Messages from the AVP

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Celebrating Pink Shirt Day: Promoting acts of courage 

On occasion of the annual Pink Shirt Day, Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, speaks to the importance of courage in exercising leadership and fostering respectful and inclusive environments.

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National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia

January 29 has been designated by the Canadian government as the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia – an opportunity to honour the survivors and victims of a violent hate-motivated attack on Muslim worshipers at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Sainte-Foy, Quebec in 2017. It is also a day to commit to ongoing efforts to combat Islamophobia in all of its manifestations from biased and bigoted attitudes, to individual and systemic acts of discrimination, to hate-motivated violence.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Join UBC students, faculty, and staff to learn more about the importance of preserving Holocaust remembrance and combatting antisemitism, and to reflect on our individual and collective responsibilities to safeguard human rights locally and globally.

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Remarks: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The following remarks were delivered by Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion during the University Women’s Club of Vancouver Federation Committee Panel Discussion: “Are Students Safe on Post-Secondary Campuses?” on December 6, 2023.

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Recognizing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, reflects on the significance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and efforts to advance accessibility and inclusion at UBC.

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Remarks: Two-Spirit Coast Salish Mosaic Reveal

The following remarks were delivered by Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion during the Two-Spirit Coast Salish Mosaic Reveal on November 14, 2023. Thank you, Corinna. Good afternoon, everyone.  First, I want to thank the Coast Salish First Nations peoples for the gracious reception of guests like myself to your traditional, ancestral and unceded territories. […]

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Trans Day of Remembrance: A call to safeguard hard-won freedoms and rights 

People across Canada will be participating in Trans Awareness Week events from November 13-19, which culminates in the recognition of Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20.

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Orange Shirt Day: Reflect, learn and act towards Truth and Reconciliation

Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion shares a message with the community in recognition of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

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UBC committed to welcoming community members from around the globe

As UBC continues to monitor geopolitical relations between India and Canada and to assess the implications for our diverse campus community, we are attuned to the ongoing distress experienced and expressed by many students, faculty and staff.

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UBC stands in support of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities

The increasing backlash against efforts to enhance the human rights, accessibility, inclusion and wellness of sexual orientation and gender identity minoritized peoples is extremely concerning. UBC is committed to universal human rights and fundamental freedoms – which are extended to all citizens. Read the full statement from UBC’s Provosts and the Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion in support of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities at UBC.