Equity and Inclusion

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

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.

Upcoming Events from the Equity & Inclusion Office

Upcoming Events from the Equity & Inclusion Office

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Equity & Inclusion is sponsoring a number of events this month, and the University community is invited to attend.


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Lunar New Year (Feb. 5)

The UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival is an intercultural celebration of Lunar New Year traditions, for all members of the UBC community. It is a great opportunity to get involved in one of the campus’ largest cultural events. Come share in the excitement of the Lunar New Year with fun, educational and interactive arts and crafts, games, musical and dance performances, and cultural activities for people of all ages.

Events begin on Friday, Feb. 5, at 12:00 p.m., at the AMS Student Nest.

Performances by UBC clubs and community groups will run 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Full information on Lunar New Year at UBC can be found at http://diversity.ubc.ca/lunar-new-year-festival/


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Outweek 2016, a celebration of gender and sexual diversity on campus launches on February 5 with a flag raising ceremony. UBC raises the rainbow flag each year in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* (transgender, transsexual, trans-identified), two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBT*TQIA+) students, faculty, and staff in campus.

The Opening Ceremony for this year’s Outweek takes place at the flagpole in front of the old SUB’s main entrance at 11:00 a.m. on Feb. 5. The event will start with a welcome speech and a land acknowledgement, followed by the flag raising to celebrate the official start of Outweek. Celebratory cake and cupcakes will be provided.

Full information on Outweek can be found at http://diversity.ubc.ca/outweek-2016/.


Sexual Assault: Discourse & Dialogue 2016 (Feb. 15-16)

In recent weeks, concerned faculty members have come together to help UBC move towards positive, timely, and effective action on sexual assault policy.  With the support of Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, and Professor Neil Guppy from the Office of Vice President, Students, they will present a two-day event, Sexual Assault: Discourse & Dialogue 2016, on Feb. 15-16, 2016.

The event provides an opportunity for faculty, graduate students and staff to consider various issues raised by sexual assault and sexual assault policy in the university context.

The Sexual Assault: Discourse & Dialogue 2016 is a two-day event including a research forum to share UBC expertise in the area, a keynote from Professor Jennifer Freyd (University of Oregon), and facilitated discussions. Faculty members Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins and Alan Richardson from the Department of Philosophy encourage all faculty, graduate students and staff to participate in this event.

Date and time: Monday, February 15, 9am-3pm and Tuesday, February 16, 9:30am-4pm
Location: UBC Vancouver, Room TBA.

Registration: Register for these events and/or indicate your interest in participating in the research forum at https://www.eply.com/SADDUBC2016. Registration deadline is Friday, February 12 at 4pm.

More information can be found at http://equity.ubc.ca/2016/02/03/sexual-assault-discourse-dialogue-2016/

Feb. 5: Lunar New Year Festival 2016; Decorate Wish Ribbons in Your Unit

Feb. 5: Lunar New Year Festival 2016; Decorate Wish Ribbons in Your Unit

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You are invited to celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the largest Lunar New Year event in UBC history! Everyone is welcome to this family friendly event with food, games, crafts, and cultural performances. Learn more at http://diversity.ubc.ca/lunar-new-year-festival/

Encourage your staff to help decorate the Nest with hundreds of wish ribbons for the Lunar New Year. Order ribbons at diversity.ubc.ca.

Lunar New Year Festival 2016 and Call for Volunteers

Lunar New Year Festival 2016 and Call for Volunteers

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You are invited to the UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival at the Vancouver campus!

The UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival is an intercultural celebration of Lunar New Year traditions, for all members of the UBC community. It is a great opportunity to get involved in one of the campus’ largest cultural events.

Come share in the excitement of the Lunar New Year with fun, educational and interactive arts and crafts, games, musical and dance performances, and cultural activities for people of all ages.

Events Information

February 5, 2016
12:00pm-5:00pm
AMS Student Nest
6133 University Boulevard

See the full schedule of events at http://diversity.ubc.ca/lunar-new-year-festival/.

Call for Volunteers

Would you like to volunteer at this year’s Lunar New Year Festival? All staff, faculty and students who wish to volunteer can sign up at http://diversity.ubc.ca/community-call-out/ by Jan. 8.