CCEL Grants Project Library

CCEL’s Grants Project Library contains reports and infographics documenting the social impact work conducted by students in partnership with community organizations that CCEL Grants have funded. We hope this resource is helpful as a database to support and inspire further work around community-rooted social justice, equity and access issues. Read about examples of project topics here.

  • BUILDING CAPACITY AMONG MIGRANT WORKERS THROUGH ENGLISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS

    BUILDING CAPACITY AMONG MIGRANT WORKERS THROUGH ENGLISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS

    Migrant agricultural workers (MAWs) have historically worked within challenging environments and faced a multitude of barriers accessing safety-training, information about workers’ rights and knowledge pertaining to emergency preparedness. This project aimed to bridge this gap by providing culturally appropriate occupational health and safety workshops along with English language classes tailored to emergencies. Through this initiative, 250 MAWs were equipped with enhanced self-advocacy tools and knowledge in order to better advocate for their rights asserting their rights.

    UBC Student Project Lead: Raha Masoudi

    Community Partner: Watari Counselling and Support Services Society

    Grant Type:  Chapman & Innovation Grant

    Year of Publication: 2023

    Topic: Ethnocultural

    Keywords: Empowerment, Languages, Accessible Education, Resilient communities, Community-facing issues, Climate resilience

    Population: New immigrant communities


  • MALE-INCLUSIVE SUICIDE RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAM

    MALE-INCLUSIVE SUICIDE RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAM

    In Canada, men are reported to have the highest rates of death by suicide and despite this heightened risk, there is a clear lack of male-inclusive mental health response programs nationally. In partnership with the Canadian Centre for Men and Families Vancouver (CCMF-V), free male-inclusive suicide response training program workshops were facilitated across British Columbia to mental health professionals, volunteers and community members. As a result of these trainings, 54 participants enhanced their skills in suicide prevention response and gained further insight into increasing social support for men at risk in their local communities.

    UBC Student Project Lead: Thalia Lang

    Community Partner: Canadian Centre for Men and Families

    Grant Type:  Chapman & Innovation

    Year of Publication: 2024

    Topic: Representation

    Keywords: Communities of Care, Representation, Access

    Population: Men


  • IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR MEN: TRAUMA AND GENDER-INFORMED COACHING

    IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR MEN: TRAUMA AND GENDER-INFORMED COACHING

    The harmful stigmas associated with male mental health has led to alarming rates of suicide and depression amongst men and the absence of adequate support systems for especially vulnerable populations. To address this issue, 12 volunteers were trained in compassion, trauma and gender-informed coaching principles to provide structured one-on-one services for clients. Working with the Canadian Centre for Men and Families Vancouver, the developed coaching program was integrated into the Centre’s overall programming.

    UBC Student Project Lead: Sue Rim Baek

    Community Partner: Canadian Centre for Men and Families

    Grant Type:  Connect to Community

    Year of Publication: 2022

    Topic: Representation

    Keywords: Communities of Care, Representation, Access

    Population: Men


  • BLACK ACCESS NETWORK

    BLACK ACCESS NETWORK

    In partnership with Black Block Association (BBA), Delali’s project,  “Hire Black Youth Initiative”, facilitated greater access to career opportunities for black youth in Vancouver.  In partnership with organizations that pledge to support the representation and empowerment of black youth,  an online job matching platform was created, featuring  access to mentorship, skills training and skills development mixers..

    UBC Student Project Lead: Delali Oforia

    Community Partner: Black Block Association

    Grant Type:  Chapman & Innovation Grant

    Year of Publication: 2024

    Topic: Representation

    Keywords: Underrepresented populations, Opportunity, Communities of Care, Skills training, Mentorship, Empowerment

    Population: Newcomers


  • INCREASING ACCESS AND REPRESENTATION: VOLENTIA HEALTHCARE TRANSLATION

    INCREASING ACCESS AND REPRESENTATION: VOLENTIA HEALTHCARE TRANSLATION

    Each year, over 300,000 new immigrants from diverse sociocultural backgrounds relocate to Canada. Language barriers remain a significant obstacle to the provision of equitable healthcare among these communities. By partnering with S.U.C.C.E.S.S, Lynda worked to advance equitable healthcare in Canada by providing free healthcare translation services to immigrants, newcomers, and those with low English-language proficiency, through the Volentia Healthcare Translation initiative. The initiative offered in-person translation services to patients in 14 languages and supported the translation of research materials of B.C. Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the UBC Graduate Student Society.

    UBC Student Project Lead: Lynda Li

    Community Partner: S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

    Grant Type:  Chapman & Innovation Grant

    Year of Publication: 2024

    Topic: Representation & Ethnocultural

    Keywords: Access, Underrepresented populations, Languages, Representation New-immigrant communities, Inclusivity, Belonging

    Population: Newcomers