Social Justice and Human Rights Engagementship: North America Context

UBC Student Opportunity:

Youth have a powerful role in moving society towards a more just and sustainable future – as such we are seeking the engagement of UBC students as course designers. Passionate about a particular social justice topic that you want to help educate youth on? Students in this ORICE engagement program will be focusing on designing learning activities focusing on a particular topic of interest to them for a social justice & human rights course curriculum. Examples of topic themes and content include but are not limited to: racial injustice, climate justice, LGBTQ2S+, gender equity just to name a few. Students are encouraged to imagine what experiential learning activities can take place in the (virtual) classroom and design content and activities to strengthen student learning and engagement of that particular topic. Content developed through this engagement opportunity may be used in the offering of a 2 week intensive course for highschool age youth in July 2021 if it is well received.


UBC Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE) is working on developing a non-credit course for youth (highschool demographic) that will explore the topics of social justice and human rights through a systems-thinking lens, and examine how individuals interact with and are a part of, these systems. Through a series of experiential and interactive activities, participants will explore their own position and identity in society, and reflect on how these systems influence and reinforce their individual and collective identities and vice versa. This course will also explore opportunities to disrupt and change the status quo working towards addressing systemic injustice. This course will involve participant discussion, media such as podcasts and videos, guest speakers from around the world, and a facilitation team of staff and students from the University of British Columbia.

Student Expectations:

From May 10 to August 6, a small team of UBC students will spend 4-6 hours each week to design content for particular topics within an on-line non-credit course with ORICE. UBC Students will propose topics and develop the course content for the agreed upon topic. Students will work independently on the topic but will meet as a team for learning sessions on content development and facilitation, as well as to gather input and feedback on their work. Students will be provided with an opportunity to be part of the facilitation team for a variety of sessions within the course as it is being offered – including sessions designed by peers. Youth taking the course in early or late July (2 separate offerings) will be enrolled from all across North America, and from the United States primarily. The UBC student team will be expected to participate in weekly scheduled calls to ensure collaboration and accountability goals are defined and met in May and June, participate in course delivery in July and to conduct an evaluation and update of the piloted module following the course delivery in early August. In addition, the UBC student team will participate in learning and reflection sessions to ensure they have the necessary orientation and resources to complete the task, and have the opportunity to make meaning of this experience in relation to your own discipline and interests.

Specific tasks may include:

  • Offering input into the overall design and delivery of the course.
  • Researching information and resources about the particular social justice topic
  • Identifying and integrating guest speakers and organizations pertinent to the class
  • Designing learning activities and content to incorporate into facilitation plans
  • Preparing multimedia tools to aid in teaching including ppt and videos.
  • Draft facilitation plans to maximize engagement in the online environment and co-facilitating activities /leading discussions during the course sessions.
  • Meetings with the UBC team to prep pre-session and debrief post-session

Academic integration:

Please note this is a not-for-credit applied research opportunity. This is a 4-6 hr/ week unpaid volunteer opportunity with a team.

Ethics of Engagement:

UBC ORICE is committed to embedding anti-oppression and social justice in our daily work and ongoing projects. Students are encouraged and expected to consider how they can apply an anti-oppression and social justice lens when producing and or using the developed content through ORICE, as well as utilize connections between community-based organizations, academics, and government. This might include, but is not limited to, ensuring the incorporation of the ongoing and often unrecognized work of organizations advocating for justice for minorities, particularly during the pandemic; or engaging with the politics of citation in including and citing the work of non-white scholars and other researchers.


Open to all UBC undergraduate and graduate students (domestic or international)
Have access to a reliable internet connection and computer to collaborate with peers and attend all meetings remotely;
Demonstrate ability to think critically and creatively
Prior knowledge about or interest in social justice, and human rights concepts.
Prior experience or interest in delivering or facilitating workshops


  • Deadline: April 25, 2021 @ 11:59pm PST
  • Successful shortlisted candidates contacted by: April 28, 2021
  • Short interviews by: May 5, 2021
  • Project dates: May 10 – August 6, 2021

How to apply:

We are no longer accepting applications for this opportunity. Follow us on social media (@ubc_orice) to find out about future program offerings!

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