The Centre for Community Engaged Learning collaborates with students, staff, faculty, and community partners to work through complex community-based issues, both locally and internationally. Programming places students in community settings for hands-on, immersive experience – either as part of an academic course or through voluntary co-curricular placements.
A community engagement initiative based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Local residents participate in and lead programs. Students learn in collaboration with residents. Faculty members partner on student placements, community-based research, knowledge exchange and community workshops. Local networks and organizations partner on these activities. The Learning Exchange is aiming to provide opportunities for UBC to make a contribution to the scholarship of engagement.
The Indigenous Research Support Initiative (IRSI) has been established to enable collaborative research with Indigenous communities, university researchers and other partners. Our vision is to provide professional research support and services to Indigenous communities and university researchers to undertake collaborative projects based on community-led interests and grounded in principles of reciprocal accountability.
UBC Vancouver’s Public Humanities Hub is a three-year pilot project established in 2019 to foster and support collaborative research and to highlight and develop public-facing research in the Humanities in Arts, Law, and Education, at UBC-V.
The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWAIS) is committed to excellence in research; its goal is to stimulate collaborative, creative, innovative interdisciplinary research that makes important advances in knowledge. PWAIS runs a number of programs with strong community-engagement themes, including the Peter Wall Solutions Initiative, the Solutions Internship Program and the Peter Wall Exchange public lecture series.
We work with communities and stakeholders to develop and share relevant, impactful new knowledge. UBC recognizes its responsibility to make academic knowledge more accessible, understandable and relevant. The university strives to be a unique, engaged partner in collaborative research programs and reciprocal educational opportunities, and in the sharing of research outputs that enrich the lives of local and global communities.
The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) at UBC provides access for former Indian Residential School students, their families, and communities to records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (housed at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives). The IRSHDC also provides information resources from partner institutions in support of education, public information, research, and dialogue about the Indian Residential School System and its legacies.
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is a gateway to UBC’s extensive library systems. It enhances access to information, knowledge and teaching through the support of learning and research on an interactive basis with people in BC and across the world. The Learning Centre is engaged in outreach, consultation and collaboration activities with community, including: webcasting of UBC-based lectures, promoting UBC community events, running the Small Business Accelerator program and the In-Digitization Project.
Green College is a residential facility for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting faculty but it is also a host-venue for co-curricular, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral programs arranged by UBC students, faculty and community partners. The College hosts numerous academic and artistic events open to members of the university and the wider local community. See the Green College Calendar of Events to learn what is happening next.
First Nations House of Learning has four main functions: organizing and providing Longhouse student services; overseeing public programming and use of the building; providing a point of contact for liaison with Aboriginal communities; and leading strategic planning on UBC Aboriginal initiatives. The UBC Vancouver Aboriginal web portal is your resource for information relating to Aboriginal programs, initiatives, research and services that are available on the UBC Vancouver campus.
UBC’s Co-op program represents the largest in BC. Six (6) co-op programs support co-op recruitment at UBC’s Vancouver campus. Learn more about the benefits of hiring students, available from across almost every discipline.
The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers is a hub that connects students to experiences, resources, and people that will help them achieve their personal and career goals. The Centre provides resources to employers wanting to hire UBC students, administers student hiring programs and postings, runs programs for parents of UBC students and much more.
The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is an internationally recognized research institution that serves as a living laboratory of, and research test-bed for, sustainable practice. The CIRS Community encompasses researchers, at UBC and other academic institutions, local and international partners from industry, government, non-government and non-profit organizations, staff and students working in the CIRS building. CIRS hosts educational events and runs initiatives to take the outcomes of sustainability research into the marketplace.
The Community Engagement office nurtures relationships between UBC and local communities. We provide supports for community partners, including a help desk that connects local community-based organizations to UBC resources and the low-barrier Partnership Recognition Fund for not-for profit community partners. We also support engaged faculty and staff on campus by operating a Community Engagement Network for staff and the co-chairing the Community Engaged Scholars Group.
UBC provides residents of the campus community with a complete, sustainable community. Residents on campus include faculty, students, staff and members of the public who have chosen to live in one of UBC’s many vibrant communities. Programs to support these vibrant communities are delivered along with the University Neighbourhood Association and include community grants, youth leadership program, fitness programs, community events, concerts, clubs and bike clinics.