Equity and Inclusion

Positive Space Workshops This Fall

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UBC’s Positive Space workshops (Vancouver campus) have openings for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15: 9am – 12:30pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29: 9am – 12:30pm
  • Friday, Oct. 16: 9am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: 9am – 12:30pm
  • Monday, Nov. 9: 9am – 12:30pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24: 9am – 12:30pm

Register at http://positivespace.ubc.ca/workshops-vancouver/.

Learn about the Positive Space Campaign at http://positivespace.ubc.ca, and help make our university a more diverse and inclusive place.


2015 Equity Enhancement Fund Application Results

For HR Administrators

The 2015 Equity Enhancement Fund results have been announced, with 19 groups receiving funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC (14 at the Vancouver campus, five at the Okanagan campus). Visit  http://equity.ubc.ca/2015/06/26/projects-to-enhance-equity-at-ubc-in-201516/ to read up on the projects, and how they might fit into your unit’s program delivery.

Welcome Message from AVP Equity; Positive Space Workshops

For the HR Community of Practice

Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay, the new Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, has a welcome message for the UBC community: http://equity.ubc.ca/2015/04/14/welcome-message-from-the-new-avp-equity-and-inclusion/.

Positive Space Workshops

UBC’s Positive Space workshops (Vancouver campus) have openings for May 29, June 22 and July 23. Register at http://positivespace.ubc.ca/workshops/.

Learn about the Positive Space Campaign at http://positivespace.ubc.ca, and help make our university a more diverse and inclusive place.

Respectful Environment Statement

The University of British Columbia envisions a climate in which students, faculty and staff are provided with the best possible conditions for learning, researching and working, including an environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity and mutual respect. The University of British Columbia strives to realize this vision by establishing employment and educational practices that respect the dignity of individuals and make it possible for everyone to live, work, and study in a positive and supportive environment, free from harmful behaviours such as bullying and harassment.

Read the full Respectful Environment Statement at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/respectful-environment/.

Visit the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office site for more information: http://equity.ubc.ca.

Rule Out Racism Week: March 16-20, 2015

Rule Out Racism Week: March 16-20, 2015

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You are invited to join the conversation about race and racism at UBC

Rule Out Racism is a week-long series of events organized by the Equity and Inclusion Office focused on the need for greater literacy and conversation about race and racism within the UBC community in the Okanagan and Vancouver.

Held March 16-20, 2015, with the theme “This is what anti-racism looks like,” it will include a highly provocative program including a panel discussion “The Value of Freedom: Academics VS. Expression” and engaging workshops addressing the need for greater conversation about anti-racism practices, and what can be done concretely to address racism.

Rule Out Racism workshops are free and open to everyone in the UBC community. Workshops have limited seating so register early at diversity.ubc.ca

#ruleoutracism toolkit – help share the news

Help promote Rule Out Racism week with #ruleoutracism toolkit – posters, tweets http://diversity.ubc.ca/ruleoutracism-toolkit/.

Feature Event

The Value of Freedom: Academics VS. Expression Panel Discussion
March 20, 10am-12noon, Sty-Wet-Tan Hall, First Nations Longhouse (Wayfinding at UBC)
A light lunch will be served following the discussion, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Register for panel discussion

Drawing from their own experiences and reflecting upon recent media attention on the topic, faculty will discuss the issues raised when engaging with controversial issues.

  • Peter Wanyenya – Moderator, International Student Advisor & PhD student, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
  • Annette Henry – Professor, Faculty of Education – Language & Literacy Education;
  • Kerry Jang – City of Vancouver Councillor and Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine;
  • Magnolia Pauker -PhD student, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
  • Nitya Iyer – Human rights lawyer and co-author of Implementing Inclusion report

Workshops and film screening

We are offering several workshops and a film screening this year.  Go to diversity.ubc.ca for the full workshop line-up. Please note workshops have limited seating – please register early.

Rule Out Racism week is held in recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

We appreciate your help in promoting this event to your contacts and look forward to seeing you at Rule Out Racism week.

Volunteer for Rule Out Racism Week

Rule Out Racism Week is looking for volunteers. Sign up via the volunteer spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XNSTFeq1ydpV_fzRZ0501W-hliR4JMa3pXWC1mPfKm0/edit#gid=0. Please provide samantha.truong@alumni.ubc.ca with at least a 48-hour notice if you are unable to make the shift that you have signed up for. Contact samantha.truong@alumni.ubc.ca for more information.

For additional communications support in your unit, please contact Angelique Crowther.


Lunar New Year 2015

Lunar New Year 2015

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Happy Lunar New Year!


A message from Alden Habacon, Director of Intercultural Understanding at UBC

This February as you walk across campus you may overhear the many ways to wish someone a Happy Lunar New Year!

  • Gong Hay Fat Choy and Son Nihn Fai Lok! (Cantonese)
  • Gong Xi Fa Cai and Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Mandarin)
  • Sae-hae bok mani badeusayo! (Korean)
  • Chúc mừng năm mới! (Vietnamese)
  • Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! (Japanese)

Feb. 19 marks the beginning of the Year of the Sheep for many families around the world including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese. Traditionally held as a 15-day festival, Lunar New Year is a significant time for many UBC students, faculty and staff, alumni both here and throughout Asia, and most certainly for many of the residents that live in the UBC neighbourhood.

Check out events happening today and this weekend, at http://diversity.ubc.ca.