Aspire Workshop

April 10, 2014

On April 10, 2014, a workshop will be held on campus for faculty, students and staff to explore some specific themes emerging from the Aspire consultations so far.

Themes emerging from the consultations generally align with UBC’s Place and Promise commitments to:

Many of the comments gathered through the consultations spoke of this being a place distinguished by multi-discipline and interdisciplinary learning and innovative teaching. Many saw it also being a place that delivered experiential learning, whether through co-ops, capstone projects, community-based learning or even undergraduate research.

A number of people also expressed that in terms of student experience, we should maintain a “small campus feel,” and continue to build on the idea of this being a “healthy campus,” as well as a diverse campus. All of this was in service of graduates who would be critical and creative thinkers, with practical experience, intercultural awareness and who would act as leaders in their fields.

Interdisciplinarity also cropped up as a strong theme with respect to research and scholarship, where many felt that the nature of this place set up conditions for research collaboration internally, and with our external community. Opportunities for undergraduate research continue to be strongly championed, as well as the desire to conduct research that has both local and global impact, which led to many conversations about emerging research strengths across disciplines.

Read more about the consultation themes in the February 2014 Aspire interim report

Workshop focus and format

The objective of the day-long workshop is to confirm the community’s input, begin to add definition to the outcomes we seek for our students, and prioritize ideas and pathways for further exploration.

To accomplish this, Morna Flood Considine, a professional facilitator, will guide the workshop process. Dr. Considine is an experienced manager and educator in public and private sectors with more than 25 years’ experience teaching and training in university and international organizations and upper echelons of multinational corporations. Dr. Considine is a program leader at the McGill International Executive Institute in Montreal and was a training affiliate of the International Centre for Constructive Conflict Resolution, Columbia University for 15 years. She has worked in North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Eastern and Southern Africa, and South Asia.

Participants will be engaged in discussions about interdisciplinarity, experiential learning, and other means of developing UBC graduates who are experienced in practice, interculturally aware, creative and critical thinkers, and prepared to lead in their future careers.

Small-group discussions will explore and provoke creative thinking about what it would look like in practice to achieve the outcomes we seek, including a frank assessment of barriers and opportunities.

Space will be limited for this workshop. Online pre-registration is required.