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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

These workshops 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.

Request a Workshop

We are currently accepting workshop requests for Winter 2019 Term 1 and Term 2. Please see the workshop details below:

Applying for a Grant

Learn techniques to build a successful grant application  


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.

Learning Objectives

• Understand key terms of a grant application and budget.
• Identify the key elements of preparing for and creating a successful grant application.
• Practically interpret and assign budget line items, develop a work back plan, and an opportunity statement.  

Length: 110 min

Asset Based Community Development

Learn techniques to build from 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.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the concept of asset-based community development.

• Learn to identify assets in community using asset-based mapping and strengths based approaches to partnering with community.
• Recognize how personal assumptions, values, judgements and knowledge influence our perceptions of community assets.

Length: 105 min

Community Action: Self Exploration

Harness your passions and strengths to create change


Understand individual viewpoints by reflecting on personal values, skills and identities as a basis for community action. Participants will explore community action as a space, opportunity and personal journey.

Learning Objectives

• Explore the different roles and identities you have, outside of being a student at UBC.
• Identify ways you are connected to local communities. 
• Learn to make connections between your own interests, values, and opportunities for community engagement in Vancouver. 

Length: 60 min. Also available as a 105 minute workshop, combined with Community Action: Vancouver Exploration.

Community Action: Vancouver Exploration

Learn about local Vancouver issues to ground your UBC experience


Participants will collaborate to demystify local Vancouver issues and communities through a mapping exercise. Participants will explore techniques to challenge assumptions, be an informed community member and learn from community.

Learning Objectives

• Explore strategies to better understand the complexities of community.
• Learn skills to challenge assumptions about local communities.
• Apply tools to help challenge assumptions about community. 

Length: 60 min. Also available as a 105 minute workshop, combined with Community Action: Self Exploration.

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, privilege and reciprocity while considering the ways we can enact these principles.

Learning Objectives

• Explore principles of ethical engagement including positionality and power

• Understand how positionality and power influences our interactions with community.

• Brainstorm ways to apply ethical engagement practices in community.  

Length: 105 min

Facilitating Community Conversations

Develop skills to lead community consultations and events


Note that the content for this workshop is co-developed and customized by the requestor and CCEL staff member to meet the groups needs. So please request the workshop 3-4 weeks in advance.

Participants will develop skills to prepare for an upcoming event, dialogue, consultation, project or other engagement with off-campus community member. Topics may include: intent and impact, introductory facilitation skills, conscientious and inclusive facilitation strategies, intentional event design or building space techniques. 

Learning Objectives

• Co-developed based on workshop design. 
• Enable participants to enter into community dialogues, events, consultations or planning with enhanced skills in facilitation. 
• Participants will strengthen their ability to lead, collaborate and facilitate with and within community.

Length: Customized. 

Non-Profits: Role, Impact and You

Explore non-profits’ and your role in community change.


Surface assumptions about non-profits and explore how to use assumptions as a starting point for learning about an organization, issue are and ourselves. Understand the role non-profits play in our society and build strategies to get the most from your community placement.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the environment of the non-profit sector and its role in society
  • Assess complexities of the non-profit sector and the effect on their community placement
  • Understand strategies to build an action plan that outlines respectful and productive ways to engage during a community placement
  • Understand community and the non-profit sector as a place of learning

Length: 90 min 

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 within a complex issue.

Learning Objectives

• Explore a method to understand complexity of societal issues through assessing the immediate impacts, structural/institutional supports and its root causes.
• Develop an increased ability to consider the complexity of an issue before proposing a solution.

• Understand the need for varied approaches to tackle the complexity of an issue.

Length: 105 min

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.

Learning Objectives

• Explore the power of stories and public narratives. 

• Analyze how stories are used to share information or messages, connect people or ideas and call people to action. 
• Practice building and telling stories for change.

Length: 120 min