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Equity and Inclusion collaboration and consultation meetings

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The following invitation is sent on behalf of Gurdeep Parhar, Acting Associate Vice-President Equity and Inclusion, Lisa Castle, Vice-President Human Resources, Louise Cowin, Vice- President Students, David Farrar, Provost and Vice-President Academic and Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, to all on the HEADS-UP Vancouver list (Deans, Heads, Directors of Academic and non-academic units, Student Leaders) – please distribute widely to faculty, staff and students at UBC.  (This message will be sent separately to the HEADS-UP Okanagan list).


The Implementing Inclusion Report for UBC was recently released along with the university’s Phase 1 Response (see equity.ubc.ca for the Report and Response). The University’s response was intended as a beginning (rather than the final solution) and there will be future phases during which we will need your thinking, ideas and advice to enable all of us to implement and experience inclusion at UBC.

As part of our commitment to provide further consultation and collaboration into the UBC Equity and Inclusion strategy, we are embarking on a process to engage students, staff and faculty.  As part of this first stage, we would like to invite you to a meeting, to provide insight into the attributes and role you see in the future AVP-Equity and Inclusion.

In the same meeting we would welcome your input into the roles of other key positions in the Equity and Inclusion Office:

  • Senior Advisor on Women Faculty
  • Director, Intercultural Understanding
  • Senior Equity and Inclusion role at the Okanagan campus
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Data Analysis Support.
  • Workforce Planning HR Expert
  • Provost’s Faculty Associate
  • Executive Assistant, Equity and Inclusion
  • Educator/Trainers
  • Informal Resolution/Triage

We will be holding in-person meetings at UBC Vancouver in July, as follows:

  • Friday, July 5:  2:30 – 4:00pm  Board and Senate Room, Old Administration Building
  • Monday, July 29:  3 – 4:30pm    Board and Senate Room, Old Administration Building
  • Tuesday, July 30:  3 – 4:30pm   Board and Senate Room, Old Administration Building
  • Wednesday, July 31:  3 – 4:30pm  Board and Senate Room, Old Administration Building

Teleconference connection to these meetings will be made available.  Videoconference with UBC Okanagan will be available.

There will also be two meetings at UBC Okanagan on:

  • July 24:  10:30am – 12pm  Provost Boardroom, ADM 103E
  • August 7:  10:30am – 12pm  DVC Boardroom, ADM 102C

Teleconference connection to these meetings will be made available.

Please respond with your interest to Paras Deacon as well as any requests for video and teleconference details.

In addition, we encourage written comments to be made through the UBC Equity and Inclusion website: equity.ubc.ca.

We look forward to working with you as we take the next steps to ensure that Equity and Inclusion becomes a reality for the entire UBC community.

Ad Hoc Engagement Group for UBC Equity and Inclusion Collaboration and Consultation:

  • Alden Habacon
  • Rachel Kuske
  • Linda McKnight
  • Kiran Mahal
  • Janet Mee
  • Shirley Nakata
  • Gurdeep Parhar
  • Chris Roach
  • Mark Trowell
  • Nicole Udzenija

Have your say on UBC’s presidential search

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The UBC Presidential Search Committee is hosting two Town Hall meetings next week for members of the UBC community to share their perspectives on the presidential search – see below for the details. Please visit the Board of Governor’s website for more information or if you wish to submit your views on the presidential search in writing.

Vancouver Campus:
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Town Hall: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Roy Barnett Recital Hall, UBC School of Music, 6361 Memorial Road

Okanagan Campus:
Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Town Hall: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Theatre, ADM 026


RCMP Emergency Exercise June 18

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Next week on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the RCMP is conducting a large-scale emergency exercise on our Vancouver campus from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Most of the campus will remain open, and the exercise will be limited to the following area on the south section of campus:

Four buildings will be closed:

  • Forest Sciences Centre, 2424 Main Mall
  • Landscape Architecture Annex, 2371 Main Mall
  • H.R. MacMillan Building, 2357 Main Mall
  • Totem Park Residence – q’ələχən house, 2525 West Mall

During this time drivers should expect road closures on Agronomy Road between West Mall and Health Sciences Mall. There will be pedestrian restrictions along Agronomy Road and on Main Mall near the H.R. MacMillan Building. See the map of these closures.

During the exercise people near the buildings involved may expect to hear loud noises, including sirens from emergency vehicles.  The exercise will include a number of volunteers who will be acting as bystanders and victims.

Please contact communications@riskmanagement.ubc.ca if you have questions.

UBC start an evolution Faculty and Staff Appeal

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Give (and you can receive)*

The dedication of UBC faculty and staff supports the talent and inspiration of our students and researchers who engage in thinking that can, and does, change the world. Whatever your passion, you can invest in what you believe in through UBC. Click here for projects you can support at the Vancouver campus  or the Okanagan campus.

*All faculty and staff who make a donation between May 21 and June 28 will be automatically entered in the  Faculty & Staff Appeal draw to win some amazing prizes that include a travel package ($1,400 value) or Apple product prize pack ($650 value). You can also enter the contest without making a donation.

Full information at https://startanevolution.ubc.ca.