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What is UBCO Life?
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.

April 7, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

Apr. 13: Last day of classes and last day to withdraw with a W standing

April 16 – 29: Exam period

If you need to drop a course, do so early. If in doubt, contact an Academic Advisor to discuss your options.

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UBC Giving Day today – why it matters to you

Today is UBC’s first university-wide Giving Day and we want you to join the celebration! For just 24-hours, our community of alumni, faculty, staff and friends are coming together to raise funds that will support students. We couldn’t have our first Giving Day without inviting you to be part of the action!

Visit the Giving Day website to see how you can join UBC Giving Day. Register for our free trivia night for a chance to win $250, learn why giving matters to unlock $5 for your favourite Giving Day cause, and share UBC Giving Day with your friends and family. Join UBC Giving Day!

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You've got what it takes.

Looking for a job?

Jumpstart your job search! UBCO has hundreds of paid and volunteer student positions that will soon be available for this summer and the upcoming school year. Many of these jobs will be posted on the Student Job Board next week. Some of the available positions will include:

  • Peer Mentors
  • Orientation Leader
  • Math, Science, Writing, and Language Tutors
  • Supplemental Learning Leader

Jobs will be posted from April 15 to May 15, unless otherwise noted.

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UBC in service: Global engagement for a just and sustainable world

UBC’s new global engagement strategy launch

Join us for a virtual webinar event on April 12. The program features local and global speakers in conversation on what it means to be a university in service to the world through equitable collaboration – from research on issues of global relevance to capacity development work and global educational experiences.

The future is global and UBC is joining partners to build a just, sustainable world. Celebrate with us on April 12 from 8:30–9:45 a.m. PDT.

Learn more and register

Nora Young

April 13: Distinguished Speaker Series returns — CBC journalist Nora Young to take virtual stage

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science is pleased to bring highly-respected Canadian journalist Nora Young to the homes of Okanagan residents next week with a virtual speaker series.

Young is the creator and host of Spark, CBC’s national radio show exploring technology and culture, and author of The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us.

Join her for an eye-opening look at how data-driven technologies are affecting our relationships, behaviours and opinions.

Learn more and register

Exam Jam: April 15

Exam Jam: bigger and better than ever!

This term, Exam Jam will centralize the resources and supports at both UBC campuses, harnessing the expertise of the peers and pros in the Student Learning Hub and the Chapman Learning Commons.

During this virtual all-day event, you’ll find math and science tutoring, motivation and time-management sessions, essay exam workshops, wellness breaks, and activities to help you de-stress. Once enrolled in the Canvas course, you can pick and choose from a variety of sessions to suit your schedule and needs.

If you want to avoid stress, stay focused, and get energized for your final exams, enroll and join us on Thursday, April 15! Attend one, two, or all of our sessions—it’s up to you.

Prizes will be awarded randomly to the first 250 registrants, so enroll early!

Enrol now

alumni UBC Graduation Celebration Kits for the class of 2021

UBCO Graduation Celebration Kits

alumni UBC is here to help you celebrate Graduation 2021! Order your UBC Okanagan Graduation Celebration Kit and celebrate together from home. Each kit contains a Class of 2021 commemorative keychain, UBC Okanagan sticker set, and more celebration surprises.

Available for $5.00. $1 from every kit sold will be donated to UBC Okanagan funds supporting students. The deadline to sign up to receive your kit is April 15, 2021.

Order your kit

a conversation with Talila Lewis

Upcoming webinar: Navigating the Intersections and Overlays of Race, Class, Disability, and Queerness

Talila Lewis will reframe ableism as a form of oppression that is experienced by all marginalized peoples (as opposed to just being experienced by those who are disabled or labeled disabled); and offer context into the inextricably linked struggles of multiple-marginalized people. The audience will leave with a new appreciation of why disability justice is a requisite for all forms of social justice–especially racial justice.

Join us on April 15 from 1–2:30 p.m. PDT!

Learn more and register

Dr. Natoshia Anderson and Dr. Maydianne Andrade

Where are all the Black People? Underrepresentation in the Academy

The next webinar in the series, Where are all the Black People: underrepresentation in the academy, will focus on Black Women in STEM, featuring panelists Dr. Natoshia Anderson and Dr. Maydianne Andrade.

Join us on April 16 from 10–11:30 a.m. PDT.

Register now

STEM Education for Indigenous Youth

STEM education for Indigenous youth in Canada

On April 15, join an interactive discussion on the great potential of STEM and the importance of diversity in STEM fields lead by Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and Dr. Jason Pennington, member of the Huron-Wendat Nation and Assistant Professor, General Surgery at the University of Toronto.

Panelists will discuss the barriers that prevent Indigenous youth from participating in STEM programs and will propose a path forward that calls for action at both the individual and institutional levels.

Learn more and register

UBCO Climate Action Plan 2030

Tell us what you think about UBCO’s Climate Action Plan and be entered to win a $100 gift card

In December 2019, UBC declared a climate emergency. As a result, the university is developing an ambitious Climate Action Plan (CAP2030) for both the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan campuses aimed at implementing strategies that will result in emissions reductions from UBCO’s core operations by 2030 through clean energy solutions and energy-efficient technologies, along with identifying new ways to reduce emissions through our day-to-day activities, including commuting, food, waste, and air travel. Now we’re turning to you, members of the UBCO community, to share your valuable insights around what we can all do to help meet our goals. Come to one of our virtual events to learn more about CAP2030 and fill out a survey to share your perspective!

All survey participants will be entered into a draw to win a $100 gift card.

Learn more

Student looking at the stars

Go Global round 2 applications now open – we can help shine a light on your options!

Are you interested in finding out more about how to incorporate an exchange or international learning experience into your degree? Go Global has a video series, Go Global 101, available that answers many of the questions we receive from students interested in exchange. Check out Go Global 101 on YouTube, or contact us to chat!

We also have an exciting new series from our returned exchange students – the Ambassador’s Desk. Hear what our Ambassador’s have to say about their time abroad on YouTube.

Round 2 applications are now open and are due June 3. Go Global is available for appointments throughout the summer!

UBC water bottle on desk

Student healthy beverage initiative

Hi UBCO students! My names Alex, I’m a fourth-year Human Kinetics student doing a practicum about water and beverage consumption since online classes started. I have a short anonymous survey that would really help gather information on students studying through the online transition. If you could take a few minutes to fill it out, that would be a great help.

Take the survey

student on roller skates

Upcoming Rec Events

Recreation is here for you.

Recreation is offering a wide array of programs and events for our staff and faculty. Compete in a Badminton Ladder, shoot hoops through our Register and Play program, paint wood signs to decorate your home, or get outside with cross country and snow shoe events. There's something for everyone!

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UBCycles bike donations

UBCycles is supporting UBC Sustainability goals by encouraging the UBC community to donate used bikes and bike parts to increase the rental bike fleet, provide parts for bike repairs and to provide future learning opportunities for bike maintenance workshops.

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Virtual Run with Rec is back!

Join UBCO Recreation and the Virtual Run with Rec! You choose your distance of 3km, 5km, 10km or more. Sign-up online and simply choose your own starting line, whether its inside on a treadmill or outside in your neighborhood. You can complete this run in multiple parts or all at once. Each finisher will receive a completion certificate and be entered to win some great Recreation prizes.

Put on your running shoes and set off on the course of your choosing. Share your achievements with your friends and tag us @ubco_recreation! All ages and abilities (including walkers) are welcome.

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DIY Wood Sign Paint Night April 21

Get ready for Spring DIY Wood Sign. Rustic Chalk Decor will instruct participants step by step via Zoom. The 4” x 16” Wood sign Kit includes everything you need to complete the project. You will learn how to stain, apply stencil, paint and remove stencil all with colours of your choice to create your wonderful personalized wood sign. Kits will be available for pick-up in Kelowna or shipped to you for additional fee.

Cost: $25+gst ($26.25) (not including shipping costs)

Register here

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