Folil Trafün: Connecting Afro-descendant, Indigenous and Latin American Communities in the Lower Mainland Through Film

In the fall of 2023, the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre (VLACC), Ficwallmapu, and UBC’s Faculty of Forestry collaborated to highlight and celebrate Indigenous and Afro-diaspora films from Latin America.

I’m a Community Engaged Researcher. Should I Start a Non-Profit?

June 3, 2024 | Explore the benefits and challenges of non-profit organizations for research, offering a decision-making framework and guidance for those considering launching a non-profit entity to support their community-engaged initiatives.

Defining and Describing Community-Engaged Scholarship for Promotion and Tenure

May 21, 2024 | Learn how to effectively present your community-engaged scholarship, focusing on outputs, outcomes, and processes, to enhance recognition and appreciation of your work across your portfolio.

What Doesn’t Kill It Makes It Stronger: Navigating Conflict in Partnered Research Teams

May 2, 2024 | Learn how to identify and navigate conflict in research teams using the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument. Transform disagreements into opportunities for deeper understanding and impactful collaboration.

Crafting a Compelling Narrative: How to Tell Your Research Story

April 30, 2024 | Storytelling is a powerful tool for engaging audiences, securing research funding, and delivering impactful messages. In this interactive workshop, learn how to tell your research story with clarity, authenticity, and impact.

True Reconciliation: Applying Insights to Community-University Engagement

Mar 19 | Join us for a special CEN session to reflect together on Jody Wilson-Raybould’s book and talk on True Reconciliation

Lessons from a Partnership: How United Way BC, UBC’s School of Public Policy, and the Office of Community Engagement Collaborated on a Public Policy Event

Reflecting on the collaborative success of “The Age of Disruption in Public Policy: DRIPA and Social Media” event, we share valuable insights for future collaborations including leveraging unique strengths, shared leadership, and clear communication.

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Visit

Feb 15 | Join us for a guided tour of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. Learn about the on-going impacts of colonialism on Indigenous history to better inform your community engagement work.

Imagining Multisensory Art: Learning from Objects; Literacy and Inclusion

January 27 | Join the Vancouver Art Gallery for a discussion on how collaboration between educational and artistic institutions can enhance accessibility.

Stories of Change: Documentary Screening + Atlas

January 26 | The “Stories of Change” project team is excited to invite you to an exclusive screening of their climate resilience documentary. Discover the stories of resilient communities in Bangladesh who are confronting the impacts of climate change.

Wellbeing Festival: Celebrating Local Mind-Body Health

January 20 | Join Maternal and Infant Health Canada for an event focused on BIWOC (Black, Indigenous, Women of Colour) themes. The event will feature meditation, reflection, and creative activities.

Let’s Talk About Your Data: A Discussion of Public Health Data

November 29 | Curious how your data is contributing to advancements in health care? Learn from health experts, data specialists, and patient voices about the benefits of sharing public health data and the innovative tech safeguarding it.

Postcards: Trans Narratives on Stage

November 12 | Join us for a unique event that intertwines art and research to amplify trans voices. Hear from talented trans and queer artists and be part of championing trans joy, community, and liberation.

Meet the CEN: Staff Spotlight with Kshamta Hunter

In our third interview, we introduce Kshamta Hunter, the Manager of Transformative Learning and Student Engagement within the Sustainability Hub at UBC.

How UBC staff are integrating Indigenous ways of knowing into their community engagement work

November 9 | Join the on-going conversation on how staff in the CEN are integrating Indigenous ways of knowing and doing into their community engagement work and advancing the goals and actions of the ISP.

The Age of Disruption in Public Policy: DRIPA and Social Media

October 27, 2023 | United Way BC Public Policy Institute (PPI) proudly presents a full-day event that brings together PPI alumni, non-profit leaders, and political science students. Explore the latest trends and strategies in public policy, with a special focus on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA) and the influential role of social media.

The Floating Man: Canadian Film Premiere

October 22, 2023 | Join us for the Canadian premiere of The Floating Man by Michael V. Smith, an intimate memoir that unpacks Smith’s journey as a radical drag performer and genderqueer.

Besa: The Promise – Albania’s Untold Story of Sanctuary for Jewish Refugees in WWII

October 10, 2023 | Learn about and commemorate the Muslim Albanians who hosted and protected Jewish people during World War II.

Weaving Relations: Applying Indigenous Design and Engagement to Your Work  

October 4, 2023 | We have invited Dana-Lyn Mackenzie, Advisor to the President on Indigenous Protocol, to talk about her new course “Weaving Relations”. Join us as we reflect on Indigenous-Canadian relationships and explore how we can apply Indigenous design insights to our work.

Folil Trafün (Joining Roots) Festival – Main Showcase

September 28, 2023 | Learn about themes surrounding Indigenous and Afro-desscent identities, migration, and the relationship between industry and Indigenous communities at Robson Square. The showcase features Indigenous and Afro-diaspora films, followed by discussions and a community dinner.

Community Engagement Network Meet Ups at UBCV and UBCO

September 25 (UBVC) & September 28 (UBCO) | Join us for an in-person meet up! Meet fellow staff at UBC who are involved in community engagement work.

Word Vancouver Reading & Writing Festival 2023

September 16, 2023 | Celebrate literary arts and connect with local communities by attending Word Vancouver’s reading and writing festival.

CUES Fund info session #1: What to know before applying

September 14, 2023 | Get an overview of the CUES fund, review the applicant guide and eligibility requirements, and ask any questions before submitting your Notice of Intent.

UBC Strategic Plan: UBC Connects at Robson Square

Connects in the News | Located in the heart of Vancouver’s vibrant downtown core, UBC’s Robson Square facility expands the university’s reach beyond the Point Grey campus, and provides the perfect venue for encouraging equitable knowledge exchange between UBC and the downtown Vancouver community.

Pancouver: Cultural researcher Kathleen Zaragosa nurtures Filipino heritage through power of language

Connects in the News | Kathleen Zaragosa speaks Tagalog and is now learning her family’s heritage language of Oasnon. Zaragosa will relate her own experience at a free Downtown Vancouver event that was inspired by the work she did as a UBC student.

To Speak in Community: A Gathering of Philippine Languages and Cultures

August 19, 2023 | Explore your relationship with language through presentations from community experts and artists, with an opportunity to participate in storytelling circles and interactive artistic works that explore multilingualism and language differences between heritage homeland and diaspora.

The Bike Kitchen Presents: The Right to Repair

July 29, 2023 | Engage in a panel discussion that addresses issues relating to the sale of “built-to-fail” products and consumers’ right to repair their own products in the bike industry. Don’t miss out on breakout workshops and booths by partner organizations following the panel discussion.

FACTS Public Panel: Tackling Climate Change and the Just Transition to Renewable Energy

July 27, 2023 | Engage in meaningful conversations surrounding climate change and renewable energy, featuring Canadian and French leaders representing climate science, renewable energy, economics, public policy, and Indigenous affairs.

STEAMing Ahead: A Science Community Day

June 17, 2023 | Bring friends and family along for a day full of science activities, including hands-on experiments, and witness amazing scientific demonstrations from world-class researchers and innovators

Big Fight in Little Chinatown: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

June 5, 2023 | Join us for a free screening and a panel discussion of the documentary “Big Fight in Little Chinatown”, highlighting community resistance to gentrification and erasure in Chinatowns across the globe.

Water4Seasons: Using Research-Based Theatre to Explore the Status of Water Health Equity for Indigenous and Rural Communities

May 24, 2023 | Join us for a theatrical performance that breathes life into data and explores water equity for Indigenous peoples.

The Empress of Vancouver: Film Screening and Q&A

May 17, 2023 | Join us to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia at Robson Square. Don’t miss out on a free screening and a Q&A session of the film “The Empress of Vancouver”.

Passage to Freedom: Film Screening and Discussion

May 13, 2023 | Join us for a free screening and a panel discussion of “Passage to Freedom”, highlighting the courage of refugees and compassion from citizens during the 1976 Immigration Act.

Hearts of Freedom Exhibition: Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees

May 13 – May 31, 2023 | Learn about migration and settlement of non-European refugees in Canada through storytellings from Southeast Asian refugees and Canadians who assisted them.

Exploring tensions and opportunities of community-university engagement work within colonial systems, Part 2

May 3, 2023 | Engage in continued meaningful self-reflections and discussion on the colonial systems at play within our community engagement work.

2023 International Comic Arts Forum: Artist Keynote Talk featuring Haida Graphic Artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

April 21, 2023 | Learn about comic book practices and techniques of how to extend a story using art and narrative.

The Ubyssey: Fail to Appear addresses the mental health system’s failures to see

Connects in the News | Fail to Appear, is a striking commentary on the shortcomings of Canadian legal systems’ dehumanizing and disempowering approaches to the mental health crisis.

Exploring tensions and opportunities of community-university engagement work within colonial systems

April 6, 2023 | Engage in meaningful self-reflection and discuss the colonial systems at play within our community engagement work.

The Ubyssey: Africans in BC town hall discuss role of diaspora in development of the continentUBC Connects at Robson Square offers funding to drive community-focused programs

Connects in the News | Christian Sopuruchi, president of PFF, opened the event by speaking about his experience providing educational resources to disadvantaged children in Nigeria.

Africans in BC Town Hall

December 17, 2022 | Explore how members of the African diaspora in British Columbia can contribute to the development of the continent.

UBC Indigenous Financial Guidelines: Info Session & Discussion

December 6, 2022 │Join us for an info session on the UBC Indigenous Financial Guidelines.