Vice Presidential Strategic Implementation Committee for Equity and Diversity (VPSICED)

The Strategic Implementation Committee for Equity and Diversity provides advice and recommendations on actions and implementation to a Vice Presidential Oversight Group (VPOG) which includes the Provost and Vice President, Academic; the Vice President, Human Resources; the Vice President, Students; and the Deputy Vice Chancellor for the Okanagan Campus. The VPOG use this advice to enhance the implementation of the Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan through their portfolios.

The committee focuses on providing advice and recommendations with respect to:

  • Identification of priorities and resource commitments pertaining to the needs of students and employees;
  • Implementation of and approach to substantive equity issues in the campus climate
  • Assessment and monitoring of progress against the strategic initiatives outlined in reports and plans such as Valuing Difference: A Strategy for Advancing Equity and Diversity at UBC, Renewing Our Commitment to Equity and Diversity: UBC’s response to the Task Force Recommendations or other strategies, reports or plans related to equity and inclusion.
  • Provide input and/or advice to the Office of the University Counsel in relation to the creation or revision of policies of the UBC Board of Governors related to equity and diversity.
  • Form advisory tables and working groups specific to strategic initiatives as established by reports and plans such as Valuing Difference and Renewing our Commitment to Equity & Diversity


The Committee will meet 5-6 times per year with at least one meeting chaired from UBC-O. The committee will be chaired by the AVP with a Vice Chair appointed from the existing membership by the lead Vice President.

Members will normally serve for a two-year term, renewable. Quorum will require the attendance of the lead Vice President (or designate), the Associate Vice President and at least half of the Working Group chairs.

For the membership terms of reference please click here.


  • Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion (UBCV)
  • Barbara Meens Thistle, Vice President, Human Resources (UBCV)
  • Gillian Henderson, Director, Human Resources (UBCO)
  • Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President Academic (UBCV)
  • Jennifer Love, Senior Advisor on Women Faculty, Office of the Vice President, Academic (UBCV)
  • Janet Teasdale, Vice President Students, Office of the Vice President, Students (UBCV)
  • Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Principal, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Principal Office (UBCO)
  • Ian Cull, Designate, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Principal Office (UBCO)
  • Henry Yu, Principal (on leave 16/17), St. Johns College (UBCV)
  • Mary Bryson, Senior Associate Dean, Administration & Innovation, Faculty of Education, Language and Literacy Education (UBCV)
  • Shirley Nakata, Ombudsperson for Students, Office of the Ombudsperson for Students (UBCV)
  • Adrienne Vedan, Director, AVP Students, Aboriginal Programs & Services (UBCO)
  • Allison Matacheskie, Director of Faculty Relations, Faculty Relations (UBCV)
  • Janet Mee, Director, Centre for Accessibility (UBCV)
  • Shehnaz Motani, Research Awards Officer, Research Services (UBCV)
  • David Lance, President (CUPE 116) (UBCV)
  • Handel Wright, Professor, Chair, CCIE, Educational Studies, Network of Centres and Institutes in Education (UBCV)
  • Shirley Chau, Health & Social Development, Social Work (UBCO)
  • Susana Caxaj, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing (UBCO)
  • Dory Nason, Senior Instructor, First Nations & Indigenous Studies Program, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies & Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (UBCV)
  • Afsaneh Sharif, Faculty Liaison, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (UBCV)
  • James Tansey, Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing, Sauder School of Business (UBCV)
  • Carol Naylor, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, Student Development and Services (UBCV)

Equity and Inclusion Office Support

  • Aftab Erfan, Director, Dialogue & Conflict Engagement, Equity and Inclusion Office (UBCV)
  • Roshni Narain, Human Rights Adviser, Equity and Inclusion Office (UBCV)
  • Marko Pajalic, Communications Manager, Equity and Inclusion Office (UBCV)
  • Theresa Rollins, Executive Assistant, Equity and Inclusion Office (UBCV)
  • Jenica Frisque, Equity Facilitator, Equity and Inclusion Office (UBCO)
  • Tracy Wideman, Director, Partnerships and Organizational Strategy, Equity and Inclusion Office (UBCV)

Working Groups

To create a structural model that is flexible and responsive to the needs of the UBC community, the Committee will form Working Groups relevant to specific strategic initiatives and recommendations identified in reports and plans. The mandate of the Working Groups is to create action-oriented recommendations to the Committee on the implementation of strategic initiatives.

On the advice of the Committee, the AVP will invite subject matter experts from across both campuses to join the Working Groups. A Chair will be identified who will sit as a member of the Committee for the duration of the life of the Working Group. A member of the Equity and Inclusion Office will support each Working Group and provide administrative and research support.



Meeting Minutes

Terms of Reference