COVID–19 — Santa Ono’s address to the community (Apr. 9)

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As you know, I have promised to communicate on a regular basis regarding UBC’s response to COVID-19. Each week I am sharing an update on the most recent UBC announcements, together with stories of how our community is coming together during this time.

In this week’s update, I discuss international students, COVID-19 related research, and share some stories about how UBC students are helping others, such as the nursing students who have started a volunteer effort to support our doctors and nurses on the front line. And, like last week, I end with a musical treat.

You will find my update, in both video and text format, at

As we head into the long weekend, I am also reflecting on how COVID-19 might affect how we celebrate Easter, Passover, Vaisakhi and, later this month, Ramadan. Whether you celebrate these holidays or not, I encourage you to take time (where possible) to focus on your wellbeing and the wellbeing of those you love.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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