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.
As we near the end of the academic year, I would like to thank everyone for doing their part in keeping our campuses safe and healthy. As I mentioned earlier this week in a UBC Broadcast, COVID is still very much with us, and therefore UBC will continue to require masks to be worn in public indoor spaces on both campuses until June 30. Learn more about the UBC COVID-19 Campus Rules at srs.ubc.ca.
By continuing to follow measures such as wearing masks indoors in public spaces and staying home when sick, we can help keep ourselves and others safe.
As global citizens, world events can have a significant impact on UBC students. Whether it is due to political conflict or from natural disasters, UBC is dedicated to supporting our students who have had their education disrupted. In fact, the university has already committed up to $790,000 in emergency financial aid for students affected by the current war in Ukraine.
In a time of great uncertainty, you can show UBC students that they are not alone. Your gift to the UBC Student Relief Fund for World Events will provide students with quick access to emergency funds for various expenses such as housing, food and travel needs. Please go to give.ubc.ca to learn more about how you can help.
If you are a UBC student who needs support in Vancouver, please contact an Enrolment Services Advisor, or in the Okanagan please contact the Student Records & Financial Services office.
Best wishes and stay safe.
Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor