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UBCO Life is a newsletter delivered twice per month to continuing undergraduate students, featuring academic and social events, upcoming deadlines, university news, and other issues relevant to student life and success at UBC Okanagan.

March 16, 2022

In this issue:

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Hundreds of student jobs are available

UBCO is looking for students who are eager to get involved and expand their professional skillsets. Sound like you? There are hundreds of paid and volunteer student positions available for the summer and upcoming school year. Be sure to check the Student Job Board regularly over the next few weeks to find the role that’s right for you.

Pro tip: when browsing the Job Board, be sure to filter by “on-campus positions” to ensure you’re viewing UBCO jobs.

Start browsing


Join a virtual panel on masculinity, mental health, and men’s relationships

Join this unique one-time event where we will be exploring masculinity and mental health in relation to men’s intimate friendships and therapeutic relationships. Our expert panel will be sharing research, data, experiences, and answering your questions facilitated by our student host.

This UBC campus-wide event is hosted by the UBC Reducing Male Suicide Cluster and the SVPRO Okanagan Healthy Masculinities Group.

Happening on March 21 from 5:30 to 7 pm

Register here


More food skills workshops on the menu in March and April

Campus Health is offering four more free food skills workshops this semester! If you would like to improve your confidence in the kitchen, this is your chance to learn new recipes and build your skills. 

  • March 24 from 6 to 8 pm: Lunch Prep with Morgan
  • March 31 from 6 to 8 pm: Indian dish with Hardikaa – Garam Masala
  • April 7 from 6 to 8 pm: Women’s Health with Kierra
  • April 14 from 6 to 8 pm: Simple fried rice dish with Luke – Tofu or Pork (you decide!)

We provide the ingredients for free and you follow along from your own kitchen over Zoom.

Register now


March 26 to April 16: UBCycles spring trail riding series

Join UBCycles this spring as they explore the fun and scenic trails around the Okanagan!

UBCycles Trail Riding Series will include four rides at a variety of biking locations around Kelowna. Spots are limited so sign up today!

Register now


UBCO 2022 teach-in on climate/justice

Join the Okanagan campus community for a dialogue on climate/justice and an introduction to UBCO’s first Climate Action Plan 2030! Panel discussions will be presented by UBCO faculty and staff and moderated by student hosts.

Happening virtually on Tuesday, March 29 from 6 to 8 pm.

Learn more and register


March 30: The Roger Watts Debate empowers top UBC Okanagan debaters

“Be it resolved that the Emergencies Act is justifiably used to quell civil disobedience.”

In a world of division, debate matters. Support your peers as they engage with the above statement. On March 30, top UBC Okanagan student debaters will argue their case before a panel of community judges.

Tickets are free, but registration is required.

Register now


March 31 – Distinguished Speaker Series returns

Today we have better access to information than any humans before us, but we are also exposed to more misinformation than ever before. How do we figure out what is true?

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science is pleased to bring Dr. Derek Muller, creator and director of the science-based YouTube channel, Veritasium and Science Educator, to the virtual stage later this month. With more than 11.5 million subscribers, Veritasium features science and engineering videos, experiments, demos, and interviews. His channel provides a virtual space for scientific dialogue.

Join Dr. Derek Muller’s discussion on cognitive biases that unconsciously shape our judgments and particular modes of thinking that avoid these pitfalls.

Register and learn more


April 12: Join nine distinguished experts as they contemplate if climate stability requires human restrictions

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science presents the next Roger W. Gale Symposium – A Wicked Problem: Individual Freedoms and Climate Change.

Join our experts in five individual and panel sessions between 9 am and 6:30 pm. They will be discussing if individual freedoms should be limited to stabilize the climate and if it is possible to stabilize the climate without such restrictions.

Join for individual sessions or all online virtual sessions.

Learn more and register


Enhance your degree with a Work Study experience

Work Study offers a variety of on-campus paid part-time job opportunities that students can complete alongside their degree, ranging from research to professional and administrative practices.

Develop workplace skills, explore potential career paths, expand your networks, and gain insight into your personal and professional growth through hands-on experience.

Work Study positions for both summer 2022 and winter 2022/23 are now posted on the UBC Okanagan Student & Alumni Job Board.

Learn more about eligibility requirements


Opportunities with the SEO

The Student Experience Office (SEO) has a variety of ways to get involved and build up some professional experience while furthering your campus network. There are several summer term and academic year job positions available, so be sure to take a look at the Job Board and apply to jobs that may interest you.

Learn more


Student Health Clinic open for summer hours

Are you looking to access UBCO campus wellness resources this summer? The Nurse Practitioner and physicians at the Student Health Clinic will be available all summer long.

The Nurse Practitioner will be on-site Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm from May 2 until September 2. Physicians will be on-site Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm.

Counselling services will also be available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm during the summer months.

Learn more about these resources


New Indigenous student support

Meet Sher Miller, Indigenous Co-op Coordinator, UBC Okanagan.

Thanks to the Co-op and Work Integrated Learning Funding through the Ministry of Advanced Education, UBC Co-op Programs welcomed their first-ever Indigenous Co-op Coordinator positions to support Indigenous students in the arts, applied science and interdisciplinary co-op programs, at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

UBC Okanagan Co-op Programs

Apply to UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Co-op and Applied Science Co-op programs to explore work experience that challenges and inspires you. Gain paid work experience, professional skills, apply your disciplinary knowledge and expand your professional and peer networks with UBC Co-op. Co-op is available to undergraduate students in Applied Science, Arts, Fine Arts, Human Kinetics, Management, Media Studies, and Science, students of all skill-sets are eligible to participate in co-op.

Learn more about co-op and connect with Sher at


Meal Share Program running until April 2022

Are you a UBC student who finds yourself making the tough choice between paying bills and buying food? Students experiencing food insecurity can apply for non-repayable funds or significant discounts to access food through the UBC Meal Share Program.

The pilot initiative, made possible through the generous support of the UBC community, runs until April 2022 and provides eligible undergraduate and graduate students with funds up to two times each academic term. The program is confidential and is available to current UBC Okanagan students self-identifying as experiencing challenges accessing adequate and appropriate food due to financial reasons. Funds will be available at the beginning of each month until they run out.

Learn more and apply for funds or discounts


Compete in the UBC OER Collection Challenge

Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching and learning resources that are freely available through the public domain or open copyright licenses. The Alma Mater Society, Student’s Union UBC Okanagan, and Open UBC invite UBC students to contribute open educational resources (OER) to the newly launched UBC OER Collection as part of a multi-campus challenge. The UBC OER Collection Challenge is open until April 30, 2022. The UBC faculty and department with the most OERs added to the collection during the competition period will be named the winners!

Learn more


IDS campus waste survey

We want to hear what you think about waste management on campus and gather information about how it can improve. Complete the survey and enter your email at the end to be entered in a draw for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards. The results from this survey will guide the Innovate, Design, Sustain (IDS) club on existing projects and define our future goals.

What is IDS? IDS is a UBCO student club of like-minded individuals passionate about sustainability and design. Our Campus Waste Initiatives (CWI) team is working towards improving awareness about waste management on campus. This survey will help IDS develop a better understanding of the barriers and shortcomings of the current waste management system. It will also provide insight into waste sorting habits.

Complete the survey

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