Social Impact Labs

A learning platform for students to expand their knowledge beyond the classroom and build community. Students work with each other, local community partners, and faculty to develop ideas and solutions through actionable projects that tackle social and environmental issues using a system thinking and collective impact approach.

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!


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.

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. 


A student-led engagement campaign that aims to welcome other students into conversations on social and environmental issues. The UBtheChange Activators achieve this by hosting low barrier and fun activities that spark conversation, highlight pathways for social change, and inspire action.

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. 

Grants & Awards

Community Grants

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.

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