Connecting the Dots Student Orientation: Best Practices for Jane-finch & York U Partnerships
On Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 over 70 folks came together at the York University-TD Community Engagement Centre for the “Connecting the Dots: Best Practices for Jane-Finch & York U Partnerships” symposium. It brought together residents, long term organizers, and community organization representatives of the Jane-Finch community with members of the York U community (faculty and staff), to begin a conversation to address and acknowledge the historical issues that have and continue to exist between the two communities. The goal of the symposium was to further develop a culture of engagement through best practices for partnerships between the Jane-Finch and York University communities. During the symposium participants had an opportunity to explore and discuss some of the intricate dynamics that have contributed to the sense of distrust and tension between the two communities, as well as begin to work towards healing this relationship. This was done through (1) engaging in honest dialogue about the stigmas, assumptions, and realities that are faced by the Jane-Finch community; (2) dissecting the role of power and privilege in the relationship between York U. and the Jane-Finch community, and (3) working towards creating a collective set of guidelines and visions which define “Best Practices for Jane-Finch & York U Partnerships”. Please stay tuned for follow-up strategies and more information on the day.