Kristen Brooke



As you know, the month of May is Asian Heritage Month. It comes to us amidst significant adversities: the unprecedented rise of anti-Asian racism, the scepter of the unrelenting pandemic, the humanitarian crisis in India and so on. And yet even in the face of such daunting realities, we see communities coming together, raising their voices and offering support to one another, within and across borders.

It is with this spirit of coming together that I am writing to invite you to the first-ever Asian Heritage Month at UBC Okanagan. Beginning on May 6, we will hold several virtual events during the four weeks of May. The initiative is inspired by our students . . .

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Dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce two outstanding projects that have received funding through the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations (ALT-2040) fund. This fund supports faculty in transforming the way we teach and learn at UBC Okanagan.

Please join me in congratulating the 2021 ALT-2040 funding recipients:

Committing to a Culture of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Building a Pathway Towards the Development of Culturally Competent BSN Prepared Nurses

Lead applicant: Dr. Manuela Reekie, Faculty of Health and Social Development

This project seeks to address inclusion, diversity and equity in health care through increased cultural competency education for BSN graduates that better prepares them to meet the social, cultural and linguistic needs of patients. Learn more about this project.

Indigenous Land-based Writing and Pedagogy Guide for Students and Instructors

Lead applicant: Dr. Kerrie Charnley, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

This project supports the development of an Indigenous academic writing guide that will assist students and faculty to write in culturally relevant ways within university learning environments and expand faculty understanding of Indigenous pedagogies, including how they can be incorporated into courses and programs. Learn more about this project.

I am heartened to see the commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion exemplified by these two projects. In particular, both projects reflect UBC Okanagan’s commitments in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and I look forward to sharing more about this work as the projects get underway.

It is projects like these that make me truly excited to see what the future holds for UBC Okanagan, and the impact this funding will have on our students, faculty and community. Congratulations to the ALT-2040 2021 recipients.


Ananya Mukherjee Reed 
Provost and Vice-President Academic
UBC Okanagan

Message from Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor

Today, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provided information for B.C. public post-secondary institutions to guide planning for a return to on-campus activity this fall.

Based on current immunization timelines and vaccine approvals, and with strong and effective safety plans in place, I can confirm that UBC is planning for a return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September . . .

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We have grown significantly since our last newsletter and I am delighted that each of you has made UBC Okanagan your home. Below is a list of new faculty and post-docs who have joined us as of October 2019I look forward to connecting with each of you virtually and in-person once it is safe to do so.  

School of Education

  • Angela Finley
  • Crystal Nykilchuk

Faculty of Management

  • Amir Ardestani-Jaafari
  • Madeleine Orr

Faculty of Health and Social Development

  • Jordan Babando
  • Hashim Islam
  • Frazer Atkinson
  • Elizabeth Keys
  • Meaghan MacNutt
  • Shambhu Adhikari
  • Changki Kim
  • Camille Guertin
  • Tanya Halsall

Faculty of Applied Science

  • Graeme Webb
  • Mohamad-Jaafar Nehme
  • Chun-Sheng Wang
  • Houman Alipooramirabad
  • Gehad Mohamed Hossam Abdelaz Makeen
  • Arezoo Hosseini
  • Gholamreza Farzan
  • Milad Kamkar
  • Ehsan Hosseini
  • Mairi Richter
  • Michael Benoit
  • Babak Mohamadpour Tosarkani
  • Victoria Komisar
  • Alon Eisenstein
  • Saeed Rahbarimanesh
  • Hani Balkhair
  • Syed Asad Hussain
  • Amrit Paudel
  • Osamah Siddiqui
  • Chad Fletcher
  • Craig Hostland
  • Ahmad Al-Dabbagh

Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

  • Paul Tsopmene
  • Michael Noonan
  • Reza Khanbabaie-Shoub
  • Emilian Tuca
  • Jolene Garber
  • Amanda Liczner
  • Anna Ordog
  • Seong Ho Kim
  • Ryan Ard
  • Shelley Weisser
  • Stephanie Tobin
  • Conor Pranckevicius
  • Vsevolod Lynov
  • Mir Faizal
  • Brendan Dyck

Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science

  • Margaret Eileen Carlyle
  • Jessica Lougheed
  • John Cho
  • Andrea Craig
  • Rachel McGraw
  • Evan Habkirk
  • Sylvie Babadjide
  • Danielle Robinson
  • Phil Smolenski
  • Matthew Hamilton
  • Laura Hall
  • Emma Lind
  • Heather McLean
  • Madeleine Ransom
  • Brad Epperly
  • Roshan Jahangeer
  • Graham Zilm
  • Md Abdullah
  • Christina Behme
  • Sukhjit Chohan

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

  • Megan Smith
  • Francois Gauthier
  • Allison Jensen
  • Meilan Ehlert
  • Natalie Funk
  • Jing Li
  • James Long
  • Eleonore Goldberg
  • James Phelan


  • Matthew-Jim D’Elia

This webinar featured panelists Dr. Maydianne Andrade, Professor; President, Canadian Black Scientists Network; Co-Chair, Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Excellence; Special Advisor to the Dean, Inclusive Recruitment & Equity Education, University of Toronto Scarborough, Dr. Namandjé Bumpus, E.K. Marshall and Thomas H. Maren Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Dr. Emmanuel Osei, MITACS & Michael Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, UBC.

The talk was followed by a moderated Q&A. Click the link below to watch the recording.

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Places throughout the world are facing multiple challenges: climate change, the health and economic insecurities provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the absence of equity, diversity, and inclusion, to name just a few. In the context of such challenges, what do their economic development futures look like? And how can those futures be shaped by citizens, businesses, universities, and governments? What strategies and policies are required to reimagine our economic development pathways over the next 20 years?

This webinar brought together invited speakers to reflect on these questions in three very different contexts, from Europe, North America and South America. The speakers reflected on these experiences and challenges, shared their thinking about the economic development futures they envisage over the next 20 years, and considered what is required for these visions to be realized.

With an increasing need for continued education among those looking to build their knowledge in high-demand fields, UBC Okanagan has launched two micro-credential programs as part of its career and personal education portfolio. The first of their kind at UBCO, the two new micro-credentials will focus on the fields of technical communication and industrial automation.

The new credentials are part of British Columbia’s $4 million in funding for similar initiatives across the province. Both programs are delivered online and credentials will be issued as a non-credit Letter of Proficiency. Learners will receive a traditional paper copy of the credential as well as a digital badge that can be shared on their professional social media profiles. . .

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The Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic and UBC Okanagan Library are pleased to announce the 2020/21 OER Grant-funded projects as part of our ongoing commitment to flexible and open learning.

The UBC Okanagan Open Educational Resources Grant pilot program provides funding and support for UBC Okanagan faculty to adapt or create open educational resources (OER). OERs are free teaching and learning materials available to students with an open license that allows for their reuse, revision, and redistribution. Through this funding, a wide range of OERs are being developed that will provide UBC Okanagan students with accessible education resources that will improve their learning experience and potentially offer significant cost savings.

Funded projects include open textbooks, open lab manuals and open question banks. Visit for a full list of funded projects or to learn more about OER.

Congratulations to all 2020/21 funded projects!


In part two of this three-part series discussing systemic racism in science, panelists Elder Albert Marshall, Mi’kmaw Nation; Dr. Jeannette Armstrong, Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy, UBC Okanagan; and Aaron Prosper, graduate student, UPEI & project manager of the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Nation Cancer Care Strategy, will lead a discussion on Indigenous Perspectives and Science and Systemic Racism. The talk will be followed by a moderated Q&A.

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The UBC Okanagan Library is presenting a unique online author event celebrating the diversity of literature created by and for Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer people. This event features writers and creators T’áncháy Redvers and Joshua Whitehead in conversation.

Date: January 14, 2020
Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM

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