Leaders’ Forum: University and Community Dialogue: Collaborating for Mutual Success
March 4, 2010, Views and Ideas from the Small Group Dialogues
6. What examples of University-Community collaboration would you add to our list of facts and examples?
- Great opportunities for students – Western-Fanshawe collaboration to also give University graduates practical skills via Fanshawe.
- Western Libraries’ support for literacy and reading
- Western students volunteer in local libraries (particularly the Read Program) – matched with one child; very successful.
- Western Libraries also collaborates on programs such as “London Reads” and has faculty speaking in the libraries.
- Currently, Roma Harris (Faculty of Information & Media Studies) is working on a research project with London Public Library.
- London Public Library partnered with Western’s Faculty of Education to do research linked to WIL (London non-profit employment service) and other community agencies.
- Faculty serve on boards across the city – to influence policy, share knowledge; we have lost a lot of white collar sector workers over the last years – need to influence city councilors to address this issue
- Representative on Canadian Mental Health Association board.
- TD Stadium fundraiser for high school and elementary sports.
- Faculty of Education community outreach.
- Reforest London - Graphic Services’ uToss scratch pad service (donating).
- Service learning/volunteering – residence-based community involvement.
- Philanthropy commissioners – student-led fundraising for Children’s Hospital Make a Wish
- Community transit strike – staff, faculty, alumni, community banded together to transport students.
- Faculty of Education’s Bridges Program for Abused Women, that provides food, bus tickets, and teachers to help them get a Grade 12 education--all funded via government from foundations; there are lots of small programs like this at Western but they’ve not been collected, recorded all in one place.
- Western contributes $1.5 billion annually to the London economy –34,000 students; $590,000 to United Way
- Reaching out to the region is important (such as immigration portal in Middlesex County and the London Public Library)
- University/high school students to collaborate to support literacy and low income families.
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