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.
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.
We are currently accepting workshop requests for Fall 2018 and Winter 2019. 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.
• 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.
• Understand the concept of asset-based community development and strengths based approaches to partnering with community
• Enhance capacity to enter community with curiosity and strengths based approaches
• Learn how to assess personal values, assumptions, judgements and knowledge of community spaces
Length: 120 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.
• Explore personal identities and skills to better understand our role in community.
• Describe self beyond the role of student to identify personal connection to community.
• Understand the opportunities for community action that are accessible to and of interest to the participant.
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.
• Explore strategies to better understand the complex identity of a community.
• Understand techniques to learn about local issues with curiosity and challenge assumptions.
• Identify how to use tools to 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, consultation and reciprocity while considering the ways we can enact these principles.
• Explore principles of ethical engagement including positionality and power
• Generate ideas on how to implement strategies of ethical engagement
Length: 120 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.
• 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.
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.
• Understand complexity of societal issues through assessing the immediate impacts, structural/institutional supports and its root causes.
• Develop strategies to apply analysis tools to issues participants care about
Length: 120 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.
• Explore the power of narratives and their place in social change work.
• Learn to identify or build or tell their own story, the story of our community, and the story of our call to action.
Length: 120 min