Circling Around: a conversation about University

and Community Research Relationships


Circling Around

Thursday, March 10
Location: Ballroom (UNC 200), University Centre, The University of British Columbia
Panel and group discussion: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meet and greet: 12:30 to 1 p.m.

There is a growing awareness that we need to challenge the ways the universities engage with communities, and the way that we think about the boundaries between knowledge production and community engagement.

How do community members come to engage with the university and raise research priorities or benefit from scholarly activity? And through understanding these relationships, how do researchers redefine their relationships to communities and the university?   

A panel will provide diverse perspectives on their relationship with the university and how they envision the ideal relationship for more reciprocal benefit. Following, members of the community and university are invited to discuss the opportunities, and challenges, of community research relationship in a moderated round-circle format.

No registration required. Light refreshments provided.

Sponsored by:
Community, Culture and Global Studies, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
Institute for Community Engaged Research
Office of Research Services

Mike Evans, Professor, Anthropology and Director of the Institute for Community Engaged Research, UBC Okanagan


Cajax Susana Caxaj
Assistant Professor, Nursing, UBC Okanagan
Current interests are focused on issues of diversity, cross-cultural considerations and equity as they pertain to chronic illness prevention and management in rural areas or mid-size cities. 
Bond Phil Bond
Manager of the Community Service Learning Program, UBC Okanagan.
Community Service Learning is a type of experiential learning that combines learning with volunteer work that meets community needs. 
Deegan Heather Deegan
Manager of Population Health Services, Interior Health.
Areas of research interest include: community capacity building, social capital, local/regional food systems planning, and best practices for food policy councils. 
McEwan Jamie McEwan
Community Development Manager at District of Lake Country, former city councillor in Lake Country and UBC Alumni.
Born and raised in the Okanagan, Jamie is passionate about contributing to a positive future for the region.
Austen Shane Austin
Designer, speaker, consultant, community builder, writer, and co-founder of Co+Lab.
Austin’s goal as a designer is to develop strategies and solutions that are thoughtful, articulate and human-centred. 
Legault Gabrielle Legault
PhD Candidate, UBC Okanagan.
Legault’s work and achievements are centered on her experience working with the Métis community. She has worked closely with the Métis Nation of British Columbia (MNBC) for several years in a research capacity, but is also involved with the organization on a community level as a registered citizen.

Presented by Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies 524 Professional Seminar:

Chair: Sandra Young
Panelist liaison: Krista Arias
Greeters: Krista Arias, Dorjan Lecki
Catering liaison: David Lacho
Communications: Robyn Bunn, Rob Friberg