Engage & Connect: A Resource to Support Community/University Connections
Community engagement in health
In its Public Engagement Framework, Memorial University has articulated its vision to be a world leader as an engaged public university, through a special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
This online resource was designed to support all key goals of this framework: to make a positive difference in our communities, to mobilize Memorial for public engagement, to cultivate the conditions for the public to engage with us and to build, strengthen and sustain the bridges for public engagement.
Community Engagement in Health happens when researchers, students and policy makers include community members in matters that impact their health, including research, program development, and knowledge dissemination. Based on the idea that no policy or research project should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of members of the group(s) affected by that policy or research (as expressed in the slogan "nothing about us without us") this online resource was designed on behalf of the Research Exchange Group on Service Learning/Community Engagement (SLICE) to connect community organizations and university departments whose work intersects with the social determinants of health, including potential collaborative work on:
- Aboriginal Communities
- Early Childhood
- Food Security
- Race & Culture
- Social Inclusion & Social Support
Student Opportunities: Service Learning
Another great way to facilitate engagement and build stronger connections with community involves providing opportunities in which students at Memorial University participate directly in the community through co-op positions, internships, practicums, residencies, volunteering, and work terms. Service Learning refers to any teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. This portal provides two listings to faciliate such opportunities:
- A listing of community organizations that have previously hosted Memorial University students and
- A listing of university programs that promote student activity in the community.
Have a look around. Engage. Connect.