Supports for UBC students

One way to create a more inclusive classroom is to make sure that your students know about and are able to access the various resources that are available to them to ensure that they succeed. On the UBCV campus, a key resource for each student at UBC is their Enrolment Services (ES) Advisor, which provides individualized support and referrals.

You may consider including these resources on your course syllabus or Canvas website.

  • Aboriginal Centre (UBCO)
    The Aboriginal Centre, located on the second floor of the UNC building (UNC 212), provides a sense of belonging and community to Aboriginal students at UBCO.
  • Advocacy, Graduate Student Society
    UBC Graduate Student Society Advocates are graduate students who provide confidential assistance to individual fellow graduate students experiencing difficulties, academic or otherwise. Their mission is to provide you with relevant information on, and facilitate access to, university resources.
  • Centre for Accessibility (UBCV)
    Centre for Accessibility provides leadership on issues of accessibility for people with disabilities at UBC Vancouver, working in partnership with faculties to foster inclusive learning, living and working environments for students, faculty and staff.
  • Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
    The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication supports a diverse community of writers at UBC, at various levels of proficiency, across many types of undergraduate and graduate writing situations: academic, creative, professional, and technical.
  • Counselling Services: UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan
    UBC offers trained Masters-level counsellors to meet with students free of charge. If you’re feeling persistently stressed anxious or sad or counselors can listen to your needs and connect you with resources to best help you reach your goals, including self-directed resources, workshops and coaching, group therapy, or individual therapy.
  • Disability Resource Centre (UBCO)
    The Disability Resource Centre offers programs and services to foster an accessible and welcoming campus, providing access to accommodations for students to overcome disability-related challenges that impede academic success.
  • Equity & Inclusion Office
    The Equity & Inclusion Office works with campus partners to create a university community in which human rights are respected and equity is embedded in all areas of academic, work and campus life. The website also includes information about Human Rights advising (at both UBCO and UBCV) and religious accommodations for students.
  • Gender-Inclusive Washrooms Maps: UBC Vancouver (Point Grey) and UBC Okanagan
    These maps include a list of public-access, single-stall, gender-inclusive washrooms at UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, created by the UBCO Disability Resource Centre and Equity and Inclusion Office.
  • Indigenous Portal, UBC Vancouver, especially the Students section A resource for information relating to Indigenous programs, initiatives, research and services that are available on the UBC Vancouver campus.
  • Indigenous Student Collegium (UBCV)
    Staffed by a team of advisors who are students themselves, the ISC create opportunities for Indigenous students to find and build their community at UBC-Vancouver. Indigenous students can connect with an Indigenous elder or UBC professor, make lunch or meet up with friends between classes, or take part in cultural practices, e.g. smudging, and community practices like talking circles.
  • Keep Learning 
    This website compiles resources to help students set up, learn effectively online, understand the technologies used at UBC, practice self-care, answer questions, and get support in this new context.
  • Learning Commons
    The Learning Commons website is an evolving collection of student-curated learning resources to support academic success and wellness. The site is a companion resource to the in-person services offered at the Chapman Learning Commons in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. A collaboration between UBC Library, the Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers the commons emphasizes peer-led, student-driven initiatives and shared-decision making to enrich academic support and enhance the experience of all UBC students, with a focus on the first-year undergraduate experience.
  • Office of the Ombudsperson for Students
    The Office of the Ombudsperson for Students works with UBC community members to ensure students are treated fairly and can learn, work and live in a fair, equitable and respectful environment. Reporting to the President, the office is an independent, impartial and confidential resource for students at UBC, jointly funded by the AMS, GSS and UBC.
  • SAGE: Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement program
    A province-wide, inter-institutional, peer-support/faculty-mentoring educational program. SAGE supports Aboriginal students to make significant educational and social change using research, Indigenous knowledge, and community oriented approaches. Non-Aboriginal graduate students engaged in Indigenous research are also encouraged to participate in SAGE.
  • Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO)
    SVPRO offers a safe place for students, faculty, staff who have experienced sexual violence, regardless of where or when it took place. This includes any attempt or act of a sexual nature without your consent. All gender identities, expressions and sexualities are welcome.
  • Student Services by AMS, including Tutoring and Advocacy & Ombuds
    Collection of student-run services, sources of support, and resources for UBC students.
  • Student Learning Hub (UBCO)
    The Student Learning Hub is your one-stop-shop for all undergraduate learning supports and resources.
  • UBC Wellbeing
    A collaborative effort to make the University a better place to live, work and learn by shaping the campus environment to better support health, wellbeing, and sustainability.
  • UBC Statement on Respectful Environment for Students, Faculty and Staff
    This Statement speaks to our freedoms and responsibilities as students, faculty and staff at UBC. It provides the guiding principles to support each of us in building a university environment in which respect, civility, diversity, opportunity and inclusion are valued.

Inclusive learning environments are closely connected to student wellbeing. The Student Services website can help you to assist a student who is in distress. As an instructor or Teaching Assistant, make sure you are familiar with Early Alert, a system that helps provide better support for students who are facing difficulties that put their academic success at risk.