Webinar Description:
In this webinar, presenters will share how having a research centre at their University helped support their collaborative research into the needs and knowledges of youth transitioning from child to adult services. They reflect on the institutional challenges they faced, their strategies for building buy-in, and the ways in which their shared commitments enabled them to ultimately create rigorous, usable research that will help to improve the youth services sector.

This webinar will further share insight for colleges or universities who are looking to launch their own research centre or apply learnings to an existing research centre to support impactful, community-driven research.

Presenter Bios:
Dr. Elizabeth Jackson As Director of the University of Guelph’s Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, Liz provides leadership and strategic direction to the Institute and guides staff members in the development and implementation of all programs. She builds on her research, project management, and teaching expertise in community engaged scholarship, practice-based research, and interdisciplinary approaches to social justice to facilitate mutually beneficial community-university partnerships and foster meaningful engagement between faculty, students and community. 



Sara Ropp is a Senior Support Services Manager for Community Living Stratford and Area.  She has been in a supervision role for 15 years, taking on many different areas of support for people with developmental disabilities.  Sara has also worked on various initiatives, such as implementing Core Competencies into the agency, Project Coordinator for the Developmental Services HR Strategy and leading the introduction to Conscious Care and Support to staff teams.  Sara is also a part time professor at Fanshawe College, teaching in the Developmental Services Worker program.