Melody Wang Receives 2021 LFS Undergraduate Student Leadership Award
The LFS Undergraduate Society (LFS|US) is excited to present the 2021 LFS Undergraduate Student Leadership Award to Melody Wang, a member of the Class of 2021. The Selection Committee was inspired by her dedication to our community and the contributions she made in advancing the LFS|US Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainability Subcommittees. Along with her achievements in Feeding 9 Billion and the World’s Challenge Challenge case competitions, the passion she has demonstrated in advocating for today’s critical issues, is a value that is shared by the LFS community.
In 2016, LFS|US created the LFS Undergraduate Student Leadership Award to recognize students in the Faculty who have made contributions to student and faculty life by demonstrating outstanding leadership and leaving a legacy that benefits future LFS students.
Melody Wang (she/her/hers), BSc. in Food, Nutrition, and Health, Class of 2021
For Melody, being in LFS means becoming part of a small but close-knit community — one that sets the Faculty apart from others. What stood out to her were the connections that could be made, not just between students, but with the LFS staff and faculty members as well.
Although UBC has a large number of students, Melody noticed that it could be easy to feel lonely. This pushed her to get involved in external activities outside her schoolwork and developed her passion for community building.
Throughout her degree, Melody got involved with various groups across campus in hopes of fostering and creating meaningful connections with others: “I wanted to get involved not only to be part of a community, but to also build a community for others.” She was able to do so within LFS and across campus such as in her roles with UBC Residence Life, UBC Recreation Intramurals, and the UBC Student Alumni Council.
One of Melody’s proudest achievements in LFS is pushing for the LFS|US Donation Matching Initiative during her time as Senior Advisor. At a time when social movements were heightened globally, she co-organized this new initiative and encouraged her community to support groups fighting for social and racial justice.
After graduating in May 2021, Melody is excited to pursue her creative passions, such as dance, and further her interest in Global Health by attending graduate school in the future.
Tip for her LFS peers:
“Just go for it! Don’t be afraid to ask people about opportunities, even those you might not think you are close with. More often than not, these relationships are the ones that can help you open new doors! I’ve also recently learned to ‘not say no to myself’, meaning, don’t let self doubt and fear stop you from pursuing things before even trying. Like UBC’s motto says, it really is yours!”