Community-campus partnerships provide an important vehicle for researching pressing issues facing society. They enable faculty and students to work directly with community groups to bring about positive change. This approach involves creative methods of engagement to meet community needs and to produce results that are important and useful to community, academics, and policy makers.
When the idea of community-campus partnerships first took root, researchers and community groups had limited resources available. The C2UExpo movement began in Canada to address this dearth, and provide those involved in community-campus partnerships with a forum to share experiences, strategies, and ideas.
The first C2UExpo was held in Saskatchewan in 2003. The conference has since been held in Newfoundland, Ontario, British Columbia, and Manitoba.
C2UExpo is organized collaboratively by communities, universities and colleges, government, and non-profit organizations.