People of UBC

UBC’s unique personality comes from the people that study, teach, work, and live in its community. Every individual contributes to what sets us apart. In this series, we invite you to meet the people of UBC.

Ashwika Alexander

Student, Anthropology, Faculty of Arts

Campus Ambassador, Trek volunteer and avid coin collector. Known for my laugh and also for my sense of adventure. You can find me hiking the Westcoast, at a concert downtown or exploring UBC.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2018


Blake Nill

Blake Nill

Head Coach, UBC Thunderbird Football

Football Coach, strong believer in the power of varsity sport. Together with the university, and the vision of our 13th Man Foundation I am looking forward to bringing football success back to the Point Grey Campus.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2015

Avril Espinosa-Malpica

Avril Espinosa-Malpica

Student, Combined Major in Economics and Political Science, Minor in French, Faculty of Arts

Student interested in global issues and interconnectedness. Loves languages, photography, volleyball and tea. Aim to have a positive impact in our world!

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2015

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson

Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Structural geologist, mountain geek, elucidator of Earth’s physical spaces.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2015


Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar

Student, Software Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Gamer, engineer, #UBCringette player, and leader following the path to becoming a game developer while giving back along the way.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2015

Shirley Nakata

Shirley Nakata

Ombudsperson for Students, Office of the Ombudsperson for Students

Ombudsperson for Students, feminist mother and lawyer, 1.5 generation Japanese Canadian. A cynical optimist. A cosmologist-wannabe. Always in pursuit of good books and good food.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2015

Kenneth Chau

Kenneth Chau

Associate Professor

UBC prof pushing the limits of what we can do with light, while illuminating young minds.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2015


Linda Ong

Linda Ong

Director, Communications and Marketing, UBC Library

Campus connector, inspired by curiosity, proud alumna, accredited business communicator. Recommends thinking outside the box, but having a seat @ the table first.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2015

Raquel Baldwinson

Raquel Baldwinson

PhD Student, Science and Technology Studies and Department of English, Faculty of Arts

PhD student in the health humanities. Two department homes: English and Science & Technology Studies. Ethics researcher for @NGDIUBC. Equal parts activist and academic.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2015

Romance Willson

Romance Willson

Student, Visual Arts, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Enjoying the mad existential circus of consciousness, pursuing the BFA dream from an accredited art program after overcoming innumerable “life events”—if you want it bad enough you can do anything, I am living proof.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2015