Community & Culture

Comm & Culture
See below for a wide range of cultural and community events in which we can participate and connect with the UBC community.

Welcome to UBC – Staff & Faculty Orientation

In 2017, UBC is piloting a new orientation program for staff in Vancouver. This pilot is the first phase of a re-imagined orientation and on-boarding experience for UBC staff and faculty.Staff who join UBC 2017 will be part of the pilot orientations program. For more information email the Orientations and Onboarding team.

New Staff Orientations for Okanagan campus staff are offered twice a year; January and July.  To find a specific date and register go to the Events Calendar on the HR Website.  For more information, contact Lisa Frost, ODL Specialist.

Research Orientation Day for New Faculty Members

The Research Orientation Day at the Vancouver campus is held in late August.  This day-long event connects new faculty members with research support units and available resources. New researchers will meet experienced faculty, research directors, and one another. Register online.

Annual New Faculty half-day Orientations on the Okanagan campus are offered each summer in August. To find the specific date and to register, go to the Events Calendar.  For more information, contact Lisa Frost, ODL Specialist

Working@UBC Newsletter

UBC has its very own newsletter for faculty and staff, that provides a summary of the latest info from the Working at UBC page. The newsletter will be issued every two weeks and will comprise a summary of the latest news and events from the faculty and staff web page on To subscribe to the newsletter, visit

Arts & Culture Venues

A world of arts and culture is happening on the North end of campus. Everything from theatre, film, contemporary and fine art, to music, opera, live performances and more are right at your doorstep.

Museum of Anthropology

The Museum of Anthropology is a world-renowned centre for research and education on world art and cultures. Visit their website to learn about current exhibits and hours: Admission for UBC faculty and staff is free with your UBC Card.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Home to the largest blue whale skeleton in Canada, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver’s premier natural history museum. Experience exhibits, hands-on activities, and presentations. Visit the website to learn about events and hours: Admission for UBC faculty and staff is free with your UBC Card.

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC exhibits contemporary art, and supports contemporary practices to art history and criticism. Visit the website for hours and current exhibits: Admission is free, and tours are available.

Pacific Museum of the Earth

The Pacific Museum of the Earth is one of UBC’s oldest resources, dating back in its inception to 1925. The Museum features displays of rocks and minerals, fossils, and interactive weather stations. Admission is by donation (the museum suggests $5). Visit the website to learn more:

UBC Botanical Garden & Nitobe Memorial Garden

UBC Botanical Garden is one of the Vancouver campus’s treasures, a 78-acre research and public educational facility showcasing plants and natural habituated from around the world. The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese tea garden, considered to be one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America. Faculty and staff can access teh gardens for free with your UBC Card. Visit the Garden website for information and garden hours:

UBC Thunderbirds & The Heat

The UBC Thunderbirds varsity sports program is one of Canada’s most successful athletics programs with over 122 national championships. Watch some of the country’s most talented student-athletes compete in football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer and more. Staff and faculty purchasing tickets online or in-person are eligible for a 30% discount. For more information, please visit:

UBC’s varsity sport teams at the Okanagan campus are called the Heat. During the varsity season, check out a home game and cheer for our student athletes. Schedules and tickets are available at

UBC Events

Stay up-to-date with what’s happening at UBC with, the central event listings for the University. You can also use Events to promote your department’s events to the UBC community for free. Visit for the Vancouver campus and visit for the Okanagan campus to find out what’s happening this month.


We’re one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

UBC offers several programs and initiatives to inspire staff to make meaningful contributions on campus. As one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, these initiatives demonstrate our commitment to creating a culture of sustainability at UBC. Click here to find out more from the Vancouver campus, and get involved today.The Sustainability Office on the Okanagan campus is responsible for the advancement of sustainability on campus to support its development as a vibrant, regenerative community.


Giving Back to the Community

United Way Campaign Associate and Volunteering

As part of UBC’s annual United Way campaign, two UBC employees are seconded (at full salary) to support UBC’s United Way campaign over a 16-week period in the fall. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Keep an eye on the United Way website for full details.

Community Leadership Program

The UBC Community Leadership Program offers UBC faculty and staff the opportunity to mentor a group of UBC student learning community projects in local elementary schools during Reading Week. The program is a partnership with the UBC Community Learning Initiative. Visit the CLP website for information and application forms.

UBC Farm

The UBC Farm is 24 hectares of farm and forested land on UBC’s south campus. This “living laboratory” allows UBC researchers and members of the community to work together to explore agricultural research and sustainability practices. Visit the Farm website to learn about volunteering on the Farm.

Policy & Governance

Place & Promise and Focus on People

UBC’s strategic plan, known as Place & Promise, outlines UBC’s nine commitments that are designed to help us support an exceptional learning environment for all. This governance document guides our initiatives at UBC, so check out the Plan, our commitments, and our successes, at In particular, we are dedicated to fostering an Outstanding Work Environment through initiatives and programs in the Focus on People framework.

Stay Connected

UBC News

Visit the UBC News Portal to keep up-to-date on UBC research developments and community stories. This is a great resource if you are new to UBC or the post-secondary environment, to give you an overview of the amazing work that happens at UBC, to which we all contribute. Visit the portal at (Vancouver campus) and  (Okanagan campus).

UBC on Social Media

UBC on Social Media: UBC has found a home on social networks. Most departments on campus have a social media presence they use to promote their initiatives and interact with their audiences. Visit the list of UBC Social Media channels to find your department.