IICUSP - International Interdisciplinary Community-University
Special Notice - The IICUSP program is over. However, we feel it is a good example of what can be done to create strong learning links between universities and communties.
Across the River, Around the World: University and
Community Building Common Ground
brings together the U of S Health Sciences programs and
a number of community-based organizations active in
Saskatoon’s core neighborhoods into an “outside-the-institutional-walls” learning
partnership with local and global dimensions.
Goals & Objectives
- To enhance the education of students in community engagement
and interdisciplinary collaborative practice.
- To bring university resources to the community and
community knowledge to the university, locally and
- To achieve long-term social change and transformation
- University students and faculty in Nursing, Physical Therapy,
Nutrition, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Kinesiology
organizations active in Saskatoon’s
core neighborhoods, including Quint, CHEP, Westside
Community Clinic, Aids Saskatoon,White Buffalo Youth
- Training for Health Renewal Program in Mozambique.
IICUSP continues to offer interdisciplinary learning experiences
plunges in Saskatoon’s core neighborhoods.
- Practicum experiences with
CBOs in Saskatoon and in Mozambique.
with and assists other interdisciplinary
learning initiatives with community engagement and
IICUSP is in the process of conducting a formal evaluation
of its model,
to inform long-term development and sustainability of IICUSP.
Results & Progress To Date
- Over 500 students have participated in plunges.
40 students have had practicum experiences with CBOs
in Saskatoon’s inner city.
- Some 36 students have had placements in Mozambique.
- Plunge module has been updated.
- Evaluation: Content analyses of plunge feedback
is complete. Key informant interviews and
follow-up questionnaires in
Quotes from students:
community experiences confronted my stereotypes and introduced
me to interesting and innovative initiatives
that are already underway in which community people themselves
are active participants.”
“As a university student I spend much time focused
on books and in the classroom; the community plunge put
me in the so-called ‘real world’ where I recognized
that core neighborhood issues are everyone’s issues.”
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