Who We Are
At the end of their third year at UBC, our Co-Founders recognized that our campus is multicultural, but not intercultural. In an increasingly globalized world, it is important for students to be true global citizens who can transcend their own cultural identities. With this in mind, they founded the UBC Intercultural Alliance in an effort to bring already existing UBC cultural clubs together.
The UBC Intercultural Alliance fosters a diverse, united community of cultural clubs at UBC. By supporting the education of global citizens, we cultivate cross-cultural interactions and social cohesion in a multicultural environment.
To be the premier group at UBC in the development of intercultural understanding amongst the UBC student population through the facilitation of dialogues on diversity and the promotion of greater collaboration amongst student groups.
With over 30,000 domestic students and 7,000 international students from over 140 different countries at UBC, our campus is in itself, a true global village. Each UBC student comes from a diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, and linguistic background, bringing with them a wealth of invaluable experience and knowledge.
UBC prides itself on its diverse student population, however most of our students socialize in cultural silos. This has created a segregated student population in an extremely multicultural environment. By emphasizing our cultural similarities and appreciating the differences that make each culture unique, UBCIA aims to break down the cultural silos by cultivating cross-cultural interactions and friendships through our events, initiatives, and partnerships with cultural clubs.