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The inaugural UCD Community Engaged Learning and Teaching Symposium took place on May 18, 2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 via Zoom.

This symposium aimed to bring together and nurture a community working in or interested in learning about Community Engaged Learning. The theme of the symposium was - The Transformative Power of Community Engaged Learning. 
The symposium featured a keynote address, a panel discussion and an informal discussion (you can explore the programme and speakers below). 
Eimear McNally created a visual representation of the Symposium that you can view here -  UCD CELT Network Symposium Visual Piece.
You can view the videos of the symposium on our YouTube channel - (opens in a new window)Keynote Address(opens in a new window)Panel Discussion and (opens in a new window)Final Words.
CELT network event Keynote Discussion 
The CELT Community of Practice has been funded by the UCD Learning Enhancement Project funding.

Theme: Transformation from individual to collective learning for change

Associate Professor Helga Dorner is director at the Institute of Research on Adult Education and Knowledge Management at the Faculty of Education and Psychology of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary. She is also visiting faculty and researcher at the Central European University, Vienna, Austria. Before joining ELTE, she was senior lecturer and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the Central European University, Hungary. She was lead faculty of the Program for Excellence in Teaching in Higher Education for Doctoral Students and taught courses in the field of teaching and learning in higher education and socialization of academics. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She researches teaching innovations, academic professionalism and mentoring for teaching in higher education.

Chaired by Associate Prof Niamh Moore Cherry, VP of Teaching and Learning, UCD College of Social Science and Law.

Theme: The Transformative Power of Community Engaged Learning

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Clare Mulvany ( panel facilitator) is a writer and educator living in West Cork, Ireland. A graduate in International Education from Oxford University, she has been leading transformational learning programmes for over 20 years across the globe, weaving the strands of creative practice, service leadership, spiritual ecology and social justice. She is the author of ‘One Wild Life- A Journey to Discover People Who Change the World’, and her writing and documentary photography has appeared in places like On Being and The Irish Times. A Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardee, was a founding member of the leading education NGO, Suas; a co-founder of the cultural agency, The Trailblazery, and is currently a lecturer in University College Dublin’s Innovation Academy. She is a trained classical hatha yoga instructor, and has led writing workshops and creative retreats across the world. Aside from everything else, the sea and her dog, bring her infinite joy.

Assistant Professor Sarah Morton is Director of the Community Drugs Programme and Assistant Professor in Community Engagement in University College Dublin. Sarah is the Director of the Community Drugs Programme, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD. She has extensive experience in policy, practice and outcome evaluation in relation to addressing complex issues including domestic and sexual violence and drug and alcohol use and her research interests focus on community engaged research as well as creative and participative research methodologies. She has a deep commitment to widening participation and community engaged learning practices, and was joint winner of the CEU 2020 European Award for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Dr Laura O'Reilly is coordinator of Urrús Addiction Training Centre, Ballymun Youth Action Project and holds a Ph.D from the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. Beyond her coordination and delivery of education, training and rehabilitation services, Laura’s research interests include issues related to stigma, substance use initiation pathways, drug treatment and rehabilitation. Laura has a particular interest in the progression pathways of people using substances into education and employment, as well as the capacity building of communities to respond effectively to drug issues.

Sinead Jordan is a graduate of the Community Drugs Programme and holds a Master's in Public Policy. Sinead works as a local employment officer and key worker at Northside Partnership, Coolock. Her work in the Labour Inclusion Programme (LIP) involves supporting people with prior experience of substance use and other disadvantage to progress into education, training and employment. She has a particular interest in women and substance use and facilitates a woman only recovery group in a drug and alcohol service.

Tobias Gunning (UCD School of Law) and Asst Prof Adamaria Perrotta (UCD School of Mathematics) lead a discussion posing the question 'What transformation are you seeking?'.

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Eimear McNally is a freelance illustrator and facilitator. She works mainly in the area of live graphic recording and visual facilitation. Eimear works on paper and digitally. She is trained and experienced in facilitation with an "Art of Hosting" approach. This approach focuses on collaborative, conversational methods for meetings and learning processes. Eimear loves using creative methods to help groups of people manage change or answer important questions.

Eimear's final piece for the UCD CELT Symposium 2021

Asst Prof Deirdre McGillicuddy represents UCD on the Campus Engage Community Engaged Learning Committee. Learn more about Community Engaged Learning here: (opens in a new window)https://www.campusengage.ie/

Theresa O'Leary coordinates UCD in the Community which seeks to support and promote civic engagement across UCD and beyond. You can find out more here: https://www.ucd.ie/ucdinthecommunity/

The CELT Community of Practice has been funded by the UCD Learning Enhancement Project funding.

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