Top 10 Events to Attend in January 2021

This month, tune into these virtual events from wherever you are in the world.

January 2021 TA Institute

When: January 11–15, 2021

The CTLT Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute includes workshops designed to support TAs as their roles change along with the move to online courses. The week of professional development workshops are open to graduate students and undergraduate TAs. 

This year, workshops are organized into 6 themes, and if you complete 4 workshops within a theme, and complete the related pre & post-session online modules, you are eligible for a letter of completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and CV.

Online Writing Community 

When: January 13–April 14, 2021

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) facilitates a weekly Online Writing Community session to help mitigate social isolation. This is open to the UBC Vancouver community members to gather for 2 hours each week to write alone—together. Each week the facilitator leads brief opening and closing discussions and employs the Pomodoro Technique to intersperse dedicated stretches of writing with brief breaks and self-reflection.

Breathwork Meditation Session

When: January 14, 2021

This guided meditation session by Christine Shepherd, BA’11 will introduce you to breathwork and provide an opportunity to connect with yourself in a space of non-judgement, acceptance, and understanding. This session consists of 40 minutes of conscious breathing accompanied by music while lying down where you stay present, tune into your body, and allow feelings to arise. All experience levels are welcome!

Global Lounge: World’s Challenge Challenge 

When: January 17, 2021

The World’s Challenge Challenge is a competition hosted by the UBC Global Lounge, which seeks to engage students on international issues and how they can play a part in sparking social change. Teams of students pitch their solutions to global problems for a chance to win up to $6000 and to go on to compete in the 2021 virtual International World’s Challenge Challenge, for a top team prize of $30,000.

It’s 2021…Now What? Simple Habits to Boost Productivity and Navigate Uncertainty 

When: January 19, 2021

In this webinar, you will learn how to make sense of complex situations, determine what habits are worth investing, and discover how to build and maintain them at work (even if you are still at home).

Through the Lens: Cultivating Safe Spaces 

When: January 20, 2021

The UBC Equity & Inclusion Office is excited to present another Through the Lens series, a series of interactive workshops exploring how different identities intersect, navigate and experience UBC while offering practical ideas on creating a more inclusive campus.

“How do we create safe space so we can heal?” Elaine Alec decided to write a book called, “Calling My Spirit Back” to help answer this question. Her book and presentations share an extremely personal examination of her lived experience and also talks about a much broader overview of serious national sociological concerns and tangible steps to address them.

2021 Phil Lind Initiative Series: The Anti-Democratic Turn

When: January 21–March 18, 2021

UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs is will host Michael Sandel, political philosopher and Professor, Harvard University, as the first part of the 2021 Phil Lind Initiative series on The Anti-Democratic Turn. Each of the public events held virtually is free to attend. 

Student Leadership Conference

When: January 23, 2021

As one of the largest student-run conferences in Canada, the Student Leadership Conference (SLC) is an opportunity for you to meet other amazing individuals in the community, explore your abilities and as a platform that inspires action.

Stations: Some Recent Acquisitions

When: Now–April 11, 2021

Titled Stations: Some Recent Acquisitions, the exhibition will be in four or five interrelated modules that explore some of the gallery’s research areas. The collection show is an opportunity to talk about the various narratives the Belkin has followed through research and acquisition, and strategize future directions.

UBC Virtual Volunteer Fair 2021

When: January 26, 2021

Join UBC’s Virtual Volunteer Fair to interact with passionate students, and community organizations across BC. This year’s virtual event will feature 20+ community organizations looking for students to virtually volunteer right from their homes! Join us to learn about all the amazing work happening in our community and find the opportunity that’s right for you! Volunteer Positions include: student researcher, social media coordinator, youth mentor, and many more.

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