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Statement on the Tragic Deaths of Two Students

Today our UBC community is mourning the tragic deaths of two students, struck and killed by a car early this morning on Northwest Marine Drive. It is difficult to comprehend and express the enormity of the loss of these two bright and promising young adults. On behalf of the university, I wish to extend our […]

Presidential Priorities, 2021-22

I am pleased to present my priorities and goals for the 2021-22 year. Briefly, the priorities fall into the following categories – equity, diversity and inclusion; indigenous engagement and reconciliation; climate change; COVID-19 response; operational efficiency and the President’s Academic Excellence Initiative. 1. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Work with the UBC community to complete the […]

September 2021

September 2021

Welcome Welcome to the September 2021 issue of Letter to the Board, a regular communication to members of the UBC Board of Governors.   Highlights Orange Shirt Day – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation UBC in Top 40 Globally in Times Higher Education Rankings Congratulations to UBC’s Millennium Fellows UBC Faculty Named to Royal […]

Community Update, August 27, 2021: Mandated Masks and Vaccinations

Dear members of the UBC community. I would like to acknowledge that I am speaking to you from the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Yesterday, I sent out a UBC Broadcast relating to vaccinations, masks and COVID-19 testing. I encourage you to read the message in full as it contains important […]

COVID-19 Concerns

Dear members of the UBC community. In just a few short weeks, we will begin the new academic year. I appreciate that many of you have concerns about the return to campus. I have heard directly from many of you, as well as from the AMS, the Faculty Association, elected Governors and others. I am […]

Episode 24: Student Mental Health – There’s an App For That

In this episode of the Blue and Goldcast, Santa talks to Dr. Daniel Vigo, assistant professor at UBC’s Institute of Mental Health. He’s working on an app called Minder, designed to help students get the mental health support they may need. Download the transcript here.

Weekly Update, May 7, 2021: Asian Heritage Month

Weekly Update, May 7, 2021: Asian Heritage Month

Dear members of the UBC community. I would like to begin by acknowledging that I am speaking to you from the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. This is Asian Heritage Month; an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who, […]

April 2021

Welcome Welcome to the April 2021 issue of Letter from Santa, a regular communication to members of the UBC community.   Highlights Spring Graduation Takes Place June 2 UBC to Award 18 Honourary Degrees Over $210 million raised for UBC priorities Anti-Racism Update UBC Okanagan to Offer Degree in Indigenous Language Fluency UBC Launches Global […]

Episode 20: Thunderbikes are Go!

Bhargav Thoom and Daniel Zhao are both mechanical engineering students at our Vancouver campus. They’re also the leads of the UBC Thunderbikes, a student design team working on electric bikes. In this episode of the Blue & Goldcast they talk to Santa about the Thunderbikes electrical bike project. Download the transcript here.

UBC and the Overdose Crisis

Five years ago, on April 14, 2016, the overdose crisis in British Columbia was declared a public health emergency. Today, on the anniversary of that declaration, the crisis is still very much with us, and indeed, is worse than ever. Its effects are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and it impacts all communities in the […]

Statement on Anti-Asian Racism

It is with sadness that I write, in my capacity as President of the University of British Columbia, to mourn the deaths of eight people murdered in an act of senseless violence in Atlanta, Georgia: Soon Chung Park, age 74 Suncha Kim, age 69 Yong Ae Yue, age 63 Paul Andre Michels, age 54 Hyun […]

February 2021

Welcome Welcome to the February 2021 issue of Letter from Santa, a regular communication to members of the UBC community.   Highlights Climate Emergency Task Force Report and Recommendations Micro-credential Program Support Terms of Engagement with Musqueam Signed New UBC professorship to advance addiction medicine in B.C. Support for innovation in clean technology and sustainable […]

February 2021

February 2021

Welcome Welcome to the February 2021 issue of Letter to the Board, a regular communication to members of the UBC Board of Governors.   Highlights Climate Emergency Task Force Report and Recommendations Micro-credential Program Support Terms of Engagement with Musqueam Signed New UBC professorship to advance addiction medicine in B.C. Support for innovation in clean […]

Weekly Update, February 12

Dear members of the UBC community. As you know, a little over a year ago, on December 5, 2019, UBC declared a climate emergency. As part of the declaration, I established a Climate Emergency Task Force with a mandate to consolidate input from both in-person and online consultations into a public report. Despite the exceptional […]

Episode 15: Let’s Talk About Mental Health

In this episode of the Blue and Goldcast, I talk to Kathryn Gretsinger about students and mental health. Kathryn and her team of 80 students, journalists, and academics have been working on a cross-border investigation into mental health issues with 10 journalism schools in Canada and the US. Download the transcript here.

Episode 14: Fostering Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UBC

In this episode of the Blue and Goldcast, I talk to Karen Ragoonaden about the complexities – and the necessity – of fostering equity, diversity and inclusion at a modern university. Download the transcript here.