GOAL: Engage communities across our campuses, city and region, province, nation and the world to create reciprocal, mutually beneficial learning experiences, research projects, partnerships, and collaborations.
Objective 16 – Strategy v
The U of A’s year-long celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial culminated in September with the Canada 150 Community Celebration at South Campus. The event featured the unveiling of a new commemorative community space: the Evergreen Pond and the Circle.
Naylor Report Advocacy
Objective 16 – Strategy iii
Objective 18 – Strategies iii, iv
The final report of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review was released in April of 2017 by the federal government, and for the past several months the U of A has joined Universities Canada and the U15 in an advocacy campaign to influence the strategic direction of federal investment in fundamental science. Through advocacy meetings, op-eds on fundamental research and education, and other activities the U of A is sharing a key message:
Funding for basic research is essential to driving economic growth, supporting innovation, and creating jobs—university research improves the lives of Albertans, Canadians, and people around the world.
United Way Campaign
Objective 16 – Strategies i,iii
Objective 18 – Strategy ii
During a revitalized campaign in October of 2017, the university community raised more than $608,000 for the United Way. The annual United Way campaign demonstrates the U of A’s commitment to uplifting the whole people, and its responsibility to serve the public good.
Objective 16 – Strategy iv
The university’s effort to build authentic and mutually beneficial relationships with alumni re-engaged two specific alumni groups:
The U of A hosted a gathering of Indigenous alumni in October [see more under Build: Truth and Reconciliation].
The inaugural meeting of the Board of Governors Emeritus Members (GEM) was held in October 2017. GEM aims to keep members engaged with the university after they retire from the board, so they can be ambassadors and advocates for the University of Alberta.