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.

Kristin Webster

Senior Early Childhood Educator, UBC Childcare Services

I believe that through teaching social justice and empathy, children can be the change we aspire to be. I value childcare as capable humans and leaders.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017


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

Juliana Fridman

Juliana Fridman

Director of Interactive Marketing - Communications, Development and Alumni Engagement

A digital strategist and proud geek. Wearable technology enthusiast. Lives by the Holstee Manifesto, an adventurer by nature. Passionate about using the digital space to build connections and communities across the world to support sustainable and meaningful change.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2015