The Climate Teaching Connector (CTC) is a visionary and unique student-created and led climate education model that can flexibly integrate climate-related content into undergraduate classes by connecting UBC course instructors with climate change and climate justice graduate student experts from the UBC community.
The CTC program creates an important, multi-directional learning bridge for UBC students looking for more climate-focused content in their courses amid ongoing gaps in institutional mobilization of climate-informed curriculum.
The CTC also offers meaningful climate job opportunities for graduate students and nurtures chances for new relationships and networks for more cross-departmental collaboration on issues of climate change rooted in principles of climate justice.
To date, this program has connected CTC student experts with 55 paid guest lecture opportunities, engaging over 3050 students in 36 UBC departments.
In 2023, CTC also mobilized beyond UBC to partner with Eastside Works for a Lunch and Learn workshop session with Downtown Eastside (DTES) community members to engage in a community-focused climate dialogue.
In 2020, the UBC Climate Hub and the UBC Sustainability Hub partnered to launch the Climate Teaching Connector (CTC). After a successful pilot phase, this Climate Hub student-created and student-led program is mobilizing for another year of engagements.
CTC program details and lecture request portal are hosted on the Sustainability Hub website (https://sustain.ubc.ca/climate-teaching-connector).
Course instructors are encouraged to use this website to connect with CTC climate experts from across the UBC campus who can share their unique expertise and climate lenses with the instructor’s students as guest lecturers.
Have questions about this program? Email the CTC student project lead at [email protected].
We are looking to expand the 2023/2024 CTC student climate expert cohort!
You can connect with the CTC expert application survey via the Qualtrics link here.