Meet the UBC iSchool Peer Advisors

Meet Marina Botnaru and Nanxi Liu, the UBC iSchool Peer Advisors for this academic year. Their mission is to contribute to the overall success and well-being of students by creating a positive, engaging, and supportive social and learning environment. Feel free to connect with them if you have any questions about your student experience and program of study. As iSchool Peer Advisors, they are responsible for:

  • Organizing academic events for graduate students in iSchool
  • Providing information and guidance on iSchool procedures
  • Attending to concerns and questions from a student’s perspective
  • Building a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Researching and creating resources for student support
  • Helping to ensure that the graduate student experience is rewarding and collegial


You can contact them anytime by email at or chat with them during their online office hours:

Nanxi Liu – Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Marina Botnaru – Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Zoom meeting link


About Marina and Nanxi

Marina Botnaru (MASLIS Student from Moldova) – Back home I was the Chief Financial Officer of the Consolidated Unit responsible for the agriculture projects financed by the World Bank. I was honoured to work as a public auditor in the Court of Accounts before that. As an international student, I have experienced the challenges of the new environment, so I hope to share as much information as I have, to help you in your journey of graduate studies at iSchool. 

Nanxi Liu (MLIS Student from China) –  I finished my undergraduate in China and got my film Master of Fine Arts degree in San Francisco, US, where I worked after graduation for several years before coming to UBC. I am one of your Peer Advisors at iSchool and since this position is aiming to facilitate the challenging journey of our students to the new profession that they have chosen to embrace, you can talk to me about anything that you are concerned about. I am here to help you to achieve your goals and succeed.

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