Supported by a ten-year gift from TD Financial Group, the York TD CEC was created to establish “the foundation for a highly visible pan-university teaching, research and resource facility that will benefit students, faculty and the community-at-large” within the Black-Creek community.
Upon announcement of the gift award in 2006, a comprehensive consultation and planning process was undertaken in 2007 resulting in the identification of the following primary purposes of the CEC:
- To encourage mutual university-community participation in learning, research and community service aimed at capacity building
- To facilitate information sharing between the community and university
- To facilitate university-community partnership
- To facilitate access to university information and resources
The CEC was officially launched in September 2008 alongside the launch of the President’s Task Force on Community Engagement. While originally housed within the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, responsibility for the CEC was transferred to the Vice-President Academic & Provost in 2009 (reporting to the Vice Provost Academic).