Commanding Transformative Change: Community Based Research Engaging University Partnership to Address Gender-Based Violence

Hynes, Natalie and Pike, Holly and Croll, Marie and Kennedy, Janice (2013) Commanding Transformative Change: Community Based Research Engaging University Partnership to Address Gender-Based Violence. In: CU Expo 2013, June 12-15, 2013, Corner Brook, NL, Canada. (Submitted)

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What is gender-based violence (GBV)? Who does it affect? What does it look like? What role do the university and the community play in addressing this human rights issue? This session will report on the findings of two projects funded by Status of Women Canada --CAMPUS (Community & Campus Alliance for Maintaining & Promoting University Safety) and Project PEACE (Promoting Equality & Accountability through Community Engagement)—to demonstrate how GBV presents itself in the local context of the City of Corner Brook (a regional service centre), Bay of Islands and Humber Valley regions and its local university, Memorial University – Grenfell Campus. These areas comprise 20 communities and approximately 37,500 people with university enrollment of approximately 1,300 students. CAMPUS Project focuses on Grenfell Campus while Project PEACE assumes a regional perspective. This session will examine how these projects arrive at their common goal of developing a community plan that reflects the concerns and lived experiences of women and girls and highlights anti-oppressive, empowerment-based approaches to working with victims of gender-based violence, including the measures adopted to address this issue. We will also highlight the strengths of our communities and what needs improvement, emphasizing community and campus engagement in the work towards safer communities. Each project has a strong working relationship with Grenfell Campus, individual to the project. We will demonstrate that the university-community relationship plays an essential role in the facilitation of these projects through student participation, research support and guidance, steering committees, MUCEP students, meeting space, faculty and staff time, etc. This presentation will show how these partnerships can work in many forms to meet the needs of the local community and the university and engage both in achieving mutually desired goals.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Item ID: 1857
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > CU Expo 2013
Date: 15 June 2013
Date Type: Completion
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