2021 ALT-2040 Fund announcement

Dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce two outstanding projects that have received funding through the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations (ALT-2040) fund. This fund supports faculty in transforming the way we teach and learn at UBC Okanagan.

Please join me in congratulating the 2021 ALT-2040 funding recipients:

Committing to a Culture of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Building a Pathway Towards the Development of Culturally Competent BSN Prepared Nurses

Lead applicant: Dr. Manuela Reekie, Faculty of Health and Social Development

This project seeks to address inclusion, diversity and equity in health care through increased cultural competency education for BSN graduates that better prepares them to meet the social, cultural and linguistic needs of patients. Learn more about this project.


Indigenous Land-based Writing and Pedagogy Guide for Students and Instructors

Lead applicant: Dr. Kerrie Charnley, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

This project supports the development of an Indigenous academic writing guide that will assist students and faculty to write in culturally relevant ways within university learning environments and expand faculty understanding of Indigenous pedagogies, including how they can be incorporated into courses and programs. Learn more about this project.

I am heartened to see the commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion exemplified by these two projects. In particular, both projects reflect UBC Okanagan’s commitments in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and I look forward to sharing more about this work as the projects get underway.

It is projects like these that make me truly excited to see what the future holds for UBC Okanagan, and the impact this funding will have on our students, faculty and community. Congratulations to the ALT-2040 2021 recipients.


Ananya Mukherjee Reed 
Provost and Vice-President Academic
UBC Okanagan