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Welcome to Community Engagement

As a foundational goal in the Eyes High vision and strategy, the University of Calgary is committed to fully integrate with the community, engaging the communities we both serve and lead.

The Community Engagement team actively seeks out partnership opportunities with community organizations, not-for-profits and other educational institutions. We build on existing relationships, create new associations and endeavor to enhance the university’s role in the community.

Supporting our Community

In the emergency and recovery of the June 2013 floods, Albertans displayed remarkable acts of bravery, resilience and compassion. Many students, faculty and staff from the University of Calgary were nominated as Alberta’s Heroes of the Flood .

We are pleased to support agencies like the United Way Calgary and Area that provide individuals and families the opportunity to reach their potential and improve their quality of life.  

Our students, faculty and researchers are actively involved in community engaged learning through the Centre for Community Engaged Learning and community focused research through platforms like the Urban Alliance and makeCalgary.

Connecting with Community

We collaborate with the City of Calgary on a number of municipal priorities and our community neighbors through the South Shaganappi Area Strategic Planning Group.

The Community Engagement team works closely with the Office of the Chancellor and Senate. The University of Calgary's Senate includes 62 valued community ambassadors who help build relationships for the benefit of the university and the community.

Please use this site to access information about the University of Calgary in the community. Contact us for more information.

Community Events

Community Events

The University of Calgary invites you to our many public events,  whether they are held on main campus, downtown or elsewhere.
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United Way International Strategy


Action Calgary

The University of Calgary has partnered with Calgary Economic Development (CED) to engage in building relationships to stimulate employment growth and diversification.

Celebration of Innovation Symposium

This fall, the University of Calgary and the Ernest C. Manning Awards co-hosted a symposium  to celebrate the spirit of Canada's innovators. The university also hosted a dinner reception to recognize the 2013 recipients of the Manning Innovation Awards.

Terry’s Cause

Since 2012, the University of Calgary has been proud to partner with Terry’s CAUSE on Campus, a national event/run to honour Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope.

United Way

Each year, the university supports United Way Calgary and Area through an annual workplace campaign that engages the entire campus community. In 2013, the university community raised a record $407,000 and earned top honours with a United Way Spirits of Gold "Leading the Way" Award.

Calgary Awards

The University of Calgary has supported the Calgary Awards since 2009 and sponsors the Youth Award. To acknowledge this support, the City of Calgary recognizes the University of Calgary as a Gold sponsor.

Calgary Youth Science Fair

The University of Calgary is proud to be a platinum partner of the Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF), hosting the annual fair at the Olympic Oval for its third consecutive year in 2014.  CYSF brings in nearly 1,000 students between grades 5 and 12, with projects of all kinds.


The University of Calgary is an annual sponsor of the WordFest literary festival in Calgary. WordFest supports vibrant and healthy communities by providing accessible and engaging programming that shares the power of story.

Calgary Stampede

We would like to congratulate the world renowned Calgary Stampede on their 101st anniversary this year. In 2014, the university will once again celebrate community partnership and our own Stampede story, hosting internal and public events at our Main and Downtown Campuses.

The Greatest Show ABOVE Earth

The University of Calgary was thrilled to partner with the Calgary Stampede and TELUS Spark on July 6, 2013 to present Col. (Ret.) Chris Hadfield as he shared stunning photos and out-of-this-world stories from his recent assignment as commander of the International Space Station (ISS).