CBPAR Summer Institute

Recently the CBPAR Institute has been postponed due to the University of Toronto censure.

Read our statement below:

In solidarity with the CAUT censure on the University of Toronto, the organizers of the Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) Summer Institute have collectively decided to postpone this event, at this time. This censure resulted from concerns related to academic freedom, institutional autonomy and human rights.

The CBPAR Summer Institute is organized by the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Knowledge Equity Lab, the Toronto Centre of Learning & Development, and the Ontario Council for International Cooperation as a project of the UNESCO Knowledge for Change (K4C) Tkaronto Hub. Our collective goals are to cultivate equitable and reciprocal partnerships, centre community priorities in research, and mobilize the practice of CBPAR for social transformation. CBPAR itself is driven by social purpose and utilizes principles of anti-oppression, decolonization, and respect for different ways and approaches to knowing. We have decided to postpone this event in solidarity with fellow researchers and human rights activists.

This postponement will impact community partners and registrants from multiple regions, cultures and linguistic backgrounds who were to be co-facilitating and participating in this collaborative learning experience. The event aimed to provide free access to research training and alternative methodologies, and to learn and share the diverse ways research can take place while investigating overlooked topics.

We are committed to internal reflection on the meaning of equitable partnerships and practices of solidarity. We plan to offer this event in the future with enhanced reflexivity.

For further information about the censure, see:

For further information about the UNESCO Knowledge for Change (K4C) Tkaronto Hub, see:


The Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) Institute is a summer program part of the Tkaronto Knowledge For Change Hub (K4C). The Centre of Learning and Development has partnered with Knowledge Equity Lab and the Ontario Council for International Cooperation for a program to introduce participants to CBPAR principles and methods. Topics of the program include equitable university-community research partnerships, community mapping/stakeholder analysis, virtual focus groups, and participatory theatre.

Trainees and alumnae of CL&D’s Immigrant Women Integration Program will be cofacilitators along with speakers from partner organizations.

Cost: Free
Location: Virtual
Length: 4 weeks

For more information on Community-Based Research click here

Updates coming soon

To learn more, contact:
Karen Villanueva-Paez

Tkaronto K4C Hub: https://www.tccld.org/tkarontok4chub/