Over the past several years, UTSC has begun shifting our institutional culture so that faculty, staff, and students see themselves as civic actors within the larger community. We have co-developed, with our community partners, The East Scarborough Storefront, a unique and successful reciprocal learning community development approach that has tremendous potential for transformational change, locally and profound implications for community/university work across the country. The reciprocal-learning community development approach is a collection of principles and practices that focus on the university and community understanding each other's needs and values and creating place-based action plans that meet both pedagogical needs and local social change agendas.
A working definition of community engagement:
Community engagement at UTSC is about the ways the university and communities within and beyond UTSC partner in a reciprocal, values-based way through:
- Teaching & Learning
- Collaboration, Action & Reflection
- Public Engagement & Campus Development