We know that the transition to graduate school in a new city can seem overwhelming.
At Green College, it doesn't have to be: In addition to College and UBC resources and services, you have access to an immediate support system of fellow Greenies around you.
Take a look at resources right here at the College, as well as the many support initiatives and services available at UBC.
The Green Lanterns are a group of volunteer Resident Members who are committed to providing 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.
- Importantly, Green Lanterns can connect people to resources and counseling, but do not provide counseling or sustained emotional support themselves.
- 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 (while happy to facilitate these conversations, Green Lanterns are not a conflict resolution service. It is ultimately up to residents to resolve conflict themselves).
- If there is a community issue but you prefer to talk to a resident rather than office staff
- If you are feeling lonely, depressed, or homesick.
- 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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Your 2021-2022 Green Lanterns
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.
What is the purpose of the Green Lanterns?
Green Lanterns are a group of Resident Members who are committed to providing 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 have awareness of and provide 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 in resource navigation.
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, or 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.
|Issues we can address||How we can address it||How we do not address it|
|A resident needs personal/emotional support during a difficult time.||Green Lanterns can provide a listening ear, and provide referrals to UBC counselling and connect residents with the appropriate resources.||Green Lanterns cannot provide ongoing psychological/counselling support.|
|A resident is having a conflict with another resident.||Green Lanterns can set up a meeting between the parties and be available to facilitate the conversation.||Green Lanterns are unbiased in such conflicts and will not take sides or resolve the conflict themselves.|
Support and Services at Green College
In addition to the Green Lanterns, a special group of independent residents, trained and supported to support Resident Members at a peer level, the Green College staff are also a good first line to help. Staff can help clarify any questions you may have about how things are done and help identify where solutions might be found. The Green College Wellness Committee is another valuable College resource dedicated to coordinating various events throughout the year for health and wellness, ranging from art nights, dialogues on sexuality, workshops and more.
In alignment with UBC Policies, including Policy SC7 (Discrimination) and Policy SC13 (At-Risk Behaviour), Green College is committed to a harassment-free and sexual-assault-free environment; one that has no tolerance for harassment or sexual assault, that encourages harassment and sexual assault concerns to be brought forward, that commits to sensitive and timely responses to such concerns, and guarantees a transparent, timely and effective administrative process in dealing with such concerns. More on this and the College's policies and procedures can be consulted in the Resident's Handbook.
Support and Services at UBC
UBC has a lot to offer for graduate students residing in Green College. Here are just some of the few that are out there:
Academic English Support (AES)
AES provides free, professional language support to UBC students who speak English as a second/additional language. Please check the AES program website for more information.
International Student Advisors at International House can help with information and guidance regarding the most common questions from international students who are new to UBC. Their services include help regarding immigration and employment, medical insurance, and personal and cultural transition to the UBC learning environment.
Arriving to Vancouver and Settling In
- Pre-arrival information: Whether you are coming to Canada for the first time or you have lived here before, this checklist will help you prepare for a successful start at UBC.
- UBC International Student Handbook: Contains information about immigration, visas, study permits, finding a place to live, where to bank, how to get involved with UBC, and much more.
- Graduate orientation
- Getting involved in campus life
- Getting around UBC and Vancouver
- Vancouver International Airport
Professional Development / Academic Support
- GPS: Graduate Pathways to Success: offers non-credit workshops, seminars, and other activities that cover a wide range of personal and professional development topics to support you throughout your time in graduate school.
- English language support
- Career Services
- Faculty Advisors: Each faculty has an advisor to help students plan academic programs and give academic advice.
- Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)
- Tutoring Services
- Writing Centre: From September to April, the UBC Writing Centre offers an award-winning tutoring service free for currently enrolled UBC students.
Advising, Wellness and Counselling Services
- Student Financial Assistance and Awards
- Equity Office: resource for handling complaints regarding discrimination and harassment
- Counselling Services: provides a wide range of counselling, consultation and referral services; free to registered UBC students.
- Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC): they provide emotional support and intervention, as well as educational and prevention information
- Student Health Service
- Speakeasy Student Support: a safe space (in-person) for students to talk about anything and everything. It is a free, confidential student service offering peer crisis support, information, and referrals to the UBC community.
- UBC Chaplains
- Wellness Centre: staffed by trained student volunteers (Wellness Peer Educators) who are on hand to answer your health and wellness questions, or refer you to the health service you need.
- Women against violence against women (WAVAW): WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre offers counselling, support, advocacy, information and accompaniments to hospital, police, and court appointments for survivors.
- Office of the Ombudsperson for Students: works with UBC community members to ensure students are treated fairly and can learn, work and live in a fair, equitable and respectful environment.
- Graduate Student Society (GSS) Advocacy Office
- Alma Mater Society (AMS) Advocacy Office: provides free representation, guidance and assistance to students engaged in conflict with UBC. The Advocacy Office works very closely with the AMS Ombuds Office to resolve student rights issues.
- AMS Ombuds Office
- Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP): LSLAP aims to empower clients to be more aware and more comfortable in exercising their legal rights.