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Inviting comments on Proposed Policy #7 (Occupational and Research Health and Safety Policy)

Faculty and staff are invited to comment on the Proposed Policy #7 (Occupational and Research Health and Safety Policy) and its related procedures (collectively referred to as “Proposed Policy #7”).

You can view the policy at https://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2018/05/Policy-7_Call-For-Comments.pdf

Proposed Policy #7 establishes consistent, up-to-date, standardized, and subject matter specific procedures related to health and safety. This is intended to ensure all preventative measures are appropriately taken to eliminate unnecessary risks, injuries, and occupational diseases, arising out of UBC’s workplace, teaching, and research environments, in order to sustain UBC’s reputation as both a leading research and teaching institute and employer.

Deadline for comments: September 30, 2018

Faculty and staff are invited to submit any comments to the Office of the University Counsel at university.counsel@ubc.ca by September 30, 2018.

Expression of Interest in Advisory Committee to UBC’s Indigenous Research Support Initiative: Deadline June 1, 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

Full details: https://research.ubc.ca/about-vpri/indigenous-research-support-initiative#advisory

Update Your UBC Wireless Connection by May 9

Update Your UBC Wireless Connection by May 9

Important changes are coming to UBC’s wireless connection (ubcsecure, eduroam, and ubcprivate) which will impact faculty, staff, and students at both UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and hospital sites.

UBC faculty, staff and students must download and run AutoConnect on all their desktop and all mobile devices by May 9 to ensure uninterrupted WiFi access on campus.

Instructions to download AutoConnect can be found on it.ubc.ca/autoconnect.

Android users will be able to renew after May 9 as they are unable to run concurrent network set-up.

Questions? Contact www.it.ubc.ca/helpdesk.

PD Opportunity: Selection Interviewing: May 11, 2018 – 4 Spaces Left

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.

About this workshop

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.

Learning Outcomes

Through group exercises, discussions and role-play within this workshop, participants will:

  • Develop questions and practice behavioural interviewing skills
  • Develop tools to select the best candidate for the position
  • Understand basic concepts of human rights, employment equity, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation

Participants will also review current Human Rights and Employment Equity legislation and discuss the objectives of UBC’s policy on employment equity.

Facilitation Team and Presenters

  • Lani McGill, Human Resources Advisor
  • Kathryn Stagg, Human Resources Advisor
  • Lindi Frost, Director of Employee Relations
  • Jude Tate, Director of Equity and Inclusion

Course information

Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity
May 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
Room 610, TEF III, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
Register online until May 7; afterwards contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca

If you are interested in this course, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

Campus Security Town Hall: April 12

Help us make our campus a safer place. Join Campus Security on April 12, 2018, in a “town hall” style meeting. Campus Security are making some big changes and they want your input on how to improve campus safety.

By attending, you’ll be providing invaluable feedback and insight on the risks on campus, and our opportunities to mitigate these risks.

Where: Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102
When: Thursday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
RSVP: sammy.lam@ubc.ca

Snack and refreshments will be provided to all attendees.

Some of the topics included in the session are:

  • Property Crime: Bike and laptop theft
  • Public Awareness: How to improve safety literacy on campus
  • Proactive Problem Solving: How do we prevent incidents from happening?
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.

Resources:

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.