Cultivating Community

At UBC, our goal of creating a vibrant and sustainable work-live-learn community is focused on leveraging our community’s best assets: from being a place of learning and exploration with beautiful public spaces, parks and world-class amenities, to the diverse skills and talents of our students, faculty, staff and residents. We do this in a number of ways including delivering programming for all ages, building community capacity and engaging the community with outreach initiatives that support sustainability and wellbeing.

BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPACITY

  • Collaborated with over 40 internal and external partners to deliver community programming that promotes inclusion and connectivity, health and wellbeing, arts and culture, and sustainability.
  • Worked with Walk n’ Roll parent volunteers to increase the number of walking school buses throughout the year to enable a 20% increase in safe, sustainable and active trips to school for community kids.
  • Continuing to build capacity with campus youth by growing youth leadership and engagement programming year-round through BC Youth Week, clothing drives, and Project 529, which trains youth to help combat bike theft on campus.

PLACE MAKING AND SPACE ACTIVATION

  • Facilitated and supported a number of projects to animate campus, enhance the educational experience, promote creative expression and instill a sense of pride of place. Such projects included a contest that asked student artists to bring colour to campus bike storage spaces through murals, an interactive, colourful and dynamic lighting project in the Money and Raymond M.C. Lee Square, the installation of a Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench promoting dialogue around mental health, and a rain graffiti project in collaboration with the SEEDS Sustainability Program to animate outdoor spaces during the rainy season.
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