March is Nutrition Month!

March is Nutrition Month!



Healthy eating is about so much more than food. This year for Nutrition Month, dietitians are encouraging Canadians to consider not only what they eat, but how they eat too.

Healthy eating is about eating mindfully, breaking bread with family and friends, social gatherings, memories, and emotions. Embrace and enjoy your own food culture and traditions and share them with others! For more information and to learn about March nutrition events, visit:

UBC Climate Emergency: survey and campus-wide forum

UBC Climate Emergency: survey and campus-wide forum

The climate emergency is one of the most pressing issues of our time. At this pivotal moment, the decisions and actions we take today will reverberate beyond our own borders and lifetimes. We need your help in shaping UBC’s climate emergency response. Share your ideas, candid and constructive feedback, and engage in lively and respectful conversations. You don’t need to be an expert; we all have a place in caring about our future.

Ways you can participate:

  1. Fill out the survey. Share your thoughts and ideas to help shape UBC’s climate emergency response. You could win one of five $100 UBC bookstore gift cards on each campus! The survey closes on March 27. Submit your answers:
  2. Attend the Vancouver campus-wide forum. Gather with students, faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver to learn, engage and discuss bold actions around the climate crisis.
    • Event: UBC Vancouver Campus-wide Forum
    • Date: March 11, 2020
    • Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Location: UBC Vancouver Campus-wide Forum
      Golden Jubilee Room (4th floor), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
      1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

For more information on UBC Climate Emergency, visit:

UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan update

UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan update

UBC is in the final stage of developing an Indigenous Strategic Plan, which will guide the University’s Indigenous engagement initiatives for years to come.

As part of this process, UBC is conducting a final round of open houses in the next few weeks in Vancouver and the Okanagan, during which faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to preview the action plan and help prioritize the steps needed to bring the plan to life.
UBC Vancouver Open House dates:

  • March 11, 12:00pm–2:00pm, Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse
  • March 12, 12:00pm–2:00pm, Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse

For more information, please visit:

The Environment and Our Health: Dr. David Rehkopf

The Environment and Our Health: Dr. David Rehkopf

The School of Kinesiology presents The Environment and Our Health, New Discoveries – Dr. David Rehkopf. This presentation is the fourth installment of the Killam lecture series on Healthy Aging From Cells to Societies:

David Rehkopf, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Research and Policy at Stanford University.

In his lecture, Dr. Rehkopf will describe a new approach to finding social, behavioural and environmental influences on health that increase the reliability of findings and decrease false positive findings.

Event Information:

  • Date: March 10, 2020
  • Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Location: Vancouver General Hospital, Jimmy Pattison Pavilion, Room 1891

Admission is free, however registration is required. To register for this event or for more information, visit:

Being, feeling, thinking, and doing inclusive leadership: Dr. Arig al Shaibah

Being, feeling, thinking, and doing inclusive leadership: Dr. Arig al Shaibah

Most, if not all, universities across Canada have articulated their value for and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). However, across the university sector, institutions have continued to be challenged to mobilize campus-wide efforts to enact and embody their EDI values and commitments.

Dr. Arig al Shaibah, who self-identifies as a racialized woman administrator, academic, and practitioner, will summarize some of the challenges and opportunities in advancing EDI in the academy, referring to relevant scholarship and augmenting that knowledge with lessons learned from lived experiences and leadership practices.

This lecture is part of the Provost’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Race and Leadership, and will be hosted by Dr. Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President Academic, and moderated by Dr. Minelle Mahtani, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty.

Event Information:

  • Date: March 19, 2020
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Location: Jack Poole Hall (Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre)
  • Cost: Free; reception to follow

For more information or to register for this event, please visit the Equity & Inclusion Office website.

Bassem Youssef: The Middle Eastern Monologues – March 2

Bassem Youssef: The Middle Eastern Monologues – March 2

UBC Connects presents The Middle Eastern Monologues with Bassem Youssef on March 2, at 6:30 pm.

Formerly a heart surgeon, Bassem Youssef shot to fame in 2011 as the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World.” As Stephen Colbert put it, Youssef “hosted Egypt’s first political satire show until the government decided it would be Egypt’s last political satire show.”

In this talk, Youssef shares his experience as a doctor-turned-satirist during the most uncertain time in the Middle East. He will discuss the dynamics of humour, politics and search for liberties and freedoms in the Middle East. As a new resident of the United States, Youssef will take a fresh look at the factors shaping American policies in the Middle East while initiating an honest conversation with Arabs and

Muslims about their role and position impacting the historic events unfolding today.

For ticket information, visit:

MOA hosts International Women’s Day celebration – March 5

MOA hosts International Women’s Day celebration – March 5

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

This year’s International Women’s Day at MOA is a unique intergenerational, intercultural celebration of women supporting women.

This event is co-curated with dancer, rapper and community organizer, Kayla Vargas; JUNO-winning musician and community organizer, Meredith Bates; and singer/songwriter and musician, Chelsea Johnson.

Event Information:
• Date: March 5, 2020
• Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
• Location: Museum of Anthropology

All ages are welcome. This event is free with museum admission. For more information, visit:

Black Activism in Education and Community: Exposing Anti-Black Racism in Vancouver with Shelby McPhee

Black Activism in Education and Community: Exposing Anti-Black Racism in Vancouver with Shelby McPhee

Recent and ongoing incidents in Vancouver and Canada illustrate that anti-Black racism is very much a local reality. Black communities that include activists, artists and academics have a long history of working to create new narratives, analyses and immersive experiences that shift this reality.

This event highlights the thinking and efforts of Black communities, and aims to expand the public conversation and prompt non-Black communities to act in effective solidarity to dismantle anti-Black racism.

Our special guest for this event is Shelby McPhee, a recent graduate of Acadia University, who will share stories and comments on how to recognize and address anti-Black racism.

The event is jointly hosted by the UBC Black Caucus, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, and the Equity & Inclusion Office.

The event is free but registration is required.

To register or for more information about this event, visit:

Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan workshops this spring

The Pension Administration Office is hosting several spring sessions of the Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan workshop, an informative  session designed for both potential and current members of the UBC Staff Pension Plan. All ages are welcome to attend.  Below are a list of upcoming dates and times.

  • Jan. 16, 2020, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Jan. 29, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 13, 2020, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Feb. 25, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • March 12, 2020, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • March 24, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Learn more and register at the SPP Workshops page:

Participate in Data Privacy Week at UBC: Jan. 27-31, 2020

Participate in Data Privacy Week at UBC: Jan. 27-31, 2020

International Data Privacy Day is Jan. 28, and is an international effort to empower individuals and institutions to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.

To highlight the significance of data privacy at UBC, a week of programming has been developed to provide faculty and staff with more insight on recent work by the Office of University Counsel, Safety and Risk Services, and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) covering the impact technology is having on our privacy rights while underlining the importance of valuing and protecting personal information at UBC.

Events are free to attend, and will occur at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan over the week of Jan. 27-31. RSVP is required by Jan. 24 due to limited seating. Visit for the full line-up of events.

Upcoming workplace wellbeing workshops

Our Workplace Wellbeing team is hosting three upcoming workshops:

Jan. 20: QPR Suicide Intervention Training is an internationally recognized suicide intervention program designed to help you question, persuade, and refer.

Jan. 22 & 29: Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy. This workshop provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

Jan. 28-29: Search Inside Yourself is a training that uses emotional intelligence and mindfulness to optimize performance, build leadership skills and increase wellbeing. This two-day workshop has a cost of $50, which is eligible for PD funding.

Wellbeing workshop: Relaxation techniques to help you thrive: Dec. 3

On Dec. 3, we are hosting a free noon-hour session on relaxation techniques to help you thrive.

About this workshop

Our minds and bodies need rest and recovery breaks to allow us to relax and reduce the effects of stress. While everyone has days that are hectic and unfocused, consistently feeling stressed out, rushed, or on-the-go can have a detrimental impact on a person, increasing their risk of experiencing a serious physical concern. This workshop will show participants how to make time to calm down and reduce stress, using both proactive and reactive relaxation techniques.

Course information

Relaxation techniques to help you thrive
Date: Dec. 3, 2019
Time: 12:00  – 1:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Register online

PD workshop: CliftonStrengths® Discovery: Your Unique Strengths and Strategies for Your Success: Oct. 23

We are hosting CliftonStrengths® Discovery: Your Unique Strengths and Strategies for Your Success, a one-day workshop designed for individuals who wish to identify what they do best and how to maximize their potential by using CliftonStrengths.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Discover how to make a difference by doing more of what you naturally do best
  • Acquire tools and insights that will help you apply your strengths to achieve greater productivity, engagement and happiness
  • Understand how all of your CliftonStrengths themes, separately or together, influence your work and personal life
  • Develop strategies to help you use your strongest CliftonStrengths to accomplish specific targets, goals and aspirations
  • Think about how you can combine your talents with others to achieve greater success

Course information

Date: Oct. 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610 [map]
Cost: $375
Register online

If you are interested in this course, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.