The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions and the Office of Regional and International Community Engagement are housed within the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and are important partners on topics of public policy, global affairs, and community engagement.
Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI)
The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) supports publicly engaged research, teaching and knowledge-sharing on democratic practices and institutions, with a focus on citizen engagement and participation, constitutional governance and transitional regimes.
The Centre works with government and nongovernmental organizations and brings together scholars, public officials and students from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of academic disciplines.
Offered through CSDI, the Institute for Future Legislators summer program provides hands-on training and mentoring for anyone with political aspirations seeking the practical experience and knowledge required to make a difference at the local, provincial or federal level.
Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE)
The Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE), led by Director Tamara Baldwin, has a university-wide mandate, and is committed to addressing complex social and ecological challenges in collaboration with a network of community partners in Canada and around the world.
ORICE has specialized knowledge and a robust track record in experiential learning pedagogy and facilitation, with a core mandate of delivering cross-disciplinary academic and co-curricular programming, such as the International Service Learning (ISL) Program, regionally-based community engagement, and UBC courses that bring community partners and their current areas of focus into the classroom.