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 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.
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.
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.
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.