Fonds UBCA-ARC-1458 - Community Learning Initiative fonds

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Community Learning Initiative fonds

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36 cm of textual records

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The UBC Community Learning Initiative (UBC-CLI) was established in 2006 to develop curricular community-engaged learning opportunities. Its central principle was the importance of "community service learning" (CSL). The University's Trek 2010 strategic plan had set a goal of developing programmes that engage 10% of UBC students in CSL each year. Students worked in teams on short-term projects linked to course content and met the participating organizations' goals. Its work was made possible by a grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. UBC-CLI worked parallel with the Learning Exchange, founded in 2000 to facilitate student volunteer opportunities in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. There was a great deal of overlap between the two programmes, and they initially reported to the same Director, Margo Fryer. In 2011 CLI and the Learning Exchange were separated into two distinct units, each with its separate director, with CLI reporting to the Vice-President, Students. In 2012 CLI re-organized and changed its name to the Centre for Community Engaged Learning.

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Records of the UBC Community Learning Initiative, along with records of the Learning Exchange, were kept in the Centre for Community Engaged Learning offices until their transfer to the University Archives.

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Fonds consists of records that document the UBC Community Learning Initiative's history and includes correspondence, reports, minutes, written notes, and published items. It is arranged in two series: Administration and Programmes.

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There was overlap between the functions and activities of the Community Learning Initiative and those of the Learning Exchange. They also had the same Director for several years; they shared office space, and their records were filed and stored together. This inter-relationship was reflected in the records when they came to the Archives. During their arrangement and description, the records were separated so that two different fonds could be recognized. However, this was not an exact process; some documents from the Learning Exchange are still mixed with CLI and vice versa.

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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review. To organize access please contact us at UBC Archives.

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