Workshop Descriptions

The Equity Facilitators in the Equity & Inclusion Office (EIO) on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses provide a range of support including consultation and custom workshops for students, staff and faculty, representatives from unions, employee associations, departmental equity committees, faculties, departments and units.

Workshops can range from a 30 minute presentation providing an overview of diversity, inclusion and respectful environment strategies to your staff or students to a three-hour participatory workshop. These presentations can cover human rights and inclusion-related topics such as discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment, sexual and gender diversity, anti-racism, anti-bullying, to hiring and employment equity.

Click here to request a session for your unit.

Presentations and workshops include:

Academic Head of Units (AHU): Roles and Responsibilities

(Duration: flexible, 30- 60 minutes)
In this presentation, the Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion will provide the following:

  • A review of the relevant UBC policies and strategic documents (Policy 3: Discrimination and Harassment, Statement of Respectful Environment)
  • The complaint processes for the university
  • Preventative and Investigative tips
  • Case studies

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Speak Up! Building & Sustaining Respectful Communities

(Duration: 2 hours)
In this workshop, our Equity Facilitators will provide:

Strategies and skill building opportunities that support building and sustaining respectful communities across campus include: Speaking Up, Making it Right, and Responding with Respect. We will use various scenarios, including Active Bystander and Resourcing Students which compliments the skills and tools students have gained in their version of Community Building education.

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Overview of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Respectful Environments at UBC

(Duration: flexible, 30-90 minutes)
In this presentation, Equity Facilitators will discuss the 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.

Adapting to the needs of the unit and request, we can provide information about the relevant UBC commitments and strategic priorities as they pertain to the learning needs of students, staff and faculty. We will approach our work through the use of scenarios, videos, and small group discussion to maximize learning and support our working, learning and living environments.

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Equity and Diversity in the Search Process

(Duration: flexible, 30-60 minutes)
In this workshop, the Director or the AVP along with a representative from Faculty Relations will work with you and the search committee in the search for a member of faculty and staff and achieve your recruitment goals. This session will take you through the key steps and considerations including diversifying the recruitment strategies, confidentiality and immigration considerations, to the review of CV’s and decision making informed about the impact of unconscious bias in search process. Click here to book a session for your search committee.

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Intercultural Fluency, Diversity, and International Peoples at UBC

(Duration: 1 – 2 hours)
In this presentation, Equity Facilitators will discuss the 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.

Adapting to the needs of the unit and request, we can provide a session on cultural diversity, intercultural fluency, and communication styles, as well as information about relevant UBC commitments and priorities and initiatives as they pertain to the working, learning, and living environments of students, staff and faculty. We will approach our work through participatory engagement, the use of scenarios, videos, and small group discussion to maximize learning and support our working, learning and living environments.

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Positive Space Campaign

(Duration: 2 hours)
In this newly revised workshop, Equity Facilitators will guide participants through learning of key terms, increase your knowledge about sexual and gender diversity, and engage you in the Positive Space Campaign at UBC through scenarios, videos and small group discussion. For more information visit the Positive Space Campaign website.

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Customized Workshops

Educators of the Equity & Inclusion Office will create a presentation that is responsive to a group’s particular interests/concerns regarding equity and inclusion at UBC. In this case, the facilitating Educator will meet with a faculty, department, or *representatives in the lead-up to the workshop to identify the content and format of the presentation.

In the event that a conversation about a unit’s specific needs related to harassment, discrimination, anti-bullying, and respectful working environments cannot take place, the Educators will present an overview of the Equity and Inclusion office’s foundational information about UBC’s Discrimination & Harassment Policy # 3 and the UBC Statement on Respectful Environment for Students, Faculty and Staff.

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