Request for Proposals for Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at UBC




I hope this email finds you well. My name is Setenay Mufti and I am reaching out to you as a graduate student at UBC, and on behalf of the Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Committee at the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies. The Committee is currently circulating a Call for Papers for this year’s conference, “All things that the black earth feeds: Animals and Humans.” We were wondering if you might be able to circulate this email and the attached flyer to any interested students.


The Conference will be held virtually on May 6th-7th, and the deadline for submissions is March 31st. We emphasize graduate work, but accept applications from undergraduate students as well. Further information can be found in the attached flyer.

We would love to feature your students’ work, so please do not hesitate to reach out at this email if you have any questions. Thank you so much!



Kind regards,

Setenay Mufti



Lilly Hickox, Kate Minniti, and Setenay Mufti, 


Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Co-Chairs

Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

The University of British Columbia |  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory


AIGSC Call for Papers 2022

Work Learn Opportunities with SEEDS


Interested in catalyzing student community-based action research and interdisciplinary partnerships that advance the University’s sustainability, climate and wellbeing commitments? Want to help inform the development and implementation of University policy and planning directives?

Join the SEEDS Sustainability Program!  The SEEDS Sustainability Program is an internationally recognized Campus as Living Laboratory initiative. Through interdisciplinary partnerships and applied student-led research, SEEDS informs policy and planning work related to UBC sustainability and wellbeing priorities and practices and creates scalable solutions to societal issues.

Application Process: 

Please submit Resume, Cover Letter, Professional Writing Sample (one page max)  via UBC Careers Online by  March 20, 2022.

SEEDS Student Summer Job Opportunities:

  1. Urban Biodiversity Coordinator  (Posting ID: #898119)

Work Period/Hours:  May 1 to Aug 31st 2022 (Total 300 hours, approx. 20 hours per week)

Wage: $22.67    |    Position Type: Work Learn

Core Job Responsibilities:

Working primarily in applied research and partnership coordination, the candidate will support the coordination of the Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD) and inform the development of UBC’s urban biodiversity and climate related planning work, while creating impactful applied student research experiences. Key research focus areas include: scoping and coordinating research and partnerships that can inform and implement actions of the Climate Action Plan 2030 Adaptation, Resilience and Biodiversity area, ecological sustainability areas in the emerging Campus Vision 2050, biodiversity related goals and action in the UBC Green Building Action Plan (GBAP), Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP) 4.0, and UBC Technical Guidelines.

Education: Urban Forestry/Natural Resources Conservation, Geography, IRES, Science/Ecology, Architecture and Landscape Architecture,

Experience: Research charters/proposal development, project coordination, fostering multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary collaborations, meeting facilitation, informational/data management.

  1. Sustainable Food Systems Coordinator (Posting ID: #898150 ) – 2 positions 

Work Period/Hours:  May 1 to Aug 31st 2022 (Total 300 hours, approx. 20 hours per week)

Wage: $22.67 |    Position Type: Work Learn

Core Job Responsibilities:

NOTE: There are two Sustainable Food Systems Coordinator positions available. Each will focus on a different aspect of food system sustainability. Candidates are encouraged to indicate in their cover letter which focus area they interested in: 

  • Climate-Friendly and Circular Food Systems
  • Food Systems Security and Resilience

Working primarily in applied research and partnership coordination, the candidate will coordinate student-led applied research projects and interdisciplinary collaborations related to sustainable, just, secure food systems and food recovery across critical intersectional topic areas to advance UBC’s Climate Emergency Declaration (CED) commitments,  Climate Action Plan 2030 (CAP2030) and Wellbeing Strategic Framework.  Research and collaborations inform the development and implementation of UBC’s food, climate, wellbeing and waste policy and planning priorities. The candidates will assist in coordinating applied research and interdisciplinary collaborations with the UBC Food System Project, the Food Security Initiative and Climate-Friendly Food System Action Team.

Education: Land and Food Systems, Public Policy, Geography, IRES, SPPH, Planning

Experience: Research charters/proposal development, project coordination, fostering multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary collaborations, meeting facilitation, informational/data management.


Lesley Dampier  MSc PAg (She, Her, Hers)
MEd Student (expected completion 2022)
Animal Welfare Program Research Coordinator – Animal Welfare Program
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Working with the Power and Positionality Wheel for Food Justice and Systems Change


I hope you are all well! I wanted to reach out to let you know about a presentation I will be hosting with my community partner, Joanne MacKinnon of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, at Contested Spaces, Contested Impact: 2022 Symposium on Global Community Engagement this evening. We will be leading a workshop on power and identity in food justice work, and welcome you to join if you would like. I have included the Zoom link and a brief abstract below.

Working with the Power and Positionality Wheel for Food Justice and Systems Change

6:45pm – 7:45pm

Mikaela Hudson and Joanne MacKinnon (Little Mountain Neighbourhood House)

Meeting ID: 672 7779 2923

Passcode: 801206

This interactive workshop invites participants to reflect on their own power and privilege using the Power & Positionality Wheel, a tool for unpacking our complex identities as learners, scholars, and activists. It uses stories from food justice work during the COVID-19 pandemic to illustrate how the Power & Positionality Wheel can center conversations about identity and equity in community partnerships, highlighting the potential for surprising and transformative results. The presenter draws on her own experiences as an academic-activist in the Building Collective Food Security Resilience Project to support participants to complete their own Power & Positionality Wheels in real time, inviting them to explore the revelatory and sometimes uncomfortable spaces that this tool for self-reflexivity generates.

Many thanks and looking forward to connecting soon,


Mar. 24 – LFS Scholar Series: Dr. Harjinder Singh


Mar. 24 – LFS Scholar Series: Dr. Harjinder Singh

Title: Designing Food Structures for Optimal Functionality and Nutrition

Abstract: The challenge of designing foods for health attributes requires a detailed understanding of the interactions of food structures with physiological and behavioral processes occurring during food consumption and digestion. The human gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is the interface between consumed food and the human body, and the process of food digestion in the GIT is multi-faceted and complex. The mechanisms of food disintegration and consequent absorption of released components in the GIT in relation to food structure remain unclear. This presentation will provide an overview of the approaches used for designing foods for functionality within the GIT, with examples of recent work from our laboratory on the structural changes in natural and fabricated milk based food systems during the digestion process.

Biography:  Distinguished Professor Harjinder Singh is the Director of the Riddet Institute (Centre of Research Excellence), Massey University, New Zealand. His research expertise includes dairy science and technology, functional foods, food colloids, structures, and nutrition. He has published over 400 research papers in international journals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, and has received several international awards, including the Marschall Rhodia International Dairy Science Award, the William C. Haines Dairy Science Award (USA) and the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

March 24th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm PT ​via Zoom (Register in advance for the meeting):


UBC Sustainability Initiative relaunches as ‘Sustainability Hub’


You might have heard that things are changing. Yes, the UBC Sustainability Initiative is now the Sustainability Hub!

Our new name reflects a stronger emphasis on engagement, and reflects a vision to catalyze change for a just and sustainable world. Our new five-year strategic plan outlines how we will activate a mission of, “Inspiring people to act upon the planet’s most urgent challenges through UBC’s academic and operational sustainability leadership”.

We believe that sustainability and justice go hand in hand.

In 2021 British Columbia experienced a deadly heat dome, devastating forest fires, and destructive floods. The most vulnerable were Indigenous peoples, elderly people, people with disabilities, immigrants, precariously housed and low-income people, a searing illustration of climate injustice. Nature suffered too. More than a billion sea creatures perished due to the heat. The need to prepare for unstoppable climate impacts and mobilize to limit global warming is clear.

The Sustainability Hub is ready to tackle environmental problems as well as their intersection with inequality and injustice. We invite you to learn more about the relaunch and download our new strategic plan here:

As a hub for action, facilitating collaboration is essential. The team – including Senior Director, Linda Nowlan, and Academic Director Tara Ivanochko, would love to hear your feedback and talk about new opportunities to work together.

Natalie Hawryshkewich (She, Her, Hers)
Communication and Engagement Specialist
Sustainability Hub
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability 2260 West Mall, 2nd Floor | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4
Phone 604 827 2606 |

The UBC Vancouver campus is situated within the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam).


Learn more about our vision for a just and sustainable world, and our 5-year plan to bring it to life.