Our Team

Letitia Henville, PhD

Manager, Graduate Work-Integrated Learning Programs, Arts


I hold a PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and, outside of my work at UBC, I am a part-time writer, editor, teaching, and entrepreneur. I founded and started up the Arts Amplifier, where I design, oversee, evaluate, and iteratively develop our supports and services. I coach students, review and advise on job application materials, host Q&As and events, check-in with students on work experiences, meet with employers and community partners, support the grant coordinator’s reviews, chat with faculty members, and write funding applications for new initiatives.

To make an appointment with me, please choose a time in my calendar.

We Knew Them When

William Atkinson, MSc

Project Coordinator, 2021-22

Annika Rosanowski, PhD

Grants Coordinator, 2021-22

Carolyn Veldstra, PhD

Grants Coordinator, 2020-22


Nicola Smith

Marketing and Communications Co-op, 2021-22

Kathy Ma

Project Coordinator

August 2020 – August 2021

I established the foundational systems and processes for the Arts Amplifier including administration, finances, events, website, data collection, recordkeeping, and the program offerings including our paid internships, self-directed projects, and more. I also engaged with various stakeholders including UBC colleagues and community partners in developing opportunities for our grad students and postdocs.

What They’re Doing Now

As a Co-op Coordinator, I support Arts co-op students, mainly undergraduate, and employers in job preparation along with workplace support. This includes career coaching, educational development, recruitment, and supporting students throughout their co-op journey.

Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Chandima Silva

Graduate Events Assistant Work  Learn

September 2021 – January 2022

I supported the development and facilitation of meaningful events for Arts graduate students seeking to action their ideas into projects.

What They’re Doing Now

I am working on Master of Arts in Planning student with the School of Community and Regional Planning, studying  migration and housing policy and planning.

Kimberly Miranda

Communications Assistant Co-op

January – April 2021

I crafted personalized student ‘Success Stories’ on Arts’ grad students and postdocs internships experiences and projects with the Arts Amplifier. I also developed content for and published monthly Arts Amplifier newsletters, among supporting other communications for the initiative.

What They’re Doing Now

I am currently in my third year of Bachelor of Arts at UBC with a Major in International Relations. As a continuing co-op student, I hope to pursue future work in the higher education field and further enhance my skillset in communications and marketing.

Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Amanda Newlands

Peer Support Advisor

September 2020 – March 2021

I advised graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on how to start their own ventures or not-for-profit initiatives and how to implement project management best practices. My role involved 1-on-1 appointments, organizing virtual events and developing a self-paced online course to support our trainees in building their business plan.

What They’re Doing Now

As a new MBA grad, I’m moving into a new job at a tech startup in business development and marketing. I’m passionate about innovation strategy and product and service management, especially involving new technologies supporting sustainable development and shaping a better future.

Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Michaela Dunn

Senior Marketing & Communications Co-op

September – December 2020

I established and implemented a digital marketing and communications plan for the Arts Amplifier. In addition, I launched the first newsletters, redesigned the website, created visual collateral for the brand, and more!

What They’re Doing Now

I am currently wrapping up my Bachelor of Arts at UBC with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Commerce. Upon graduation in May 2022, I hope to dive into agency work, where I hope to sharpen my digital marketing toolkit and further develop my competencies in this field!

Connect with me on LinkedIn.