Building healthy, equitable communities for all means authentically engaging community members in a way that develops trust, communication and collaboration—especially for those folks in our communities who are under-served or harder-to-reach. We know we must integrate an equity lens into our engagement planning at the fundamental stages of the process; but how do we do this in a way that ensures the community members who give their time and energy to our engagement processes are as empowered as possible?
We were joined by a panel of community engagement experts for a roundtable discussion, and shared strategies, tools and resources that can be used in practice. Our guest speakers offered both successes and lessons learned from their own experiences in working to make community engagement more equitable. We also briefly discussed the lens of COVID-19 and physical distancing, and its impacts on equity in the public engagement process.
*This webinar qualified for 1.5 PIBC CPL units*