Strategy 15 – Student Experience

New Allard summer program provides support for Indigenous students

New Allard summer program provides support for Indigenous students

Starting law school can be both an exciting and daunting time – now imagine starting classes in the middle of a global pandemic. To support this year’s new student cohort, Allard Law had to act fast to find innovative ways to connect with students.  One successful initiative launched over the summer of 2020 was the […]

Advice from three Arts students on learning online during COVID-19

Advice from three Arts students on learning online during COVID-19

This spring, the COVID-19 outbreak unexpectedly introduced UBC students to full-time online learning. The Faculty of Arts checked in with three students to see what this change has looked like for them. Brenda González Córdova (BA in Economics with a minor in Philosophy) speaks about how she’s settled into a routine to engage with her […]

UBC-wide effort results in warm welcome for incoming first year students during COVID-19

UBC-wide effort results in warm welcome for incoming first year students during COVID-19

This summer, nearly one-third of the incoming class at UBC participated in a newly offered program to help them start their university journeys on the right foot. Academic Essentials courses are free, self-directed and online, designed to help new UBC students develop the learning skills they’ll need to succeed in first year at UBC and […]

Student volunteers at the heart of the Agora Café experience

Student volunteers at the heart of the Agora Café experience

Agora Café, a staple in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems since 2005, is a student- and volunteer-run café operating out of the MacMillan building.  Guided by a philosophy to provide affordable, accessible, healthy, local and organic food choices to their community, the student-led team focuses on helping their volunteers learn about food service […]

Creating a home away from home for Indigenous students on UBC’s Vancouver campus

Creating a home away from home for Indigenous students on UBC’s Vancouver campus

For first-year Arts student Sabrina Moshenko, moving to UBC’s vast Vancouver campus from a small community of less than 3,000 people in rural Saskatchewan was a little overwhelming. “For a first-year student, homesickness is a universal feeling,” says Sabrina. “And finding friends can be intimidating.” The First Nations House of Learning heard similar comments from […]

Clothing bins made safer

Clothing bins made safer

It was July 2018 when Ray Taheri, senior instructor of engineering at UBC Okanagan, heard the news: a woman had died after becoming trapped in a clothing donation bin in Vancouver—the fourth such death to have occurred in Canada since 2015. It was time to do something, he resolved. Just as he had done before […]

UBC 101 offers 24/7 on-demand access to information and resources essential for the transition of new students to the university

Orientation now available on-demand for new students at UBC’s Okanagan campus

More resources, more convenience, and more power to tailor their own transition to university: new-to-UBCO students are getting a whole lot more from their orientation experience, thanks to an innovative new online program at UBC’s Okanagan campus. In early 2018, a project team in the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students set out to streamline […]

Kelowna emergency medicine program graduates first residents

Kelowna emergency medicine program graduates first residents

Earlier this year, the Kelowna Emergency Medicine Residency Program proudly graduated its first two residents. The unique program, which was launched in 2014, is the only Royal College training program for emergency medicine residents in the B.C. Interior. According to Dr. Kevin Clark, program director and a clinical associate professor in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, […]