Centre for Community Engaged Learning

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

About the Centre for Community Engaged Learning

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

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 and Reading Week 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)

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.

Student programs

  • Trek: Connect with community members in interactive settings
  • Reading Week: Make connections in community organizations and gain experiences in elementary schools and non-profits
  • Community grants: Transform an idea into action, and get funding to make it happen
  • UBC Changemaker Series: A 3-day series event to connect and learn from local changemakers
  • Workshops: General offerings for students, development opportunity for students leaders, entrenched within a course or a concurrent session during your event
  • UBC Map the System 2018: A global research-based competition that asks you to think differently about social change by exploring possibilities not solutions. Participating students have a chance to win a cash prize of $2500, as well as a trip to Oxford to share their findings! Attend our info session on Nov. 22 from 4-5 pm in Frederic Lasserre 105 to find out more. RSVP here!

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For faculty and community partners

Faculty resources

Working under the principles of Community-Based Experiential Learning (CBEL), we provide support to faculty and staff members who are seeking to enhance student learning and further their teaching practices by working with non-profits and community organizations.

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Community partners

The Centre for Community Engaged provides its community partners with resources to help them build relationships with students and facilitate successful projects. 

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