Educational Programming

Community Building Education: Diversity and Inclusion at UBC

Whether you are new to UBC or a long-standing member of the campus community, this workshop provides a review of relevant UBC policies and strategic documents that frame equity and inclusion initiatives and approaches at UBC (Policy #3: Discrimination and Harassment; Policy #131: Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct; UBC’s Respectful Environment Statement). Participants examine how inclusion is achieved through a commitment to equity and intentional design and implementation of policies, programs and education in every aspect of campus life.

This workshop can be tailored to provide information about relevant UBC commitments and strategic priorities as they pertain to specific learning needs, adapting to the needs of units, departments, faculties and student groups.

Audience: Students, Staff & Faculty

Workshop Length: Flexible (30 – 90 minutes)

Speak Up! Community-Building with Respect

Interested to learn how to build an inclusive and respectful working environment? Curious about what to say when somebody makes an inappropriate comment? Want to know how to handle situations that are embarrassing at work? Building these skills can help ensure you are active in your work environment to be  supportive and inclusive. In this workshop, attendees will learn about what makes a respectful community at UBC. Participants will have the opportunity to learn to use inclusive language, how to interrupt practices that are problematic, and how to respond respectfully to being ‘called out’ or told what’s been said or done is offensive all of which are foundational skills to fostering a respectful inclusive community. This workshops ideal for UBC members who what to enhance their work, study and living communities.

Audience: Students, Staff & Faculty

Workshop Length: 90 min

What’s In a Name? Navigating Mispronunciation and Misgendering with grace

Our names are powerful representations of identity. They can hold family, cultural and linguistic history, as well as a deep sense of connection to who we are as individuals. Facing the complexity of diversity in students, and the expectations for advisors as front line UBC staff, we have important roles to play in a student’s sense of wellbeing. Research shows that the mispronunciation or avoidance of a student’s or colleague’s name and pronoun(s) can be exclusionary, and impact their sense of belonging and identity. Despite these being uncomfortable or anxiety producing moments for both students and advisors, having the skills and awareness to navigate these moments with competencies and grace will strengthen connections with students and positively impact advising processes. Informed by an Appreciative Inquiry approach to advising and research that examines how names relate to identity and belonging, this workshop will explore the importance of names in relation to advising practices. Utilizing interactive and reflective activities, participants will identify benefits and challenges with using preferred names (nicknames, non-western names and chosen names). This session will offer best practices for advising students by using their name and pronouns, while supporting their sense of connection and belonging to the UBC community

Audience: Staff & Faculty

Workshop Length: 1 hr

Mentoring from the Intersections: A Framework for Mentoring Student Leaders

How does identity influence student leadership development and your mentoring practices?  Intersectionality is a framework to understand how power structures interact in the lives of people with diverse identities. This workshop will explore how you can use intersectionality to frame student leadership development, and sharpen your skills to be more responsive in mentoring them.

Learning Outcomes

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  1. Identify how their beliefs, worldviews, and identities influence student leadership development and mentoring practices;
  2. Recognize how intersectional diversity can impact mentoring relationships with student leaders;
  3. Become aware of the impact of privilege, conscious and unconscious stereotypes, assumptions and biases in the Advisor-Student Leader relationship;
  4. Apply evidence based strategies to mitigate the impact of stereotypes, biases and privilege to foster culturally responsive mentoring relationships;
  5. Use culturally responsive principles to explore intersectional identity and leadership with students.

Audience: Staff & Faculty

Workshop Length: 90 min

Leading from the Intersections: A Framework for Student Leadership

We all have many layers to our identities and intersectionality is a way to understand how power and privilege interact in our lives. To be an inclusive leader we need to ask critical questions like: How does understanding your own intersectional identity help you to be a more inclusive leader? How does the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability influence your experiences as a student leader and your leadership style?  In this workshop we will explore how you can use an intersectional approach to better understand your own leadership style and how this will help you build community. Building UBC welcoming and inclusive communities starts with us.

 Workshop participants will:

1)      Be introduced to intersectionality as a framework and its relevance to student leadership;

2)      Examine the impacts of  privilege and dominant belief systems through reflection;

3)      Build critical thinking skills through the lens of building community through action.

Audience: Students

Workshop Length: 90 min

Diversity by Design: Building Your Intercultural Competencies

In order to go beyond being simply a multicultural campus to becoming an intercultural one,  we need to be intentional about how we meaningfully integrate different ways of knowing into our working, learning and living environments. This requires both an understanding of our own frames of references as well as those of others. Using critical thinking and reflection, we explore  4 areas (Intercultural Awareness, Intercultural Capital, Intercultural Communication Skills, Cultural Literacy) where we can increase our intercultural fluencies. Our intercultural experiences, relationships and learning only happen out of intent and design.

Audience: Students, Staff & Faculty

Workshop Length: 60-90 min

Teaching Assistants Workshops

This workshop focuses on building intercultural competencies, exploring unconscious bias in and outside the classroom, inclusive language skills, and building and sustaining inclusive and respectful classroom/lab/learning environments. These workshops can be tailored to the needs of your department and discipline.

Audience: Student-Staff & Faculty

Workshop Length: 60-90 min

Inclusive Language: Communicating Respect

Have you ever thought about the words and phrases we use in everyday language? It’s not about political correctness, it’s about showing respect to everyone and building a welcoming and inclusive campus. Words are powerful and can often be exclusionary. In this workshop we will explore ways language can both exclude and include diverse groups of people, and practice being intentional about the language that we use.

Audience: Students

Workshop Length: 1 hr

But Where Are you Really From? Building a Welcoming & Inclusive Campus

As students, you are leaders in building community on campus. But how does a question like: “But where are you REALLY from?” and the belief that, “I treat everyone the same” negatively impact experiences of your members and the success of your student club/group? This workshop will explore how microaggressions and unconscious bias can impact the student experience. We will explore how as student leaders you can support your diverse peers feel respected and included. Successful students are welcoming and inclusive because of its leadership and it starts with you.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn about:

  1. Micro-aggressions – What is it? What’s the impact? How can I support my peers?
  2. Unconscious bias & Affinity bias – What is it? What’s the impact? How can I support my peers?
  3. Reflect on how leadership through respect and inclusion leads to an awesome UBC experience.

Audience: Students

Workshop Length: 1 hr

More Than a Mirror: Reflection as Practice

What is Critical Reflective Practice and how is it important to student leaders? This workshop provides participants with a framework and practical tools to practice critical reflection. Participants will have the opportunity to identify  a moment of significance in their lives and by answering a series of guiding questions they will begin to unpack what happened and develop a plan for actions moving forward. Participants will also explore the impact of unconscious bias in decision-making and their response to moments of significance.

Audience: Students & Staff

Workshop Length: 1 hr

Customized Workshops

Equity & Inclusion Office Facilitators will design a presentation that is responsive to a group’s particular interests/concerns regarding equity, diversity and inclusion at UBC. An Equity Facilitator will meet with a faculty, department, student groups, or organizers in the lead-up to the workshop to identify and assess for learning needs, content, and suitable format presentation.

Equity & Diversity in the Search Process

In this workshop, the Director or the AVP, Equity & Inclusion in partnership with Faculty Relations will meet with you and the search committee and take you through the key steps and considerations of the UBC search processes including diversifying the recruitment strategies, confidentiality and immigration considerations, to the review of CV’s and assessment based on job criteria, and the role of unconscious bias in a search process. Click here to book a session for your search committee.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Education

Building Inclusive Communities for Sexual & Gender Diverse (SGD) Students

Have you ever wondered what Gender & Sexual Diversity (SGD) stands for? How to use the right gender neutral pronoun? Or how to make your events more welcoming and inclusive for Sexual & Gender Diversity (SGD) students using more than rainbows and unicorns? In this session, we will explore how and why student leaders can make a positive impact on the experience of Sexual and Gender Diversity (GSD) students at UBC. We will identify how you can shape your role as event planners, academic peer supports and/or Orientation and Imagine Day leaders. In addition to learning some strategies for responding to slurs, jokes and other kinds of micro-aggressions, we will up your cultural competencies on terminology, gender pronouns and the impact of straight privilege.

Audience: Students

Workshop Length: 90 min

Gender Identity and Expression in the Workplace – Inclusion Beyond A Policy

Staff play an essential role in setting tone in working, living and learning environments on campus, and often set the day-to-day rules (said and unsaid) that impact people and spaces. Our working and learning spaces require care and attention, and all employees have the responsibility to ensure respectful and welcoming environments.

Building and sustaining healthy workplace environments may require staff to learn to recognize and acquire skills that respond to overt and subtle forms of intolerance.

This workshop will take staff through terminology, scenarios and tips for welcoming and being inclusive of trans and gender non-conforming students and fellow employees in the workplace.

Positive Space

Is your UBC working, learning or living environment welcoming and inclusive to sexual and gender diverse students, staff and faculty? Would you like to learn more how to improve and positively impact the climate for sexual and gender diversity?

The Positive Space foundational workshop covers 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.

Once you have attended the foundational workshop you will have the option to volunteer as Resource Person for the Positive Space campaign. Students, staff and faculty who are interested in attending the workshop are welcome. A Positive Space sticker will be provided to all participants to display in their work, learning or living space. Display of the sticker indicates you have a working knowledge of sexual orientation and gender identity terminology, policies and practices that support sexual and gender diverse students and employees, as well as issues in the campus environment.

Audience: Students, Staff & Faculty

Workshop Length: 2 hrs

Register for a Positive Space Workshop here

Positive Space Learning Lab

The Positive Space Learning Lab provides a facilitated learning space to learn and experiment with possible solutions to systemic issues and circumstances encountered by sexual and gender diverse  students, staff, faculty and allies in the UBC working, learning and living environments.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain how issues and barriers have an impact on Transgender and Gender non-conforming people in a specific unit/department/faculty.
  2. Identify what information and resources will be need to address issues and barriers that have an impact on Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people in a specific unit/department/faculty.
  3. Propose  solutions to the specific issues and barriers have an impact on Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people presented in a case study.
  4. Identify the appropriate campus stakeholders needed to support the solution proposed
  5. Generate a plan to implement the solution.

Audience: Students, Staff & Faculty

Workshop Length: 2 hrs

Interested in requesting a workshop? Please contact us here.