CCEL Workshops

Build your community partnership and project development skills through a variety of workshops designed to help you understand community assets, project budgets, and working ethically with communities.

About the workshops

What does it take to build and contribute to meaningful and valuable community-based projects and learning experiences? Find out through a variety of workshops designed to promote ethical community engagement, and equip you with the skills to create and deliver projects and initiatives.

Topics include understanding community assets, strengthening community partnerships, scoping a community-based project, creating a strategic project budget, and facilitating conversations. These workshops are open to everyone. They provide participants with a great environment to explore social impact opportunities in and with the community, and to network with students across campus.

Workshop offerings

These workshops may be requested by faculty, staff, and student clubs or groups. Workshops can be leveraged as a developmental opportunity for student leaders, embedded within a course, or as part of an event.

All workshops are available both in-person and virtually, and many are available through asynchronous/self-directed modules. Please see the workshop details below.

Asset Based Community Development

Participants will learn techniques to build from community strengths, and explore a strengths-based approach to social change.

Ethics of Changemaking

Participants will learn strategies for ethical community engagement, to support their efforts to create meaningful social change.

Roots of Change

Participants will develop skills in analyzing complex social issues to create positive change.

Storytelling for Change

Participants will look at the role that stories play in social change, and will learn about the power of stories as a strategy to move people to action.

More Workshops

Applying for a Grant

Applying for a Grant

Learn techniques to build a successful grant application  


Learn techniques to build a successful grant application for an on or off campus community project. Learn and practice the key components of grant application using a case study or your own project idea.

Learning Objectives

• Understand key terms of a grant application and budget.
• Identify the key elements of preparing for and creating a successful grant application.
• Practically interpret and assign budget line items, develop a work back plan, and an opportunity statement.  

Length: 110 min

Virtual Availability: Synchronous

Community Action: Self Exploration

Community Action: Self Exploration

Harness your passions and strengths to create change


Understand individual viewpoints by reflecting on personal values, skills and identities as a basis for community action. Participants will explore community action as a space, opportunity and personal journey.

Learning Objectives

• Explore the different roles and identities you have, outside of being a student at UBC.
• Identify ways you are connected to local communities. 
• Learn to make connections between your own interests, values, and opportunities for community engagement in Vancouver. 

Length: 60 min. Also available as a 105 minute workshop, combined with Community Action: Vancouver Exploration.

Virtual Availability: Synchronous, Asynchronous (Self-directed)