Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

Community Engagement

Building relationships that build community

Local Community Engagement

McMaster Continuing Education is positioned in the heart of downtown Hamilton, at King & James Streets.

Our building is a hub of community activities with rooms available for events, meetings and, of course, classes.

We support the downtown Hamilton community through our participation in the cultural events that bring vibrancy and recognition to our great downtown core, including SuperCrawl and Soul Saturday​.

At the 2018 SuperCrawl, we partnered with the Socrates Project to create a space for families looking for respite from the heat and stimulation, and for all people wanting to know a bit more about the work McMaster Continuing Education and the Socrates Project are doing. Our water bottles and filling station, photo booth, movie room and face and mural paintings were big hits with the hundreds of people that popped in to say “hello”.

​We were delighted to be invited to participate in the launch of the Soul Saturday festival; organized by the Downtown Hamilton BIA and its collective members, the festival showcased the revitalization of the King William food and music scene. Together with the McMaster Athletics Department, we organized and ran a Kidz Zone full of fun activities and games for the afternoon.

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Community Learning Partnerships

In an era of uncertain facts and fake news, public libraries and universities share a commitment to learning as the foundation of democracy. As credible and trusted sources of information and knowledge, McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education and the Hamilton Public Library partnered with the City of Hamilton’s Our Future Hamilton Community Vision to create the Conversations that Matter Speakers series designed to provide Hamiltonians with credible and reliable information to make voting easier.

The Trump Talks, a partnership with the Political Science department, featured experts from McMaster University as they discussed “The Trump Effect” in national and international politics, racism and resistance, women’s rights, and globalization.

Remembrance in a Changing Media Landscape, another great partnership with the Hamilton Public Library, the City of Hamilton and Veterans Affairs, was a speakers event to learn about the changing ways we remember and document the experiences and sacrifices of men and women in uniform

These speaker series and events contribute to a deeper understanding of individuals' roles as citizens in Hamilton, Canada and the world.

Community Sponsorship

We are honoured to sponsor the work of Hamilton’s Neighbourhood Leadership Institute as it supports emerging resident leaders from Hamilton’s priority neighbourhoods to receive leadership training.

In 2018 we sponsored the Our Future Hamilton Annual Summit, which explores current issues as identified by residents and stakeholders through the Community Vision initiative. The theme this year was Public Safety in a Connected World.

"Community engagement at McMaster University is defined as valuing the expert knowledge and passion that members of the community (both local and global) have about their communities and issues affecting them; fostering ongoing collaboration between University and community partners on how to better understand and consider the issues identified as priorities by local and global communities; and performing research, teaching and service with community members and partners for the public good within the local or global community."

- McMaster Office of Community Engagement