What is CU Expo?
CU Expo is a Canadian-led international conference designed to showcase the best practices in community-university partnerships worldwide, and to create opportunities for innovative and successful collaborations which strengthen our communities. The conference has been held every 2 years over the past decade in different provinces, including Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. CU Expo is organized jointly by communities, universities and colleges, government, and non-profit organizations.
Community-university research partnerships provide the opportunity for community members to work directly with experienced researchers as well as for academic researchers to work directly with knowledgeable community groups to define a problem, conduct research, interpret findings, and apply results to bring about positive change. This approach involves creative methods of research to meet community needs and to maintain academic research standards in producing results that are important and useful to community, academics and policy makers.
CU Expo 2013: Engaging Shared Worlds, is being held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador, hosted by Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the City of Corner Brook, with support from the Provincial Office of Public Engagement. The conference is expected to draw 500 people from Canada and around the world who are passionate about the power of community-university partnerships as a vehicle for social change including students, community leaders, researchers, educators, funders, policy makers and others invested in community-building.
Over the 3 days of the conference, participants can choose from a variety of interactive sessions: from workshops to arts activities, deliberative dialogue to presentations, participatory communications, mobile tours, service learning and more. In addition to the main program sessions a variety of community events will be taking place: community dinners, theatre, art shows, and kitchen parties, all of which will give participants an opportunity to meet members of the community and provide a flavour of this unique Canadian province.