About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Community Research Unit (CRU) is to enable the Faculty of Arts to serve as a resource for community groups, formal and informal, and to be enriched in turn by our relationships with those communities. In doing so, the University of Regina enhances public engagement and its own actual and perceived value to the province as well as its capacity to produce high quality and relevant knowledge.

Our Mandate

The Community Research Unit will function collaboratively as a partnership between community groups and university faculty and students. Our mandate is to provide independent, participatory research support in response to needs expressed by communities with a view toward building capacity and enhancing our quality of life.

Our Goals: The Community Research Unit aspires to:

  1. serve the various research and research-related needs and/or program development needs of groups within the broader community;
  2. build connections and relationships between and among members of the university and community;
  3. acknowledge and utilize the experiential knowledge of communities and the technical knowledge of the university, and to promote community-engaged scholarship in our social and academic environments;
  4. actively pursue the two-way transfer of learning between the community and the university to assist in building capacity and knowledge in both environments;
  5. link the analyses of problems to solutions in order to help facilitate healthy social change for those who lack power and opportunities in our communities;
  6. act as a clearinghouse for research partnerships, skill sets, and research results;
  7. encourage and support service-learning and community engagement opportunities in the Faculty of Arts;
  8. actively mentor students and instill a responsibility for community engagement;
  9. promote institutional change that supports community engagement.

Governance Documents

The Community Research Unit's Constitution, Policy Handbook, and an overview of the CRU's evolution and activities from 2008-2013 can all be read online.