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By Breeonne Baxter on June 14, 2018
Explore how you can positively impact the climate for sexual and gender diversity at UBC and make our learning, working, and living communities more inclusive to all.
Positive Space workshops cover current language, issues, resources, and best practices in an interactive and experiential learning environment. Participants will gain relevant knowledge and skills to use in their academic, work, and campus life so that they can help make UBC more welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and queer students, staff, faculty, alumni, and allies.
Sign up for free on the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office website.
By Melissa Baluk on May 17, 2018
UBC’s Indigenous Research Support Initiative (IRSI) invites individuals from Indigenous communities, UBC faculty and UBC staff to express their interest for an advisory role as part of IRSI’s Indigenous Advisory Committee.
The ISRI commits to enabling collaborative research, better practices of engagement, and supporting research excellence.
The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide culturally-relevant advice, leadership and guidance to the staff and leadership team of the IRSI on matters relating to but not limited to: strategic direction of the network, research and ethics protocols, community outreach, governance, procedures and processes of the network.
Expression of interest closing date: June 1, 2018
By Breeonne Baxter on May 3, 2018
We have four spaces left in our May 11, 2018, session on Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity. Register ASAP to sharpen your interview and recruitment skills.
Note that this workshop is designed for UBC managers/administrators who have responsibility for the recruitment of staff.
The interview is a vital step in the hiring process, so you want it to be as effective as possible. This workshop will focus on the essential skills of behavioural interviewing so that you can more effectively get to know your candidates and find the best fit for your team.
Through group exercises, discussions and role-play within this workshop, participants will:
Participants will also review current Human Rights and Employment Equity legislation and discuss the objectives of UBC’s policy on employment equity.
Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity
May 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 610, TEF III, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
Register online until May 7; afterwards contact firstname.lastname@example.org
By Breeonne Baxter on March 8, 2018
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2018. These awards recognize Canadian companies that stand out through their efforts to create inclusive and respectful workplaces. Learn more about this recognition and the reasons UBC was selected at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/blog/2018/03/ubc-named-one-of-canadas-best-diversity-employers-in-2018/.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 22, 2018
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 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.
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.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 8, 2018
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:
RSVP for the workshops/events at http://equity.ubc.ca/eef.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 11, 2018
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, marks the beginning of UBC Vancouver’s PRIDE Week 2018: Revelry and Resistance. You are invited to join the week of celebrating queer and trans identities. The opening ceremony, hosted by the Pride Collective and supported by the Equity and Inclusion Office, will see the pride flag raised at the student flagpole.
Date: Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Time: 11:30 – 2:00pm
Location: The UBC student flagpole (located between the North entrance of the old SUB and the South entrance of Brock Hall at the end of Student Union Boulevard)
Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/138331156956380/ for a full listing of the week’s activities.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 26, 2017
If your unit/department will be hosting a Halloween party this year, please keep in mind some considerations about costumes. Be considerate of others by avoiding costumes that could be seen as culturally insensitive, sexist, or racist. We can all play a part in making our campus community a respectful environment.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 28, 2017
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.
By Breeonne Baxter on July 20, 2017
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 email@example.com
Date: July 31, 2017
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Location: Main Floor, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
By Breeonne Baxter on March 30, 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:
By Breeonne Baxter on March 30, 2017
The Positive Space Campaign is a campus-wide awareness and visibility initiative to make UBC more welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and queer students, staff, faculty, alumni and allies in all our working, learning and living environments.
It aims to foster a welcoming atmosphere and inclusive, respectful dialogue on campus for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by identifying spaces where sexual and gender diversity is supported and valued.
Staff, faculty and students in the UBC community can take part in our renewed Positive Space training this spring:
Register at http://positivespace.ubc.ca/workshops-vancouver/
By Breeonne Baxter on February 16, 2017
The Equity and Inclusion Office is hosting three Positive Space workshops this spring at the Vancouver campus:
Register online at http://positivespace.ubc.ca/workshops-vancouver/.
The Positive Space Campaign is a campus wide awareness and visibility initiative to make UBC more welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and queer students, staff, faculty, alumni and allies in all our working, learning and living environments.
It aims to foster a welcoming atmosphere and inclusive, respectful dialogue on campus for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by identifying spaces where sexual and gender diversity is supported and valued. Workshops are offered through the Equity and Inclusion Offices at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 19, 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/.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 8, 2016
On Dec. 6, 2016, the Board of Governors approved the amendments to Policy #3 (Discrimination and Harassment).
The amendments to the Policy reflect the change in the BC Human Rights Code by adding “gender identity or expression” to the list of enumerated grounds covered by the Code in section 2.1, and removing “gender identity” and “gender expression” from the list of examples provided as interpreted grounds under the ground of “sex” in section 2.2.
Read more about this policy change at the UBC Equity & Inclusion site.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 24, 2016
This winter at UBC, in addition to Christmas, our community is celebrating events and holidays from around the world. Our students, staff and faculty come from many cultural backgrounds and faith identities, and at this time of year, we have an opportunity to celebrate the cultures that make up our UBC community.
Some of the major events at this time of year are beginning in the upcoming weeks, including Hanukkah (Judaism), Yule (Paganism), Mawlid an Nabi (Islam) and Christmas (Christianity) are in just a few weeks’ time. In January, we will see festivities for the Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist). See the full Days of Significance list to see all the events and celebrations coming up soon.
At this time of year, there is a great opportunity to celebrate the season together, in a respectful and positive way that includes everyone and can help us all build intercultural understanding.
Here are some tips to make your office decorations inclusive and respectful of all cultures and beliefs:
If you are feeling excluded as a result of office celebrations, you are encouraged to reach out to a colleague or a supervisor and have a conversation about how you feel and how you would like your culture or beliefs to be included. At UBC we should all feel comfortable to share our culture and beliefs with others. You are welcome to contact the Equity and Inclusion Office or your HR Advisor to discuss.
We hope that this advice provides some suggestions on how to foster community and inclusion at this time of year through encouraging the celebration of our many cultures and faiths on campus.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 27, 2016
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.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 13, 2016
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
By Breeonne Baxter on September 15, 2016
The UBC community is invited to the Sexual Assault Policy information sessions on Sept. 20 and Oct. 13 at the Vancouver campus. Learn about the proposed policy’s key principles, scope and features, and how to provide written feedback. Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion, and Kimberley Beck, Legal Counsel will provide an overview and answer related questions.
Register for a session at http://equity.ubc.ca/2016/09/07/sexual-assault-policy-info-sessions/.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 15, 2016
U Count at UBC! Remind your employees to complete the Employment Equity Census by Sept. 23, 2016. By completing the Employment Equity survey, you support the university in broadening job opportunities for all employees and UBC treats all current and prospective employees fairly.
Visit http://equity.ubc.ca/employment-equity/ to learn more.