Co-curricular Programs

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


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

    • Click on the engagementship’s name above to access the full description and application form
    • Application deadline: May 22, 2022 @ 11.59pm PST


The Collective supported two student engagementships

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