Attend Welcome Week workshops to connect with your peers, develop new skills, and learn about resources to help you succeed.

What is Winter Welcome Week?

Winter Welcome Week is a week of workshops and events for all graduate students at UBC Okanagan. Running from January 10 to 14, 2022, the week provides you with the opportunity to start the winter term off strong.

Workshops are hosted by various campus partners including the Centre for Scholarly Communication, Health and Wellness, Graduate Community Facilitators, and many more.

Attend workshops that interest you and connect with your peers! Topics are designed to provide you with the information and resources to thrive this term.

Events & Registration

Virtual workshops and events are open to all graduate students.

If you have questions about Welcome Week, please email

This event has been postponed. The College of Graduate Studies will reschedule this event for later in the term.

date: January 10, 2022
time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
location: zOOM (VIRTUAL)

Learn and experience in a fun, relaxed atmosphere how creativity can be a path to wellness. It’s an opportunity to connect, experiment with different art materials while also taking care of ourselves. No art experience is required, just a willingness to discover what inspires you.

Students need 2 sheets of regular white paper and a pencil or pen. It is optional, but students may also want to have something to colour with (markers, pencil crayons, etc.).

This workshop is hosted by Health and Wellness at UBC Okanagan and is part of the Social and Cultural Awareness Credential.


date: January 10, 2022
time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
location: zoom (virtual)

This well-rounded free yoga class is great for beginners but also offers options for the seasoned yogi to feel challenged. Develop breathing techniques while improving your balance, flexibility, core strength, and endurance through various postures and breathing techniques. Participants will enjoy a satisfying workout while practicing a flow of postures to create internal heat while developing strength and concentration.

This yoga class is hosted by the Graduate Community Facilitators and UBCO Recreation.

date: January 11, 2022
time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
location: ZOOM (VIRTUAL)

A healthy relationship between yourself and your supervisor is key to your success and wellbeing as a graduate student. This session uses Rock the Boat, an open educational resource using Research-based Theatre (RbT) to engage graduate students in difficult discussions about supervisory relationships and wellbeing. The workshop features a series of short dramatized video scenes focusing on typical challenges in supervisory relationships. In this session, students will unpack the scenarios featured in the videos and discuss strategies for healthy and productive student-supervisor relationships.

This session is hosted by the College of Graduate Studies and will be led by the Associate Dean, Paul Shipley.

date: January 12, 2022
time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
location: ZOOM (VIRTUAL)

Have you ever been nervous to write an e-mail to a colleague? This workshop will focus on the best practices of professional communication, with a focus on online communication. We will discuss topics such as using humour in emails, the technical aspects of online communication (like when to CC and BCC!), and how to write a great subject line.

This workshop is hosted by the Centre for Scholarly Communication.


This event has been postponed. The Graduate Community Facilitators will reschedule this event for later in the term.


date: January 13, 2022
time: 9:30 am – 10:45 am
location: ZOOM (VIRTUAL)

You have questions — we have answers! Learn about COVID-19 health restrictions, your responsibilities as an international student and worker, the Post-Graduation Work Permit, health insurance, and more. Our optional family information session will cover immigration, health insurance and transitional support for international graduate students and their accompanying families (spouses, children etc).

date: January 13, 2022
time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
location: ZOOM (VIRTUAL)

The Okanagan Nation’s history with UBC dates back to the inception of this campus in 2005. Join Indigenous Programs and Services on an interactive journey through the evolving relationship with UBC and the unique programming offered here.

This workshop is hosted by Indigenous Programs and Services and is part of the Social and Cultural Awareness Credential.




date: January 13, 2022
time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
location: ZOOM (VIRTUAL)

Join SVPRO for a workshop that explores how to intervene and create an inclusive and safer classroom. Micro-aggressions and subtle comments that reinforce misogyny, rape culture, racism, transphobia or homophobia are overwhelmingly prevalent.  We will discuss how to create a syllabus that centers on inclusion and support; how to handle sensitive topics such as sexualized violence; how to manage dynamics in the classroom between students; and how to support your colleagues.

This workshop is hosted by the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office by is part of the Social and Cultural Awareness Credential.

This workshop has been postponed.

date: January 14, 2022
time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
location: ZOOM (VIRTUAL)

Connect, Reflect, Engage!  Reflect on your experience and stories in an organized way to clarify your strengths, desires, interests, personal qualities, and influences using a career management tool. Create a career statement with a professional vocabulary.

This workshop is hosted by Career Services and is part of the Career Readiness and Professional Development Credential.


date: January 14, 2022
time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
location: ZOOM (VIRTUAL)

Join the Graduate Student Community Facilitators virtually on zoom to conclude Winter Welcome Week! Games will be organized to create a fun, virtual space where people can connect with other graduate students at UBCO. Whether you are already in Kelowna or haven’t made it here yet, this event is designed to create a welcoming environment within our Graduate Student Community!

This event is hosted by the Graduate Community Facilitators.