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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.

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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.

Get Comfy & Help Kick Off Move UBC (Feb. 1-28)

Get Comfy & Help Kick Off Move UBC (Feb. 1-28)

Next Thursday, Feb. 1, you’re invited to reach for your go-to active wear, lace up your favourite sneakers, and join your comfortably-attired colleagues in kicking off Move UBC.

Move UBC is an annual, month-long initiative that encourages the entire UBC community to find ways to move more. By sitting less and moving more, we can help to improve our mental and physical health. When your colleagues move along with you, you’ll also enjoy social health benefits.

For more info about Active Wear Day (Feb. 1) and Move UBC events (Feb. 1-28), visit www.move.ubc.ca.

Privacy Matters Training: Enter to Win Lunch with Santa Ono

Privacy Matters Training: Enter to Win Lunch with Santa Ono

All staff and faculty who have completed the Privacy & Information Security Fundamentals online training by Dec. 20, 2017, will be entered to win a lunch with Santa Ono. If you have not yet completed the training, please get started now! Learn more at www.privacymatters.ubc.ca/winlunch.

Wireless Issues Following iOS 11 Update

Some users may be experiencing issues connecting to UBC’s wireless network after updating to iOS 11.

Please follow these steps to reconnect:

Forget the UBC wireless network you are trying to connect to.

  • Go to Settings > Wireless > find the network
  • Select the information icon on the right
  • Click “Forget This Network”

Connect to ubcvisitor. Using a browser, head to the following websites below to launch the Autoconnect utility for the network you are trying to connect to.

See all UBC IT Bulletins at http://bulletins.it.ubc.ca.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, a joint effort by government and business leaders from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand to put into effect better practices and safeguards to combat cybercrime. At UBC, we are acutely aware of the importance for all faculty, staff and students to take time every day to safeguard our collective privacy.

Take the Clean Desk Test!

This month, make privacy and information security a priority in your daily life. Take the Clean Desk Test to see how many privacy and information security risks you can spot. All complete entries will have a chance to win an iPad mini, or one of two $50 Best Buy gift cards. Read contest details.

Go further

If you haven’t already, take the Privacy & Information Security Fundamentals online training course. All faculty, staff, researchers, teaching assistants, and other members of the UBC community who deal with sensitive, confidential or personal information should take this training to understand the security measures needed to protect private information.

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/.

Stadium Neighbourhood Public Consultation

Stadium Neighbourhood Public Consultation

UBC is beginning to plan a new neighbourhood in the area around Thunderbird Stadium, and we want your input and ideas to help shape this process. Between Sept. 28 to Oct. 22, share your insights on living, working, studying and playing at UBC. Your experience can help guide our planning decisions.

Join the conversation by taking the online survey at planning.ubc.ca/stadium, or attending one of the open houses.

Public Open House Dates

Saturday, Sept. 30, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wesbrook Community Centre, 3335 Webber Lane

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Old Barn Community Centre, 6308 Thunderbird Blvd

Thursday, Oct. 5, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
K. Barber Learning Centre, Second-floor lobby