Co-curricular Programs

The HRC supports various co-curricular engagementships that bring together students, community organizations, and UBC faculty.

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The Collective has supported the following student engagementships:

Exploring Gaming Education in the Military for Cultural Property Protection – A HRC & DCOE-PS Research Engagementship (Cohort 3)

This co-curricular opportunity is a collaboration between the UBC Human Rights Collective (HRC), which is part of and the UBC Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE), and the Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security (DCOE-PS). Students will engage in research and analysis to advance the understanding of Canadian cultural heritage and interdisciplinary considerations as to the effects of Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF’s) military actions in the past, present, and future. The third cohort will build on the work of the first two cohorts, and will explore how cultural heritage protection games could be used to inform the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and engage youth in peace and security processes.

UBC HRC’s and SAR’s ‘Scholars in Prison’ Engagementship – Winter 2022 (Terms 1 and 2)

This co-curricular opportunity is a collaboration between the UBC Human Rights Collective (HRC), which is part of and the UBC Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE), and the global  Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network. Students will engage in research and scholarly informed activism in support of SAR’s Scholars in Prison Project– which seeks to support and free wrongfully imprisoned scholars and students around the world.  This year’s case will focus on imprisoned scholars India, China, Iran, Belarus and Egypt.

UBC HRC’s and DCOE’s Cultural Heritage Sites Research Engagementship- Cohort 1 Summer 2022

This co-curricular opportunity was a collaboration between the UBC Human Rights Collective (HRC)Dallaire Centre of Excellence (DCOE), and the UBC Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE). Students engaged in research and analysis to advance the understanding of Canadian cultural heritage and interdisciplinary considerations as to the effects of Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF’s) military actions in the past, present, and future. Through a literature review, students explored how various stakeholders conceptualize ‘space’/’place’ and the relationships of military forces and communities within those spaces.

Student research was of use to the DCOE, the HRC, and other organizations which work on the protection of cultural heritage sites. This project met at the intersection of Human Rights and Human Security and how the two intersect with cultural property protection in the domestic sphere.

W2020: COVID-19, Academic Freedom and Human Rights Research Project 

This opportunity was a remote academic freedom monitoring project led by students (supported by collaborators), who researched global instances of scholars facing professional retaliation for their academic or other expression related to COVID-19 (i.e. scholars losing their jobs or being prosecuted as a result of speaking out). 

Students worked together to identify the most urgent regions experiencing censure by state and/or non-state actors due to COVID-19 globally, and then presented their case to stakeholders to bring attention and relief for these individuals. 

This work falls in line with SAR activities and was shaping up to be covered in the annual report “Free to Think”.  Students in this program built on work that is included in the report and may have had the opportunity to collaborate with other students across North America to raise awareness of events in the report in addition to continued research.  

Students’ work was supported through training opportunities organized by UBC HRC & UBC ORICE which will include human rights monitoring and advocacy discussions and training.

W2021: Academic Freedom and Human Rights Research Engagementship 

Students worked collaboratively towards understanding how the Canadian Higher Education sector is responding to threats to Academic Freedom in Canada and how such policies might inform the rights-based approach taken by global SAR Network and the work of SAR-Canada.

Go, Houston, Kim, Liu, Mendoza, Phuong, Roger, and Soebroto completed a comparative analysis of 23 university institutions across Canada, which are all members of SAR Canada. Their report and presentation are published here