Rina Garcia Chua, LPT, MALL-Lit

Born in Manila, Philippines

Lives and studies in the Unceded Territories of the Syilx/Okanagan People's territory of Turtle Island



A.Y. 2016 – present

University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, Canada

PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies


A.Y. 2012 – 2014

De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines

Master of Arts in Language and Literature, Major in Literature


A.Y. 2003 – 2007

University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

Bachelor of Secondary Education – Major in English



Other Work and Volunteer Experiences


• The Goose: Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada AY 2020-2022: Poetry Editor

• Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment AY 2020-20203: Diversity Co-Officer

• Anti-Racist and Equity Working Group (AREWG) for the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada

• Public Humanities Hub - Okanagan AY 2019-present: Graduate Research Assistant

• XSpace Learning Centre AY 2017-present: Humanities and ELL Facilitator

• UBC Student Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) Graduate Committee Member, AY 2020-present: Volunteer

• Kelowna Community Resources Settlement Mentor, AY 2020-present: Volunteer

• Community Service Learning Program, UBC Okanagan, AY 2018-present: Volunteer


Grants and Awards


• FCCS International Student Graduate Award Recipient A.Y. 2020-2021 - UBC Okanagan

• MLA Graduate Student Fund Recipient A.Y. 2019-2020 – Modern Language Association

• UBC Tuum Est Initiative Fund Award Recipient A.Y 2018-2019 – UBC Okanagan

• FCCS Research Creation Fund Recipient A.Y. 2018-2019 – UBC Okanagan

• University Graduate Fellowship Recipient A.Y. 2018-2019 – UBC Okanagan

• Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship Recipient A.Y. 2017-2018 – UBC Okanagan

• Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipient