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Wellbeing Champions Programs

At UBC, we know that wellbeing is foundational to our success as individuals, as a university, and as a community. And we know that our community members are great champions when it comes to creating an environment that supports wellbeing for all. 

Our vision of becoming a health and wellbeing-promoting campus is one we are approaching collectively and collaboratively, supported by passionate Wellbeing Champions—students, faculty, and staff who are committed to helping UBC achieve this vision by helping to embed and promote wellbeing in their workplaces, learning environments, and portfolios. 

Join us in creating and championing a health and wellbeing-promoting campus through these great Wellbeing Champion Programs.


 

Wellbeing Liaisons 

This program is for: Faculty and Staff at the UBC Vancouver campus 

The Wellbeing Liaison program plays a key strategic role at UBC in supporting the Health Promotion & Education Unit (Student Health & Wellbeing) in their effort to build capacity of the campus community to support and promote student wellbeing.

The Wellbeing Liaisons Program aims to establish a resource person within Faculties and units, who will share information on student wellness services and resources with colleagues. 

The program aims to: 

 

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  • Ensure faculty and staff are aware of and effectively using health and wellness resources to support students.
  • Facilitate conversations and knowledge-sharing around best practices to enhance student wellbeing. 
  • Build connections across faculties and student service units for sharing wellbeing best practices. 

 

Responsibilities 
  • Communicate the Wellbeing Liaison role to faculty and staff colleagues in your unit/department.
  • Assist faculty and staff colleagues in need of help identifying, accessing, or effectively using student wellness services and resources (e.g. Early Alert, referral info).
  • Inform faculty and staff colleagues about updates to student health and wellness services and resources throughout the year.
  • Orient new faculty and staff colleagues to key student health and wellbeing resources (e.g., Early Alert & Green Folder).
  • Provide feedback to Health Promotion and Education on trends and ongoing issues related to student health and wellbeing upon request.
Training & Professional Development
  • Attend annual orientation and two Wellbeing Liaison Community Learning events as scheduled throughout the year.  
  • Additional professional development opportunities are available when offered.
Time Commitment and Length of Term
  • Length of Term: two years, with the option to continue the role
  • Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per month of work time. This will vary depending on the needs of the faculty or department and whether the Wellbeing Liaisons participates in optional training
Qualifications
  • Passion for student wellbeing and a desire to guide and support others in promoting student wellbeing.
  • Excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Confidence to introduce and model practices that promote student wellbeing through with colleagues.
  • Willingness to learn and connect with others.
  • Support from direct supervisor or leader.
Benefits 
  • Increases your mental health literacy 
  • Gain skills to effectively communicate the knowledge of student wellbeing programs and resources to colleagues.
  • Improve staff and faculty support for student wellbeing.
  • Have the opportunity to connect with colleagues who share a passion for health and wellbeing.
  • Attend networking and professional development opportunities.
  • Be the first to access events, tools, and initiatives available to support and promote student wellbeing.
Program Organization

The Wellbeing Liaison program is coordinated by the Health Promotion & Education unit in partnership with other units within UBC Student Health & Wellbeing. Health Promotion & Education collaborates with faculty and staff to create engaging and inclusive learning environments in which all students can thrive. 

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Workplace Wellbeing Ambassador Program 

This program is for: Faculty and Staff

The Workplace Wellbeing Ambassador (WWA) program is a pilot program that plays a key strategic role at UBC, supporting the Human Resources – Health, Wellbeing, & Benefits team in their effort to embed wellbeing and wellbeing practices within UBC workplaces. Workplace Wellbeing Ambassadors (WWA), champion workplace wellbeing and support the overall enhancement of UBC workplaces.

The program aims to:

 

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  • Empower staff and faculty to support wellbeing activities within UBC departments
  • Provide opportunities to build knowledge and apply learnings in the workplace.
  • Support staff and faculty in their efforts to positively impact workplace wellbeing

 


 

Graduate Student Wellbeing Ambassador Program 

This program is for: Graduate Students at UBC Vancouver 

Graduate school can be an exciting and challenging time. Some students may experience wellbeing challenges, including managing stress, navigating support, finding time for self-care (e.g. sleep, exercise, nutrition) and balancing personal and academic responsibilities. Peer support can be an important tool in helping students thrive academically, socially and emotionally. That’s where the UBC Graduate Student Wellbeing Ambassador program comes in!

The Graduate Student Wellbeing Ambassador (GSWA) program brings UBC Vancouver graduate students together to build knowledge and capacity for health and wellness peer support. Through the GSWA program, Graduate Student Wellbeing Ambassadors work with the Health Promotion & Education Unit and university collaborators to support and promote Graduate student health and wellbeing. Key GSWA program goals include:

The program aims to: 

 

The application period for the GSWA 2021-22 academic year is now open. Apply here. If you have any questions, complete this question form.

  • Develop the capacity of graduate students to offer peer support to improve graduate student health and wellbeing.
  • ​Support graduate students to be aware of and effectively use and share health and wellbeing resources.
  • Facilitate conversations and knowledge-sharing opportunities related to enhancing graduate student health and wellbeing across campus.
  • ​Build connections across graduate programs to share and develop peer wellbeing support practices.

 

Responsibilities 
  • Communicate the GSWA role to your peers and department.
  • Assist peers in need of help to identify, access, or effectively use student health and wellbeing services and resources (e.g. Counselling).
  • ​Host a health and wellbeing activity or event for graduate student peers.
  • Participate in a campus health promotion campaign (e.g. Thrive).
  • Collaborate on GSWA activities with the Graduate Program Officer or Advisor in your department (assistance for making introductions/connections with faculty/staff in student health and wellbeing roles in your department is available if needed).
  • Share feedback and information about graduate student health and wellbeing-related needs with the GSWA program team upon request.
Training and Professional Development 
  • Attend one of the following planned GSWA Orientations:
    Monday, September 13, 1-2:30 pm PT (Online); or
    Friday, September 17, 1-2:30 pm PT (In-person on campus)
  • Attend two or more GSWA events (e.g. workshop, lunch-and-learn, working session) as scheduled throughout the year.
  • Optional attendance at GSWA community events and professional development opportunities scheduled throughout the year.
  • ​Participate in the GSWA training modules on the program's Canvas site.
Time Commitment and Length of Term
  • Length of Term: one year, with the option to continue the role
  • Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per month of work time. This will vary depending on the needs of the department and whether the GSWA participates in optional training or activities.
Benefits
  • Gain the confidence and skills to support fellow graduate students who may be experiencing health and wellbeing challenges.
  • Increase your mental health literacy.
  • Engage students in conversations about health and wellbeing and respond to questions.
  • Learn about and share information about appropriate resources both on and off-campus.
  • Connect with one another through a supportive network of fellow Ambassadors.
  • Create a supportive campus environment for fellow graduate students.
     
Members of the Ambassador program will be eligible for designated funding to support graduate student health and wellbeing events and activities. Ambassadors will also have access to a Canvas toolkit with a host of resources to help them in their role, as well as group working sessions with peers, and access to training and learning activities (e.g. workshops facilitated by Health Promotion and Education and collaborating groups). The Health Promotion and Education team is committed to helping you succeed in your role and to ensuring that you feel supported and prepared.
Qualifications

To participate in the program, interested graduate students must be:

  • Registered in a graduate or professional program.
  • Available to attend a GSWA Orientation session and to enact the responsibilities of the role as outlined above.
  • Passionate about health and wellbeing and desire to guide and support others in promoting graduate student wellbeing.
  • Excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to learn and connect with others.

Applying and participating in the GSWA program with another student(s) in your department is welcomed, as the role may be enhanced through collaborating/sharing responsibilities with a peer.

Application Process

Program applications have been extended to include a second application phase. Apply to be a GSWA for the 2021-22 academic year by September 19, 2021here.

Interested in applying and have a question? Let us know via this form. We look forward to hearing from you!

 


 

 

We all have a hand in shaping campus environments that support health, wellbeing, and sustainability. By championing wellbeing, we can build stronger and more inclusive communities at UBC and beyond.