Community Engagement Initiatives

The School is constantly taking the lead on Community Engagement Projects.

Below is part of the ever growing list of initiatives taking place in the community that have been initiatied in the school.  Whether started by a student, faculty, staff member or alumnus/a there are many initiative that are always being developed.




PARC (Physical Activity Research Centre)

The facility is committed to providing opportunities for the local spinal cord injury (SCI) community to participate in research on exercise and physical activity.

PARC-ARM-ErgometerThe Physical Activity Research Centre (PARC) is located on the ground floor of the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre.
We envision that the PARC will nurture an active exchange of ideas between the community of individuals living with SCI and ICORD researchers. The PARC offers a wide variety of exercise equipment and ensures wheelchair accessibility. The facility is run by volunteers who assist people with varying abilities to work towards leading active and healthy lives.

Visit the PARC website here.

Centre for Sport and Sustainability

The Centre is dedicated to improving our understanding of how sport can help advance economic and social development, urban renewal, cultural identity and ecological well-being.

The Centre’s approach is to integrate training and educational opportunities with core research activities focused around sport and sustainability. The Centre will sponsor a visiting scholar series, graduate student scholarships and a themed seed grant program, and serve as an incubator for innovative research, mentoring and instruction across UBC and internationally.

Visit the Centre for Sport and Sustainability website here.

The BUILD Club

School of Kinesiology students are relationships between people with intellectual disabilities and the UBC community


B.U.I.L.D. club: Building Understanding of Intellectual Disabilities by Rachel Brodeur, Rhiannon Evans, Kimberley Jung and Emily Ryan.  The objective of B.U.I.L.D club will promote involvement in the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games (July 8-12, 2014) and increase awareness of intellectual disabilities amongst students, staff and the University community. They will work to build sustainable relationships with intellectual disability organizations and members of the UBC community.

Listen to the full alumniUBC podcast, 'A Special Olympics Journey: How the Games Changed my Life.'

learn more about the Equity Enhancement Fund here.

visit the project here



Our goal is to increase and deepen relationships between people different from each other and increase physical activity of Renfrew-Collingwood residents and workers.

Zumba in the Park

Check out some great Zumba dancing that happened at Slocan Park in the neighbourhood - Zumba is a fantastic way to get some physical activity, if you haven't tried it!


Neighbourhood organizations, residents and UBC students and faculty are working together to increase intercultural relations and physical activities. The aim? To reach out to people that are not participating, but might like to. We’ll address barriers and opportunities will be broadened to reach this goal.

Visit the INTERActive website here