UBC Community Engagement Office – Vancouver

Community Engagement Staff

Situated in the Vice President External Relations portfolio, Community Engagement works to support and enable community engagement being done across campus. We are an institution-wide strategic planning and service unit, and we are involved in a variety of initiatives that further UBC’s commitment to Community Engagement.

Holly Kim
Operations and Programs

As the Operations and Program coordinator, Holly manages the day-to-day functioning of the Community Engagement unit. Holly is the behind the scenes person who makes sure all of the programs, projects and events run smoothly and efficiently. With a background in business and management, Holly is involved in many areas of the operations including finance and budgeting, project management and human resources.

Holly is passionate about working with the community and especially enjoys supporting leadership development for visible minorities and women. In her previous career in banking, Holly had many years leading community engagement with the Korean community, participating in women in leadership initiatives and mentoring the next generation of banking professionals. Holly recently completed her master’s thesis in counselling psychology on the topic of Asian Canadian women in leadership where she interviewed Asian Canadian women leaders and their attainment of leadership.

When Holly is not working at UBC, she can be found sipping coffee at local cafes, sampling new restaurants or working with clients in her private counselling practice.

Julie Jenkins
Engagement Strategist

Bio forthcoming.

Kat Cureton
Engagement Strategist (on leave)

As Engagement Strategist, Kat has the pleasure of connecting directly with community organizations to consider how UBC can learn from their valuable expertise and to assist them in getting what they need from UBC. Kat is passionate about university-community engagement and promoting more opportunities for students to get outside the classroom and gain real-world experience. For three years, she taught a community-based experiential learning course in the School of Kinesiology titled “Interculturalism, Health & Physical Activity”, where students had the opportunity to test physical activity as a tool for connecting people. This course was co-developed between UBC (led by Dr. Wendy Frisby), Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and multiple stakeholders involved in the Renfrew-Collingwood INTERactive initiative. Prior to coming to UBC, Kat worked with AMSSA, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and Red Fox Healthy Living Society. Kat has a Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology (socio-cultural studies) from UBC.

Katie McCallum


As Manager, Katie brings a thoughtful and forward thinking approach to UBC’s commitment to community-university engagement. With a background in social research, analysis and planning, Katie enjoys working with people and numbers alike to translate information and conversation into tools for decision making. Her commitment to outcome-driven planning processes, collaboration and community development brings energy and focus to her work. Katie received a Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of British Columbia and has since been an avid learner in the fields of project evaluation, learning analytics, visual analytics and community organizing.

Katie’s areas of research experience include immigration and settlement experience, homelessness and housing, rural and Northern community development and food security.

Ryan Brown


Ryan works with the Community Engagement team and on- and off-campus stakeholders to foster innovative and progressive community-university engagement policy, strategic planning and implementation. With a background in social policy research and analysis, Ryan prioritizes a focus on mutual benefit for university and community partners, a balanced approach to qualitative and quantitative understanding, and a commitment to collaboration as a key support for ethical decision-making and change.

Ryan holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology and a Post-Baccalaureate in Social Policy Analysis from Simon Fraser University, where he researched the effects of neonatal care and biomedical approaches to childbirth in Canadian hospitals. After completing graduate studies, Ryan worked with the Government of Ontario to support the co-development and implementation of the Ontario Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy. His work on the Strategy included the co-creation of a performance measurement framework in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and urban Indigenous organizations.