impact and talent in the humanities
and social sciences.
WHAT IS THE/LA COLLABORATIVE?
A multi-institutions network led from McMaster University dedicated to enhancing social sciences and humanities contribution to education, social innovation and knowledge policy through campus to community partnerships.
The/La Collaborative’s objective is to steer social sciences and humanities knowledge and skills where they are most needed by creating new models of impact that focus on the needs and interests of participants. Our sophisticated digital platform is used to support connection brokers who oversee person-to-person collaborations. Our partners access the expertise of social sciences and humanities researchers they need through collaborative processes that put them at the focus. Our collaboration protocols give elementary and secondary school teachers the resources they need to support inquiry in the classroom and provide community agencies and government with increased capacity for social innovation and knowledge-based policy.
A community of practice that invests in new models for research training and talent-building to meet the needs of graduate students in the social sciences and humanities.
The/La Collaborative’s activities revolve around the involvement of graduate “interns” who receive dedicated collaborative research training that focuses on experiential learning to foster foundational skills needed for success in academia and in the private and public sectors. Through their work as connection brokers and expert-facilitators graduate students from all fields in the social sciences and humanities and beyond fuel opportunities that span across sectors – academia, not-for-profit, and government – that combine a flexible schedule with meaningful community based learning.
HOW DO WE SUPPORT CANADIAN TEACHERS AND STUDENTS?
Social science and humanities researchers have untapped know-how and much-needed subject-matter expertise that can transform inquiry learning across all levels.
Research makes specialists. Now Academics can all be experts in their communities and beyond.
SSH disciplines benefit. Experts support teachers and enhance students’ learning experience by showcasing the best of knowledge in your field.
Academics can directly help future undergraduates better understand the importance of their discipline and the role of expert knowledge in addressing societal challenges.
The time commitment is short: experts need little to no preparation. Interactions are informal, just like office hours.
Engagement in the community caters meaningfully to needs that teachers have identified as priorities, all the while encouraging new collaborative practices and knowledge mobilization approaches that fit the role of social sciences and humanities in shaping better societies.
HELPING OUR COMMUNITY. BUILDING CAPACITY FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION
Campus-Community partnerships are crucial to support Not-For-Profits and train the future of community service and policy leadership. We’re building a pan-Canadian cross-sectoral community of practice, focused on capacity-building around all aspects of social innovation and enterprise.
Social sciences and humanities can help shape the future of not-for-profit leadership, developing skills for the real world while building capacity for current managers.
We are working with the United Way of Halton and Hamilton to develop, pilot, and scale a new reciprocity-based experiential learning opportunity that will teach students from businesses, humanities and social sciences the principle of social innovation while simultaneously building capacity in local non-profts. The project will be piloted at McMaster and then shared with other University-Community partnerships across Canada.
– J., High School Teacher
– C., Member of The/La Collaborative’s Graduate Student Cohort
– B., Member of The/La Collaborative’s Graduate Student Cohort
– V., University Professor