Who We Are
The Centre for Community Research Learning and Action (CCRLA) is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on developing community-university partnerships and producing research, learning and action that advances community well-being and social justice. We are located within the Faculty of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University but we are working with faculty, students and community partners from a variety of disciplines and focus areas.
Our vision is to foster and facilitate community-university partnerships to advance community knowledge, social policy and practice for community wellness and social equity.
What We Do
CCRLA facilitates community-based research (CBR) by brokering linkages between community partners and Laurier student and faculty researchers. In addition, many students at all levels have been trained in CBR within the centre. CCRLA’s work in community scholarship reflects Laurier’s dedication to active corporate citizenship and high quality education. CCRLA hosts a Social Justice Speaker Series and presents workshops that connect community and academic audiences in thoughtful discussion of issues and in active development of a diverse skillsets relevant to social and environmental justice work. CCRLA’s diverse research groups produce state of the art CBR with direct applications for policy and action.
Our mission is to harness the knowledge and mobilize the resources of the university, community members, and organizations to address complex social issues.
Why We Do It
The Centre was dreamed up in 2006 by members of the Community Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University in consultation with members of the local Waterloo Region community. The idea was for a non-traditional university research centre that would focus on bridging the two cultures and become a centre of excellence for CBR that profits both the university-based researchers and the community.
Work at the Centre is driven by the vision of an informed community, in which all have a voice and the capacity to advance positive social change. We aim to accomplish this by harnessing the knowledge and mobilizing the resources of the university, community members and local organizations to address complex social issues.
Our primary focus is our commitment to community-university collaborative processes that honour the unique wisdom and skills of both community and university partners.