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.

Indra Hayre

Alumna, Sociology, Faculty of Arts

Empathetic leader passionate about developing communities, both on campus and in the Downtown Eastside. Lives for weekends spent climbing up or skiing down Vancouver’s mountains.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2019


Diana Bartel

Diana Bartel

Communications Design Lead, University Relations, UBC Okanagan

Designer. Mom. Loves a good laugh, a good cup of coffee, a crackling campfire and a beautiful sunset. Geeks out over software updates. Appreciates a good design project, from beginning to end.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2020

Shawn Chang

Shawn Chang

Student, Biochemistry and Forensic Science (Combined Honours), Faculty of Science

Orientation leader. UBC Life writer. Keen on travel memoirs, gothic work and golden age crime fiction. Quote collector. Journal keeper. Sonneteer.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2020

Shernaz Bamji

Shernaz Bamji

Professor, Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health, School of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine

Committed to understanding the molecular machinations of the mind. Up for travel, adventure and meeting new people. Unapologetic soccer mom.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2020


Liam Orme

Liam Orme

Co-founder and Coordinator, UBC Climate Hub

Working to connect and empower communities around bold action on climate change. Trying not to take myself too seriously. UBC Bachelor of International Economics alumnus.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2020

Eric Li

Eric Li

Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan

Tuba player. Interested in marketing and consumer culture, health promotion and community development.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2020

Julie Walchli

Julie Walchli

Executive Director, Work Integrated Education and Career Initiatives, Faculty of Arts. Co-Director, Canada-Japan Co-op Program

Arts educator. Avid mystery novel reader. Baker and chutney maker. Believes in the power of mentoring.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2020


Tara Mayer

Tara Mayer

Senior Instructor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts; 2019 Fellow, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies; 2018-19 Killam Teaching Prize Recipient

Hawaii-born historian and material culture enthusiast. Tracing the construction of racial and gendered identities in colonial contexts. Daughter, sister, partner, maker, mentor, mother.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2020

Bradley Fung

Bradley Fung

Alumnus (2019), BA Political Science, Faculty of Arts

Former director at The Calendar; student ambassador and amateur humorist. Former child-actor turned stand-up comedian; I cherish the sound of laughter and that’s no joke.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2019

Gilly Lau

Gilly Lau

Lecturer and Coordinator, Office of Experiential Education, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Loves skiing on powder days. Hobbyist photographer. Driven to create opportunities for students to connect their knowledge to real-life practice.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2019