Pride Week at UBC 2018

Each August, communities across Vancouver come together to kick off the annual Vancouver Pride Week. At UBC, you are invited to join in the celebrations, and show your support for creating positive space across UBC.

Two UBC events you can attend:

  • UBC’s annual Pride Convergence: July 30, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
  • UBC Pride: Aug. 1, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Visit https://equity.ubc.ca/celebratepride/ to learn more and register.

Positive Space Workshop: Aug. 15, 2018

Explore how you can positively impact the climate for sexual and gender diversity at UBC and make our learning, working, and living communities more inclusive to all.

Positive Space workshops cover current language, issues, resources, and best practices in an interactive and experiential learning environment. Participants will gain relevant knowledge and skills to use in their academic, work, and campus life so that they can help make UBC more welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and queer students, staff, faculty, alumni, and allies.

Upcoming session:

  • Aug. 15, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sign up for free on the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office website.

Four spaces left in Navigating Today’s Communication Challenges: July 24

We have four spaces left in our July 24, 2018, session on Navigating Today’s Communication Challenges. Register ASAP to sharpen your communication skills.

About this workshop

Have you ever wondered why your communication efforts click with some people and not with others? Or how others perceive you when you interact with them? Whether working with other people in your department, on a team, or just having a social conversation over lunch, it is quickly evident that some relationships are more productive than others.

As the need to work collectively increases, good discussion skills, effective listening and positive modeling are essential. In this insightful workshop you will learn to assess the communication needs of others and see how you can make simple adjustments in order to communicate more effectively. It will help you develop methods of communicating that will build on your strengths and the strengths of others.

This session is designed for anyone that wants to proactively improve and fine tune their interpersonal and communication skills at work.

Course Information

July 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
Cost: $350
Register online

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more, or contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.

Reminder: Community Leadership Program 2018-19 Information Sessions: July 23

If you or anyone on your team might be interested in an experiential leadership opportunity for emerging leaders to enhance their leadership skills and give back to community organizations, we invite you to attend out UBC Community Leadership Program information session on July 23 at 12:00 p.m.

Staff from all employee groups, as well as graduate students, are welcome to apply for this program. There is no cost to participants.

Session information

UBC Community Leadership Program Information Sessions
July 23, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
RSVP through our program catalog

Visit clp.ubc.ca for more information and to learn about the impact of last year’s program. If you can’t attend one of the information sessions and have questions about the program, please email Stephanie Thorpe, Workplace Learning Facilitator.

2018 Coaching Internship Award Recipients

The 2018 recipients of the UBC Coaching Internship Awards are:

  • Elisabeth Chin, Manager, Student Experience, Sauder School of Business
  • Justine Cochrane, Curriculum Materials Coordinator, Faculty of Medicine
  • Savanah Knockwood, Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator, School of Population & Public Health
  • Mina Phaisaltantiwongs, Business Development Assistant (Computer Science), UBC Science Co-op
  • Raina Reddecliff, Associate Director, Campus Internationalization at UBCO
  • Shannon Remillong, Coordinator, Civil Engineering

We will open applications for the next round of the Coaching Internship Awards in October. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/become-a-coach/coaching-internship/.

New Staff Conflict of Interest Declaration System at UBC

UBC is implementing a new system to collect Conflict of Interest declarations for staff with specific management responsibilities. Staff members who are required to complete a declaration in the new system will be contacted directly over the next several months.

Starting in June, 2018, UBC staff with advanced management responsibilities (supervisory or signing authority) will be asked to complete annual declarations through the new Staff Conflict of Interest (SCOI) system. Declarations will be forwarded to supervisors for review and approval.

A new website has also launched to help staff learn about UBC’s Policy 97, how to identify conflicts, how to complete the COI declaration, and how to develop good management plans when conflicts arise. Visit https://scoi.ubc.ca for more information about conflict of interest for staff at UBC.

For Managers/Supervisors: Preview “The Working Mind”: June 20, 2018

Human Resources will be holding a preview of the new training Working Mind session for UBC managers/supervisors on June 20 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). All members of the distributed HR community of practice in Vancouver are invited to attend for free.

About the Working Mind

The Working Mind is a Mental Health Commission of Canada, evidence-based workplace training program aimed at increasing mental health literacy for both supervisors/managers and employees. In advance of rolling out this program to the campus community, UBC managers and supervisors are invited to see how it aligns with UBC’s employment policies and procedures.

The session on June 20 is the the manager/supervisor version, and will include information related to duty to enquire, accommodations, return to work, along with the other program elements.

To register, please email Miranda Massie, UBC Health Promotions Coordinator.

Read more about the program goals and objectives under the cut.

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Professional Development Opportunity: Navigating Today’s Communication Challenges: July 24, 2018

Have you ever wondered why your communication efforts click with some people and not with others? Or how others perceive you when you interact with them? Whether working with other people in your department, on a team, or just having a social conversation over lunch, it is quickly evident that some relationships are more productive than others.

As the need to work collectively increases, good discussion skills, effective listening and positive modeling are essential. In this insightful workshop you will learn to assess the communication needs of others and see how you can make simple adjustments in order to communicate more effectively. It will help you develop methods of communicating that will build on your strengths and the strengths of others.

This session is designed for anyone that wants to proactively improve and fine tune their interpersonal and communication skills at work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Determine the key attributes of the most effective communicators;
  • Identify four distinct communication styles;
  • Practice a few simple steps to improving your listening skills;
  • Assess their preferred communication style and the pro¿s and con¿s;
  • Quickly recognize the communication preferences of others;
  • Give and receive positive and corrective feedback;
  • Identify the most common communication challenges;
  • Determine how to make discussions more effective; and
  • State how body language can be used as an effective communication tool

Course Information

Date: July 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $350
Register online

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more, or contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.