Staff spotlight: Zenia Ferreira

Who: Zenia Ferreira
Position: Planning & Evaluation Strategist, Student Diversity Initiative, Equity and Inclusion Office, Vancouver Campus
Since: December 2017

Professional Background: I have an undergraduate degree from McMaster University and graduate degree from the University of Waterloo, both focused on the social determinants of health and political science. As part of my Masters I completed a 12 month co-op at BC Cancer Agency in health economics where I researched the cost of cervical cancer screening methods. Since then I have hopped all over Toronto, the UK and back to Vancouver. I continued working in health economics research at the University of Leeds before returning to Toronto and working in a dual role as an analyst for new business at a change management consulting firm and in a strategic planning role at its sister marketing firm. The Student Diversity Initiative was the perfect opportunity for my interests; it involves individual behaviour shift, use of data to uncover patterns and creation of a healthy culture.

Current work: My first six months at UBC have been a whirlwind. There are so many great people to meet here and the amount of enthusiasm and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in Enrollment Services has been amazing. As an embedded planning and evaluation strategist my role is to help ES leverage their great work, as well as further identify opportunities for supporting systemically underrepresented and/or marginalized students. ES is one of the early partners in the Student Diversity Initiative. The other partners include the Faculty of Arts, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Student Development and Services and the Faculty of Science. We’ll be presenting an overview of the work being done at the November ES stand up meeting so stay tuned!

Personal information: In my free time I work out, spend time with friends, phone family back in Ontario or read a book. I bought an e-reader this summer and it’s changed my life. There were so many words I didn’t realize I was skimming over and now I stop to check their definition. My current book recommendation is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Everyone should read it and anyone will get something from it.

Feel free to get in touch. My email is In case you’re wondering, my name is pronounced Zeen-eee-ah.

April Hot Lunch with Dr. Gail Murphy

Wednesday, April 25
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Dr. Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Join your colleagues from across campus at the monthly Hot Lunch at St. John’s College. Each month, a senior UBC leader is invited to speak about their personal career journey, and their current work at UBC. You’ll also have a chance to network with staff and faculty from all levels of the university.

Your $10 ticket includes a hot lunch buffet (vegetarian options available).

Purchase your ticket on Eventbrite.


Help Shape the Vancouver Campus Safety Plan

Help make our Vancouver campus a safer place. Join Campus Security in a “town hall” style meeting on April 12. Campus Security is making some big changes and  want your input on how to improve campus safety.

By attending, you’ll be providing invaluable feedback and insight on the risks on campus, and our opportunities to mitigate these risks. In short, you’ll be helping to shape UBC’s security strategies!

Where: Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102
When: 10:00am-12:00pm

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience, as this will book up quickly!

Snack and refreshments will be provided to all attendees.

Some of the topics that will be discussed include:

  • Property Crime: Bike and laptop theft
  • Public Awareness: How to improve safety literacy amongst the campus
  • Proactive Problem Solving: How do we prevent incidents from happening?

Register for UBC Faculty & Staff Sports Day!

Friday, May 4 2018 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Staff & Faculty Sports Day is a free event! Join in and enjoy some fun teamwork games!

Participate as Competitive or Just For Fun team. Teams are 4-6 people and  can choose to take part in physical and/or intellectual challenges.

Register as an individual or team. Individuals who register will be matched with teammates from across campus. If you’ve already formed a team, your team captain can register everyone.

Starting on March 15, visit the Sports Day website to register.