I will pass on the words that UBC’s VP Students Ainsley Carry said to me in my first year: “I see you.” He may not have truly grasped the impact those three words had on me.
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I don’t speak for any other person other than myself and that is always going to be the truth of being Black in a classroom.
It’s not just a club — it’s a little family. We may only be one per cent of the student population at UBC, but that small number makes me grateful for each Black person that I encounter and creates an instant connection that is irreplaceable and has gotten me through university.
President Santa Ono’s unexpected departure this fall meant UBC needed someone on short notice, and Buszard was an experienced choice for the job.
I am from a small town in the middle of Vietnam, so small and uninteresting that I never explicitly mention it unless people ask.
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