Join the GSS for this series of "Wellbeing" events, aimed at promoting some relaxation at the end of a busy term!🖌️ Let your inner artist free and paint some happy little trees with us to cap off the week! 🖌️ Grab some paints, a canvas, or whatever you have around, maybe treat yourself to some new supplies, and join VP Students, Sarah, as we follow along with a tutorial to paint an almighty landscape and maybe make some happy accidents along the way. - Attendees will get a partial reimbursement for painting supplies ($20 CAD)- Zoom details will be sent to attendees who RSVP, closer to the event. Note: please bring your own paints, canvas, paper, etc. if possible. Must attend event and submit copy of receipt to receive reimbursement. RSVP: gss.ubc.ca/event/gss-wellbeing-paint-night/... See MoreSee Less
Take a break from studying to flex your joke skills! Join the GSS for a round or two of Jackbox games and meet fellow students! 👾 🎮 *Make sure to RSVP your attendance to be sent the Zoom link where we'll chat alongside the game. *You do not need to own the game to play, but you will need to use a smartphone or computer with internet connection.RSVP: gss.ubc.ca/event/virtual-games-round-3-more-jackbox/... See MoreSee Less
Join the GSS for this series of "Wellbeing" events, aimed at promoting some relaxation at the end of a busy term!📓 Have you wondered what all that buzz around bullet journals is about? Never stuck with using a planner to the end? Too many post-its in your life? This is the event for you! 📓 GSS Admin Assistant, Victoria, is going to take you through the magical land of planners and show you what bullet journals are, and give you tips on how to use planners to get through your graduate studies and personal life! She's been using the bullet journal system for 10 years through two university programs, so she's ready to field your questions.Attendees will also be entered into a raffle for a prize pack of bullet journal supplies! Don't miss this! Zoom details will be sent to attendees who RSVP, closer to the event. Note: please bring a planner or some blank paper, some pens, pencils, markers, whatever you have to follow along! Must attend the event to be entered into the raffle. Prize will either be goods sent to the winner's address or a gift card to a suitable retailer, whichever is preferred.RSVP: gss.ubc.ca/event/gss-wellbeing-get-into-bullet-journals/... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to everyone who entered our Spring Haiku Competition. We were blown away by the quality and creativity of the responses. Our Theme was: Grad Students in Spring, and our 5 winners are: Alyssa, Davi, Emily, and Hailee. Read their Haikus: gss.ubc.ca/gss-haiku-results-2021/... See MoreSee Less
Join the GSS for this series of "Wellbeing" events, aimed at promoting some relaxation at the end of a busy term! 🕯️Make some candles to add to your growing collection with VP Students, Sarah Park, and get to know some other UBC grad students too! 🕯️To participate, buy a kit from Michael's (either the Jar Starter Kit or the Pillar Starter Kit), keep the receipt, make the candles with us on Zoom, and send us that receipt afterwards to get a $25 CAD reimbursement! Zoom details will be sent to attendees who RSVP, closer to the event. Note: must attend event and submit a copy of your receipt to receive reimbursement. Participants should exercise caution using hot wax.RSVP: gss.ubc.ca/event/gss-wellbeing-diy-candlemaking/... See MoreSee Less
My name is Kimani Karangu (Philip) a Ph.D. candidate in the faculty of Education. Currently, the president of the Graduate Student Society. In the past I diligently served the GSS as the Financial & Executive Oversight Officer position, where I chaired the Executive Oversight Committee and was responsible for the House Finance Committee.
As the president, I lead a team of dedicated executives and together with the staff managed to achieve a lot. For example, issues of affordability, accessibility, racism and discrimination tendencies within the GSS and UBC. Furthermore, and despite the pandemic we managed to conduct an audit on our finances that confirmed a favorable financial status.
Serving in the president’s capacity I have gained tremendous experience on how to lead a diverse team of ambitious leaders, focusing on equity, inclusion and diversity aspects in decision making process and motivating. I believe these are some of the key values in leading a team to success. As your president, I will prioritize advocacy on mental health, scholarships, anti-racism and discrimination. While I focus on these core areas, I fully acknowledge that other issues will come up and I will take up on them for I am a strong believer that ‘NO grad student should struggle to make ends meet at UBC!
Background info – I am from India and I am doing my PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. I have a wide range of varied interests from singing to hiking (mostly in the Himalayas!), from contract bridge to semi-professional photography, from ping-pong to songwriting etc. Not a big fan of beans on toast. 🙂 I did my MA from UK, and then worked as a management consultant for a decade. I returned to academia to address some key concerns that have continued to be left unattended. I am fluent in Bengali, English, Nepali, Hindi and un peut de francais!
An extremely sociable, extraverted and amiable personality who loves meeting new people as much as making lasting and fruitful connections with them. Which is the reason why the post of External VP is particularly attractive to me and perfectly suited to my strengths. I thrive on making connections and paving the way for future developments. Over the past fifteen years I have led several key social organisations in India and have supported numerous more with business and social intelligence. I am well versed at fundraising events and have spearheaded as VP multiple award winning cultural events in Kolkata, India.
Why you should vote for me: I bring a rare combination of old-school sincerity and thoroughgoing attention to particulars while being an outright post-modern and radical leader who embraces sweeping changes that shakes the established order to do better. Much better.
Hi, my name is Ashni Gill and I am a Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice student. I am residing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, and Katzie peoples. I am a brown woman who is an advocate and ally ofLGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC communities.
I’m running to be your VP External Relations. My goals for my term include: advocating for increased and equitable Tri-Agency graduate program funding and need-based grants, establishing a predictability measure for international student tuition, increasing the availability of mental health resources, working towards addressing the needs of students with disabilities in a participatory-based process, and advocating for ongoing funding for the Sexualized Misconduct Policy, workshops, and training.
I will collaborate with the AMS, Executive Committee, Alliance of BC Students,and Graduate Student Societies of BC.I hold a B.Sc in Biology from UBC and I am confident that my experience in humanities and sciences and as an interdisciplinary student, will allow me to successfully meet the goals I’ve outlined through an intersectional framework. I am running because I am dedicated to fostering a safe space for graduate students to work and thrive in their course-work and research endeavours.
My name is Sam Kenston, I am vying for Vice President, Students. I am a PhD student at the School of Population and Public Health. As a trained physician, I love to help people medically, physically, emotionally and I dare to say even spiritually.
I am originally from Ghana but have been living outside my motherland for the past 13years. I lived in China, Switzerland, USA and now Canada which made me to consider myself a global citizen. I adopted the servant leadership philosophy during my past leadership positions which includes President of WHO Interns Board, Geneva, Switzerland and President of International Graduate Students, Ningbo University, China.
As Vice President of GSS, I will create the necessary avenues where every student who has a concern will be heard so that together we all can progress. Our time at UBC should be a memorable one, an opportunity to network with people from different programs and countries. This I will achieve by enhancing interaction among students through the creation of social, recreational, and educational programs. I will also strengthen relationships between various departments as well as with our affiliated organizations. A vote for me, is a vote for you.
During these times, connection is more important than ever and the difficulty in achieving it all the more visible with restrictions limiting many of the channels we once enjoyed. I am running for the office of Vice President University and Academic Affairs in order to build on the legacy of previous leadership which has done outstanding work in the effort to bring opportunities to students wherever they may be.
By voting for Christian Koch, you invest— with your vote— in a commitment to create opportunities for graduate students. These opportunities will bemade available by listening first to what is needed by our peers and then by representing those interests to staff, faculty, and other academic associations.
Before joining you at UBC, I volunteered as an educator’s assistant in the Northwest province of Zambia for two years; while I served there, I was elected Co-Chair of the Volunteer Advisory Committee. The role required me to be comfortable facilitating dialogue between government officials and volunteers. I maintained familiarity with policy as it changed and represented my volunteers’ concerns as that policy changed.
The experience equipped me withskills which will prove invaluable as I serve you in this new role.
It is my honour to run for VP UAA. I am a first year MSc student in the School of Population and Public Health pursuing a concentration in health economics. My research focuses on evaluating impacts of a new cost-savings pharmaceutical policy by the BC Ministry of Health.
I am passionate about student leadership and have been involved with the GSS since the beginning of my graduate studies as a councillor sitting on both the Code and Policy committee and the Academic and Executive committee. I am running for VP UAA to advocate for the rights and interests of graduate students through a results-oriented approach. I recognize the importance of developing meaningful relationships with key campus partners to bring a voice of graduate students to the table.
I will support and advocate for the graduate students at UBC to reach their potential through excellence in supervisory-student relationships. In addition, as VP UAA, I will continue my successors’ momentum on consultations to increase graduate student funding and awards, increased accessibility for students requiring accommodations, and build upon the work being done on students’ mental health and wellbeing.