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2306 – 1874 East Mall (Brock Hall) [see map]
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
216 University Centre
3272 University Way
Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7
Equity & Inclusion Office Staff
|Sara-Jane Finlay||Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jude Tate||Director, Equity and Inclusionemail@example.com|
|Aftab Erfan||Director, Dialogue and Conflict Engagementfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Leena Abdelrahim||Administrative Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Aidan Davis||UBC Sustainability Scholar||Coming soon||Coming soon|
|Jeannine Kuemmerle||Equity Facilitator – UBC Okanaganfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Adeline Huynh||Equity Facilitator – UBC Vancouveremail@example.com|
|Monica Kay||Senior Manager, Civility and Human Rightsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rachael E. Sullivan||Equity Facilitator – UBC Vancouveremail@example.com|
Equity & Inclusion Office Associates
|Carola Hibsch-Jetter||Manager, Strategic Initiativesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tanja Maier||Workforce Analyst (Human Resources)||email@example.com|
|Stuart Murray||Workforce Strategist (Human Resources)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
Equity & Inclusion Office Staff Profiles
Dr. Finlay has a deep commitment to equity and diversity. She has extensive experience in academic policy and planning and champions the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the university’s academic mission. She has developed leadership programs for senior academic administrators, policies, and programs for faculty and staff, all infused with these core values.
Dr. Finlay joined UBC on March 16, 2015 for a five-year term. Previously she was the Director of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Finlay received her B.A. (English Language and Literature) in 1987 from Huron College, Western University, followed by a B.A.A. (Radio and Television Arts) from Ryerson University in 1990; and her M.A. (Women’s Studies) and Ph.D. (Communication and Media Studies) in 1997 and 2001, respectively, both from Loughborough University. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) from the Southampton Institute, Hants, UK. Dr. Finlay commenced her professional research and teaching career in the UK at Loughborough University, lecturing in Media and Sociology, and then at the Southampton Institute, in Media with Cultural Studies, focusing on gender, race, class, culture, and identity. Moving into administration, Dr. Finlay was the Course Leader for the M.A. Media, and in 2003, became Head of Media Studies at the College of St. Mark & St. John, Plymouth, UK. In 2004, Dr. Finlay became a lecturer in the Institute for Culture and Communication at the University of Toronto and moved into an administrative role in the Office of the Vice President and Provost in 2005.
Dr. Tate brings a wealth of expertise in equity and diversity from her previous roles at UBC including Senior Advisor to the Dean, Faculty of Education, Special Advisor to the Provost, Academic Equity Initiatives and Senior Advisor to the Vice-President, Human Resources. Previously, Jude was the Sexual and Gender Diversity Officer at the University of Toronto, and brings valuable leadership and experience throughout the learning, working and living environments of the university. A recognized expert in the field, Dr. Tate’s research centers on policy and inclusion practices for sexual and gender minorities in university settings.
A proud UBC alumni and well-loved instructor, Dr. Aftab Erfan joined the Equity and Inclusion Office in March 2017 in the newly created position of Director, Dialogue and Conflict Engagement. Within this role, Aftab builds the social and institutional infrastructure to enable members of the UBC community(s) to work with their conflicts as they naturally and inevitably emerge. Immediately prior to coming into this role, she spent four years working as an international consultant, professional facilitator and conflict practitioner, holding space for contentious conversations on four continents within the public, private, academic and non-profit sectors. Aftab is a 1.5 generation Canadian, with enough of a subtle accent that says “I wasn’t born here, but I call Canada home”. She spent much of her youth in social and environmental justice movements and continues to be motivated by the need for systemic change – partially made possible through the disruptive and transformative power of engaging with conflict. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences (and a minor in Fine Arts) from UBC, a Masters in Urban Planning from McGill University, and a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from UBC, where she has also taught graduate level courses since 2009. Her award-winning dissertation reflected on three years of action research in a small First Nation community on Vancouver Island. She lives and is dedicated to promoting justice and mutual understanding on unceded Coast Salish territory.
Leena Abdelrahim, Administrative Coordinator, recently worked at the Immigrant Services Society of BC where she was responsible for the development of status reports on departmental operations, assisted in the development of skills assessment for Syrian refugees, and acted as an interpreter – she is fluent in English and Arabic. In Toronto, Leena was at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives first as an intern, then as a research assistant where she focused on the development of reports, data analysis and research for various strategic projects. Leena is a graduate of Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service with a focus on International Economics.
Aidan Davis, UBC Sustainability Scholar, is a second-year Masters student in the Social Justice Institute (formerly GRSJ) at UBC. She graduated from Colgate University with honors in Women's Studies, and is interested in what it means to be whole across difference in the university and seeks to bring that curiosity and experience to the wellbeing initiative project.
Aidan’s work will be to focus on developing an UBC Action Framework for Connection and Inclusion by:
- Conducting a mapping of existing inclusion & connection-related frameworks/objectives/practices across UBC, research and review best practices/frameworks, and identify gaps both at UBC and externally.
- Working in close collaboration with UBC stakeholders to inform the process.
- Assisting in developing a UBC Action Framework building on existing frameworks related to inclusion & connection and in alignment with wellbeing priority areas.
Adeline Huynh, Equity Facilitator, is a social work-educated community organizer and educator with over a decade of experience in project development, workshop facilitation and community engagement. She is also committed to promoting social change through creative dialogue and innovative programming. She completed her Masters of Social Work degree at UBC where she was actively involved with the school’s Equity Committee and the development of their Equity Action Plan. Adeline is a past member of the City of Vancouver LGBTQ Mayor’s Advisory Committee, Check Your Head former Board Member and creator of QMUNITY’s Routes to Roots project. She has also worked as a feminist trauma counselor with survivors of sexualized violence and as a community health social worker in the field of HIV. Adeline is looking forward to bringing a critical anti-oppressive and intersectional lens to her work on unceded Musqueam Territory with the UBC Office of Equity and Inclusion.
Monica Kay, Director, Conflict Management, obtained a degree in Law from UBC in 1993, and subsequently practiced for three years before serving as an Officer with the BC Human Rights Commission. She went on to act as a Human Rights Advisor with the Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver), providing advice and support to approximately 9 member municipalities including complaint prevention and management, education, and conflict resolution. She became the Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Program for the City of Vancouver in 2005, carrying out similar responsibilities for the City and affiliated organizations, including Vancouver Parks Board, Public Library, and Police and Fire Services. In this role she also served as Executive Director of The Hastings Institute, a not for profit agency providing human rights-related services to both public and private sector clients.
Most recently Monica served as the Harassment and Discrimination Advisor for the British Columbia Institute of Technology, providing support around human rights and conflict management. Monica has also served as a Community Coroner, and worked on projects with a variety of community organizations involving mentorship, access and inclusion of persons with disabilities, and other human rights-related topics. She joined UBC Office for Equity and Inclusion in September 2013.
Jeannine Kuemmerle, Equity Facilitator, has a Masters Degree in Education and recently worked in Aboriginal Programs & Services. Jeannine works on fostering and sustaining a community of inclusivity where equity, diversity, and respect are embedded in all the working, learning, and living environments at UBC Okanagan.
Rachael E. Sullivan
Rachael E. Sullivan, Equity Facilitator, has been a member of the UBC community since 2005. In that time, Rachael has transitioned from a graduate student to the role of sessional instructor, teaching courses that focus on gender, sexuality, and inequality. She received her PhD in 2012 from UBC. Rachael joined the EIO in the capacity of Equity Educator in 2014, and had no idea how much she would come to love the work she does within the EIO and at UBC. She has utilized her extensive knowledge of community engagement, working in partnership and collaboration with key stakeholders and change-makers across campus to create and sustain more welcoming, respectful and inclusive spaces across the UBC Vancouver campus.
Equity and Inclusion Office Associates
Carola Hibsch-Jetter, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Provost’s Office and Faculty of Science Dean’s Office, has promoted and monitored progress in gender diversity and employment equity for faculty at UBC Science for over seven years. With a background in scientific method (PhD), management (of scientific research centre) and communications (industry/university) she has managed working climate studies in Science and career mentoring initiatives for women at UBC. She is bringing this experience to her current work with the Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty to build on institutional and equity data management and interpretation for assessing the status of women and intersectional under-represented groups across the University, reviewing and transforming institutional practices, and advancing gender diversity-in-leadership initiatives.