Our alumni inspire through their ideas, their research, and their dedication to bettering the world around them.
Through anthropology research, alum and current UBC instructor Robyn Giffen found a mentor, a love of language, and a new direction Her most profound accomplishment may be her work on a research project to resurrect a dying oral language by creating a written alphabet, ultimately to improve people’s lives with literacy.
Indigenous Studies alumnus
“I developed academic relationships with a number of professors who helped shape my future as an academic.”
Now a faculty member at UBC Okanagan, Sam says, “I feel this is my calling. I like teaching and having the opportunity to change people’s perspectives.”
Gender & Women’s studies alumnus
Since completing his degree, Sadler returned to Alberta where he works as the Coordinator for Calgary and Area Regional Collaborative Service Delivery. He helps to ensure that children, youth, and families have access to supports they need to be successful at school and in the community.
As a linguistic anthropologist immersed in research, Lacho has worked to reclaim Indigenous placenames of the land, investigate the unique francophone Madelinot culture, translate a sapient humanoid language from French into English, and plunge into modern technology.
Gender & Women’s Studies, Indigenous Studies alumna
Delaurier-Lyle found herself drawn to Gender and Women’s Studies and Indigenous Studies—programs she could explore to learn what it meant to be an Anishinaabe woman and a feminist. The two complementary programs helped her see the world, and her place in it, quite differently.
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Your relationship with UBC Okanagan shouldn’t end when you graduate. Keep in touch with your university community, get information on events and benefits, and see what others are doing with their degrees with the UBC Global Alumni Network.