Community Engagement

Student holds up sign promoting the Prisoner correspondence project during community engagemenbt day


Are you passionate about social justice, youth mentorship, or engaging in your community?  Do you want to volunteer in the city but don't know where to start?  SEDE's Community Engagement branch hosts a variety of events, projects, and workshops aimed at helping get you involved and addressing needs in the Montreal community.



Alternative Spring Break

Student volunteers have fun in the kitchen

Alternative Spring Break (ASB)  takes place during McGill’s Reading Week, offering students the opportunity to spend five days participating in various activities with local Montreal organizations. Students will learn about and contribute to social justice issues, develop skills related to civic engagement, and immerse themselves in diverse projects.

Experiential Community-Engaged Learning & Research (ExCELR)

People gather in a community garden

ExCELR is a teaching and learning approach that integrates volunteer community work with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Schools Outreach Programs

Elementary school students have fun learning dance

Our Schools Outreach Programs, including Homework Zone, My Day at McGill, and Spaghetti Nights Family workshops, foster close partnerships and mentorship opportunities between McGill and local public schools. 

Land Acknowledgment

Map of Montreal

McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’keha:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.* 

Recognizing the history of where you stand is important, and becoming increasingly common practice when hosting events and activities across Canada.

Here are a few tips to remember if you want to make a land acknowledgment before a class presentation, in a written document, or when hosting an event. 


Upcoming Events

There are currently no events available.

Interested in what else is going on?

Check out our Resources to find out about other community organizations in Montreal.

For more information about SEDE Community Engagement programs, contact anurag.dhir [at] (Anurag Dhir) (Engaged Learning and Access Coordinator)