Inclusion Action Plan: Building a More Inclusive UBC

At UBC, we are committed to advancing inclusion across the university. The UBC Equity & Inclusion Office is now working with campus partners to develop an Inclusion Action Plan that will identify areas and actions of focus needed to create a more inclusive and welcoming live, work, and learn community.

About the Inclusion Action Plan

The Inclusion Action Plan (IAP) will provide a guiding document that identifies priority goals for inclusion at UBC and strategic level actions needed in order to achieve those goals.

As a university, we recognize the value of diversity and inclusion, and the positive impact that welcoming and inclusive environments have on the wellbeing, experiences, and achievement of students, faculty, and staff.

The IAP seeks to build on and connect previous and ongoing efforts at UBC, incorporating relevant ideas and recommendations in a single action plan that guides efforts at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.

As part of the process to develop this plan, we want to ensure that we reflect the voices and needs of our community, particularly those that have been historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized.


Get Involved

To inform the development of the action plan, a series of engagement opportunities are available for students, staff, faculty, and wider community to share their voice. We are currently in Phase IV of the engagement process.

Do you have a meeting or an event coming up through which we could engage with your communities around the IAP? We'd be happy to arrange for a presentation, or facilitate another engagement opportunity with your team, department, or club. Please get in touch with us at

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Campus Engagement Process

The IAP was informed through a university-wide engagement effort. Community members were able to express their feedback through an online survey, in-person conversation pop-ups, and by participating in a conversation café. All feedback was considered by the action plan working groups and committees.

  • September to October: Convene a campus-wide Inclusion Working Group to develop a draft definition of inclusion and create draft goals and priority areas [completed].
  • January: Convene an Inclusion Advisory Committee. Develop engagement process [completed].
  • January to February: Conduct a baseline scan of existing recommendations for action, and review existing reports on workplace and student representation and experiences [completed].
  • March: Obtain feedback from community on draft recommendations and identify additional opportunities for action [completed].
  • March to April: Collect, analyze and synthesize broad input from campus communities [completed].
  • May: Convene an Actions Development Workshop to prioritize and identify actions, ensuring needs are reflected and feasibility considered [completed].
  • June: Summer engagement planning [completed].
  • July – September: Engage students, faculty and staff representatives of historically, persistently or systemically marginalized groups, as well as senior leadership, in review of draft IAP [completed].
  • October: Present Inclusion Action Plan to the university executive [completed].
  • December: Present Inclusion Action Plan to the Board of Governors [completed].

Get Informed

The following background documents are available to help you get more informed about current state of inclusion at UBC.

What We Heard

Watch this space as we share feedback that we received throughout the engagement process.

Governance and Decision-Making

An Inclusion Advisory Committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students oversee the Inclusion Action Plan development. Engagement process design and delivery is operationalized by a working group within the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office.

An Inclusion Action Plan actions working group reviews feedback and makes recommendations to the advisory committee. The committee advises the co-chair of the committee with respect to recommendations.

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion
  • Gillian Henderson, Director, Human Resources, UBC Okanagan

UBC Okanagan


  • Virginie Fostroy - Graduate Student, School of Social Work, Faculty of Health & Social Development


  • Martin Blum - Associate Professor, English, and Head of Critical Studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Shirley Chau - Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Faculty of Health & Social Development
  • Sheila Epp - Associate Director, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health & Social Development


  • Kristin Cacchioni - Senior Manager, Faculty and Employee Relations, Human Resources
  • Vania Chan - e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist, Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Jenica Frisque - Equity Facilitator, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Gillian Henderson - Director, Human Resources
  • Rachelle Hole - Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Faculty of Health & Social Development
  • Earllene Roberts - Manager, Disability Resource Centre, Student Development & Advising

UBC Vancouver


  • Racheal Ayugi - Student
  • Mir Muhtadi Faiaz - Student
  • Cristina Ilnitchi - Vice-President, External, UBC Alma Mater Society
  • Melissa Prado - Student
  • Agang Tema - Student


  • Jan Hare - Professor, Associate Dean, Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education
  • Kai Li - Professor, Finance Division and Senior Associate Dean, Equity and Diversity, Sauder School of Business
  • Sheryl Lightfoot - Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs and Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts
  • Jennifer Ann Love - Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty and Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
  • Minelle Mahtani - Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty and Associate Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, Faculty of Arts
  • Margaret Moss - Director, First Nations House of Learning and Associate Professor, First Nations House of Learning and School of Nursing
  • Janice Stewart - Undergraduate Program Chair, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice


  • Kat Cureton - Engagement Strategist, Community Engagement
  • Aftab Erfan - Director, Dialogue & Conflict Engagement, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Kele Fleming - Associate Director, Teaching and Learning Professional Development, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
  • Debbie Harvie - Managing Director, University Community Services
  • Carole Jolly - Director, Community Development & Engagement, Campus + Community Planning
  • Janet Mee - Director, The Centre for Accessibility
  • Shirley Nakata - Ombudsperson, Office of the Ombudsperson for Students
  • Catherine Pitman - Director, Workplace Engagement & Communications, UBC Human Resources
  • Heather Robertson - Executive Director, Student Health & Wellbeing
  • Michelle Suderman - Director International Student Development Vancouver
  • Rachael Sullivan - Equity Facilitator, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Kavie Toor - Director, Facilities & Business Development, UBC Athletics and Recreation

The following UBC Equity & Inclusion Office staff are part of the Engagement Working Group:

  • Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Tracy Wideman, Director, Partnerships and Organizational Change
  • Louise Griep, Engagement Strategist
  • Charlene Phung, Manager, Planning and Evaluation
  • Maureen Mendoza, Project Manager
  • Marko Pajalic, Communications Manager
  • Jenica Frisque, Equity Facilitator (UBC Okanagan)


Please contact us at should you have any questions about this process, or inclusion at UBC.