How post-secondary institutions can work with communities through crisis

Strategies:

Provide access to institutional resources (e.g. videoconferencing platform accounts like Zoom) for community partners

Apply internal funds to community-engaged COVID recovery/resilience research and associated activities

Collect and share stories of how academic institutions are working with communities on pandemic challenges and strategies:

  • Stories can be instructive and not too intrusive a method of communicating productive community-based approaches, and are often inspiring
  • When institutions collect stories they are building a toolkit to work with communities during a crisis and in the event of future disturbances

“I’m collecting the stories, and I’m creating an inventory, and then three to six months from now, that inventory will be used to determine how we can be of further service to our community… It’s a real privilege to collect those stories, and it builds such a sense of pride in the work our community is doing together.”
(academic administrator, CCEC coffee session participant)

Resources:

General guidance:

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. Summaries of #PEPTogether online get-togethers.

Post-secondary initiatives related to the pandemic:

(Please note: This section will be expanded over the coming weeks.)

McMaster University. Office of Community Engagement: COVID-19 Response.

Simon Fraser University Office of Community Engagement. SFU-Community COVID-19 response and recovery network.

Stories of community impact:

(Please note: This section will be expanded over the coming weeks.)

University of Windsor. Coronavirus: Community Engagement.

Simon Fraser University Office of Community Engagement. It takes a village…

University of Calgary. Webinar: Giving when it matters most.