The Community Engagement Option will appeal most to senior undergraduate students who are passionate about social justice, and who are ready to start transitioning from university to the broader world – in this case, from classroom-type learning to learning with others in a context that values civic engagement, cultural diversity, and respect for others.
Three core courses nudge students to reflect on their values, teach them how to work more effectively and respectfully with others, and nurture interdisciplinary thinking and action. They also prepare students to become citizens who are committed to generate positive social change.
Community Engagement partners with The Working Centre. TWC is a highly-respected non-profit, community-based, volunteer inspired venture in Kitchener that for 30 years has been developing alternative educational initiatives, seeking to give individuals and groups access to tools and opportunities to become involved in the building of local community projects in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas. The core courses are situated in Downtown Kitchener, building on the community-based learning of The Working Centre and other community organizations in the downtown cores. Two of the core courses offer placements at TWC.