Grant helps students find new ways to engage with the community

January 16, 2020 | Campus Life

Ever had an idea so big it can’t be contained in a final paper, capstone project or classroom presentation? It could even be something you’re passionate about that maybe doesn’t relate directly to your area of study – and that’s okay!

The Student Community Engagement Grant can help you bring your vision to life. Past projects that students have received funding for include hosting and attending provincial and national conferences, speaker series, professional networking opportunities, cultural events and fundraising activities, and many other ways to engage the community.


Feeling inspired? Individuals and student groups can apply for the Student Community Engagement Grant to receive funding for community engagement projects, partnerships and conferences within Canada. 

Here are just a few of the projects funded by the grant:


2019 Alberta Inter-Collegiate Model United Nations (AIMUN)

What’s the big idea? MacEwan United Nations Club hosting the 2019 AIMUN on campus

Who’s it for? Post-secondary students in model UN clubs across Alberta, including the MacEwan United Nations Club.


Why? Engaging with other students and participating in model UN conferences is a key part of the MacEwan United Nations Club, which has taken part in international conferences since 1995.

AIMUN is a two-day conference that has been hosted by different post-secondary institutions in Alberta for over 20 years. Each conference presents a global issue that requires the delegates to work together to find ways within the United Nations to address it. (Last year, AIMUN delegates focused on nuclear disarmament.)

Hosting a conference is an expensive undertaking for a student-run club, says Harrison Baile, fourth-year Bachelor of Arts (political science honours) student, so the Student Community Engagement Grant alleviated some of the financial challenges and allowed the students to focus on connecting with peers and addressing significant international issues.



Making meals that mend

“Taking five hours out of a day to prepare a meal really isn’t much, but the families are really thankful. Little things can make a difference.”


Orange Design Conference

What’s the big idea? Hosting the Orange Design Conference

Who’s it for? Bachelor of Design students


Why? The Student Community Engagement Grant has been invaluable to getting the Design Students Organization (DSO) and its flagship event off the ground. The Orange Design Conference is a two-day, student-led event to help bridge the gap between students and the design industry. The first day includes an evening networking event to get students comfortable engaging with peers and industry professionals. The second day includes keynotes from working designers, hands-on workshops and a MacEwan alumni panel.

“An event like this provides value outside the classroom where students can gain a better understanding of the landscape of design and begin to engage with the community,” says Quinton Wong, third-year Bachelor of Design Student and president of the Design Students Organization (DSO). “This will hopefully be our flagship event for years to come as the program and industry grow alongside one another.”

In the future, Quinton hopes the DSO will be able to engage more sponsors so they can attract bigger influencers.


Tuned in to the community

“I had this idea to launch a music club to create paid opportunities for local bands, and build awareness of the live music scene in Edmonton. I applied for MacEwan’s Student Community Engagement Grant.”


Speed Mentoring

What’s the big idea? Hosting a Speed Mentoring event

Who’s it for? Students majoring in marketing


Why? In business, getting the right job is about who you know, so the MacEwan Marketing Club took the idea of speed dating to get students to network with as many people as possible through a series of short, focused conversations.

Students met with industry professionals in the areas of marketing, communications, media and design to develop themselves professionally and get on the path to achieving their career goals.

“It's about helping students make their first connections and build their professional network while also teaching them about their experiences,” says Ben Windsor, fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in marketing, and president of the MacEwan Marketing Club.The grant covered venue costs, which allowed the Marketing Club to focus on all the other details of hosting a major event.



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