2020-01-23

Limited Staff Professional Development Funds Remaining for 2019-20

As we approach the March 31 fiscal year end, we ask that you encourage staff in your departments to check their available professional development funds before submitting a claim.

Please note there is limited funding available for remainder of 2019-20 fiscal year for a number of employee groups. Prior to making a PD related purchase, staff are encouraged to check their respective employee group PD Fund webpage (links below) for updates on the funding pool balance.

As a reminder, staff access to funding is based on UBC employee group affiliation. Staff are welcome to make PD claims on a first-come, first-served basis until their applicable funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes sooner.

Notes about funds for (Fiscal Year 2019-20)

We anticipate that the  M&P (AAPS) PD Fund  will exhaust by January 24. The CUPE 2950 PD Fund and the  Non-Union TRA PD Fund  have  already exhausted and are no longer accepting staff PD expense claims for the current funding year.

It is expected that the other employee group PD Fund budgets will be able to accommodate PD claim requests until the March 31 year-end.

The amount available for individuals to claim depends on the employee group, as each group has its own individual maximum claim amount and annual funding pool. Staff PD funds are available for the following employee groups:

If an employee group’s funding pool runs out of money prior to March 31, no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement in the current funding year. Claims will be accepted again in the next fiscal year.

These are annual funding pools designed to support UBC employees with staff appointments to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.

Questions? Please contact pd.funds@ubc.ca.

Memo: 2020 Income Replacement Plan Premium Rate Change (January 14, 2020)

On Jan. 8, HR issued a memo: 2020 Income Replacement Plan Premium Rate Change

The long-term disability plan for Faculty Association members, Academic & Administrative Executives, and M&P staff enrolled in the Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) is called the UBC Income Replacement Plan (“IRP”). This is a mandatory, employee-paid plan that provides a monthly income should you become unable to work due to illness or disability, once you have passed the qualifying period.

In 2020, the IRP premium rate will decrease from 1.487% to 1.190% of earnings. The new premium rate will be implemented on the first pay cheque after January 1st.

See all HR memos at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/memos/.

Black Activism in Education and Community: Exposing Anti-Black Racism in Vancouver with Shelby McPhee

Black Activism in Education and Community: Exposing Anti-Black Racism in Vancouver with Shelby McPhee

Recent and ongoing incidents in Vancouver and Canada illustrate that anti-Black racism is very much a local reality. Black communities that include activists, artists and academics have a long history of working to create new narratives, analyses and immersive experiences that shift this reality.

This event highlights the thinking and efforts of Black communities, and aims to expand the public conversation and prompt non-Black communities to act in effective solidarity to dismantle anti-Black racism.

Our special guest for this event is Shelby McPhee, a recent graduate of Acadia University, who will share stories and comments on how to recognize and address anti-Black racism.

The event is jointly hosted by the UBC Black Caucus, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, and the Equity & Inclusion Office.

The event is free but registration is required.

To register or for more information about this event, visit: https://equity.ubc.ca/events/black-activism-in-education-and-community-exposing-anti-black-racism-in-vancouver-with-shelby-mcphee/

Call for Applications – Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diversity Task Force

The UBC Equity and Inclusion Office is committed to building a more inclusive campus community. As part of efforts to advance these commitments, a Trans, Two-Spirit, and Gender Diversity task force will provide strategic direction to UBC’s senior leadership in the area of gender identity, gender expression and human rights.

Interested? Apply by February 9, 2020.

To learn more or apply for the task force, visit: https://equity.ubc.ca/get-involved/call-for-applications-trans-two-spirit-and-gender-diversity-task-force/

Featured Focus on People story: Career development program helps build a sense of community for new faculty at UBC

Hear from Emily Renoe, Senior Educational Consultant at UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), and learn about the Teaching Development Program (TDP) for New Faculty. The program, developed by CTLT, is helping those who are new to teaching build a foundation for their careers.

Currently hosting its first cohort of 38 faculty members from UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, this pilot professional development program creates opportunities for faculty to connect across the university and to develop the specific skills they need to thrive.

Check out our latest Focus on People story to learn more!

Share your stories

Are you working on initiatives that support the Focus on People 2025 framework? Would you like to spread the word about them? Reach out to Monique Rodrigues, Focus on People Project & Communications Coordinator, to share your ideas.

Let’s talk about mental health on Jan. 29: Bell Let’s Talk Day

On Jan. 29, let’s talk about mental health. Bell Let’s Talk Day is an opportunity to join a national conversation about mental health challenges and to help reduce the stigma around mental illness.

“Having struggled with depression throughout my youth and young adult life, I know how important it is to speak openly and honestly about mental health issues.  There is nothing to be ashamed of and things can get better with appropriate support and counseling. Thanks to programs like Bell Let’s Talk, we can now have an open and honest dialogue about mental health.” – President Santa Ono

UBC is committed to building mentally healthy workplaces where all employees can thrive – and we all have a part to play. Our ability to live, learn, work and support one another at UBC depends on our mental health and resilience. Bell Let’s Talk Day is one of the ways we encourage UBC faculty, staff and students to think about mental health, to reach out to one another and connect with the resources, services and supports available at UBC and in the broader community.

Five simple ways you can support mental health at UBC*

  1. Learn about mental health supports
  2. Find out how you can help a colleague in distress or help a student in distress.
  3. Register for a mental health training program or workshop at UBC Vancouver.
  4. Sign up to participate in the Not Myself Campaign to learn how to support talking openly about mental health in your workplace.
  5. Share the Wellbeing in Teaching and Learning Environments resources in your workplace.

* Available at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan unless otherwise noted.

End the stigma around mental illness

One in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming societal and cultural prejudices about mental health issues. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.

Bell Let’s Talk offers 5 simple ways to help end the stigma that keeps too many who struggle with mental illness from seeking the help they need:

  • Language matters
  • Educate yourself
  • Be kind
  • Listen and ask
  • Talk about it

Get involved with Bell Let’s Talk Day at UBC

  • Jan. 29: Visit one of the many Bell Let’s Talk booths hosted by the Wellness Peers and student leader groups all over campus.  Faculty and staff are invited to stop by to get a Bell Let’s Talk toque and other swag (UBC Vancouver)
  • Jan. 31 (7:00 p.m.): Attend the Bell Let’s Talk Women’s Hockey Game, UBC vs. Lethbridge at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (UBC Vancouver)

Thank you for supporting Bell Let’s Talk Day and for contributing to a safe, healthy and respectful community at UBC.

About Bell Let’s Talk Day

Bell Let’s Talk is a charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed to donate at least $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast focusing on anti-stigma, care and access, workplace mental health and research. Annually, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each engagement on social media.