Our Work

The Learning Exchange provides a welcoming, informal, and lively focal point for people in the DTES. Our primary purpose is to empower people from the DTES and the university to work together as agents of change.

We do this by:

  • Developing collaborations between UBC and local residents and organizations
  • Creating transformative learning experiences for students
  • Igniting residents’ enthusiasm for lifelong learning
  • Creating and sharing innovative approaches to knowledge exchange
  • Identifying strengths of the community and its residents
  • Acting on issues identified by local residents and community organizations
  • Supporting community-based research that helps build better lives
  • Developing and providing peer-led community programs that address computer access and digital literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), and language and health interests of DTES seniors