Bringing communities together to collaboratively identify, research, understand, and address ‘wicked problems’ that prevent access to justice, health, and belonging for all people. (CRHESI Objective)
Since the launch of CRHESI in November 2015, we have learned a great deal about building effective university-community collaborations. Now it is time to build upon what we have learned. Over the last twelve months, we have synthesized and incorporated the experience of the past four years into our working priorities and directions for the next phase of our journey.
As a result, beginning this September, the ‘CRHESI calendar’ year will be organized around four key events per year: two ‘lightning talks’ sessions and two community research incubator sessions. Together, these four events serve as our foundational programming strategy for instigating and reporting back on membership and community partnerships.
The lightning talk events are, in essence, biannual mini-conferences. Each event provides wide-ranging updates about research and collaboration endeavours in the region that relate to health equity and social inclusion. Lightning talk events also feature a community reception as well for informal connecting.
The community research incubators establish a bi-annual, adaptive and engaging forum for connecting community leaders, academics, local organizations, and students around new issues, community needs, and research opportunities.
▪The next community research incubator is September 24, 3:00 – 4:30 PM (RSVP)
▪The next lightning talks event is Thursday, November 21, 3:00 – 4:30 PM (RSVP)
▪The schedule for all upcoming lightning talks and community research incubators through 2022 are posted on the CRHESI events page.
All CRHESI members are strongly encouraged to prioritize participation in these events. We are refocusing/reallocating significant coordination resources to maximize the effectiveness and value of these sessions as core engagement priorities. In short: these four yearly event events are the four most important CRHESI events in the year.
If you are interested in becoming more involved, presenting, or utilizing these sessions in order to galvanize new projects or forge new collaborations, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in becoming a CRHESI member, click here to learn more about joining our ecosystem of community and university partners.