Equity and Inclusion

Orange Shirt Day: Recognizing the History and Legacy Left Behind by Residential Schools

Orange Shirt Day: Recognizing the History and Legacy Left Behind by Residential Schools

Each year on Sept. 30, we recognize Orange Shirt Day as an acknowledgement of the harm that the residential school system did to thousands of indigenous children. At the same time, Orange Shirt Day has come to mean more – it is an opportunity to do anti-racism work and to reinforce anti-bullying policies; it is a time to come together in reconciliation and truth. Join us at UBC by wearing orange on Friday, Sept. 29.

On April 1, 2017, UBC raised a Reconciliation Pole at the Vancouver campus symbolizing the experiences of residential school students and the path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Likewise, at UBC Okanagan, the Story Poles by Les Louis represent the seven bands of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and uses ancestral pictographs to tell their stories.

As a teaching, learning, and research institution, UBC’s efforts are further focused on exploring and advancing knowledge in regards to our collective history and experiences, including through the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre scheduled to be open in 2017/2018 academic year.

Learn more at http://equity.ubc.ca/2017/09/26/orange-shirt-day-every-child-matters/.

Pride Convergence – Summer Edition, July 31

Pride Convergence – Summer Edition, July 31

UBC Alumni and the Equity & Inclusion Office invite UBC LGBT2SQIA+ staff and faculty to the Summer Pride Convergence on July 31.

Meet other members of the UBC LGBT2SQIA+ community, enjoy complimentary food and drinks, and hear from UBC’s new Provost and VP Academic Professor Andrew Szeri.

RSVP to events@equity.ubc.ca

Date: July 31, 2017
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Location: Main Floor, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

UBC Equity Enhancement Fund 2017: Apply by Feb. 28, 2017

UBC Equity Enhancement Fund 2017: Apply by Feb. 28, 2017


Do you have a bright idea to help make UBC even better, but are unsure how to fund it? The UBC Equity Enhancement Fund can assist.

The fund supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion, and intercultural understanding at UBC.

Small and large project applications are welcome. All student groups, academic or administrative units are invited to apply by February 28, 2017.

Learn more at http://equity.ubc.ca/eef-fund/.

Considerations On Halloween Costumes

Considerations On Halloween Costumes

A guest post from the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office


It’s Halloween party season and many UBC employees are planning their costumes for events on and off campus. Halloween is the one time of year when people dress up for fun in costumes – some of us do this to honour or spoof themes of creatures of the night, witches and otherworldly beings, others dress up to reflect prevalent themes in society.

The Equity & Inclusion Office reminds everyone, when making your costume choices, Culture is not a Costume. Let’s keep people’s culture and race out of the costume. Take care not to wear blatantly and unabashedly racist and or sexist costumes. It’s a matter of respect. Do your part to create and sustain a respectful environment wherever you are. Share this message widely on social media and with your unit and in the classroom.

Best wishes for a safe and respectful Halloween.

Religious Holidays at UBC

With UBC’s diverse, international community there are times when administrators may be asked by a student, staff or faculty member for an accommodation for religious observance. Religion is amongst the human rights which UBC has a duty to accommodate under the BC Human Rights Code.

The Equity & Inclusion Office has put together some resources for administrators: Inclusive Practices: Our duty to accommodate for religious observance

Complicity and Complexity: Realities of Racism at UBC Conference: March 22

Complicity and Complexity: Realities of Racism at UBC Conference: March 22

RoR2016-Conference-Poster-2-768x866In recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, UBC is hosting the Complicity and Complexity: Realities of Racism at UBC Conference focused on the need for greater literacy and conversation about race and racism on campus.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
9:00am to 4:00pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Drive

The conference is free and open to the UBC community. You are invited to register for the full day conference or for portions of the day. Seating is limited.