Resources for community

UVic currently provides the following supports and resources to help support and facilitate community-engaged learning (CEL). Explore the full list of the types of CEL opportunities that currently connect UVic with the community, or read more about CEL pedagogy that's being developed.

If you need support or have a question about CEL that isn't answered below, please let us know! Contact  with your inquiry.

Support for your CEL initiatives

The CEL Office is available to support community as they collaborate with UVic through CEL initiatives. Below are some examples of how the CEL Office can support your initiative. Contact to find out more. 

  • Connect your business/organization/agency/group/etc. with UVic relevant resources and expertise. 
  • Provide guidance as you develop a CEL project with instructors and students.
  • Help you navigate UVic systems and processes.

Contact the with your inquiries and requests. 

Community and Government Relations

UVic's Office of Community and Government Relations can support community, corporate and government organizations interested in engagement opportunities with the university.

Engagement with First Nations communities

UVic's Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) provides support and resources for community members and organizations including:

  • Support for employers looking to work with Indigenous co-operative education or community internship students
  • Support for representatives of an Indigenous nation, community or organization interested in exploring partnership opportunities with UVic

Explore grant and funding options that support CEL projects

Many community-engaged learning focused grants and funding options available to staff and faculty at UVic require applicants to have partnerships with the community. Learn more about CEL funding options here. If you are interested in exploring a project with faculty and staff at UVic, contact  for more information and we can help connect you to appropriate faculty or unit contacts. If you are interested in research opportunities, learn more here.

Join the CEL community of practice

The Community-Engaged Learning Office is developing a community-of-practice with fellow community-engaged learning (CELparticipants at UVic. We help host and promote events and get-togethers for staff and faculty, community members and students participating in CEL. These events provide an opportunity to network with other CEL participants.

If you are interested in joining this group, contact the CEL Office ( to stay in the loop about these events and other relevant community-university engagement news.

Support for employers

Co-operative Education and Career Services has developed resources to support employers interested in hiring students or new grads. From recruitment, job posting and interview supports to student management and supervision tips there are resources to support employers in all stages of hiring students or new grads. Some of the resources include:

  • Best practices for supervising a student or new grad
  • Equity and diversity resources
  • Tips for creating job postings that attract the right candidate
  • Information on how to raise your organization's profile on campus

Select and download free resources or work through the online module for employers. 

SEGAL: Community-Engaged Learning and Software Engineering

SEGAL is a Center of Excellence in Community-engaged Research and Teaching of issues and strategies for Software Engineering Global interAction. Developing software in geographically distributed teams has become the norm, software organizations leveraging talent anywhere in the world, and particularly in locations close to customers or where development costs are reduced. However, distributed projects involve complex interactions across organizational, functional as well as national, cultural and socio-economic boundaries, making their study important but difficult. 

SEGAL has achieved international recognition for leading empirically validated research in partnership with software development community in Victoria, Canada and large international software development organizations. Our research resulted in technology transfer to the IT community in the form of models for predicting risk of escalating customer tickets or processes for improved project resource planning. In 2017 a model of evolving requirements engineering practices in startup companies has become available for local companies to use in their business growth. Faculty members interested in working to address issues of the software community locally or internationally should contact the lab Director to pursue such opportunities. 

Furthermore, equipped with advanced, state-of-the-art collaboration technologies for distance communication, SEGAL has also created a teaching and mentoring environment for numerous undergraduate and graduate students in community-engaged learning of Requirements Engineering and Global Software Engineering. Some of these students have obtained jobs at international development organizations, or became leaders of high-technology parks at other universities abroad. Others have chosen to live and work in beautiful BC, by founding their own Victoria-based startup company, or work remotely for international corporations.

"I am a former student of Dr. Damian's, having studied under her both in my undergraduate and graduate work in computer science at UVic. Now, in my role as Engineering Manager at Bandcamp, a US-based company whose entire workforce is distributed around the world, I directly benefit from the teachings, research and community engagement of Dr. Damian. Specifically, her teaching allowed me to  become engaged with the tech sector, to bring current research on distributed software development directly into practice, and to ultimately find a job that I love, that allows me to balance raising a young family with a challenging and rewarding career: I am able to work—from home—as part of a thriving, globally distributed software engineering team, for an internationally successful company, but did not have to leave Victoria to do so. Dr. Damian has been fundamental in giving me the tools necessary to build my career while staying in BC—keeping myself and other graduate level, skilled tech workers here, rather than being forced to move abroad."

- Anna Russo Kennedy, Engineering Manager, Bandcamp

Social innovation resources

Once you begin participating in community-engaged learning opportunities you'll likely hear the term "social innovation." Social innovation and community-university engagement are often interconnected on projects and initiatives. Community organizations, university faculty and students interested in building connections between the university and the community are often also champions of social innovation.

What is social innovation?  

Social innovation can be defined in numerous ways. We like to use the definition below, provided by the McConnell Foundation (this foundation provided grant funds to establish our local social innovation hub the Vancouver Island Social Innovation Zone).

Social innovations are new ideas, products, services, institutions and relationships, offering fresh examples of social innovations of the past including the nursing profession, the emergence of cooperatives, and umbrella fundraising organizations… Social innovations often occur at the edges of systems, or where two or more ‘siloed’ disciplines meet. For example, the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship integrates financial with social or environmental outcomes.

- McConnell Foundation Social Innovation Fund (Information guide and application)

Watch the video below by the Social Innovation Generation to learn more.