Call for Applications: Community-Engaged Learning Seminar for Doctoral Students

Community-Engaged Learning Seminar for Doctoral Students

The Centre for Community Partnerships at the University of Toronto is offering a new Community-Engaged Learning Seminar for doctoral students in 2015-16. This seminar will bring together 15 doctoral students across the university to discuss community-engaged learning and other forms of community-university engagement. In addition to seminar meetings, a key component of the program will involve a collaborative project with fellow seminar participants and a community partner. Doctoral students preparing for faculty positions can enrich their teaching, research and professional service through community engagement. Doctoral students who plan to pursue non-academic positions can develop new skills and networks through community engagement.

The Centre for Community Partnerships provides meaningful opportunities for community engagement for students at the University of Toronto in order to both contribute to community initiatives and provide opportunities for student learning outside the classroom. Additional information about the Centre and its programs is available at

To apply:

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To see the list of projects:

Seminar details:

The Community-Engaged Learning Seminar will establish a community of practice among doctoral students at the University of Toronto who are interested in community engagement and will provide resources to make this engagement a rewarding and integral element of their future careers. In 6 seminars over the course of the academic year, a multidisciplinary cohort of students will discuss the literature of community-engaged learning and their experiences in the field, undertake reflective exercises, and benefit from professional development activities to enhance their knowledge and practice in the following areas:

  • Community-engaged learning (based in service-learning pedagogy and including experiential education theory)
  • Other forms of community-engagement (including asset-based community development and community-based research)
  • Reflection and assessment in community-engaged work
  • Diversity, ethics, power and privilege in community-engaged learning and scholarship
  • Strategies for incorporating community engagement into academic and non-academic career and personal development


Seminar participants are expected to:

  • attend all 6 seminars plus a final presentation event at the St. George campus on the following dates:
    • Sept 9, 5-7 p.m.
    • Oct 14, 5-7 p.m.
    • Nov 18, 5-7 p.m.
    • Jan 13, 5-7 p.m.
    • Feb 24, 5-7 p.m.
    • March 16, 5-7 p.m.
    • March 30, 4-7 p.m.
  • work in teams of three on a collaborative project with a community organization. (This project is intended to require 40 hours of work over the course of the academic year. Students will be able to rank which project they would like to contribute to in order of interest on the application form).
  • complete two written reflections (500 words each)


Once the seminar and project have been successfully completed, seminar participants will receive 4 Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) credits from the School of Graduate Studies and a certificate in Community-Engaged Learning.


University of Toronto doctoral students from all departments and programs are eligible to apply. (Students interested in community engagement who have not previously participated in any form of community placement (eg. practicum or internship) are especially encouraged to apply).


The deadline for the 2015-16 Community-Engaged Learning Seminar is July 22, 2015.

To apply, complete the application form at:

Successful applicants will be notified by early August, 2015.


Please contact Jennifer Esmail [], Coordinator of Academic Initiatives at the Centre for Community Partnerships with any questions.

Work at the CCP

Want to get more involved with the CCP? Apply for a work-study position!

CCP Fall Work-Study Positions are up! Learn more here!

The Centre for Community Partnerships is offering exciting and challenging opportunities for current U of T students. Work study program students will:

  • Learn about student life, community-engaged learning, community development and student development through active involvement in program planning and implementation
  • Develop and practise skills in communication, meeting management, event planning, marketing and more
  • Work in a team environment under the supervision of professional full-time staff

Read what past students have written about their experience working at the CCP:

If you have any questions feel free to email me at

written by Kristina Minnella

Applications now open for the CCP Student and Alumni Advisory Committee

The Centre for Community Partnerships is looking for students to serve on our Student and Alumni Advisory Committee. Applications open until August 14, 2015.

The CCP Student and Alumni Advisory Committee is comprised of one student co-chair, one staff co-chair and 12 – 15 members that will meet four times per year (Fall, Late Fall, Early Spring, End of Spring). The  chair and members will serve a two-year term.

The 2015-2016 meetings are scheduled for the following times:

Friday, October 23,  5:30PM-7PM

Friday November 27, 5:30PM-7PM

Friday, January 8, 5:30PM-7PM

Friday March 11, 5:30PM-7PM

The CCP Student and Alumni Advisory Committee Members will:

  • Provide feedback to the CCP staff regarding programming and direction.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance the profile of the CCP (key messages, methods of promoting the CCP to students).
  • Consult with members’ constituents regarding challenges, opportunities and accomplishments relevant to the work of the CCP.
  • Identify methods of promoting service-learning/community engagement programs and courses broadly.
  • Identify methods of reducing barriers to participation in service-learning/community engagement programs and courses.
  • Identify key messages to be communicated to students, staff and faculty regarding service-learning, community engagement and community-based learning opportunities.
  • Identify specific themes/areas of interest for the year.

The CCP Student and Alumni Advisory Committee will provide input to the Director of the CCP on the following (but not limited to):

  • Progress made on each area of the Advisory Board’s mandate.
  • New initiatives resulting from the work of the Advisory Board.
  • Effectiveness of programs and services offered at the CCP.
  • Recommendations for next steps with regard to enhancing service-learning; community engagement; and community-based learning opportunities at the University of Toronto.

Interested in applying?

Send your resume and cover letter outlining why you are interested in sitting on the Centre for Community Partnerships Student and Alumni Advisory Committee to Kristina Minnella ( by August 14, 2015

Spotlight on UofT Cressy Award Winners: Louis Train

In September a brand new set of students will be joining the University of Toronto community. That is cause for celebration! In the next few posts we are going to share the experiences and insights of a few of our graduating students. These students have all been very involved with the University of Toronto and the University has acknowledged their involvement by awarding them with The Cressy Award.

The student experience at the University of Toronto is more than classes and books. It is life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.

Please click here to view the 2015 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award Recipients.

Incoming students, if you are reading this, welcome to UofT! I encourage to get involved and find your fit here just like these amazing grads did!

Cressy Award Winner: Louis Train
Program: Philosophy, English, Writing & Rhetoric
Involved with: Peace by PEACE, blogUT, The Mike, The Howl, Arts and Science Council, Humanities Curriculum Committee, The Underwear Club
College: SMC

LouisWe asked Louis to share some advice he had for incoming students. This is what he said:

Some of my best learning at UofT was outside the classroom. I watched experienced leaders and figured out how to do what they did. I watched them plan, organize, direct, and inspire. I went to their events and worked on their projects and followed their instructions. Then I planned my own events and launched my own projects.

Your leader might have only a few more years of experience than you, but a few good years can make a big difference. If you read about someone who seems impossibly accomplished, remember they started in the same position as you. The difference is what they’ve learned since. That’s also what you can learn from them.

Choose involvement opportunities like choosing a class – what can I learn? Who is in charge, and what can they teach me?

But also ask: Do I care about this? Do I believe in it? I lost a year following a charismatic student leader whose club was essentially padding for her resume. I learned a lot, but felt empty.

At Peace by PEACE, I worked on something I believed in and learned a lot. I invented a conflict resolution game that 3000 Toronto kids have played.

I also found a love for writing, and spent three happy years writing and (and later editing) blogs, newsletters, curricula, and newspapers. I wrote about meeting Margaret Atwood, and she shared the article on Twitter. Now I’ve begun editing professionally.

Find your calling, first, then find out who does it well. In a few years, people will try to find you.