- Equity and Diversity
- International Students
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Campus Life offers various programs and services to support student involvement at UBC. Some items of interest include the Collegia Program, Safewalk, Food Exchange, Campus Life Clubs and an Events Calendar.
The Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) is a University resource designed to assist academic and administrative units in creating new initiatives that will enhance equity within the University.
UBCSUO student clubs provide opportunities to get involved on campus. Some groups are more active than others. While you can view the entire list here, some examples of those with a diversity focus include, but are not limited to:
- Asian Students’ Association
- Bhangra-India Club
- Muslim Students’ Association
- Global Nursing Citizens
- International Students’ Club
- Taiwanese Club
- University Christian Ministry
The Aboriginal Resource Centre provides a positive environment for Aboriginal students’ to connect with one another, address issues facing Aboriginal students, and provide support and guidance.
Aboriginal Student Orientation is held during the first week of September for new and continuing Aboriginal students. This event includes a complete orientation to UBC Okanagan, introduction to support staff and services, question and answer period, and a light luncheon. It’s a time to meet other students before starting classes in September.
The UBC Okanagan Pow-wow is organized by the Aboriginal Student Council and Aboriginal Programs and Services. Experience this time-honoured tradition of drumming, singing and dancing, with a potluck feast, arts, crafts, 50/50 raffles and door prizes.
The Women’s Resource Centre, provided by the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) is a safe-space open to all women on campus. The mandate of the centre is to seek the full equality of women, to promote an awareness of women’s issues on campus and in the community and to strive toward the elimination of all barriers to post-secondary education for women. It offers a wide variety of events and resources, including a library.
The International Student Orientation will introduce international students to other international students studying at UBC Okanagan and inform them about academic preparation, international student services, and opportunities to become involved with their new campus community.
Jump Start Okanagan is a preparatory week to one’s first academic term in Canada, offering international students the chance to settle in before classes, learn about Canadian academic culture, and discover Kelowna.
UBC Okanagan hosts many social, cultural, and educational events, all of which are great opportunities to meet Canadians and other international students. Some calendar highlights include a Vernon home-stay weekend, Dining with Canadian Families, and International Week. Talk to an international student advisor, visit the international student lounge, or check the international students’ website for more information.
Information for families of international students offers information on child care, school enrolment, ways to get involved for the spouses and partners of international students who bring their families with them to UBC.
The International Student Collegium is an on-campus space that offers a “home away from home” for students. In the Collegium, students can meet with other international students, enjoy a gathering place they can call home, and participate in a variety of events and programs.
The Spiritual/Multi-Faith Space in the University Centre welcomes the diverse spiritual and multi-faith practices of the UBC Okanagan campus community. This is one of the places on campus where students, faculty and staff can meet to express their spirituality and faith in a relaxed and private setting.
Information from the International Student Handbook on spiritual and faith resources, including religious and cultural UBCSUO clubs, and a list of churches, temples, religious affiliations and organizations in Kelowna.
The UBCSUO Pride Resource Centre provides a positive space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex and queer students on campus. The PRC works to create a sense of community amongst LGBTTQI students and their friends and allies, provide peer support, and eliminate marginalization and exclusion based on sexual orientation or identity.