Learn how to effectively engage and empower equity-seeking populations in your community
This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the theory and practice behind engaging equity-seeking populations in your community (e.g., rural youth, members of the LGBTQ2+ community, Indigenous communities etc.), identify the community connections and relationships that are required for effective engagement, and share resources and learnings with each other. Through a mix of presentations, interactive exercises, and reflection, you'll learn tangible ways that you can engage these populations in a safe, respectful, and collaborative way.
What Will I Learn?
- Through a mix of engaging presentations, peer learning, and interactive exercises, you will learn:
- An overview of different types of engagement ranging from informing to empowering, and when each type of engagement may be most appropriate
- Principles and appropriate practices for engaging equity-seeking populations based on best practices from across Canada
- Practical strategies for reaching hard-to-reach populations, including various forms of recruitment and alternatives to in-person meetings
- Approaches for meaningful engagement once populations have been recruited – how to go beyond town hall meetings to authentically engage with these populations so that they are respected and heard
Who Is This Workshop For?
- This workshop is for anyone in the public or voluntary sector who:
- Is seeking authentic ways of connecting with diverse populations in your community
- Is interested in driving community change or a social good that has an impact on equity-seeking populations
- Leads or manages programs (including their development and ongoing implementation), organizations, or community engagement activities