University of British Columbia
By Melissa Baluk on March 1, 2019
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2019. These awards recognize Canadian companies that stand out through their efforts to create inclusive and respectful workplaces.
Here are a few reasons why UBC was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers:
- UBC created an Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre to provide former students with access to the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as well as facilitate understanding of the history and impact of residential schools for the UBC community and provide context for contemporary relationships.
- UBC maintains an Equity Enhancement Fund to support collaborative student, faculty and staff projects that advance equity and inclusion — in the past year, the fund was used for several projects to enhance UBC’s curriculum through the inclusion of the indigenous way of knowing, knowledge and perspectives.
- UBC manages the Beyond the Binary project to address gaps in awareness and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals through staff and faculty training — topics include trans accommodation needs, respectful language and pronoun usage.
Read more about why UBC is a Top Employer at https://content.eluta.ca/top-employer-ubc.
Would you like to learn more about how to positively impact the climate for diversity in the workplace? The Equity & Inclusion Office offers support and resources to help build a community in which human rights are respected, and equity and inclusion are embedded in all areas of life at UBC.
By Melissa Baluk on January 18, 2019
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2019, the only Canadian post-secondary institution to receive this designation. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers.
This is the seventh consecutive year that UBC has received this award. Some of the services that UBC offers to support young employees:
- Informal networking initiatives that provide staff opportunities to meet senior leaders, such as the Hot Lunch series at the Vancouver campus and the Pit Stop series at the Okanagan campus
- A Postdoctoral Fellows Office, which acts as a resource centre to help postdocs expand their professional skills; and
- A variety of in-house learning and development programs, including the award winning Coaching@UBC program, career and personal development workshops, and an academic leadership development program for faculty.
Young employees and employees who are new to the workplace can take part in many UBC programs and initiatives to help welcome them to the community and grow in their careers, such as university-wide orientation and in-house apprenticeship and skilled trades training programs.
UBC employees can access career navigation services, professional development funding and tuition waivers. As part of the university community, faculty and staff are encouraged to take part in workplace wellbeing initiatives, and access the athletics and recreation facilities at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses as well as UBC’s many attractions.
Read more about Canada’s Top Employers awards at http://www.canadastop100.com/young_people/
Looking to join UBC? Check out our career listings at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers/.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 8, 2018
All UBC staff and faculty are invited to watch Rehearsing Conflict’s free workshop performance on Thursday, June 21 from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Dorothy Somerset Studio 6361 University Blvd), brought to you by Conflict Theatre@UBC. Please RSVP online.
Rehearsing Conflict is theatre with a mission: supporting constructive conflict engagement on UBC campus. To do this, we use forum theatre techniques to explore and perform real stories of conflict from our community to find new solutions, challenge assumptions, and build understanding. In this theatre performance put on by participants in the Summer Intensive workshop, audience members are welcome to watch and can volunteer to join us on stage and take part in the conversation. Everyone is welcome.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 25, 2018
UBC is proud to launch its new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century.
This plan sets out our collective vision and purpose, and our goals and strategies for the years ahead. It will guide our decisions and actions – and create a framework for resource allocation across the university.
Shaping UBC’s Next Century focuses on three themes that we believe are critical to society today: Inclusion, Collaboration and Innovation.
The plan also describes four core areas that continue to define what we do as a public university: People and Places, Research Excellence, Transformative Learning and Local and Global Engagement.
Shaping UBC’s Next Century outlines our ambitions through a series of strategies. Our next steps will be translating these strategies to actions, and creating project plans to guide and align our efforts.
We will continue to seek your input as we move forward. We hope you will continue with us on this journey.
To read the plan, visit https://strategicplan.ubc.ca.
By Chelsey Maher on April 19, 2018
On Wednesday, May 16, the UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) will host its Pension Forum. This annual event is a great opportunity for members to hear the latest news about their pension plan and to meet the Plan’s trustees, management and staff. There will be a presentation on the Plan’s 2017 investment performance and a review of the 2017/18 initiatives. We will also offer a live webcast of the presentation for members who are unable to attend the event in person.
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (Jack Poole Hall, second floor), Vancouver Campus [map]
Visit faculty.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionforum for event details and registration information. Please note that registration is required for attendance in person. Registration is not required for the webcast.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 28, 2017
We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the President’s Staff Awards at the Vancouver campus. These awards recognize the personal achievements and contributions that our staff make to UBC, and to the vision and goals of the University.
This year’s President’s Staff Awards recipients are:
- Jennifer Chin, Associate Director, Enrolment Services
- Gerry McGeough, Director, Planning and Design, Campus & Community Planning
Creativity & Innovation
- Natasha Boskic, Senior Manager, Instructional Design, Faculty of Education
- Glenn Jolly, Technician and Electronics Shop Supervisor, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Enhancing the UBC Experience
- Chris McGill, Research Manager, UBC Animal Welfare Program/Program Coordinator, Applied Biology Program, Faculty of Land & Food Systems
- Cherrylyn Navarrete and Sally Vargas, Service Workers, St. John’s College
- Debra Harris, Divisional Assistant, Accounting/Law & Business Communications Group, Sauder School of Business
- Marlene Chow, Director of Academic Programs, Administration and Facilities, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Advancing Diversity & Inclusion
- Debbie Harvie, Managing Director, University Community Services
Please visit http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca/2017/08/28/2017-presidents-staff-awards-vancouver-campus/ to read all about the accomplishments of these recipients.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 21, 2017
Today, we are pleased to share with you that UBC has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2017, for the sixth consecutive year.
Some of reasons why UBC has been recognized with this award include:
- UBC was the first university in Canada to create a sustainable development policy back in 1997, followed by the opening of the first Campus Sustainability Office a year later — in 2010, the UBC Sustainability Initiative was established to create a framework to deeply integrate its academic and operational efforts to create a truly sustainable campus for the long term
- As part of its many ongoing sustainability programs, UBC created the Social, Ecological, Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability program in 2010 to engage and create collaborative partnerships between students, faculty and employees — since its inception, the program has led to over 1,100 research reports and over 100 applied research projects covering topics such as waste management, procurement, materials, building water, energy, transportation, climate, food systems and biodiversity
- UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings — the University now has 15 LEED registered and 10 LEED certified buildings, and developed a long-term implementation plan to create the largest portfolio of green buildings at a Canadian university
To see all of this year’s Greenest Employers, visit http://www.canadastop100.com/environmental/.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 28, 2017
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2017. These awards recognize Canadian companies that stand out through their efforts to create inclusive and respectful workplaces.
Why UBC was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2017:
- UBC offers an Equity Enhancement Fund to support community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural understanding at the university.
- UBC hosts an annual “Thrive” week to encourage dialogue and awareness on mental wellbeing and participates in the “Not Myself Today” campaign — additionally, the university offers meditative and mindfulness programs and provides mental health training to faculty representatives.
- In addition to maintaining an on-campus Positive Space campaign for LGBT communities, UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice supports CampOUT, a community-based summer leadership camp to help queer, trans and allied youth develop leadership skills and build self-esteem.
Staff, faculty and students in the UBC community can take part in our renewed Positive Space training at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses:
- April 21 – 10:00 to 12:00pm, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
- May 16 – 1:00 to 3:00pm, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
Register at http://positivespace.ubc.ca/workshops-vancouver/
We invite those at our Okanagan campus to connect with us to discuss Positive Space training at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 16, 2017
You are invited to provide your input on UBC’s next strategic plan and help shape our future.
As our university enters its next century, we have an opportunity to pursue our aspirations through a new plan, UBC’s Next Century. The plan will serve as a road map, helping us to focus even more intently on our core activities of education and research.
At this stage, we would like to get your input on draft strategic priorities for the plan. A series of open house events are scheduled in Vancouver and the Okanagan, and an online survey will also be launched during the week of March 20. Visit the strategic planning website for more information about how to get involved.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 9, 2017
UBC has been named one of BC’s Top Employers in 2017.
Some of the reasons that UBC was selected as one of BC’s Top Employers this year:
- UBC encourages employees to continue their own development and education through a variety of in-house training programs, as well as tuition subsidies for university courses.
- UBC helps its employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance, phased-in work options for those nearing retirement, and generous contributions to the pension plan.
- UBC employees can easily access health and wellbeing lifestyle opportunities, with subsidized memberships to the state-of-the-art onsite fitness facility that includes instructor-led classes, swimming, skating, tennis and even rock climbing.
UBC has over 23,000 faculty, staff and student employees at our campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna, as well as the distributed medical program, hospital, farm, forest and other locations. We are the largest employer of students in the province of British Columbia, with nearly 8,000 student employees working at UBC every year.
Read more about BC’s Top Employers Awards at http://www.canadastop100.com/bc/.
Looking to join UBC? Check out our career listings at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers/.