Community Engagement Network

UBC Community Engagement Network

The Community Engagement Network is for UBC Staff who connect local and global communities with UBC through outreach and engagement. We aim to build a network across campus to learn from each other, share information and resources, and create a sense of community among community-engaged UBC staff.

Next Session: October 14

The CEN Gathers Amazingly Virtually Again: Emerging Engagement Practices Shift + Share

Date: October 14, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m. PST on Zoom *Session opens at 1:15 to get settled*
Where: Online via Zoom

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“We have experienced what it’s like to release any assumption that one person has all the skills needed to lead and support the work.”
— Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

How have we been shifting our engagement practices? What are you currently experimenting with or hoping to try? What are others doing that you might learn from, collaborate on, or adapt?

These are the guiding questions for our October CEN gathering using a virtual Shift and Share to amplify and learn from the emerging ways we’re doing (or thinking about doing) engagement work in the ongoing pandemic context.

Want to be a “Sharer”?

Do you have an example of something you’ve tried in the last few months? Or, are thinking of trying? We’re looking for a number of folks who are interested in being “sharers” for the session.

Sharers will rotate throughout breakout room “virtual stations” to offer examples, stories, or critical conversations and questions of how you’ve been approaching your community engagement practices. Sharers will have the chance to visit rotating breakout groups, and the groups will be visited by multiple sharers.

Sharers aren’t being asked to do a formal presentation. Rather, it’s a chance to informally offer something that’s perhaps worked well, work through an idea, or collectively chomp on a big question. If you know you’re already interested in being a sharer, write to Zsuzsi []. No need to have what you’ll share fully formed, we can have a clarifying conversation to work on it ahead of the session.


  • Registration will be capped at 40 people
  • Please register via Zoom (not just Outlook) to hold your spot
  • Respect the RSVP: Please cancel your registration if you can no longer make it
  • The best way to set-up for the call is to have your own quiet space and computer with a webcam and earbuds. Plan to have your video on for the session. This is not a webinar, you will be engaging with others. Seeing each other makes a huge difference. All that said – we understand that folks might need to call in, turn off video, and be pulled into other responsibilities during our time together.
  • Please come to the call with pen and paper.
  • You can join the call 15 minutes ahead of time to get settled.

Past Sessions

May 28, 2020: Gathering Amazingly Online, Part II
Gathering Amazingly Online was a hit, so let’s do it again! On May 28th, join the Community Engagement Network on Zoom for Gathering Amazingly Online, Part II (participation in Part I not required). Last time, we explored the question, “What is our purpose and responsibility as community engagement practitioners in these pandemic times?” We’ll keep this question central with a focus for Part II on giving and getting virtual peer support.
Host: UBC Community Engagement
Location: Online with Zoom
Registration Closed.

April 3, 2020: Gathering Amazingly Online in Pandemic Times
Using Liberating Structures facilitation methods over Zoom, we’ll have time to connect, experience the possibilities of taking these tools online, and explore what it can look like to walk the talk of community engagement in pandemic times. While we will use a full range of Zoom features, this is an experiential session as opposed to an instructional Zoom lesson.
Host: UBC Community Engagement
Location: Online with Zoom
Registration Closed.

CANCELLED: March 25, 2020: What do science outreach and community engagement look like at UBC?
What do Let’s Talk Science, Geering Up, Science 101, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and UBC Physics & Astronomy Outreach have in common (beyond science)? They all do a ton of outreach and community engagement work. Check out Science Rendezvous 2019.
Host: UBC STEM Outreach Collective
This session was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

November 21, 2019: Using Teaching, Learning, and Research as Tools for University-Community Knowledge Mobilization: UBC’s Presence in Vancouver’s Chinatown
Join us to learn how UBC’s presence in Chinatown helps facilitate reciprocal partnerships between community partners and the university.
Host: UBC Chinatown
Location: Chinatown House, 188 East Pender Street
Registration Closed.

September 24, 2019: Who is doing this work? What are we working on? How can we share and collaborate?
Meet UBC’s community engagement and event networks — together! Get to know one another, share dialogue, find collaborators, and map out public engagement events for the year.
Host: Event Professionals Network
Registration Closed.

July 5, 2019: Visit UBC Farm & End of Year Lunch Social
Come join us at UBC Farm for a tour, farm-fresh lunch and social to celebrate our last Community Engagement Network before the summer break.
Host: UBC Farm
Location: UBC Farm
Registration Closed.

February 7, 2019: Visit the UBC Learning Exchange: What are we learning from 20 years of preparing students to engage in the DTES?
Get off campus and visit UBC’s community presence in the DTES at the Learning Exchange.
Host: UBC Learning Exchange
Date and time: April 11th, 2019 | 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main St., Vancouver
Registration Closed.

What’s Community Engagement at UBC Botanical Garden?
Meet up with colleagues in a beautiful space to hear how the UBC Botanical Garden learns from and works with local and global communities.
Host: UBC Botanical Garden
Location: UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre, 6804 SW Marine Drive
Registration Closed.

December 5, 2018: Framing Community Engagement: Learn about Community Engagement Principles with CCEL
This interactive session will help you reflect on and develop your own work with communities as the CCEL team shares how they frame their work, guiding principles and helpful tools.
Host: Centre for Community Engaged Learning
Location: Rm 2131 CIRS, 2260 West Mall
Registration Closed.

October 25, 2018: What is a Living Library? How can it be used and shared?
Join us for a presentation by UBC Health Mentors and staff, Q&A, and networking with colleagues
Host: Patient and Community Partnership for Education (UBC Health) with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Location: Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Registration Closed.

Goals of the CEN

  • Members gain an understanding of who is doing what on and off campus, how they are doing it, and how they might be a resource for others.
  • Members gain new ideas, new connections, and potentially new collaborations will develop as a result.
  • Members discover new ways to understand and approach community engagement as they are exposed to diverse work across campus.

What to expect at a CEN session

Each session will be different, but you can expect:

  • Engaging presentation from host on their community engagement work
  • Q&A with the host
  • Interactive networking opportunity where members will be encouraged to share about the work they do

The Community Engagement Network is a refresh of the Community of Practice for Community-Engaged Program Planners, which ran from 2014 to 2018.

Who can join the CEN?

Membership is open. Target audience is staff who do community engagement related work. This includes, but is not limited to, programmers, planners, relationship brokers, coordinators, advisors, etc.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Kat Cureton.

Next Session

Oct 14: Emerging Engagement Practices Shift + Share
How have we been shifting our engagement practices? What are you currently experimenting with or hoping to try? Join the CEN for a virtual Shift and Share.
Host: UBC Community Engagement
Date: October 14, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom


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