Black Student Orientation 2023

This year, the UBC Black CaucusBeyond Tomorrow Scholars ProgramBlack Student UnionBlack Graduate Student Network and the Centre for Student Development and Leadership have partnered to host this program for the Fall 2023 term.

The purpose of this orientation is to create a space for incoming undergraduate and graduate Black students at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses to start building community with each other, receive tips for transitioning to UBC, and connect with Black-identifying student groups.

Current UBC Black students are welcome to join the session!

Orientation Goals

The objectives of the session are to:  

  • Foster a sense of community amongst incoming Black undergraduate and graduate students so that they feel welcomed, seen, and included in the UBC community. 
  • Provide resources, tips, and strategies for a successful transition to UBC that takes into account the direct experiences of fellow Black students and faculty.
  • Equip new Black students with knowledge of where to go at/outside of UBC for a range of academic and personal support.

Students who attend the session will connect with fellow Black students and faculty.

Events Details

The events are free and will be held in-person:


EVENT 1: Black Student Orientation Panel

✨31 AUGUST 2023 ✨4:30PM – 7PM PST


All new and current self-identifying Black students are invited for a panel discussion where you will hear from Black faculty members and students in a facilitated discussion. You will also have a chance to build community with one another and get tips for transitioning to UBC.

EVENT 2: Black Student Lunch

✨1 SEPTEMBER 2023 ✨12PM – 2PM PST


New self-identifying Black students are invited for a lunch and facilitated social activities where you will get a chance to connect with Black-identifying student groups and build community with one another. Lunch will be provided during this event.

Registration link for events 1 & 2:


BSO Panel location: Totem Park Ballroom

Totem Park Student Residence – Coquihalla Commonsblock: 2525 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1W9

Black Student Lunch location: Global Lounge

Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre: 2205 Lower Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3


EVENT 1:  Black Student Success (BSS) Kickback 

✨08 SEP 2023 ✨05:30 PM PST


As we prepare for Fall 2023 after the community crisis, the Black Student Success (BSS) program is intentionally creating safe spaces to gather new undergraduate and graduate Black students at the Okanagan campus. Join us at this BSS event for an opportunity to connect with and celebrate the Black community at UBCO while engaging in fun activities such as tote bag painting, community art, games and much more! This Kickback event is designed to support students to build community, receive tips for transitioning to UBC, connect with Black student groups, and meet current Black community members.

Registration link:  BSS_Kickback

EVENT 2: Black Student Success (BSS) Panel: Mental Health Awareness and Community Building

✨21 SEPTEMBER 2023 ✨12:30 PM – 3 PM PST


The purpose of this event is to intentionally create space for new and returning Black undergraduate and graduate students to connect at the Okanagan campus to explore the topic of mental health within Black Excellence. Come join us for a panel discussion featuring campus leaders focusing on mental health, building community, connecting with Black-identifying student groups, and meeting current Black community members.

Registration link: BSS_Panel

EVENT 3: Black Student Success (BSS): Financial Literacy

✨28 SEPTEMBER 2023 ✨3 PM PST


The aim of this workshop is to equip Black students with skills and knowledge to feel financially confident and informed in terms of budgeting, saving and credit in an un-equitable world. Come and learn from our Black faculty as they share tips and information on embedding financial literacy in our daily lives. 

Registration link: BSS_Financial_Literacy

Events location: Nechako residence & UNC building 

UBC Okanagan:

Nechako Residence: 1255 International Mews, Kelowna, B.C., Canada, V1V 1V8

UNC building: 3272 University Way Kelowna, BC Canada

Events 1: Room 221 Nechako (Gathering room); Event 2: UNC 200 (Ballroom) ; Event 3: UNC 334 (Boardroom)