C2U = Community + College + University
C2UExpo is a biannual conference that explores the edge of community-college-university partnerships as catalysts for social innovation. Formerly hosted by Carleton University (2015) and Memorial University (2013), the event will attract 500 delegates from around the globe to Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, British Columbia) from May 1–5, 2017.
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Every year, C2Uexpo expands to include more topics and areas of expertise. At the same time, they strive to keep the level of interactivity of engagement that comes from fostering dialogue among community, post-secondary and government.
4 Themes to Spark Dialogue
The engagement process: powerful questions, powerful questioning: Critically examine the methods that open doors to dialogue, and explore the policy and practice behind community-campus engagement.
The C2U project life cycle: Conception, birth, development and rebirth. Celebrate community-campus partnerships that have led to tangible changes – such as reducing homelessness, preserving the environment and creating access to credit.
Comprehensive C2U engagement: Community-engaged research, participatory action research, experiential education (service learning, co-op, practicums), alliance building and so on – Explore the full range of community-campus partnerships.
C2U without borders: Critically examine the methods that open doors to dialogue, and explore the policy and practice behind community-campus engagement.
Kinds of Community-Campus Collaborations are Included at C2UExpo
Research: community-engaged researched, participatory action research
Experiential education: co-operative education, service learning, practicums
Senior leadership: alliance-building with public and private sectors, domestic and international
Social innovation: incubators, maker lab spaces, entrepreneurial ventures
Arts for social change: participatory public or social art events, installations, puppetry, murals, poetry or spoken word