Black Student Orientation

The UBC Black Caucus, Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Program, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, Black Student Union, and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers have partnered to offer the Black Student Orientation (BSO), for the Fall 2022 term.

The purpose of this orientation is to create a space for new undergraduate and graduate Black students at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses to start to build 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.

Session Details

The session is free and will be held in-person on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022, 4:30 pm – 7:00pm. PST.


*Day 1: Monday, August 29th- Jump Start participants are invited to a IBPOC lunch where they will get an opportunity to connect with other Black, Indigenous and People of Color new-to-UBC students in Jumpstart.

Day 2: Wednesday, August 31st- New and current UBC students are invited to a faculty & student panel.

Location: Asian Centre (keep an eye out for BSO signs)

Room: Auditorium

Address: 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2  

Time: 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Food: This event will be catered by Elbo Patties! Jamaican patties and refreshments will be provided.

The virtual component of the event will begin at the start of the formal panel, as there will be some social activities that take place before 5:20 PM. Please tune in virtually at 5:20 PM.

*Day 3: Thursday, September 1st- Incoming undergraduate and graduate students are invited to a lunch/social to connect with student leaders of black groups/clubs/organizations on campus.

*These events are open to self-identifying Black Jumpstart participants and/or new-to-UBC students only.


The UBC Okanagan campus is excited to host free programming for self-identifying IBPOC Students as part of Jump Start programming and Weeks of Welcome in September.

Events during Jump Start Week are open to self-identifying Black Jumpstart participants and/or new-to-UBCO students only.

Events during Weeks of Welcome are open to all self-identifying Black UBC Okanagan Students – new or returning.

To be notified of event details and registration information, please leave your name on our email list to receive updates using the QR code below.


Registration for Vancouver session is now open and has been extended to August 26th.

BSO Vancouver Registration

Registration for Okanagan session is now open.

BSO Okanagan Registration