged learning (CEL). Experienced CEL instructors and those new to CEL hear from invited guests, participate in workshops and panel discussions, and build a CEL community of practice at the University.
For more information about our events, please contact Heather Hermant, Lead Coordinator, Academic Initiatives.
Register for our workshops and other events by submitting the registration form.