The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Event Details

Conversations with Community

23rd – 27th of March 2015 @ ILAS, NUI Galway Room G006

Conversations with Community March 2015

Hosted by the Institute for Lifecourse and Society at NUI Galway

All Welcome

The CKI at ILAS is delighted to offer two lunch time Conversations with Community from two visiting scholars from Alaska and Mexico. All are welcome to attend and please RSVP Carmel King Tea/Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Further information please contact Lorraine McIlrath

Date: Monday 23rd March 2015
Time: 12.30 to 2pm
Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Siemers
University: University of Alaska Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula College
Title: Community Engagement from Alaska to Ireland - Anchorage to Galway
Chair: Dr Brian Ó Donnchadha, Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, NUI Galway
Venue: Room 2015 Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway
Cheryl Siemers is currently a Colston Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol, hosted by the English department to work with the B.A. in English Literature and Community Engagement and by the Department of Social Sciences and Law to engage with the Productive Margins program. Dr. Siemers is visiting from the University of Alaska Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula College. On Monday, March 23, she'll hold a workshop to discuss her three areas of research: exploring ways in which community or local knowledge is valued, shared, and incorporated in both traditional classroom settings and in community-engaged projects; investigating how indigenous ways of knowing might be integrated in community-based learning; and examining how these engaged projects might increase persistence for underrepresented students in higher education. She looks forward to discussing the crossover between her work and the engagement happening in NUI Galway.

Date: Friday 27th March
Time: 12.30 to 2pm
Speaker: Dr. Maria Luisa López Segura
University: University of Monterrey, Mexico
Title: A Civic Professionalism Project in Jimulco Natural Ecological Reserve - Tec de Monterrey, México
Chair: Lorraine McIlrath, CKI, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway
Venue: Seminar Room GO06 Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway
Dr. Maria Luisa López Segura from the University of Monterrey, Mexico will visit Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI), NUI Galway in March 2015 as a visiting scholar. This seminar aims to share experiences on the following: This project is a contribution to ITESM Citizenship and Ethics Program and intends to promote and develop civic professionalism knowledge and initiatives among faculty and colleagues. My contribution was through my work as a teacher, particularly integrating citizenship concepts and actions in Chemistry, Chemistry Lab and Experimental Chemistry courses at the Engineering Department. The objective was to encourage faculty to rethink their teaching strategies and goals as they develop courses with civic professionalism as a focus for students, and realistic projects for common good with emphasis on ethics and responsibility. This work enabled a deep and motivated connection for 24 engineering students with people of three communities at the Ecological Reserve of Jimulco in Northern Coahuila State of México and gave them the opportunity and motivation to search for solutions using human centered design and to use their knowledge to serve people. I present the process we followed with students, starting with people in these communities, and the creative approach used for problem solving based in people that turned ideas into some products and services for this community. Empathy, enthusiasm and creative confidence drives us forward and motivates us to continue using civic professionalism as a way to innovate and learn.