Student Involvement Opportunities

There are many ways for students to get involved in committees, organizations, and clubs. Getting involved is a great way to develop professional skills, meet new people, and contribute to the community.

 

Students busy prepping food at Agora

 

Agora is a student volunteer-run, non-profit café that provides affordable, accessible, healthy, local and organic food choices. Volunteers gain experience in food service, preparation and management.

CHIUS offers an innovative, inter-professional, student-run clinic based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, as well as other community outreach initiatives. CHIUS accepts volunteers from the dietetics program, as well as students from other health professional training programs (Occupational/Physical Therapy, Nursing, Social Work and Pharmacy).

The Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP) student branch seeks to assist young people seeking careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry.  See the CAFP Student Branch page to learn more and for contact information for the UBC branch.

The Dietitians of Canada Student Representative Team links students within the program, and strives to extend this network to dietetics students across Canada.

Additionally, through events such as Meet the Dietitian (November), Meet the Intern (January), and Nutrition Month (March) the team facilitates connections between prospective and current students and dietitians across a range of practice areas. Representatives aim to familiarize students with the profession’s national regulatory body. Explore the DC Student Network.

For more information on the UBC Dietitians of Canada Student Representatives follow them on Twitter.

LFSUS is the faculty’s undergraduate student society that organizes extra-curricular activities to promote a stronger sense of community within the LFS faculty.   Students may become involved in executive council, general council, committee members or volunteer at events such as  Wednesday Night Dinners or the LFS and Dietetics Community Dinner.

Nutrikids volunteers provide student-led nutrition education workshops in Vancouver elementary schools. Volunteers gain experience in facilitating interactive workshops that encourage children to make healthy choices and develop positive food relationships.

The AMS Student Society of UBC Vancouver's mission is to improve the quality of the educational, social, and personal lives of the students of UBC.  The AMS offers various volunteer and employment opportunities for students.

Students can also gain campus or community involvement through AMS Clubs.

UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services offers employment opportunities for students through Residence Life.  Residence Advisors often receive professional development opportunities, leadership and communication skills.  Applications for the upcoming year open in December.

Roots on the Roof (UBC Rooftop Garden Club) is a student-run club that manages the rooftop garden space and the community garden plots on the roof of the AMS Student Nest, the Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia.  Roots on the Roof provides a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, community garden, as well as events and workshops.

The Student Leadership Conference (SLC) is one of the largest student-run conferences in Canada.  The SLC features well-known keynote speakers, workshops, featured presenters, and highlighted projects and occurs every year in January. SLC attendees are provided with peer-to-peer learning experiences, and engagement in sharing and developing their leadership skills.

The SLC also provides volunteer opportunities in the planning committee or general volunteer responsibilities during the event.

UBC Farm is a 24-hectare teaching, research, and community farm located on campus. Students can get involved in many ways, including (but not limited to): urban farming, selling produce at the Saturday market, and educating elementary school students.  Involvement contributes to students’ academic and professional ambitions, and creates active and aware food citizens, personally and professionally speaking.

Peer Programs is a network of student teams that strive to improve the UBC student experience through programs and events in areas like academics, careers, and personal development. These teams are structured, advised, and supported by UBC staff. They offer a great opportunity to build your own skills and experience through training and program implementation while giving back to the campus community.

UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning offers student opportunities for community-based experiential learning (CBEL) through various student programs such as Trek and Reading Week.

UBC Recreation runs various activities and events at the UBC Vancouver Campus including intramural sports leagues, Day of the Longboat and Storm the Wall, with student volunteer and employment opportunities.

UBC Sprouts is a student volunteer-run cafe and store.  Sprouts offers various programs such as grocery delivery box, bulk buying club, Community Eats and workshops.

Job shadow opportunities will be set-up for students during the program.  Job shadow opportunities outside of program courses are not a possibility, due to health authority organizational policies and/or dietitian scheduling constraints.

Volunteer opportunities with dietitians are often posted on the LFS Student Job Board.  Dietetics students can subscribe to the FNH Listserv to receive updates about new postings.  Program emails will also be occasionally be sent out when a volunteer opportunity is specifically for dietetics students.