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April 1, 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UBC's response

The University of British Columbia, including the Okanagan campus, is responding to the spread of COVID-19 virus.

  • For the latest updates information for all UBC faculty and staff, visit:
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Limited building access and hours

With a reduction in the number of people currently on campus due to social distancing measures -- including remote delivery of classes and working from home -- UBC Okanagan is limiting access to certain spaces in academic and administration buildings.


Stay cyber safe when working remotely

UBC IT is stressing the need to ensure that your devices are encrypted while working remotely and to be extra sensitive to phishing attempts during this time. Report any suspicious emails directly to


Maintaining mental health and wellbeing

With the UBC Okanagan campus community and the world navigating a significant amount of change, taking care of your personal health and wellbeing is more important than ever.

Staying positive and taking a proactive approach to keeping yourself mentally and physically healthy can make a difference.


April 6: Virtual open forum for student evaluations of teaching

A virtual open forum on student evaluations of teaching is being held on April 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event is open to all UBC students, faculty and staff, and will include recommendations being made to Senates at both UBC campuses about student evaluations of teaching. There will also be time for questions, comments and broader discussion.

Support front-line community services: United Way

From its very first days, UBC Okanagan has supported the United Way through workplace fund-raisers and volunteer service. Our support is needed now more than ever.

United Way Southern Interior BC has identified emerging needs for people who live in poverty, seniors, and support for the frontline workers who continue to provide non-medical essential services to those needing it the most.

For more info, to donate to the United Way Relief Fund, or to access additional resources, visit:

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The next issue of the Healthy UBC newsletter will highlight resources and ways to thrive and build connection while physically distancing and adjusting to remote work.

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UBC Geering Up is online

Geering Up connects families with STEM opportunities

Geering Up has organized live-stream learning activities daily at 11 a.m. as well as free online Saturday events.

Visit for awe-STEM learning activities at home. 

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Photo of a tulip from Samantha Eastman
Photo: Samantha Eastman

Supporting your mental health during COVID-19

With classes and many campus services transitioned to an online format, now is the time to get familiar with some of the online resources available to help you stay mentally and physically healthy.


Creative Writing Professor Nancy Holmes
Creative Writing Professor Nancy Holmes.

Poetry is for times of crisis

In this unprecedented time of fear, bewilderment, and isolation, poetry is a beacon.

It speaks to the complex emotions that are unleashed at times like this, says Nancy Holmes, poet and associate professor in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

“It is hard to express our deepest anxieties and longings, so we turn to poetry especially in times of intense disruption,” she explains.  “Poetry’s job is to try to say what cannot be said.” 


The Conversation: ‘Quiet kindness’ can bolster well-being during coronavirus pandemic

John-Tyler Binfet, associate professor in the School of Education, reflects on what might be gained by what he has defined as “quiet kindness.”


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