Some of the reasons why University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers 2012:
- the University maintains offices for Equity and Access and Diversity, to encourage dialogue and promote on-campus awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion
- recently introduced “equity briefings” for search committees and is currently expanding equity training as well as engaging in a review of employment systems to identify barriers to employment or advancement within the University
- also appointed a Director of Intercultural Understanding, whose role is to increase cross-cultural understanding and manage related campus-wide initiatives
- is developing a pilot program in partnership with the “Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing” and the “Open Door” group to recruit individuals with disabilities
- manages a campus-wide “Positive Space” campaign to increase awareness of LGBT issues and offers educational workshops for faculty, staff, and students on the impact of homophobia and heterosexism
- created an Aboriginal strategic plan in 2008 to enhance recruitment, support, and advancement initiatives for Aboriginal faculty and staff — the plan also includes curriculum programming to ensure Aboriginal issues and perspectives are represented.
For more information on UBC’s people practices, please visit Focus on People.