BUnited Peer Support

BUnited Peer Support

The BUnited Peer Support Centre is an on-campus community space for students to gather both virtually and in person to support one another in a safe, and confidential environment. BUnited is located in the Student Union Building, (in the International Centre) with its own external access door, next to the Mailroom and Printshop.

The students working at the Peer Support Centre have been trained in active listening, appropriate boundaries, and confidentiality to provide healthy emotional support to their peers.

In addition to 1:1 peer support, the centre hosts weekly Wellness Wednesday lunch time activities between 12:30pm – 1:30pm, and Community Events every Thursday from 4pm – 8pm. Fridays and Saturdays, the space is open from 4 – 10pm and Sundays from 2 – 6pm for socializing and support.

If you have any questions, please contact BUnitedPSC@ubishops.ca or follow us on Instagram or facebook.

A special thank you to all the donors and alumni, especially the Mid-80s Reunion group, who have made this project possible!

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BU Community Cupboard

Food insecurity is an important problem across the country and University students are not immune to this. Being a “starving student” has become a normalized experience or rite of passage post-secondary experience. Food insecurity brings about social isolation and exclusion which all have negative impact on mental health and learning.

Certain groups experienced exceptionally high rates of food insecurity, including:

  • Indigenous students (56.4%)
  • Racialized students (41.9%)
  • Off-campus students living alone (54.4%) or with roommates (47.9%)
  • Loan recipients, including students who primarily funded their education through bank loans (55%) and government loans/grants (54.7%)

Food-insecure students reported on several barriers to food security, including:

  • Food costs (52.7%)
  • Tuition fees (51.2%) Housing costs (47.5%)
  • Inadequate income supports (37.7%)

To address this very important issue, we have created the BU Community Cupboard. Together, with the generous support of our alumni, the BUnited Peer Support Centre, Student Services and Campus Spiritual Care are addressing the issue of food insecurity.

With the recent changes on campus due to Covid-19, the BUnited Team has made accessing the Community Cupboard even easier. Students can now access the Community Cupboard through an Online Order Form for touchless pick up! Community Cupboard Online Order Form.