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Participatory approach

The participatory approach to SD is developed with, by, and for the university community. A shared commitment to abide by SD principles and provide space for inclusive dialogue in the aim of fostering innovative and exciting projects.

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The participatory approach underpinning the SD vision

Through its actions and genuine commitment, the University community plays a role that is central to this shared vision. It proposes bold, concrete solutions to society’s greatest challenges.

The University’s participatory approach is an encouragement for the community to take an active part in discussions and projects surrounding sustainable development at the University.

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Results of the survey on the deployment of a participatory approach

A survey was sent to members of the university community in November 2020 on developing a participatory approach. The objective was to identify community needs and expectations regarding participation in the sustainable development process at the University. The survey was developed by a 15-person advisory committee made up of students, faculty, and staff members.

A total of 586 people responded, generating nearly 1,400 open-ended written answers.

Inspiring suggestions

Provide opportunities for consultation and dialogue such as communities of practice and interest, focus groups, and roundtables.

Ensure that institutional messaging is consistent with the sustainable development actions taken at the University.

Make sustainable development a more integral part of the academic curriculum by optimizing course offerings and providing opportunities to take part in internships, living labs, and multidisciplinary projects.

Offer educational, information, and awareness activities, including web clips, workshops, and theme days on aspects of sustainable development

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Results of the consultation on the University’s sustainable development vision

In spring 2019, Université Laval held a series of consultations on the theme of sustainable development with the university community and local stakeholders with the aim of reflecting constructively and planning for the years ahead.