Are you interested in local history, public humanities, Indigenous studies, regional identity, community engagement, or museum and library studies?
Do you love exploring photographs and archives at your local museum? Are you interested in cultural history and how regional identities are developed? Is there a historical topic, place, or person that you’ve always wanted to learn more about? This fund is for you!
Follow your interests while you work with community partners and university mentors and gain experience with community research, project management, and knowledge dissemination!
The Sharron Simpson Family Community Engagement Endowment Fund will support student experiential learning opportunities at UBC Okanagan Library that establish and enhance impactful university-community relationships with an emphasis on raising awareness of public history and regional identity. Students will work with community partners and university mentors to gain valuable skills in collaboration, secondary research, project management, and knowledge dissemination.
Funding through this award will support student work hours through an internship model to allow the recipient to carry out the proposed project work. Award funding can also be applied to other direct expenses related to the proposed project.
A project supervisor will be assigned from within the Library. The Library will also provide research mentorship, project management support, in-kind contributions (including space and supplies), internal coordination with other UBC units as needed, and support with project communication and dissemination.
Value: For 2023, there will be one prize awarded of up to $5,000.
Application opens: February 15, 2023
Application closes: 4pm on March 31, 2023
Project Duration: Proposed projects of up to two months in duration should be completed during Spring/Summer 2023 (May – August period).
Story-Based Learning and Indigenous Public History at the University Children’s Learning Centre – Daniella Harrison
For 2023, funding will support building foundational knowledge of Syilx history, story, and identity for educators and young learners at the University Children’s Learning Centre. The project aims to deliver story-based learning opportunities to improve awareness of Indigenous worldviews and pedagogy at a younger age. This will allow for visits from Syilx artists and storytellers, an enhanced library of children’s literature by Syilx authors, and resources for educators at the campus daycare. Further efforts in this project will continue to emphasize the role of story for understanding Indigenous public history.
The Importance of Oral Histories and Audio Recordings in the Okanagan – Rachel Pickard
Funding through the award allowed for research to be conducted on The Pocket Desert fonds at Okanagan Special Collections and Archives. The research focused on the importance of oral histories in the Okanagan while highlighting the land’s significance to the Syilx Okanagan People. The findings from this project will be published as part of three blog posts. The blog posts will support discussions about audio archives pertaining to the Okanagan.
North End Urban Canopy Project – Robin Metcalfe
This project supported community engagement surrounding canopy preservation at the development site for Pleasantvale 2. Funding through the award contributed to a neighbourhood event, educational workshop, photography of significant trees in the area, and the development of alternative site plans. The project has enabled continued conversations with Kelowna Tree Protectors and the installation of tree identification signs in the North End of Kelowna.
To be eligible students must:
- be an Undergraduate or Graduate student registered in a minimum of 18 credits at UBC Okanagan in the previous winter season (September-April)
- be residing in Canada for the duration of the proposed project work period
- complete the application requirements by the application deadline (March 31, 2023)
Successful proposals will:
- focus on a topic related to public history and/or regional identity of the Okanagan
- clearly identify how the project will establish new or enhance existing community relationships with the university
- identify specific collaboration partners (For example, organization(s) or target audience(s) in the community, UBC staff or faculty, Library initiatives, collections, or services)
- identify project outcomes and anticipated project impact (For example: How will this program impact the university and the community partners? How will the outcomes be shared and communicated?)
- identify how the project will contribute to academic, career or personal goals
- be creative!
We are interested in new and innovative ways that establish and/or enhance impactful university-community relationships with an emphasis on raising awareness of public history and regional identity. A few ideas to give you a range of possible projects include a speaker event or a digital or physical display or exhibit.
Materials must be emailed by 4pm on March 31, to:
Proposal Development Support
If you are interested in applying to this fund, please email email@example.com. You may be invited to a special writing workshop geared to improving your application.
For assistance with gaining a better understanding of potential topic areas and developing your project idea, please review the following resources:
- UBC Okanagan Library Special Collections and Archives
- British Columbia Regional Digitized History
- Sncewips Heritage Museum
- UBC Okanagan Public Humanities Hub
- UBC Okanagan Subject Librarians
For questions about the application process or for further information please contact: