The UBC Learning Exchange (www.learningexchange.ubc.ca/), initiated in 1999, is a hub for connections between UBC and Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES), providing a place where people can get to know each other, pursue shared interests, learn from each other and, in doing so, increase university and community capacity to act for positive change. The Learning Exchange is a key part of the University's commitments to community engagement, student learning and research excellence.
The Learning Exchange offers free programs in the DTES. Local residents improve their lives through learning and leadership, including computer training and access, English conversation groups, seniors programs, and arts, culture and volunteer opportunities.
For more information, please visit the Learning Exchange website (www.learningexchange.ubc.ca/community/individuals/).
At the Learning Exchange students contribute to programming for local residents, complete course assigned projects and conduct research. Through hands-on, powerful, real-life learning students gain practical skills and a better understanding of their fields of study in a unique multidisciplinary environment. Please visit the UBC Learning Exchange (www.learningexchange.ubc.ca/campus/students/) to learn more.
The Learning Exchange facilitates faculty engagement in the DTES. The Learning Exchange can collaborate with faculty in several ways including student learning, research, knowledge exchange and accessing space in the DTES. Please visit the UBC Learning Exchange (www.learningexchange.ubc.ca/campus/faculty/) to learn more.
The UBC Learning Exchange has developed student orientation materials to help students learn about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). These materials are designed for use by students, community organizations and UBC departments. Visit here (www.learningexchange.ubc.ca/campus/students/student-orientation-materials/) for more information.
The ‘Making Research Accessible’ initiative (MRAi) seeks to improve access to academic research and community-generated materials with a focus on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Led by the UBC Learning Exchange, the MRAi is a collaboration between community organizations and university partners including the Public Scholars Initiative, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the UBC Library. Visit here (www.learningexchange.ubc.ca/campus/faculty/research/making-research-accessible-initiative/) for more information.
Please visit the UBC Learning Exchange (www.learningexchange.ubc.ca/) for up-to-date news and opportunities.