Welcome Back to School

We wish all the new students a warm welcome to UBC.

Whether it’s making new friends or being introduced to ideas and perspectives different than your own, the first year of university can be an overwhelming time. Apart from the hard work involved in homework and assignments, UBC offers a special opportunity for all students to learn how to foster an inclusive and respectful environment in class and across campus. Here are some suggestions from the Equity and Inclusion Office in the Okanagan and Vancouver  on how you can make UBC a respectful and inclusive place to learn, live and work.

Make friends from around the world
New students may take the advice of Karen Dhaliwal, the founding President of the UBC Intercultural Alliance who says “it’s important for students to get out of their comfort zone and make friends with people from different cultures.” Read the article about Karen written by Public Affairs reporter Corey Allen.

Intercultural Understanding
“Intercultural understanding begins with a willingness to learn about and respect different cultures, nationalities, traditions and beliefs,” says Alden Habacon, UBC Director of Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development. “It also means openly sharing ideas that help build inclusive communities on campus and in residence.” Read this article to hear some first year student’s experiences and advice for living and learning on a vibrant, multicultural campus..

Take a workshop or attend an event
The Equity and Inclusion Office offers education and training outreach to promote and sustain respectful learning and working environments at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Topics covered include human rights and equity-related topics such as discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment, diversity, anti-racism, anti-heterosexism, anti-bullying, and accommodation under the law.

Special Events and presentations
Everyone is welcome to attend a free film screening and discussion on September 24, What I LOVE about being QUEER with Vivek Shraya. In March 2015 look out for the Rule Out Racism events.

Get Support
If you experience any difficulties related to a human rights conflict you can contact our office to receive confidential advice and support. If you are searching for information or support for other concerns our staff can help refer you to the appropriate campus service. Contact us with your questions at equity.ubco@ubc.ca (Okanagan) or equity@equity.ubc.ca (Vancouver).

Positive Space Campaign
The Positive Space Campaign is an initiative intended to help make UBC more receptive to and welcoming of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* (transgender, transsexual, trans-identified), two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBT*TQIA+) communities, individuals and issues of sexual and gender diversity on campus. It aims to foster a welcoming atmosphere and inclusive, respectful dialogue on campus for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by identifying spaces where sexual and gender diversity is supported and valued. Workshops are offered through the Equity and Inclusion Office at UBC Okanagan and Equity and Inclusion Office at UBC Vancouver.

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