International Community Achievement Award

International Community Achievement Award (ICAA) applications open April 30, 2021.

Please review the 2021-2022 ICAA Guidelines for more information on how to apply.

ICAA Review Panel

The review panel may comprise a mix of professors from various faculties, a representative from the International Student Initiative portfolio, and an International and Program Services staff member. Recipients will be notified by email and will receive a signed certificate.

Recipients 2020

Harhita Chopra

Harshita recognizes the enthusiasm and passion that exists within the UBC community. Throughout her roles at Student Recruitment and Advising, and the Student Learning Hub, she realized this enthusiasm through supporting prospective and current students. Harshita also had the opportunity to volunteer with Alumni UBC and the Student Experience Office, and has taken on roles to support future UBC students through the “Leading Learners” initiative.


Shiven Vinod Khera

Shiven’s impact on the UBC community and beyond has been realized by his involvement in “Smart Donate” and Enactus UBC. His resourcefulness was influential in securing funding for the Smart Donate program, and his involvement with “East Meets West” speaks to his desire to support not only the local community, but communities in his country of residence as well (Kolkata, India). His additional experience with E@UBCO (entrepreneurship club), JumpStart and Create orientations, as well as “Helen’s Acres” demonstrates the nuanced impact that he has had on the UBC student community.


Takunda Nyamugama

Takunda’s community impact has been realized through the creation of her own local non-profit called “Art-Beat”, which addresses economic inequality in Southern Africa through academic and financial supports for vulnerable youth. Takunda was also a junior executive in the “Nourishing Futures” initiative, which is a student-led non-profit on campus which aims to help youth out of poverty through education. Takunda also works with local rehabilitation centers to raise awareness about the opioid crisis in Kelowna through creative expression. Her artwork tells the story of those affected by addiction, and humanizes the struggle of many who suffer in our community. Additionally, Takunda is the Head of Operations for “Girls in Tech”, and works to address the shortage of opportunities available for girls in technology-related fields of study. Takunda also helped facilitate the first annual “BC Hacks Hackathon” and supports career networking events for girls in STEM.


Eloise Espel

Eloise has been an active and dedicated mentor, volunteer, and pioneer in the UBC Okanagan community. One way by which Eloise realized this community achievement was by organizing mock interviews and making career connections at Microsoft for hopeful UBC Okanagan internship applicants. However, her impact is also recognized by the community at large through her presidency of the BC Hacks organization, and vice-presidency of the Girls in Tech club at UBCO. Eloise has served as a pioneer in the field of computer science at our campus through the founding of Heat Robotics, and has improved the future of the program for all students by growing the list of engagement opportunities that will be available for current and prospective students for years to come.


Laavanya Prakash

Laavanya brings her artistic expertise to the UBCO community in service of social awareness. One of her most notable projects includes a piece about the “Gulabi Gang”, which brings awareness to domestic violence in India, and gives a voice to victims through performative art. Through the medium of photography, Laavanya also challenges misconceptions about Sikhism, and highlighted the work of the local Sikh temple in Kelowna as a shining example of how intercultural learning can be a transformative process for both international and domestic students alike.

In addition to her creative work, Laavanya is an executive for Age Link, the president of the Indian Culture and Dance Club, a leader on the yearly Society of Scholars retreat, and an undergraduate research student working on studying the impact of colonization on Indian/British histories. Regardless of whether she is bridging the generational gap between senior citizens and university students, mentoring new international students, contributing to the cultural richness of UBCO’s campus or developing her research skills, Laavanya always approaches her commitments with humility and dedication.