How about learning some Swahili?
The Linguistics Department is offering a Swahili language course in Winter 2020 Term 2. The course code is ASTU 204T. The course is an introduction to the essentials of Swahili sound systems, vocabulary, expressions, grammar and cultural life.
Abdul-Mageed in Medium on the language of COVID-19
Muhammad Abdul-Mageed has published a piece in Medium exploring how language use on social media reflects the impact of COVID-19 based on a large 65-language dataset that he and collaborators at UBC constructed.