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Monday, October 21 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Lightning Session: Collaborating for Community: The Role of Community Relations and Community Engagement within Higher Education

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What is the difference between community relations and community engagement? Where can these two roles collaborate to foster strong, reciprocal relationships between higher education and the communities they serve? Are they really just the same thing?

York University has a long history of Community Engagement initiatives. Very recently, a new Community Relations Unit was formed which necessitated a strategic planning process to guide that work. This raised numerous questions about what community relations means, what the difference is between community relations and community engagement and where the opportunities for collaboration exist. This session will explore these questions as well as the development of the community interaction continuum that looks to answer these queries and ultimately provide a framework to support a coordinated approach between these roles using social justice, equity and inclusion as core values through which to align the work and the benefit of having each of these roles within your institution.

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Byron Gray

Manager, York University

Shawna Teper

Government and Community Relations Officer, York University
Shawna holds a BSW and an MSW from Ryerson University. She began her social work career as a frontline counsellor in a women’s shelter, working with women and children who had survived domestic violence.Subsequently, Shawna spent over ten years as political staff within the City... Read More →

Monday October 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
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