Supporting the Learning Exchange


The University of British Columbia is dedicated to active engagement in civil society. Giving to the Learning Exchange strengthens UBC’s ability to stay at the forefront of social innovation, showing what universities can do when they engage in authentic partnerships within the wider community.

This could mean enabling the training of Downtown Eastside residents to act as facilitators of English conversation sessions for new immigrants. Or fostering a connection between a UBC student and a Downtown Eastside resident that brings new understanding to both. Or helping the Learning Exchange to continue to deliver sustainable training initiatives that lower the digital divide.  As a potential UBC Learning Exchange donor, you can choose to support the Learning Exchange generally, or to support a specific program such as:

  • our ESL Program, which trains Downtown Eastside residents to lead English conversation groups for new citizens, immigrants or refugees.
  • our Computer Drop-In Program at 612 Main Street, which offers community residents access to computers and wireless internet,  or our Computer Skills Program which provides group and one-on-one instruction on using computers (from beginner to advanced).
  • our Contributing Through Computers initiative where we train local residents to act as peer facilitators and tutors in a wide range of community organizations .

Or you could support our efforts to engage students, faculty and community members and organizations to work on projects that create new relationships, ideas and solutions.  Projects include:

  • an ESL creative writing program for immigrants involving UBC students learning to teach Creative Writing
  • a language exchange program called Tandem, where a diversity of participants teach each other new languages
  • art-based projects like Snap Happy, which engaged Downtown Eastside Residents in sharing their digital photo stories as a way to break down barriers of marginalization

However you choose to support the UBC Learning Exchange, you’ll be supporting our efforts to build relationships and bring students, community members and organizations together. By building relationships, you’re helping build community.

Choose the option that speaks to you.