Student Orientation Materials

Designed to help students better understand some of the strengths, opportunities and challenges facing communities like the Downtown Eastside (DTES), these materials are available year-round as a resource for community organizations and UBC faculty, staff and students.

Video series and accompanying guides

Shifting the Story – a series of brief videos where DTES residents offer perspectives on:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Advice for Student Learning
  • Activism and Community
  • Gentrification and Change
  • People and Community in the DTES

The series comes with discussion guides for students viewing the videos on their own and for individuals facilitating the video series.

UBC faculty, staff and students can access these materials directly using their CampusWide Login (CWL).

Community organizations can access these materials by contacting our Student Learning Coordinator.

Self-directed neighbourhood walks

This is a series of seven downloadable PDF guides, with accompanying maps and descriptions of each site. A facilitated debrief of these walks is available by contacting our Student Learning Coordinator.

Workshop on establishing and maintaining boundaries

Designed to prepare students for conversations with local residents, workshops can be facilitated at the Learning Exchange or at partner community organizations. For more information or to schedule a session, contact our Student Learning Coordinator.

Resource guides for community-based experiential learning (CBEL) projects

These one-page guides are customized for students, faculty and community partners planning or participating in CBEL projects. To access these guides contact our Student Learning Coordinator.


Special thanks to the UBC Equity Enhancement Fund for generously supporting the development of these materials.