Your Graduate Community Facilitators

Meet Cassidy and Ashraf

The purpose of the Graduate Community Facilitator role is to enhance the student experience for all current graduate students. Our Graduate Community Facilitators 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

If you are a graduate student and want to receive regular updates from the Grad Facilitators about graduate student events and opportunities, please add yourself to the Graduate Facilitator email distribution list

Hours available:

Mondays: 10 a.m.-noon & 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesdays: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10 a.m.-noon & 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 2p.m.-4 p.m.

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


Meet Cassidy Wallis

I am in the Masters of Psychological Science program, specializing in forensic psychology. 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 Okanagan. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for ANY reason!


Meet Ashraf Ahsan

I am currently pursuing a MASc program in Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering of UBCO. 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. Please do not hesitate to connect with me if you have any concerns or if you just want to say “hi”.