UBC was chosen for recognition this year by the Canada Research Chairs program’s Advisory Committee on Equity Policy. UBC is strongly committed to the principles of equity and inclusion and has implemented a number of initiatives to deliver on this commitment.
“The award recognizes that proactive and deliberate efforts in support of diversity are critical for UBC’s recruitment success. These high standards in recruitment practices, applied at all levels, are essential as UBC attracts faculty from the broadest possible talent pools,” said Professor Rachel Kuske, Senior Advisor on Women Faculty at the Office of the Provost.
UBC is invested in creating a diverse group of outstanding faculty and staff and is working with departments to obtain resources and share information regarding equity and diversity through a central website about Faculty Equity and Diversity Initiatives. This website links readers to other equity-related sites and materials and provides information on UBC-wide initiatives as well as specific faculty initiatives. One example includes the Working Climate Study in the faculty of science, which surveyed faculty and staff to assess the working climate and determine the effectiveness of current policies regarding equitable access to career opportunities and support.
Additional information and resources in support of faculty equity and diversity are being collected and made available at:http://vpacademic.ubc.ca/faculty-equity-and-diversity-initiatives/
Read more: Canada Research Chairs website
Photo caption: From left to right: Dr. Robert Shadwick (Faculty of Science, Zoology and CRC in Integrative Animal Physiology), Marie-Lynne Boudreau, Dr. Rachel Kuske (Faculty of Science, Math and former CRC in Applied Mathematics), Dr. Vanessa Andreotti (Faculty of Education and CRC in Race, Inequalities and Global Change), Dr. Anna Kindler, Vice Provost and Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs), Michèle Boutin, Dr. Laurel Schafer (Faculty of Science, Chemistry and CRC in Catalyst Development).