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CACSL2012 Community Service-Learning: Impacts of Community Engagement Conference

CACSL2012 Community Service-Learning: Impacts of Community Engagement
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
May 10-12, 2012

The University of Saskatchewan is proud to host the 2012 Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning Conference, May 10-12, 2012 – sharing knowledge and conversation around the practice and outcomes of community service-learning in Canada.

The conference will focus on the impacts of community engagement and how all stakeholders involved in CSL are affected by CSL practices and programs. We hope to spark conversation, facilitate the development of research alliances, and share practices, so that we can learn though authentic engagement with each other.

Featured Speakers and Workshops
Leading scholars of Community Engaged Learning and Community Service-Learning

Keynote Lecture
The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., O.C., O.M.

Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, served as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1996-2000. In the Foreign Affairs portfolio, Minister Axworthy became internationally known for his advancement of the human security concept, in particular, the Ottawa Treaty – a landmark global treaty banning anti-personnel landmines. Axworthy currently serves as a commissioner on the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue and Commission on Arctic Climate Change. He is a Board member of the MacArthur Foundation, Human Rights Watch, the Educational Policy Institute, the Canadian Landmines Foundation and the University of the Arctic, among others. At The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Axworthy is working to renew the campus and its downtown community with the view to making post-secondary education more accessible to inner-city, Aboriginal, new immigrant and refugee students. He is also expanding the University’s outreach in the areas of Aboriginal education, environmental studies, and human rights. In 2010, he was made an honourary member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba and was given an Ojibwe name – Waapshki Pinaysee Inini, which means White Thunderbird Man.

Invited Speaker and Panelist
Sherril B. Gelmon, DrPH

Dr. Gelmon is Professor of Public Health in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Her dedication to service learning and community engagement spans all aspects of her impressive career as a scholar, teacher, and administrator in the field of Public Health. Dr. Gelmon was the founding chair of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (2006-2008), she is the lead author of the Northwest Health Foundation’s handbook on program evaluation and the Campus Compact publication “Assessing the Impact of Service-learning and Civic Engagement,” and she received the Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Learning from Portland State University in 2007.

Featured Workshop
“Evaluation of CSL Projects: From Fundamentals to Innovative Approaches”
Marcel D’Eon, Sarah Buhler, and Krista Trinder (facilitators)

For more information, please visit

Call for Proposals
We invite proposals for papers, workshops, interactive sessions, talking circles, panels, and posters.

Individual submissions are welcome. Joint submissions from stakeholder groups – community organizations, faculty and academics, and staff and practitioners – are highly encouraged. Proposals should be submitted by one person providing contact information with participants listed, up to two submissions per key contact person.

Submissions may be made at: 

All proposals must follow the guidelines as they will appear in the submission form. Each proposal will be reviewed by at least two peer-reviewers, and will receive notification regarding acceptance by no later than March 13, 2012.

The Conference theme will support the many points of view of stakeholders in community service-learning including (but not exclusively):

  • assessment of project, support centre, impact on community
  • community service-learning frameworks curricular and co-curricular, long- and short-term, individual and group placements, projects designed by community
  • impact of community service-learning on student learning -cognitive development, world view, citizenship, self knowledge
  • addressing goals of community organizations through community service-learning how it is accomplished, if it is accomplished, impact on community members
  • interconnections in community service-learning – deepening the relationship and understanding between CSL stakeholders – faculty, the practioner, and the community organization

Session Formats
Academic Paper: presentation of research findings around community service-learning pedagogy, delivery, and outcomes. Time for questions and discussions are included in the session time slot.

Workshop: interactive discussion and activity around a model or aspect of community service-learning design, implementation, or evaluation. Interactivity, ideally with tangible outcomes, is key to these sessions.

Talking Circles: focus on a specific topic, especially one with varying points of view from all involved in CSL (e.g. instructors, community members, students), with a key presenter as someone both knowledgeable on and open to ideas about this topic. Active listening and discussion is central to these sessions.

Posters: highlight the work of research, best practices, and upcoming or ongoing projects. These posters will be shown on our opening evening, during the welcome reception.  This session is held to provide opportunity to share in a focused, informal environment.

CACSL was officially founded in 2004, building on support from many institutions across Canada. This conference, Impacts of Community Engagement, hopes to expand on the traditions of collaboration around community service-learning in Canada, and establish a new opportunity for those involved in community service-learning to share with and learn from each other.


About judithcoe

I am a retired music professor emerita, faculty development champion, SoTL practitioner mentor and trainer, technology geek, fulbright alum, cultural ambassador, digital explorer, artist, and observer with a passion for Irish land- and seascapes, music and literature, Blasket Island people and culture, and the sea.


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