For instructors, students and community who are interested in Community-Engaged Learning, the CEL Office is available for support.

Some of the key community supports the CEL Office provides include:

    • Brainstorming potential collaborations between your initiative and student learning
    • Connecting you with relevant resources and expertise at UVic
    • Providing guidance as you develop a CEL project with instructors and students
    • Helping you navigate UVic systems, processes, personnel and departments

Some key supports for faculty, teaching assistants, and students include:

    • Faculty/Instructor and TA support for embedding CEL in the syllabus and assessment process
    • Community partner identification and relationship development
    • Project planning
    • Student engagement and mentorship
    • Supporting internal and external communications about your initiatives
    • CEL grants to support integration of CEL into curricula and student participation in CEL
    • Strategic planning
    • Creating opportunities for instructors, community and students to learn from one another’s CEL experiences

Meet the Team

Rhianna Nagel

Rhianna Nagel

Cornett B132

About Rhianna

With the CEL team and others, Rhianna facilitates communities of practice for CEL actors; develops tools and resources to support the pedagogical and relationship aspects of CEL; leads strategic planning processes; and builds capacity and institutional support for CEL. She received an MA from the Community-Based Research lab in Geography at UVic and a BSc from the Global Resource Systems program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. Through her academic studies, her work with the former Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement, her current role and her work in the non-profit sector, Rhianna has created and supported multiple community-engaged research and learning projects focusing on diverse areas of interest, such as immigration in Greater Victoria, collaborative waste management, sustainable food systems, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (with a particular focus on CEL).

Rosa McBee

Rosa McBee

CEL Assistant Coordinator
Cornett B132

About Rosa

Rosa received an MA in Community-Based Research from the Sustainability Studies Department at Trent University and a BA from the Anthropology program at the University of Victoria. Through her academic studies, Rosa got into program evaluation, participatory action research, arts-based engagement methods, and how to build social connectedness in multi-stakeholder participatory projects. Primarily working in the not-for-profit sector locally and internationally, Rosa has delivered knowledge exchanges and worked within communities and schools to discuss sustainability issues. Her passion is supporting collaborative partnerships that bring creativity, curiosity and care to the strategies addressing the unique social, environmental, and economic challenges. She is excited about the opportunity to support the CEL office and cultivate respectful and meaningful community-campus relationships. She is very thankful to be able to do this work on the traditional territory of the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. 

Support for your Initiatives

The CEL Office is available to support community at any stage of a collaboration.

This includes the following supports:

  • Brainstorm potential collaborations between your initiative and student learning
  • Connect you with relevant resources and expertise at UVic.
  • Provide guidance as you develop a CEL project with instructors and students
  • Help you navigate UVic systems and processes.

Engagement with Indigenous 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

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

Join the CEL Community of Practice

The Community-Engaged Learning Office has co-developed a community-of-practice that provides opportunities to network with other CEL participants and build capacity for excellent CEL delivery.