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Tuesday, October 10 • 11:15am - 11:45am
CEC Catalyst Grants - Bringing a few people and resources together (30 mins)

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Building new relationships, valuing each other’s expertise and addressing issues of mutual benefit, these are at the core of York University’s CEC Catalyst Grants Program supporting collaborations between Canada’s 3rd largest university and the surrounding Black Creek community in northwest Toronto (Canada). A program of the York U-TD Community Engagement Centre since 2015, the grants program is designed as an accessible, community-friendly small grants program that fosters innovative community and university collaborations and encourages new ways of working. Over the past three years, $75,000 has been awarded to over a dozen projects involving various University departments coming together with resident-led networks, grassroots coalitions and more established community organizations. Projects have addressed a variety of issues such as food security, STEM education, infant and maternal mental health, physical activity, educational attainment, environmental justice, urban planning, non-profit leadership, etc. While the Program offers modest seed funding and a simplified application process, project results are often more than originally anticipated and serve as ‘catalysts’ for longer term change. Projects have helped researchers secure larger research grants, equipped residents with data to influence policy or planning decisions, and leveraged new or deepened existing York and community relationships. Anticipating that bringing new and diverse partners together often require a shift in working styles, culture or power, projects that encounter challenges or struggle to reach their intended goals also provide valuable opportunities for critical reflection and learning. Finally, the program continues to serve as a best practice model for urban universities engaging with local communities.

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Yvette Munro

Director, Academic Partnerships and Planning, York University
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Lorna Schwartzentruber

Assoc. DIr Access Prog & Comm Engagement, York University
Lorna Schwartzentruber is the Associate Director of Access Programs and Community Engagement in the Office of the Vice-Provost Academic at York University, supporting York’s commitment to build a more engaged university. Prior to that she was Manager of the York-TD Community Engagement... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 11:15am - 11:45am MDT
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