As a relatively small university, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is committed to encouraging students to participate in different clubs to gain a greater sense of community and valuable leadership experience. In order to start getting involved, students have the choice of joining a student-led organization or sending an application to begin a new student-led organization. These organizations can range from academic and educational organizations, community service organizations, cultural-based organizations, and much more!
ULEAD – Leadership Pathways
The ULEAD- Leadership Pathways program gives UNBC students the chance to develop their leadership skills by participating in a self-paced program consisting of experiential learning activities. With students discovering their leadership values, students can participate in various workshops, activities, and training. The workshop will guide students in defining their leadership philosophy- overall, facilitating students to think about how they want to be perceived in the future by guiding their thoughts, actions, and behaviors.
If you are interested in learning more about the ULEAD- Leadership Pathways Program, click this website!
Northern Undergraduate Student Society
Established in 1994, the Northern Undergraduate Student Society (NUGSS) is a student-led organization that comprises and represents undergraduate students across Prince George and the regional campuses of UNBC. While UNBC’s Board of Directors governs the organization, a group of students is elected every spring term to contribute to the advocacy and representation of the undergraduate student body and further improve student life- both academically and socially. Intending to provide students a rewarding experience at UNBC, the NUGSS helps provide students exclusive benefits, including the U-Pass Program, emergency financial aid, the Health and Dental Plan, and food bank services. Moreover, every undergraduate student at UNBC is assigned to a student director as a support system and guide throughout their undergraduate students. These student directors are always trained to gain feedback from their mentees regarding new ideas for the NUGSS’s events and campaigns.
If you are interested in learning more about the Northern Undergraduate Student Society, click this website!
Northern BC Graduate Students’ Society
On the other hand, the Northern BC Graduate Students’ Society (NBCGSS) was founded in 1997 and currently speaks and acts for approximately 600 full-time and part-time graduate students. The role of NBCGSS is to advocate the best interests of graduate students and foster the relationships between UNBC students, faculty, and staff. In March 2016, NBCGCC became official members of the British Columbia Federation of Students (BCFS), allowing students to collaborate and advocate for reforms to benefit the local, provincial, and national communities.
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Examples of Student-Led Organizations (SLOs)
UNBC Best Buddies
UNBC’s Best Buddies program provides members with opportunities to build meaningful relationships with people with intellectual disabilities. In order to better support a learning environment, UNBC students will be paired with an adult and engage with them in meet and greet sessions and holiday-themed parties. In addition, the club frequently sells merchandise in the form of hoodies and crewnecks for buddies to have adorable matching clothes.
If you are interested in learning more about UNBC Best Buddies, check out their Instagram page!
The Food Appreciation Club of UNBC
The Food Appreciation Club of UNBC connects students passionate about sharing their love for food and promoting local food businesses. Throughout the school year, the club frequently hosts bake sales and game nights. If you ever see their booths around campus, make sure you come over and say hi!
If you are interested in learning more about The Food Appreciation Club of UNBC, check out their Instagram page!
Timberwolves Student-Athlete Society
UNBC’s Timberwolves teams consist of young individuals with a huge passion for sports. The Timberwolves Student-Athlete Society (TSAS) is exclusive for UNBC Timberwolves student-athletes to connect and collaborate through helping different charity organizations and community services for the greater UNBC and BC communities. UNBC is constantly supporting its student-athletes through the provision of resources that support their social and academic balances. For instance, the Timberwolves Student-Athlete Handbook aids UNBC student-athletes in informing them about academic life, on-campus and off-campus resources, and necessary varsity commitments to redeem full status as a student-athlete. While Timberwolves fans cannot join the society, they can support their favorite players by being part of the 2021-2022 Wolf Club. The Wolf Club offers a whole package of seasonal tickets with reserved seating and exclusive merchandise for Timberwolves fans to showcase their support for the university athletic departments.
If you are interested in learning more about the Timberwolves Student Athlete Society, check out their Facebook page!