Green Lanterns

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 a mediator for 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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  • Hannah Barnard-Churnik
    Hannah Barnard-Churnik
    hannahbarnardchurnik@gmail.com

    Hi! My name is Hannah and I am a second-year Master's student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. I was born and raised in downtown Toronto, but felt slightly out of place due to my kombucha drinking, yoga practicing, and desire to be close to the ocean. Feel free to reach out to me and I will try my best to be a great listener, supporter, and referrer. I am also connected to the Wellness Centre and Graduate Student Well-being Network, so let me know what UBC can better do to support graduate mental health and well-being. Remember that reaching out is a sign of courage. Take care and be kind to yourselves Greenies!

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  • Matt Dietrich
    Matt Dietrich
    matt.dietrich91@gmail.com

    My name is Matt and I am a second-year MSc student in the Department of Computer Science. I'm originally from Ontario - I left the corporate Toronto world behind to experience life on the West Coast. Outside of the computer lab, I enjoy learning guitar and piano, reading mystery novels, sailing, and trying to keep plants alive.

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  • Jay Pahre
    Jay Pahre
    jay.pahre@gmail.com

    I’m Jay (he/him/his), and I’m a second year Master of Fine arts in Visual Arts student. As a queer from the cornfields, I continue to be amazed by things like topography, winters that don’t reach -40, and being able to smell the ocean at almost any given time at UBC. I have a background in LGBTQ2S+ support and advocacy work, and am running the LGBTQ2S+ committee at Green (contact me if you’d like to get involved!). Please feel free to reach out about anything, and I’ll do my best to offer whatever support you need.

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  • Yotam Ronen
    Yotam Ronen
    yotamronen.work@gmail.com

    Hi! My name is Yotam Ronen and I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies, here at UBC. I'm a big music lover and enjoy jamming with friends whenever I can, and love hearing about the exciting stuff people around me are up to. I am also the head of the Green Watch initiative and am the co-chair of the Green College Outreach Committee. Do feel comfortable coming to talk to me about anything and everything, big or small, good or bad. I'm here to listen!

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  • Julie Zhang
    Julie Zhang
    julie.j.zhang@gmail.com

    My name is Julie and I am a second-year Master of Public Health student. Though I'm originally from "Toronto-Toronto" (yes, I grew up in the inner city), I have since enthusiastically embraced the West Coast life, including happily hiking in the rain, doing yoga instead of studying, and indulging in gourmet doughnuts as a guilty pleasure. Please feel free to reach out about any matter, big or small, and I hope I can be the sympathetic ear, shoulder to lean on, or cheerleader you need. I also help run the GC Wellness Committee and would love to hear any suggestions you may have for events and initiatives for this semester or if you would like to get involved.

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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 will be posted in the common kitchen and on the notice boards outside the Servery in the Great Hall (Graham House). In addition, they can be found on the Green College website. 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, or knock on one of their doors. 

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 what is said to them with each other or with anyone else.