The Collaboratory aims to cultivate a community engaged university by convening community and university stakeholders on multiple issues of pressing concern.
It complements service learning models by providing opportunities for passionate and self-motivated UBC students, faculty, and staff, and community partners to take a deep dive into the causes, effects and manifestations of social and environmental problems and to surface and implement solutions. The Collaboratory believes in and leverages the strength, wisdom, and creativity of collectives to explore new ways of making progress on complex social challenges.
The speaker series brings compelling experts to Vancouver to share their knowledge, experience and perspective on a broad range of subjects.
In an effort to equip people with actionable knowledge, events explore existing and potential solutions to contemporary issues as much as a presentation of the problems.
The speaker series’ purpose is to encourage critical thinking and high self-efficacy among audience members.
The Democracy Lab provides opportunities for individuals to develop political literacy and generate change through political engagement.
It consists of a series of seminars, excursions, and opportunities to collaborate with community organizations.
For information about the launching date and how to apply to the Democracy Lab, signup here.
Social Impact Lab
The Social Impact Lab is the collective action feature of the Collaboratory. It convenes a diverse group of stakeholders and supports them as they put their thinking into an actionable project in service of the community.
Individuals form teams facilitated by a community organization and comprised of students, faculty, staff and/or community partners to develop, and test or implement solutions in the real world. Projects vary in nature, purpose, duration, and impact, but are all designed to be low-barrier and allow for various degree of participation.
CCEL supports project teams by encouraging them to use or apply to the monetary and non-monetary resources available at CCEL, UBC, and the larger community.
Click here for a summary of current Social Impact projects
For questions, please email:
Community Engagement Assistant, CCEL
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