Our Programs

We work with the University, communities and students in many ways. Come engage with us through our ongoing programs.



A community-centric initiative that brings community residents, students and faculty together to identify and resolve a priority issue identified by community organizations. It serves as a starting point for local groups looking to respond to community needs and create positive social change.

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Project and Partnership Development

Community organizations interested in developing projects that connect with UBC students and Faculty, can receive support and guidance to scope, develop, implement, and support community based experiences for students. Project proposals are accepted throughout the year. CCEL can also assists applicants with developing a projects alignment to organizational priorities, student learning outcomes, and community value.

Changemaking Series

This event series explores the concept of changemaking through various event formats (panels, roundtables, idea pitching sessions, etc.). Students engage with other students as well as community participants and panelists around new ideas and are encouraged to find their own path forward as changemakers. Learn more.

I’m Going to UBC

This one day event brings Vancouver elementary school students to UBC Campus to encourage youth to consider pursuing a university education. The day involves a campus tour with UBC Varsity athletes, a skills clinic with Varsity basketball and volleyball coaches, and a varsity game, where students can cheer on the Thunderbirds and take part in a campus tradition!


Strategic Advising for Departments and Faculties

CCEL provides support in developing programmatic and departmental strategies for experiential learning and community engaged learning.

Course and Curricular support

CCEL offers instructors supports in developing community engaged learning courses through partnership development, curriculum design, evaluations/assessments, and the delivery of workshops. Access tools and resources for faculty.

Faculty Professional Development

CCEL offers on-site expertise and an annual roster of professional development opportunities for instructors interested in developing skills, knowledge and networks that enable effective community engaged learning.


CCEL runs a variety of workshops focused on effecting change in and with communities. Students learn to clarify and activate their values in these workshops and gain skills necessary to successfully create and execute these projects. Faculty and staff may request workshops for delivery in their classes or programs. See workshops.

Map the System

This global competition asks students to identify a social or environmental issue, and with the support of CCEL explore, research, and present opportunities to effect positive change. This competition serves as an easy entry point for all students to explore local or global problems. The winning team is invited to the Canadian national competition. Learn More.


The Trek Program is a year-long, non-credit local community service learning program for UBC students that combines weekly community service with on-campus learning opportunities. Through Trek, students contribute to their community, gain real-world experience, and build lasting connections. Find out more.

Reading Week

The Reading Week program is a non-credit, community engaged learning program for UBC students that takes place during the February reading week break. The program helps make the connection between hands-on community service and learning opportunities by putting students in a position to work with local organizations on community-based issues. Learn more.

Community Leadership Program (CLP)

CLP provides leadership development opportunities for UBC staff aspiring to be leaders. Participants explore leadership concepts and principles before leading a group of UBC undergraduate students through a three-day community-service learning project in a school or non-profit organization during the UBC Reading Week break in February.



CCEL partners with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre to offer funding intended to support collaboration between UBC students and organizations located in remote and rural communities outside of the Lower Mainland, and enables students to apply discipline-specific skills and to address complex challenges in remote communities. Learn more about the fund.


Through these Grants, students apply for various levels of funding to complete projects in partnership with community organizations. If you know of a student who might be interested, more information can be found on our student site.

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