Planning Committee

Maya Lefkowich (Co-chair) is a Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC. Her research explores collaborative and anti-racist strategies for digital storytelling in journalism and health research. She is a Public Scholar at UBC and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Toronto. Maya firmly believes in taking risks in research – especially when it means challenging disciplinary conventions for scholarship. Maya’s favourite way to fail is in pottery, where everything is destined to crack, smoosh, topple, and explode anyway. Anything that survives is a win!
Jennica Nichols (Co-chair) is a Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC. Her research focuses on research-based theatre as methodology to do integrated knowledge translation and promote public scholarship in ethical and innovative ways. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (Epidemiology, Global Health) from the University of Toronto (2012) and the Credentialed Evaluator designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society (2015). She is a Public Scholar and holds a doctoral award from CIHR. Jennica enjoys reciprocal approaches to research, teaching evaluation, and exploring ways to integrate arts-based methods into implementation science. She is also a big fan of scuba diving, camping, and hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Dr. Barbara Weber is the Director of the ISGP program, an Associate professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and an Associate of the Philosophy Department at UBC. Dr. Weber has a PhD in Philosophy, Psychology and Education from the Ludwig-Maximillian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. During her graduate studies at LMU she worked as a performance artist, choreographer, and dancer of ballet, German expressionist dance, Bharatanatyam and Butoh. In her performance works, she combined poetry and philosophical aphorisms with embodied, ‘answers’ conveyed through the dancer’s movements.
Enid Ho is the ISGP program coordinator (and the best advocate, support system, and motivator for ISGP students). After finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History at UBC, Enid worked with international students in a Vancouver language school, and spent some time in Europe, submerging herself in the world of art and ancient civilization. Shortly after returning to Vancouver, where she calls home, Enid joined the Faculty of Education, providing guidance to graduate students on program admissions and awards. Enid brings with her a wealth of knowledge on UBC policies and procedures.