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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Tuesday, June 16 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Engaging the gifts of graduate students

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Student engagement refers to the resources, effort and time invested by learners and their educational institutions towards enhancing student experience and development and academic outcomes (Trowler, 2010). According to research in higher education contexts (Kuh, Crurce, Shoup &, Kinzie, 2008) engaged students are more likely to persist and achieve greater academic success. The Centre for Academic and Professional Engagement (CAPE), the engagement arm of Simon Fraser University’s Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows has developed a unique model of student engagement by applying principles embedded within an asset-based approach, such as the framework popularized by Kretzmann &, McKnight (2006).The CAPE team includes communications and engagement officers, a professional development planner, an International Student coordinator and an Indigenous Student coordinator. These five individuals work closely together to offer graduate students a combination of professional development training, individual advising, community building, academic enrichment events, and social media spaces which support students to discover their own strengths, connect with each other, and ultimately foster a high-performing community of graduate students. In this session the five members of CAPE will present on the synthesis between an asset-based approach and an Indigenous approach (Lee Brown’s definition of indigenous leadership which situates finding one’s gift as central to developing community) and its connection to the success of graduate students. Participants will then explore this approach in a World Cafe format in order to gain a deeper understanding of how it can apply to their own contexts.


Tuesday June 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Cypress 1 Room

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