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CCEL Workshops

Build your community partnership and project development skills through a variety of workshops designed to help you understand project budgets, community assets, and project scoping.

What does it take to build and contribute to meaningful and valuable community based projects and learning experiences?  Find out through a variety of workshops designed to promote ethical community engagement and equip you with skills to create and deliver projects and initiatives. Topics include creating strategic project budgets, understanding community assets, and strengthening community partnerships, as well as how to scope a community based project and facilitate conversations.  These workshops are open to everyone and provide participants a great environment  to explore opportunities in and with community, as well as network with students across campus.

Workshop offerings

Requesting a workshop

In addition to the above scheduled workshops, we welcome your requests. If you are part of a student club or group, faculty or UBC staff and are interested in having one of the above workshops delivered to your membership please complete the following survey.  You can expect an email back within 2 weeks by a member of the team here at the Centre to discuss further.

Request a workshop here

Please note, we require a minimum of 3 weeks to review the request, identify staff availability and prepare the workshop to meet the needs of your group.

Workshop ideas

If there is a topic/skill related to community engagement that we are not currently serving, please let us know. Although our workshops are developed for the 2017 academic year we encourage you to send us an email at to share ideas and opportunities for collaboration in further serving stakeholder needs.

CCEL Curriculum

The Centre has launched a new curriculum for the UBC community. These workshops will be offered as general offerings for student registration and may be requested by faculty, staff and student clubs or groups. Workshops can be leveraged as a development opportunity for student leaders, entrenched within a course or as a concurrent session during your event.

Below are the workshop details:




Storytelling for Change: Learn how to share your experience to inspire social action

Participants will look at the role that stories play in social change work and will learn about the power of stories as tools for connection and reflection. Participants will learn how to develop and tell their own stories, as a strategy to move people to action. 

120 min

Asset Based Community Development: Learn techniques to build form community strengths

Participants will explore the concept of asset-based community development; a strengths based approach to innovative social change.  Participants will practice “asset mapping” as a tool to support building community relationships.

120 min

The Roots of Change: Understand the factors at play beneath complex social issues.

Participants will explore a single issue to better understand the larger system it is a part of and its impacts. Participants will explore strategies that can create positive change.

120 min

Ethics of Changemaking: Learn strategies for ethical community engagement

Participants will explore principles of ethical community engagement which will support their endeavors to create meaningful social change. Introducing “ethics” as a continuous process of action and reflection, participants will reflect on concepts such as inclusion, consultation and reciprocity while considering the ways we can enact these principles.

120 min

Changemaker 101: Harness your passions and strengths to create change

Learn what changemaking is, what it means for you. Participants will share passions and strengths and together will work to identify opportunities and ways to craft individual projects for social action

45 min or 90 min

Applying for a Grant: Community Events and Research Learn techniques to build a successful grant application for an on or off campus community project. Learn and practice the key components of grant application using a case study or your own project idea 110 min