Since the start of the quarantine, the Faculty of Education’s Development and Alumni Engagement team has organized meetings with current and prospective donors over video and teleconference in order to continue supporting the university’s groundbreaking programs and research in education.
With the steady decline in active cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia and the lifting of strict social distancing measures by the Provincial Government, UBC has deemed it safe to begin holding in-person meetings, and beginning last month, the team has facilitated several successful discussions on the development of the Faculty of Education away from the glare of the computer screen. The participants requested not to be identified individually, but the feedback on the meetings protocols – which included masks to be worn by all attendees – has been positive.
For donors who cannot or prefer not to meet in person, the team has an adept strategy for comfortable discussions online, catered by delivery from food couriers. Recently, Dr. Suzanne Scott, Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Engagement for the Faculty of Education, and Development Officer, Sukhjot Pummar, met with Rochelle Farquhar of the Jacqueline Farquhar Endowment for Children’s Mental Health to discuss a proposal and corresponding donation for research in immigrant youth mental health. Led by Dr. Anusha Kassan, UBC Associate Professor of High Impact Position in Child & Youth Mental Health, hopes to support school educators, counsellors, and administrators in the integration of newcomer youth.
Our dedicated Development and Alumni Engagement team is delighted to extend an invitation to all Faculty of Education supporters who wish to meet virtually or in-person to support the Faculty’s diverse programs and research.