Although we like to think of Roundhouse and the Social Innovation Institute as a small, but mighty team, we can’t do all of the work on our own. We are very fortunate to have a network of amazing people supporting us, including our wonderful committee members.
In January 2018, we launched six committees to bring a diverse, community perspective to the work we do. In total, we’ve had over 50 people participate as committee members in our first year—that’s a lot of valuable insight!
The six committees and their focus for the year have been:
Changemaker Volunteers - conducted a needs assessment of Edmonton non-profits to determine how Roundhouse and the Institute could potentially support them.
Culture and Awareness Building Committee - planned initiatives with the goal of educating, recognizing and celebrating changemaking (taking action to make the world a better place).
Interdisciplinary Impact Committee - supported campus stakeholders in exploring solutions to community issues.
Impact Measurement Committee - determined how to measure and evaluate the work of Roundhouse and the Institute.
Community Engaged Scholarship - supported faculty with community-based research projects. Click here for an example of one that was seen as a guiding example by the committee.
Community Engaged Learning - supported a campus-wide platform to connect community needs with class assignments and projects.
With the committees, the Institute and Roundhouse all being so new, there was a lot of growing to be done in year one. The committees evolved throughout the year as committee members learned their member’s strengths and our work developed. Some of the committee’s found their focus, and some are pivoting to better utilize their strengths in year two.
We are looking forward to seeing what year two holds and are currently recruiting new members to support our committees. A typical committee member should be able to commit to one meeting/month, and 1-2 hours of work between meetings. If this sounds like something you’d like to be part of and you want to learn more, send an email to Heather Braid at [email protected] by Wednesday, December 12.