Hosting institution: University of British Columbia

Hosting (student) organization: AMS First Generation Students Union



I am in my fourth year studying Global Health & Nutrition at UBC. I am passionate about equity, justice, health promotion and research. I have mainly worked within infectious disease research from Tuberculosis in Tanzania to COVID-19 in individuals with various forms of immunosuppression in Canada. While at university, I have founded the AMS First Generation Students Union to advocate for the inclusion of first-generation and low income students within systems of higher learning. I have also directed the Torchbearers podcast to bring to light the obstacles faced by students at UBC who identify as FGLI. I am a proud recipient of the Karen McKellin International Leaders of Tomorrow award as well as the 2020 Community Achievement Award and have received a nomination for the 2020 Vancouver Excellence Award in the category of Diversity and Inclusion.

FGSU President Zahra Fazal
  • Jaskirat Malhi

    Workshop Host and Coordinator for Lunch and Learn sessions

  • Raveena Gowda

    Logistics Committee & Workshop Host

  • Laila Shaheen

    Content Committee &  Workshop Host

  • Tommy Kuo

    Content Committee & Workshop Host

  • Gagan Daliaho

    Finance Director & Workshop Host

  • Alyssa Yu

    Logistics Committee & Workshop Host

  • Shahla Gulistani

    Marketing Director & Workshop Host

  • Madison Pinder

    Web Designer

    (MAP Creative Co)

  • Maria Polluck

    Graphic Designer

  • Wilson Tu

    Tech Volunteer

  • Denis Lalaj

    Tech volunteer

  • Parvin Malhi

    Content Committee Volunteer

  • Tasnia Naim Anika

    Content Committee Volunteer

  • Mukul Rishi

    Marketing Volunteer

  • Mandeep Rajput

    Marketing Volunteer


    We are truly grateful for the grants offered by our campus partners as well as the support of FGLI community on campus.

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    UBC Global Resource Systems

    Program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

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    UBC Equity and Inclusion Office

    Building a community where human rights are respected.

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    UBC Climate


    Building hopeful community around action on climate change.

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    Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office.

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    WUSC (World University Service of Canada)

    WUSC's vision is a better world for all young people

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    Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre

    A space for global and intercultural events, sharing new ideas, making new friends, or finding support for events or initiatives of your own.

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    Fresh Prep

    Vancouver’s homegrown meal kit.
    Get quality ingredients to make world-class recipes delivered weekly to your door.

  • Beedie Luminaries

    A unique scholarship for students with potential who are facing financial adversity.

  • Charitable Impact

    FGSU raising $1000 for Low Income Student Support

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