Equity and Inclusion

Feb. 28 2018 is Pink Shirt Day

Feb. 28 2018 is Pink Shirt Day

By working together, we can all help to end bullying in schools and in the workplace.

Please join us in supporting Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 28, 2018, and learn about how you can help to stop bullying in communities across the province at http://www.pinkshirtday.ca.

At UBC, we strive to provide a safe, respectful and productive environment for our faculty, staff and students. The UBC Respectful Environment Statement outlines our principles as we work to create a respectful environment for all.

The Respectful Environment statement of principle:

The best possible environment for working, learning and living is one in which respect, civility, diversity, opportunity and inclusion are valued. Everyone at the University of British Columbia is expected to conduct themselves in a manner that upholds these principles in all communications and interactions with fellow UBC community members and the public in all University-related settings.

Read the full statement.

One of UBC’s initiatives to support a respectful environment is the Bullying and Harassment Prevention website. The website has information for UBC faculty, staff and student employees to support a respectful and positive work environment.

The UBC community works together every day to build a respectful environment for all. On Feb. 28, wear pink to show your support for an end to bullying and harassment.

Resources:

UBC Equity Enhancement Fund 2018: Call for Proposals

UBC Equity Enhancement Fund 2018: Call for Proposals

Have a bright idea to advance equity and inclusion at UBC? Apply to the Equity Enhancement Fund. The fund supports student, staff and faculty projects that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion at UBC. Up to $25,000 is available. Apply by Feb. 28 at http://equity.ubc.ca/eef.

Join us for:

  • Info Session + Showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m., CIRS building
  • Proposal Writing Workshops on Thursday, Feb. 15, 12:30 p.m.,  CIRS Building

RSVP for the workshops/events at http://equity.ubc.ca/eef.

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

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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

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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