Equity Ambassadors

Raise awareness about social justice and human rights issues through education and outreach activities on campus.

Overview

The Equity Ambassadors are a diverse group of student leaders who raise awareness about social justice and human rights issues through education and outreach activities on campus. ​As a part of the Social Change cluster of Peer Programs, the Equity Ambassadors’ ​work towards building and sustaining an inclusive working, learning and living environments for all students, staff and faculty at UBC. 

Organizational relationship

Faculty/department/unit

Equity Ambassadors is a Peer Program run by the Equity & Inclusion Office in partnership with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers.

Equity & Inclusion Staff Advisors

Adeline Huynh, MSW, RSW, Equity Facilitator and Peer Programs Advisor
e-mail: adeline.huynh@ubc.ca

Peer Programs Network

Peer Programs is a network of student teams that strive to improve the UBC student experience through programs and events in areas like academics, careers, and personal development. These teams are structured, advised, and supported by UBC staff and offer a great opportunity to build your own skills and experience through training and program implementation while giving back to the campus community. 

Primary functions

Help to raise awareness of social justice issues through educational and outreach activities such as: 

  • Plan and lead events that promote social justice awareness
  • Collaborate with other peer leader groups and student clubs on campus
  • Deliver workshops for small and large campus student groups
  • Engage campus community in dialogue through print and online media 

Role model ​outstanding student leadership on campus:

  • Embrace the role that an Equity Ambassador and an active participant in the Peer Programs network plays within a community of inclusive leadership at the UBC-Vancouver campus
  • Be ambassadors of social justice, equity and inclusion on campus
  • Uphold UBC’s Respectful Environment Statement as a responsible member of the UBC community 

Time commitment

Important dates

  • Spring Welcome – April 1st, 2017 (full day)
  • Peer Programs Launch and Learn – September 3, 2017 (full day) 

Weekly commitment

Regular Meetings:

  • Term 1: Every Tuesday from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, September 12, 2017 - exams (Location - TBA)
  • Term 2: Every Tuesday from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, January 9, 2018 - exams (Location -TBA). We ask that you commit 3-5 hours outside of our regular meetings for additional committee/project work, event planning, and readings.

    *Please note that the training sessions and regular weekly meetings are mandatory for Terms 1 and 2 – if you are a successful applicant, you will be asked to clear your schedule of classes or other commitments during this time 

Desired experience and skills

  • Committed to and enthusiastic about ongoing learning
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Organized and able to manage competing priorities
  • Proven ability to take initiative
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Confidence in speaking with others and leading workshops, or the desire to learn these skills
  • Ability to handle confidential or sensitive issues with tact and discretion 

While training is provided on specific social justice issues, a commitment to the core values is central to a successful and fulfilling experience for all those involved in the program. 

Benefits of participating in this peer program

  • Enhance leadership skills in the areas of critical thinking, communication, presentation and facilitation, team-building, collaborative decision making, and community building
  • Develop a greater understanding of social justice issuesGain tangible skills in meeting organization, workshop development, and project management
  • Receive sponsorship to the annual UBC Student Leadership Conference in January 2018
  • Make new friends with shared values, build connections and partnerships with other student groups, and become better connected to the UBC community 

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