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The Evolution and Impacts of the CUExpo Movement. Part of a Panel Presentation CUExpo 2013 Jim Randall Coordinator, MA Island Studies University of Prince Edward Island 902-620-5013 jarandall@upei.ca. Outline. Inspiration for this Session and my Connection to CUExpo

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the evolution and impacts of the cuexpo movement

The Evolution and Impacts of the CUExpoMovement

Part of a Panel Presentation

CUExpo2013

Jim Randall

Coordinator, MA Island Studies

University of Prince Edward Island

902-620-5013

jarandall@upei.ca

outline

Outline

Inspiration for this Session and my Connection to CUExpo

Motivations for the 1stCUExpo- Saskatoon 2003

A Brief Summary of ‘the Facts’ of the CUExpo2003

Novel Features

Reflections on Impacts and Outcomes

background and purpose of panel session

Background and Purpose of Panel Session

CUExpo2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Community-University Expos (Saskatoon – 2003; Winnipeg – 2005; Victoria – 2008; Waterloo – 2011)

Time to reflect on the history, the impressions and the impacts of these events

From the perspective of those involved in organizing the previous four CUExpos

In my case; I was Co-Chair of first CUExpo Saskatoon (with supporting cast, including Community Co-Chair Kate Waygood, City of Saskatoon Councilor)

Also University (of Saskatchewan) Co-Director of Community-University Institute for Social Research (a 1999-2000 SSHRC CURA)

motivations for cuexpo 2003 my recollections

Motivations for CUExpo 2003: My Recollections

Commitment as part of our SSHRC-CURA grant

Canada lagging in large-scale, funded community-university partnership opportunities and research

In USA, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, LOKA Institute, Community Outreach Partnerships Centers (HUD)

In Europe, Science Shops

By 2002, 37 SSHRC-CURAs and 19 CIHR Community Alliance for Health Research (CAHR) grants

Therefore, a pent up demand in Canada to share partnership experiences and outcomes

Also, introduce: 1) Saskatoon community organizations to people at the event and 2) national community to partnership work being undertaken in Saskatoon

a brief summary of the facts cuexpo 2003

A Brief Summary of the “Facts”: CUExpo 2003

Uncertain of expected attendance; no precedent in Canada

Approximately 350 registered (difficult to estimate)

62 papers; 29 posters/roundtables/panels; 9 workshops; 9 keynotes/plenaries

Of 338 listed in program, 59% (199) from Post-Secondary, 24% (81) from NGO/CBOs, 12.7% (43) from Govt./Public Sector, 4.4% (15) from Private sector

novel features of the cuexpo 2003

Novel Features of the CUExpo 2003

Should NOT be a typical academic conference; therefore CUExpo, not CU Conference

Variety in forms of interaction: papers, posters, BUT ALSO workshops, panels, roundtables, plenaries

More break time (30 minutes) between sessions for informal gatherings

Site/Field visits to NGOs/CBOs (project partners) at no additional cost to participants; from my background in geography;

Majority of plenary speakers drawn from outside universities; e.g., OvideMercrede, Judy Rebick, Stephen Lewis, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Penelope Rowe

reflections on impacts and outcomes

Reflections on Impacts and Outcomes

Comments provided to me by Kate Waygood (Community Co-Chair) re the impact on the Saskatoon community:

Building trust among sectors: non-profits, local government, business, judiciary, university

“At a time of economic uncertainties, growing needs from almost every sector of our community, but especially those less fortunate, it seems everyone was willing to reach out beyond their comfort zone and “risk” new ventures and new partnerships. We were bringing together folks who had never spoken to each other and we worked to open their minds to new ways of problem solving. ”

Forged friendships nationally that still exist

Four subsequent CUExpos represent an outcome (humbling)

The research discussed, the professional and personal links forged, difficult to measure

From MA thesis by Janet Dunnett, U of Victoria (2004), “CUExpo was a milestone in the development of Community-University linkages in Canada.”

declaration passed at the end of the cuexpo 2003

Declaration Passed at the end of the CUExpo 2003

“The CUExpo conference, held in Saskatoon May 8th – 10th, 2003, assembled over 350 individuals from across Canada and elsewhere who are involved in community-based research. This research is conducted in partnership with universities, community-based groups, government and the private sector throughout Canada. We’re extremely impressed with, surprised and humbled by the variety, depth, value and the extraordinary dynamism of community-based research in Canada.

We, therefore , declare our collective desire to pursue building this movement for the betterment of society. We will devote our energies to shaping Canadian society, through community-based research, in ways that sustain and improve the quality-of-life and standard of living of Canadians.

To really succeed, however, we need a much more profound engagement among universities, community-based organizations, governments, and the private sector. Foundations, municipal and provincial governments, as well as the federal government through its granting Councils have to contribute, even more so than they have in the past, to achieve these goals.”

Approved unanimously at the concluding plenary of the CUExpo in Saskatoon

The ‘untold story’ to this Declaration