Established in 2011, the monthly Showcase Awards aim to recognize student-led initiatives across campus that have contributed positively to the UBC community and have the potential to impact the community with a pressing cause or issue.
Roots on the Roof
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Roots on the Roof creates a communal space celebrating sustainable and just food systems through healthy relationships with food, other people, and the natural world. Through the rooftop garden at the AMS Nest, they create an inclusive space for social engagement. They provide opportunities to explore, learn, and actively take part in food system initiatives.
Roots on the Roof is unique in that it not only grows sustainable food, but also focuses on making the garden an inclusive space where students and community can feel that it is their own. Key components to this project are the club’s emphasis on the overlooked themes of food security and food justice. They provide inclusive education to the UBC community, and consider issues such as income, environmental history, and how spaces have been settled, colonized, destroyed, and remade.
In 2015, Roots on the Roof grew and distributed 945 lbs. of food. They also held canning workshops, planting events, a food storytelling project, and artistic initiatives such as a lantern festival. Roots on the Roof has created a positive, educational community around food, while being completely directed by students. Through their multidimensional perspective, they help the UBC community see all of the essential relationships that their food has.
Promoting Trans Literacies Workshops
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The Trans Literacies workshop series has been designed to identify and challenge cisnormativity, where particular university structures and pedagogical approaches frame cisgender identities and experiences as ‘ordinary,’ and trans, non-binary, Two-Spirit and gender-nonconforming identities and experiences as extraordinary, exceptional or abnormal. The workshop series is facilitating change on campus by engaging students at all levels, as well as staff and faculty, in a frank discussion about the impact of cisnormativity and how it manifests in the classroom, in course content, in student housing, at student health services, and within the university’s information systems (Connect, Course Feedback, Admissions, etc).
By challenging workshop participants to consider how cisnormativity operates on campus and providing them with the tools to counter these policies, practices and pedagogies, this workshop series is making a lasting impact. It is providing staff, faculty and students with a framework to understand how cisgender identities and experiences are rendered ‘ordinary,’ and the harm that this rendering does for trans, non-binary, Two-Spirit and gender-nonconforming folks on campus.
To find out more about the Trans Literacies workshop, visit their website.
Find out more about DisPLACEmeant
DisPLACEmeant is a media arts production and outreach program that provides Indigenous and Refugee youth with an opportunity to make and share videos about their experiences of displacement from their homelands and their subsequent disconnection from traditional ways of life, knowledge, and support systems. The initiative reflects a healthy balance between innovative approaches (developing interactive activities and utilizing online platforms to engage broader audiences) and well-established Access to Media Education Society practices of utilizing a mentor-centered intensive production model that creatively inspires and illuminates the essential role the media arts can play in a youth’s personal transformation, cultural regeneration, and resilience. As well, the initiative aims to re-imagine how we can best leverage the power and strength of people-to-people relationships in order to enhance unity, harmony, and intercultural understanding.
Graduate Management Consulting Association
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The Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA) serves as a catalyst for students interested in industry, business and entrepreneurship to learn about business administration and explore careers in management consulting. The UBC chapter of the GMCA has a team of 9 organizers and 200 active members, including both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition, the association raised over $6000 dollars from university funds to plan and execute 8 professional development events with 313 attendees, including the first student-led business fundamentals workshop series (mini-MBA). Finally GMCA has been able to provide valuable networking opportunities to graduate students by liaising with management consulting firms and other industry professionals, who have volunteered their time to teach or help organize the workshops.
To find out more about the Graduate Management Consulting Association, visit their website.