Idea Exchange to help increase community-engaged education
More than 100 faculty, staff, students and community partners came together recently to discuss ways to increase community-engaged education at and around McMaster.
The session touched on topics such as building partnerships in the community, how best to prepare students, managing liability and risk, engaging students in large classes and how to create community-engaged courses.
McMaster faculty and staff from Wesley Urban Ministries presented on the Health in the Hubs initiative.
The program is focused on three Hamilton neighbourhoods. In its first phase, residents from local planning teams worked with faculty and students to collect public opinion on issues affecting health and happiness.
That information will be used to develop strategies for improving health in the three neighbourhoods.
The event also included presentations on undergraduate, graduate and MBA courses, non-course programs such as the Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec competition, and the Discovery Program.
The event was one way to engage the community - a central priority of the Forward with Integrity letter.
As a gesture of appreciation to presenters, a donation was made to the 125th Fund for Student Support, which helps make post-secondary education more accessible to students in Hamilton.