CCEL staff 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 support faculty to provide deeper learning experiences for students, where all parties take part in both the teaching and the learning.

Teaching and Learning

CCEL designed a self-directed course for faculty and instructors aimed at developing community engaged learning content and materials for integration into classes.

The materials created will guide students toward the successful accomplishment of disciplinary learning outcomes through the use of community engaged learning pedagogical practice.

Social Impact

CCEL is extending its Social Impact Lab (SIL) to include a suite of multi-format curricular materials designed to integrate content about social issues and systemic change into UBC courses.

These curricular materials will allow faculty, students, staff, and community members to imagine pathways for the integration of social impact concepts and collective impact projects into coursework.

Resources and Funding

CCEL has resources and funding to enable faculty and instructors to design, deliver and integrate community engaged learning practices and processes into courses and programs.


Preparing students for their community engaged learning experience is an important element in supporting learning, fostering a supportive classroom climate and building the tools and resilience to help them work through the challenges of their engagements (Ash & Clayton 2009, Umbach & Wawrzynski 2005 and Ngai, Chan & Kwan 2018).

Our workshops support productive and positive collaborations with the community and help students make meaning from their experience.