2016 UBC United Way Student Committee

Thalia Lang – Chair

Tthalia_studenthalia is a third year Psychology Honours student in the Faculty of Arts. From researching suicide, social anxiety, and ADHD in children to her work with United Way, her passion for striving to improve individual and community well being take numerous pursuits. Leading up to her current role, Thalia has previously been the President of the District Student Advisory Council for the Burnaby School District (SD41) and lead a $16,000 fundraising campaign contributing to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. She continues to be actively involved on campus and runs and bikes to destress in her spare time.

As chair this year, she hopes to take a different approach to raising student awareness about the United Way. With a strong focus on fun, engagement, and professional development, Thalia strives to lead the United Way Student Committee to generate a greater sense of community around campus

Samantha Chin (Events Director)

Sama?????????????ntha Chin is in her final year of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering at UBC. She has past leadership experience with the UBC IEEE Student Branch as chair of the branch and as lead of their annual Think Engineering conference.  In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, mahjong and solving brain teasers.  She is excited to take on new challenges with the United Way Student Committee as one of the Event Directors.



Zeba Khan (Events Director)

zeba_photosWatch out for this one. If she isn’t attending her Cognitive Systems classes at the University of British Columbia, she is probably out there changing the world. Zeba is one of the founding members of WAI Foundation, a registered non-profit organization that aims to eradicate ignorance. In her free time she attempts to make funny narrations of her ordinary life on her blog, and tries to develop the right side of her brain by taking photographs.



Juliene Marqueda – (External Director)

juliene_studentJuliene is a third year student who is majoring in English Honours and Psychology. As a returning member of the United Way Student Committee, she is eager to see what the year has in store. Outside of school, she works as a behavioural interventionist and sings in a choral group. She enjoys reading, watching movies, binge-watching Naruto, travelling, and dragon boating. Although quiet and reserved, she possesses a loud passion for social justice causes and youth empowerment.

This year, she hopes to establish greater connections among the community, and is looking forward to raising student awareness about United Way’s campaign through social media and events.


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The United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) is the only designated charity that UBC supports. It provides assistance to 154 agencies across the lower mainland to build communities, decrease senior isolation, and help children become the best they can be. In 2014, UWLM raised $34 million dollars and the UBC United Way Campaign remains one of the largest contributors to helping UWLM promote change and build stronger communities through their fundraising efforts.

The UBC United Way Student Committee assists the faculty and staff steering committee and campaign coordinator by increasing student awareness about the United Way through events, our annual United Way Community Conference, and social media.

If interested in learning more, please contact the UBC UW head office at