Community Engagement Network

A significant part of doing excellent community engagement involves better internal coordination and connection.

To us, community engagement is “the collaboration between UBC and local and regional communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity” (adapted from Carnegie Community Engagement Classification). 

The Community Engagement Network is for UBC staff who do community engagement work. We aim to build a network across campus to learn from each other, share information and resources, and create a sense of community among staff who do community engagement work.

Help improve the Community Engagement Network

Have you found the CEN valuable this year? We would love your feedback! Help inform next year’s programming and how we continue to support UBC staff through the network.

The deadline to complete the survey is June 30.

Past Sessions

Monday, May 30, 2022, 11:00 – 12:00pm

Findings from the IBPOC Student Engagement Consultation Project

Supporting Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) leadership is one of the key recommendations highlighted in the Climate Emergency Task Force report. The UBC Sustainability Hub recently completed the IBPOC Student Engagement Consultation Project with the aim of better understanding IBPOC engagement needs on our campus and building internal capacity to support IBPOC students in their leadership efforts related to sustainability and climate action. The findings of this report also serve as an important resource for how community engagement work in general can be structured equitably for IBPOC community partners.

  • Learn about the UBC Sustainability Hub’s IBPOC Student Engagement Consultation Project process, findings, and recommendations.
  • Discuss key themes including recognition and equitable compensation.
  • Consider how the findings apply to your community engagement work.

Host: UBC Community Engagement & UBC Sustainability Hub
Location: Online with Zoom


Thursday, April 28, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30pm

How UBC staff are advancing the goals and actions of the Indigenous Strategic Plan

  • Gain an understanding of where units/departments in the Community Engagement Network are at in the ISP implementation process;
  • Share and learn, informally, about each other’s experiences with ISP implementation; and
  • Hear examples of what units/departments are doing, or planning to do, to advance the ISP goals and actions.

Host: UBC Community Engagement
Location: Online with Zoom


Thursday, March 10th, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

BC Not-for-Profit Sector: Issues, Opportunities, & UBC’s Role

By the end of the session, participants are able to access and share Vantage Point not-for-profit resources (e.g., podcasts, toolkits, learning sessions), identify BC NFP sector current issues and opportunities, and articulate ideas for what UBC could do differently to support the sector.

Guest Speakers: Vantage Point | Maria Turnbull, Associate Executive Director and Cherie Payne, Director of Sector Development & Government Relations

Location: Online with Zoom


Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30pm

Embedding Equity in Community Engagement

In this interactive session, you will learn what the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office does and how the Inclusion Action Plan tools and resources can help you use equitable processes and approaches in your relationships with external community partners. Come prepared to share your stories of positive, equitable community-university partnerships – as well as examples where UBC undermined equity or caused harm. We can learn a lot from those examples, too!

Host: UBC Equity & Inclusion Office + UBC Community Engagement

Location: Online with Zoom


Monday, November 29th, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30pm

IBPOC Student Engagement: Promising Practices

This session will look at how UBC community engagement professionals are engaging diverse students in their programs, with discussion on what they see working and what they see as the biggest challenges. By the end of the session, participants will have an understanding of how UBC Sustainability Initiative is supporting the implementation of the Climate Emergency Task Force (CETF) recommendations on IBPOC engagement, and have opportunities to share their own experiences and recommend good practices for IBPOC student engagement. We will also explore interest in co-creating a Community of Practice on IBPOC focused Engaged Learning to enhance our work as engagement professionals.

Host: UBC Sustainability Initiative + UBC Community Engagement
Location: Online with Zoom


Friday, October 29th, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30pm

Introduction to Indigenous Strategic Plan Implementation Toolkit

This session introduced participants to the Indigenous Strategic Plan Implementation Toolkit. The Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives was present to answer questions about the ISP and the ISP Toolkit. Staff from Go Global shared their experience facilitating the ISP self-assessment tool and Intent to Action tool.

Host: Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives + Community Engagement
Location: Online with Zoom


Monday, August 9th, 2021, 12:45 – 2:00pm

Reconnect & Help Set the Plan For 2021-22

This interactive session focused on (1) re-connecting with wonderful people, (2) getting feedback on the draft goals for this year, and (3) hearing ideas on how the CEN could be a valuable resource for you in 2021-22.

Host: UBC Community Engagement
Location: Online with Zoom


December 3, 2020

Fun, Joy + Play on Zoom with the Community Engagement Network

Let’s gather one last time this year to share in some fun, joy, and play over Zoom — the very platform that has fatigued and perhaps depleted us over the last several months. Pam Garcia, Deb Pickman, and Michael Denhamer will lead us through an hour’s virtual smorgasbord of writing, creating, drawing, movement, and music to experience possibilities for how we can bring fun, joy, and play into online engagement spaces.

Host: UBC Community Engagement
Location: Online with Zoom
Registration Closed.


October 14, 2020

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

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.

Host: UBC Community Engagement
Location: Online with Zoom


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


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


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


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


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


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

  • To provide space and opportunities for CEN members to connect, listen and share their learning about justice and equity in community engagement.
  • To introduce tools and resources for actioning the Indigenous Strategic Plan and Inclusion Action Plan.

2021-22 Theme: Justice and Equity in Community Engagement

What to expect at a CEN session

We’re in the midst of planning for the 2021-22 academic year. Each session will be different, but you can expect:

  • Engaging, interactive sessions with lots of opportunities to meet other members, learn from one another, and share what you do.
  • A mix of virtual and in-person events.

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. To us, community engagement is the collaboration between UBC and local and regional communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. We are particularly focused on collaborations with not-for-profits, charities, community groups, local government, schools, and community-based organizations. If you’re unsure if the CEN is for you, feel free to reach out to us!

For more information, contact Kat Cureton, kat.cureton@ubc.ca.

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