Centre for Community Engaged Learning

Programming places students in community settings to learn about complex community issues and to get hands-on experienceJonathan Taggart

About the Centre for Community Engaged Learning

We collaborate with students, staff, faculty and community partners to work through complex community-based issues, both locally and internationally.

Our programs place students in community settings (non-profits and inner city schools) either as a required part of an academic course, or through voluntary co-curricular placements like Trek, Reading Week and International Service Learning for a hands-on, immersive experience.

We also provide resources and support to instructors, departments, and faculties, to enhance teaching and learning processes. We connect University resources to the community in ways that support lasting relationships.

Community-based experiential learning (CBEL)

Community-based experiential learning (CBEL) is an overarching term that encompasses a number of community-based pedagogical practices and a guiding principle that allows us to provide students with opportunities to apply their academic knowledge to real-world issues. The most effective CBEL opportunities provide collaborative learning experiences where all parties take part in the teaching and learning process.

All work and programs at the Centre for Community Engaged Learning are aimed at fostering principles of CBEL.

Featured story: Chapman + Innovation Grant Project

Social sustainability takes root at Musqueam   James Simon, an artist and Global Resource Systems student was one of the Chapman and Innovation Grant recipients of 2013. Although the project to build a garden took place in the summer of 2013, James' connection to the Musqueam community and the story of this garden project starts more than ten years ago.  The project was a collaborative effort between James, Ryanne James (First Nations House of Learning), and the community at Musqueam. James' story is one of art, friendship, community and what it means to sow seeds for future generations.   If you have a project idea that meets a community need, but need some money and guidance to get it up and going, check out your options and apply for a community grant. Flip through the gallery for the full story.

Chapman + Innovation Grant: Musqueam Garden Project