The Green Lanterns are a group of volunteer Resident Members who are committed to providing social support and problem solving assistance at the peer-level. Green Lantern candidates are nominated to the Green Lantern Selection Committee, a committee comprised of Resident Members and current Green Lanterns. Successful nominees are then endorsed by Green College, however they operate independently from Green College. Discussions with Green Lanterns are confidential outside of rare and exceptional circumstances such as when self-harm or harm to others is likely to occur. Whether or not it is related to the College, Green Lanterns are here for you.
- If you want advice on how to work through an interpersonal problem
- If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed with your studies
- If you would like someone to help facilitate a conversation about a problem with another resident
- If there is a community issue but you prefer to talk to a resident rather than office staff
- If you are feeling lonely, depressed, homesick, or unsafe
- If you need advice or help accessing UBC support resources
- If you just need someone sympathetic to talk to, about anything at all.
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I’m Aaron, and I’m a postdoctoral research fellow, working in the philosophy of mind and psychology, with side-interests in mental health and wellness. I have run the gauntlet of graduate school, and appreciate how difficult and isolating a time it can be. I’m very at home discussing emotionally difficult topics, whether arising from the pressures of grad school and academia, from relationships, or other life challenges. I am known for being a supportive, friendly, and non-judgmental listener, and am always willing and eager to strategize about even the most seemingly intractable problems (or otherwise point you to someone else who can). So, please feel welcome to get in touch if you feel like talking.
My name is Julia Nakamura (she/her/hers), and I am a second year student in the Psychology MA/PhD program at UBC. My research focuses on how positive psychological factors (e.g., purpose in life, social connectedness) promote physical and behavioral health and well-being. I've had 3+ years of training and experience as a peer mentor (e.g., in resilience, crisis responding, boundaries/privacy/ethics, etc.) with a variety of populations (e.g., underrepresented students in higher education, undergraduates seeking mental health support, etc.). I'm always happy to just listen and chat, help with problem-solving, or assist with navigating access to resources. Please feel free to reach out via email, send me a text, say hi in person, or stop by my room. I am always more than happy to chat!
My name is Rodney Stehr (he/him/they/them) and I am a second year MSc student in the interdisciplinary studies graduate program at UBC. I have experience working with youth, caregivers, and service providers on difficult conversations around sexual health, mental health, substance use, and racism and discrimination. Much of my research focuses on the area of 2SLGBTQ+ health, and so if you need help finding services or queer-competent providers I am always willing to lend a hand and help locate providers. Feel free to send me an email or say hi to me while I am wandering around outside of my room. I am always willing to make space in my day and we can always schedule a time to meet.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Green Lanterns?
Green Lanterns are a group of Resident Members who are committed to providing social support and problem solving assistance at the peer-level. Whether or not it is related to the College, they are here for you. These situations include, but are not limited to, preferring to talk about an issue with a resident rather than office staff, working through an interpersonal problem, or just needing someone to talk to. Green Lanterns provide improve awareness of and referrals to relevant UBC resources as appropriate.
How are the Green Lanterns selected and trained?
Resident Members were asked to nominate themselves or peers as Green Lantern candidates. The Green Lantern Selection Committee, composed of resident volunteers, then interview nominees and ask behavioural-based questions about handling difficult situations. Selected Green Lanterns are then provided training.
How do I get in contact with a Green Lantern?
Contact information is on this page, but is also generally posted on the notice boards around Green College.If you would like to speak to one of them, you are welcome to email them and set up an appointment, catch them when they're meandering around the college.
Will my discussion with a Green Lantern remain confidential?
Discussions with Green Lanterns are confidential outside of rare and exceptional circumstances. When self-harm or harm to others is likely to occur, Green Lanterns are duty-bound to refer the matter to an outside party. In all other circumstances, they do not discuss in specifics what is said to them. As a team, Green Lanterns may speak with each other in generalities for support for both themselves and to provide the best possible support for you.