The close relationship we have with our communities, both at the local and global level, is one of our key strengths and sources of pride at the Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences.

We believe learning and exploration shouldn’t be limited to our campus, but should be a collaborative, knowledge-sharing activity with the world around us.

Research Partnerships

We partner with local businesses, governments, and institutions by supporting critical research that helps improve and grow communities. Faculty and students from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences have played critical roles in protecting British Columbia’s natural resources, raising HIV awareness and prevention, and documenting the traditional Kala language, among many other initiatives.


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Psychology Clinic

Located on the UBC Okanagan campus, the Psychology Clinic provides low-cost, high-quality clinical psychology services to UBC Okanagan faculty, staff, students, and the broader Okanagan community. Services include psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessments, learning disabilities and psychoeducational assessments, as well as treatment for broader emotional and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, and adjustment to life changes.


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Community Events


We bring world-renowned speakers to the Okanagan to share their unique stories and perspectives.

Roger Watts Debates

Cultivating campus-wide culture for public debate guided by those who knew Roger Watts.


The world’s finest music is presented by renowned performers accompanied by informal lectures by faculty and artists about the music.


A collaboration with the Okanagan Regional Library to bring engaging speakers into the community.