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Beyond Engagement: Creating Integration, Innovation & Impact

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The University of Victoria hosted CUVIC’ 2014 from the 19th to the 22nd of May’ 2014. Titled as ‘Beyond Engagement: Creating Integration, Innovation & Impact’, the conference witnessed engaging keynote presentations, workshops, poster sessions and field trips. The conference provided a platform for discussions relating to connections between the community and university activists, innovators and researchers from around the world. It gave an opportunity to reflect on and join a growing local and global movement for community and university engagement to create a more sustainable, healthy and just world. Participants from across the globe shared stories regarding the new skills where research, teaching, learning and the arts meet creative and interdisciplinary community development.

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As a prelude to the conference, the Arts of Engagement Pre-Conference Workshop took place at the University of Victoria on May 20th 2014, in conjunction with the CUVIC’ 2014. This interdisciplinary workshop, sponsored by Community-Based Research Canada, brought together emerging scholars and experienced practitioners in community-university engagement to present, discuss and share the promises and challenges of this approach to scholarship. The workshop drew from experts versed in arts-based, visual and participatory research methods to provide a reflective and interactive space for emerging and established scholars. Nearly

30 emerging scholars had the opportunity to work with the workshop convenors on a project integrating performance art, textile, social media, and video throughout the conference. On the last day of the conference, this culminated in a short video presented at the closing ceremonies of the conference.

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