In the Fall of 2013 President Toope convened a Task Force on Intersectional Gender-based Violence and Aboriginal Stereotypes in response to chants promoting rape culture and Aboriginal stereotypes that occurred during student-led Commerce Undergraduate Society FROSH activities.
The Task Force produced 14 recommendations that focus on the climate for faculty, staff and students on UBC campuses. The President and the Executive response and action plan: Renewing our commitment to equity and diversity: UBC’s response to the Task Force Recommendations. This action plan is not only in response to the student-led chants, but builds upon UBC’s current strengths, understandings and competencies relating to equity, diversity and inclusion in the areas of policy, strategic leadership and planning, curriculum and education, and supporting a respectful community.
– Read the Task Force Report prepared by the UBC President’s Task Force on Intersectional Gender-based violence and Aboriginal Stereotypes
The University’s response to the Task Force
The University has now responded with an action plan that renews UBC’s commitment to equity and diversity. The plan incorporates the Task Force recommendations and builds on current initiatives, policies, and practices.
Renewing Our Commitment to Equity and Diversity – excerpt from the introduction:
The University of British Columbia is committed to providing a respectful environment, where diversity is valued, and where all our community members can achieve their full potential.
The diversity of UBC’s community is one of our key strengths. By bringing together individuals with different perspectives, experiences and values, UBC creates a dynamic learning, teaching, research, work and living environment.
In order to support this diversity, UBC has committed significant resources and effort to the development of a respectful environment for all community members, including policies, programs and initiatives that specifically target issues of equity and inclusion.
While much has been done, the student-led chants of this past fall (2013) remind us of the need to keep moving forward. For that reason, President Toope convened a Task Force to provide recommendations on approaches to both address the issues of the fall, and to improve UBC’s strategic approach to equity and inclusion.1 The terms of reference of the Task Force can be found in Appendix 1. The report of the Task Force can be found through this link.
The work of the Task Force was complementary to a set of prior processes that had been implemented to refine UBC’s approach to addressing equity and diversity. UBC had initiated multiple projects to review, build on our strengths, and develop a more strategic approach to addressing equity and inclusion at UBC. These projects included, among others: a review and restructuring of the Equity and Inclusion Office and a stronger role and reporting structure for the Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion; and development of an intercultural strategy to build intercultural competencies across our community.
This document addresses the recommendations of the Task Force within the context of this broader work happening at UBC and represents UBC’s action plan moving forward. The plan builds on current initiatives and UBC’s strengths, and renews our commitment to a respectful environment, where diversity is valued, and where all our community members can study, work and live in an environment dedicated to equity, excellence and mutual respect.