CCEL + Faculty

Connecting UBC faculty and students with community organizations to work on issues that impact society.


Community & Faculty Members

have collaborated with the Centre


Community-based Projects

were supported by the Centre


UBC Students

connected with community-based experiences

* Totals from 2015-2017 academic year

Our team works to facilitate projects and programs between university and community organizations. We are invested in working with faculty members to integrate community engagement into their research and teaching. We aim to support faculty in providing deeper learning experiences for students, where all parties take part in both the teaching and the learning.

"Students developed a deeper understanding of applying their knowledge and skills in the arts, while also building confidence in their abilities and a sense of accomplishment in making an important contribution.” 

Christine D’Onofrio
UBC faculty member

Faculty Toolkit

There are many considerations and elements that are essential to developing and delivering a successful community engaged learning experience through a course. At the Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL), our role is to provide expertise and resources to support faculty in 5 critical areas.

In this Toolkit, you will find clarity on the role the Centre plays in supporting your work, examples from current collaborations as well as links to practical tools and resources. Click into the headings below to find the applicable resources

Curriculum Design & Integration 

We can support the creation of a new course, the modification of a pre-existing course to include community engaged learning or the re-development of whole elements of an established community engaged learning course. For a brand new course, it’s ideal to contact us roughly a year in advance of the course start date to ensure there is ample time to engage with the collaborative course and partnership development processes described below; however, we can accommodate shorter time frames.

In this section, explore our resources on supporting you select the best model for you and your students, reflection approaches, questions and tools. We also have templates and guides to support the integration of the necessary elements to support course delivery and student learning.

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Partnership Identification & Development 

Partnership development is about bringing to life the principle of reciprocity between faculty and community and is the critical starting point for community engaged learning. It begins with meaningful attempts to understand and work with shared priorities and goals and continues with clear and honest communication.

In this section, you will find tools to support initial conversations, question guides to create mutual understanding, and templates to define your partnership.

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Project Development 

Project scoping between a faculty member and a community partner is the negotiated process of finding the balance between what will be the best learning opportunity for students and what will be most valuable to the community partners. Clear communication, role definition and managing expectations are critical themes associated with this process.

If you are new to project scoping, we recommend you get in touch with us to get an idea of what might be possible in your course before reaching out to your partners. We can make recommendations based on several critical factors like: student year level and space in curriculum to support projects as well as help create links to learning outcomes.

In this section, we share tools and templates that help clarify and communicate a project to all stakeholders.

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Course Delivery 

At CCEL, our role is to support faculty prepare students to engage with community as well as appreciate that this learning is different from what one could learn through a lecture. As such, different activities are needed in order to support the best collaboration, a functioning process and to deepen learning. We have a range of activities and supports to prepare students to engage with and make meaning from their community experiences.

In this section, you will find links to sign up for orientations and workshops.   You will also find guides to share with students that support them in preparing to engage in community projects and activities.

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Assessment & Evaluation 

Assessing and evaluating this work is important. Whether it involves giving feedback to students on their work, assessing their understanding or evaluating the process from student and partner perspectives, it is important to use evidence-based practice to inform decision-making.

Here you will find a range of tools and resources to assess and evaluate the incorporation of community engaged learning into your course from student, community partner and faculty perspectives.

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External Resources & Links 

There are so many great tools and resources out there from other institutions. We’ve developed a page with links to some of our favourite resources on the above themes. If you know of other great tools that you think we should draw attention to, please share these with us through our main email address, and we will look into adding links to these resources to the page.

Link Coming Soon!

Connect with us to learn more about the work we can do together

The Centre’s expertise in community engaged learning and community collaboration are available as a resource for faculty looking to expand the scope of their teaching, research and partnerships with the community.

Susan Grossman

Susan provides leadership to support excellence in educational consulting and community engagement. She ensures that CCEL holds the requisite expertise to enable collaborations between UBC and community partners directed at resolving complex, community-based challenges. Working in partnership with senior administrators - Deans, Associate Deans, and Department Heads - Susan identifies how to leverage resources and assets at CCEL and the University to create, implement, and evaluate sustainable programs that engage students in deep partnership with community members and organizations.

  • Holds a Certificate in Social Impact Strategy and is skilled in the methodological approaches valuable in driving toward impact
  • Previously worked at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, and Reed College
  • Served as the Director of the Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) since 2011

Yusuf Alam
Associate Director

At CCEL, Yusuf works in partnership with community groups, students, faculty members and UBC leadership to develop strategies to address complex social issues. He drives community partnership development for CCEL, develops university-wide systems that that promote the continued engagement of the university community, oversees collaborative program development, and leads the strategic implementation of initiatives.

  • Over 20 years of civic leadership, activism and professional application.
  • Experienced community development practitioner with a record of achievement including award-winning transformations on food, health and livelihood issues across governments and communities in Canada and internationally.

Kyle Nelson
Community Engaged Learning Officer

Kyle focuses on capacity building for faculty to engage with community. This includes facilitating partnership development, curricular integration of community engaged learning and enhancing reflective practice. He is passionate about supporting learning environments that enable students to discover new knowledge, clarify their values and emerging passions, as well as develop professional skills. Kyle’s recent work has focused on leveraging assessment and evaluation practice to improve outcome measurement of community engaged learning pedagogies.

Anna Jubilo
Community Engaged Learning Officer

Anna focuses on supporting faculty across UBC to connect and collaborate with community partners and integrate community engaged learning into their courses. Anna also leads work on how we can measure and assess outcomes of community engaged learning through the Centre’s work with faculty. Anna has special interests in methods of critical reflection and how we can better support our diverse group of students to engage with community partners.

Shadi Mehrabi
Community Engaged Learning Officer

Shadi supports UBC Faculty to successfully build community engaged learning pedagogy into their courses. She works closely with a variety of stakeholders such as UBC community partners, faculty, students and other UBC staff members to design and develop tools and strategies that establish best practices for integrating CEL approaches into initiatives and courses. With a PhD in Educational Leadership, Shadi is interested in developing leadership strategies to help CEL programs at UBC be more accessible and inclusive.