YorkU - TD  CEC Newsletter: January/February 2016

Voices of the Diaspora...Sacred Fire

On Tuesday, February 16, The Harriet Tubman Institute, the York-TD CEC and a number of community organizations will host the talented and well-travelled composer, conductor and lecturer, Dr. Robert L. Morris and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, in a concert on Afrocentric musical traditions. The concert will be held in the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre at 8p.m. 
It will be part of a second workshop that will accompany this evening concert, performed by the world-renowned Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Tickets are available for $45 and $30 for students/seniors.

The event Voices of the Diaspora…Sacred Fire has been organized in partnership with the Harriot Tubman Institute, York University -TD Community Engagement Centre, and the Toronto Black History Council—a collective of several west-end not for profit organizations—as a part of Toronto’s Black History Month celebrations. The night promises to be informative, entertaining and thought-provoking.       
Click here for tickets.

Reading Black Canada - Lawrence Hill's The Illegal

Join the Harriet Tubman Institute at the CEC for an evening discussion on February 24 from 6:30-7:30pm on the book The Illegal, By Lawrence Hill.  (Copy available for loan at the CEC). This Reading Black Canada series begins in Black History Month and will look at a different book each month written by one of Canada's many Black authors.  See our website for the full list. Please join us!

Black Creek Financial Action Network

On Wednesday, January 27th & Thursday, January 28th, the Black Creek Financial Action Network (BCFAN) hosted credit week at the Yorkgate Mall - Save Smart- Spend-Smart. This was all in effort to raise financial literacy awareness in the Black Creek community, and connect residents to the many resources in the community through the BCFAN network. Many thanks to all the members, and student volunteers who turned out to make this event a success!

Inclusion Conference Workshop

The CEC was selected to present at the 2016 York University Inclusion Day Conference. This year's theme was Human Rights & the University – Progressive? Constrained? Connected?

Nathan Stern, Community Projects Coodinator, facilitated a round-table discussion entitled University-Community Engagement: Bridging the Gap.  The round-table highlighted emerging issues and success in community-university relationships. 
  Nathan stressed the importance of understanding issues such as power and privilege, validating other ways of knowing, co-creation of agendas, shared impacts, and deconstructing silos. Participants, through various sharing opportunities, were encouraged to contribute to the discussion around guiding principles of community engagement for various groups at York. When asked about the key message Stern responded “In community engagement, ALL participant groups MUST acknowledge their continued need and capacity for growth and learning.”

For more information on this presentation click here or to arrange a presentation on University-Community Engagement, contact the CEC.

"Time Well Spent At the CEC"

Theresa Edwards, 2015 ACE student, describes in her own words her experience working with the team at the Community Engagement Centre.   
I still remember the first time I came through the front doors as if it was yesterday.  I was greeted by a sense of professionalism and a cocktail of my own nerves.  I remember thinking that I had just strapped in for the ride of my life but I was wrong. The friendly atmosphere and workplace togetherness soon consumed me. I went from being worried about making mistakes to embracing them.  From trying to accomplish my task individually to taking full advantage of the team put in place to guide me. 

I realized that the York - TD Community Engagement Centre is not just an office that provides and educates others about services.  The Community Engagement Centre is a community within the community.  A place that I came to develop and polish skills that I need in the real world but ended up doing much more; I started to grow as an individual.  Everyday, I interacted with local people and had the pleasure of hearing the inspiring stories that they chose to share.

I am truly thankful that I got the opportunity to work with the most caring and welcoming staff I know today.  There is nothing I would change or regret about my time at the CEC.  I had an unimaginable experience and will greatly miss coming through those doors everyday at 12 o'clock.
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