Community Connection

June 26, 2020, Student Town Hall


“During this time, we are all experiencing the university from different places and at different times. We are trying to engage in ways that are new to all of us. To this end, we are organizing town halls to talk to students, faculty and staff about our initiatives and how we are working to support you.”

-Ananya Mukherjee Reed, Provost and Vice-President Academic

Latest Town Hall

Student Town Hall

When: June 7, 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

This webinar shared survey data regarding student preferences and concerns about the return to in-person learning and discuss how it will be used to help inform and improve teaching and learning initiatives. It also provided new and returning students an opportunity to learn what classes/return to campus may be like in Fall 2021 at UBC Okanagan, recognizing that we are still in the planning stages with guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and Interior Health, therefore confirmed information/plans may be limited.

A recording of this webinar will be available shortly – check back soon

Faculty Town Hall

When: June 4, 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

This webinar shared survey data regarding student preferences and concerns about the return to in-person learning. In addition, preliminary information about returning to campus and in-person teaching and learning in Fall 2021 was discussed. The degree of detail in the information shared may be limited until further guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and Interior Health is available, however this webinar will be used to understand faculty needs and concerns in order to develop appropriate supports, workshops and resources in preparation for Fall 2021.

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Past Town Halls

Open house: UBC Okanagan’s downtown presence

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
7 to 8 p.m.

The open house provided more information about UBC’s plans for academic programs and research activities in the new building.

The open house webinar was followed by a 45-minute discussion forum hosted by Prof. Burgess with breakout sessions for more fulsome conversations with members of the community.

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Faculty and Staff Town Halls

Faculty and Staff Town Hall – Downtown Development

December 4, 2020 

Prof. Ananya Mukherjee Reed, Provost and Vice-President Academic, Okanagan, and Prof. Phil Barker, Vice-Principal and Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation co-hosted a town hall to update faculty and staff on UBC Okanagan’s downtown Kelowna expansion.


Hearing Student Experiences

November 12, 2020

This Town Hall was co-hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning and explored how our students are experiencing the online environment.

The feedback aims to help faculty and staff tailor their approach in an aim to provide the best possible learning experience.

Teaching resources and the recording are both available for reference.


Integrated Renewal Program & Budget

September 24, 2020

This Town Hall was co-hosted by the Associate Vice-President, Finance and Operations and explored

  • Integrated Renewal Program – What Faculty Need to Know Before Go-live
  • 2020-2021 Budget Overview and Update.


Provost’s Town Hall

May 21, 2020

In the Provost’s first virtual Town Hall called following the COVID-19 outbreak the provost covered a variety of topics including enrolment, service delivery and preparing UBC Okanagan for Winter Term programs.

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Student Town Halls

Fall Student Town Hall

September 2, 2020

The second Student Town Hall had the same goal as the first – to demystify the online learning experience. It gave students the opportunity to hear from university leadership, faculty and staff about what exams, class participation, labs and student support would look like in the online environment.

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Summer Student Town Hall

June 26, 2020

The first Student Town Hall showcased a range of student and faculty members demonstrating what students could expect as they prepared for the Fall 2020 online learning environment.

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