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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 (sleep, exercise, nutrition) and balancing personal and academic responsibilities.  Research shows that peer support can be an important tool in helping students thrive academically, socially and emotionally—that’s where the Graduate Student Wellbeing Ambassador program comes in! 

The Graduate Student Wellbeing Ambassador (GSWA) program aims to build individuals’ capacity and knowledge for UBC Vancouver graduate students in peer roles to enable them to share information on wellness services and resources with their peers.  The GSWA 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 program aims to: 

 

The application period for the GSWA 2020-21 academic year is now closed.  If you have any questions, please contact diana.jung@ubc.ca

 

  • Ensure graduate students are aware of and effectively using health and wellness resources.
  • Facilitate conversations and knowledge-sharing opportunities related to enhance graduate student wellbeing.
  • Build connections across graduate programs to share wellbeing practices.

 

Responsibilities 
  • Communicate the GSWA role to your peers and the Grad Program Officer or Manager in your unit/department.
  • Assist peers in need of help to identify, access, or effectively use student wellness services and resources (e.g. Counselling).
  • Inform peers 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).
  • Hosting and facilitating health promotion and education activities or events for grad students.
  • Participate in health promotion campus campaigns (e.g., Thrive, MoveUBC).
  • Provide feedback to Health Promotion and Education on trends and ongoing issues related to graduate student health and wellbeing upon request.
Training and Professional Development 
  • Participate in the GSWA training modules on the program’s canvas site.
  • Attend annual orientation and a minimum of two GSWA Community Learning events as scheduled throughout the year.  
  • Optional attendance at monthly networking events.
  • Optional professional development opportunities may be scheduled throughout the year.
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 faculty or department and whether the GSWA participates in optional training
Benefits

Many graduate students participate in formal and informal peer support roles, however, they do not always have the benefit of training and connection to a larger community. The Graduate Student Wellbeing Ambassador Program aims to build individuals’ capacity and knowledge for UBC Vancouver graduate students in peer roles, by helping them: 

  • Gain the confidence and skills to support their fellow graduate students who are experiencing wellbeing challenges; 
  • Increase your mental health literacy;
  • Engage students in conversations about wellbeing and respond to questions; 
  • 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 grad students. Members of the Ambassador program will be eligible for designated funding to support graduate student wellness events.

Ambassadors will have access to a Canvas toolkit with a host of resources to help them in their role, as well as extensive training through workshops facilitated by Health Promotion and Education staff. Our team of health promotion experts 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 as either a part-time or full-time graduate student; 
  • In good academic standing in their program; 
  • Have completed 12 months of their graduate studies;   
  • Available to attend 2 hours training (Date TBC)
  • Passionate about health and wellbeing and desire to guide and support others in promoting student wellbeing. 
  • Excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to learn and connect with others.
  • Support from departmental graduate student program officer/advisor/manager or grad society.
Program Organization

The GSWA program is coordinated by the Health Promotion & Education unit in partnership with Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and 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. 

Application Process

Apply to be a GSWA for the 2020-21 academic year by September 7, 2020.  If you have any questions please contact, diana.jung@ubc.ca 

 


 

 

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.