The McMaster International ‘Students as Partners’ Institute will take place from 09:00am on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, until 4:00pm on Friday, May 22. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to apply for the Workshop Program or the Change Institute. A program of activities and social events will take place during the three days to allow for networking between delegates within and between the different groups.

Participants are also invited to bring a poster showcasing a relevant student-faculty/staff partnership project to display for the duration of the Summer Institute. A poster reception is planned. For more information about posters, see the ‘Posters & Case Studies‘ page on this site.  

Change Institute, May 20 – 22

Facilitators: Alise de Bie, Anita Acai, Greg Van Gastel, Mick Healey, Ruth Healey, Tony Cliffe

Teams of 4-6 faculty/staff and students (at least two of each) from an institution (or a group of institutions working together on a project) may apply to join a three day ‘Change Institute’, where they will be supported to plan the implementation of a ‘students as partners’ initiative. Approximately half the time during the Institute will be spent with team members developing your initiative with the support a faculty/staff and a student consultant and the remainder will be spent in plenary with the other teams developing ideas and sharing experiences supported by the Change Institute facilitators. Teams should come with a strategic initiative which has already been approved in principle within their institution(s), but should be at the early stages of developing and implementing the initiative.

To apply for the Change Institute, please fill out this APPLICATION FORM. Applications are due by February 24, 2020.

Workshop Program, May 20 – 22

Partnerships in and across contexts

Facilitators: Cherie Woolmer, Ketevan Kupatadze, Natalie McCray

The workshop program will focus on three interrelated themes: Starting, growing, and critically reflecting on situated partnership practice. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive sessions with facilitators and one another to 1) learn about relevant models and resources that help to develop different types of partnerships to enhance learning and teaching; 2) explore what partnership-based pedagogies mean for us individually as well as institutionally; and 3) critically evaluate the ideological, systemic, and cultural practices that hinder or support partnerships in higher education.

Informed by relevant scholarship and facilitators’ own experiences of engaging in and running partnership programs, participants will be invited to explore the various opportunities for partnerships in their contexts whether new to or experienced in this form of working.

Throughout the program, participants will be supported to reflect upon and develop a personal partnership philosophy statement and outline a partnership-based project relevant to their context.

Registration for the workshop program (3 days) and the change institute is now open. Click here.

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