Meet Laura Prada
Role: Senior Manager, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning
Laura Prada has worked in higher education for more than 12 years in student services and teaching and learning. In her current role, she supports academic programs and reviews in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic. Laura has degrees in both psychology and education, as well as a university teaching certificate, that inform her practices. She is passionate about sharing and collaborating with others to provide holistic support to academic units and educators at UBC Okanagan.
Please describe what you do in the Office of the Provost.
I support academic initiatives such as new program proposals, program evaluation, re-design of existing programs and campus-wide processes for quality assurance and enhancement. I collaborate with many other units on campus to do this work, including the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research (OPAIR), and Finance.
What upcoming projects or current initiatives are you most excited about?
Within the Provost’s Office, I am most excited about supporting the quality assurance and enhancement work we committed to do after our first Quality Assurance Process Audit by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training in 2021. This will entail lots of great conversations, learning, and innovative ways to approach the work we do to continue offering excellent academic experiences for our students.
At a campus-wide level, I am most excited about the implementation of the ARIE (Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence) report recommendations for building a truly inclusive campus, free from racism.
What made you choose to work AT UBC Okanagan?
The land of the Okanagan Syilx Peoples made me choose UBC Okanagan. I am so appreciative of this land’s caretakers and knowledge holders and I strive to be a respectful uninvited guest and positive contributor to this beautiful place.
What’s your favourite Okanagan activity or spot and why?
Beach volleyball is one of the activities I tried for the first time in the Okanagan and I now enjoy it very much. Playing with friends while overlooking the mountains and Okanagan lake is such a gift!