About ORICE

The Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE) is made up of a team of students, staff, faculty, and community partners working to bridge the gap between academia, civil society and the world around us. Through its interdisciplinary, community-based and experiential approach, ORICE offers a wide range of programs and courses that focus on what it truly means to build collaborative, trust-based relationships and to address complex community challenges.  Constantly reflecting on what ethical community engagement means, we actively centre the enhancement of traditional teaching and learning environments by: 

  • Questioning roles of expertise; 
  • Recognizing lived-experiences as legitimate, and; 
  • Collaboratively reimagining spaces of learning. 

Core to the success of our work has been our ability to learn from community members, advocates, peers and scholars to develop a specialized knowledge in experiential learning pedagogies to carefully design cross-disciplinary academic and co-curricular programs. Our team works to understand how experiential learning can prompt students and the community to interrogate the potential, the limits and the application of disciplinary knowledge to global priorities.  We do this through curricular and co-curricular programs such as community-based research collaborations, critical service-learning courses, course-based experiential learning assignments, and public engagement about global topics and processes that bring community partners and their current areas of focus into the classroom and campus. 

ORICE is also home to the Collective for Gender+ in Research, which works to promote a community for rich dialogue in which gender and other identity intersections, including race, class, sexuality, and ability, among others, are considered when conducting community-engaged research. The Collective focuses on mutual capacity-building and providing the tools researchers need to utilize a gender+ lens.