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Meet Cassidy and Ashraf

Your Graduate Community Facilitators


The purpose of their role is to enhance the student experience for all current graduate students. They are interested in providing graduate students: 

  • with orientation and welcoming new students;
  • connecting grad students with their peers;
  • planning fun events and activities;
  • increasing student engagement opportunities;
  • creating a graduate community.

Cassidy Wallis is in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and Ashraf Ahsan is in the School of Engineering, respectively. Join them for a conversation in the Graduate collegium (ASC 460) or contact them at 

Hours available:

Mondays: 10 - noon & 2 – 4pm
Tuesdays: 2 – 4pm
Wednesdays: 10 - noon & 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Thursdays: 2 – 4pm

The Graduate Collegium will remain open to all graduate students during these times.

Get to know CassidyCassidy

Hello all! My name is Cassidy Wallis and I am thrilled to be joining the Student Experience Office as one of the new Graduate Student Community Facilitators. I am in the Masters of Psychological Science program, specializing in forensic psychology. Ilove horror movies, spending time with my pets and family and of course enjoying the beautiful Okanagan summers! I have recently moved here from Alberta with my family (my fiancé and our daughter Emma). Although I have not moved as far as some, I understand that each individual faces unique challenges when integrating into a new community. It is my hope that I can help in some way to create a welcoming environment and assist you in finding your niche here in the beautiful Okanagan. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for ANY reason!



Get to know AshrafGrad facilitator

Hi everyone! My name is Ashraf Ahsan (Arnab) and I'm excited to be one of your new Graduate Student Community Facilitators from the Student Experience Office. After having worked more than two years in the Information Technology and Electronics industry, I am currently pursuing a MASc program in Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering of UBCO. I am originally from Bangladesh with a love for playing basketball, swimming and hanging out with friends. I know what it's like to be a new international graduate student and understand some of the challenges in trying to build a comfortable community to enjoy in-between your busy research schedules. I look forward to meeting you and wish you every success in your graduate studies. Please do not hesitate to connect with me if you have any concerns or if you just want to say "hi".






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