Community engagement is not new at UBC; it has been a part of the fabric of the university since the institution was founded. Building respectful relationships between communities and UBC is core to the university’s mission and foundational to excellent teaching, learning and research.

On May 3rd & 4th 2016, New Perspectives on Learning in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) is a unique conference being organized by the UBC Learning Exchange to bring together community members, faculty and students to experience, share, and reflect on diverse perspectives and practices of learning in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). The two-day conference will highlight innovative learning exchanges and generate ideas and directions for the future. Find more information and register here.

Learning Exchange Conference


The Centennial Community Grant project will provide the opportunity for UBC faculty, staff, students and residents to take the lead in helping to animate our campus by providing funding to projects that emphasize community-led engagement and connectedness at UBC.  Projects will leverage pride in our Centennial year and inspiration to help make our campus an even better place to live, work and learn together.  More information on the UTown@UBC Community Grant program can be found at, or by contacting

Centennial Community Grant


The Centennial Harvest Feast is a community building event that brings together the UBC community, fosters social sustainability, celebrates the partnership between UBC and University Neighbourhood Association, and advances opportunities for collaboration.


UBC Continuing Studies is offering 20 free, One Day @ UBC Centennial Lectures over 10 Saturdays at the UBC Point Grey campus from September 2015 through May 2016.  These lectures are open to anyone 15 years of age or older.  UBC professors or postdoctoral fellows teach every session, and provide participants with an opportunity to learn from and with some of the world-class researchers and scholars teaching at UBC.

One Day at UBC Centennial Lectures


Roots and Shoots is an outreach program offered by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts which annually engages approximately 1200 students from under-resourced Vancouver elementary schools in an unforgettable music education experience.  This unique program is run at no cost to the schools or students.  Roots and Shoots engages youth in the arts, enhances their intercultural fluency and sense of global citizenship, and fosters their sense of school community and pride.  In celebration of UBC’s Centennial, the Chan Centre and UBC will provide the grades 4-7 classes participating in the Roots and Shoots program with an entire day on the UBC campus, enabling underprivileged youth to participate in campus life for a day and to be welcomed by the various faces at an academic institution.

Chan Centre Roots and Shoots