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Annual employment equity report highlights progress and opportunities towards broader diversity

2021 Employment Equity Report provides the most robust dataset on UBC’s workforce demographics to date.    Based on the November 1, 2021 data snapshot and 19,347 as the total number of faculty and staff at UBC, the survey had a 66 per cent faculty and 79 per cent staff response rate at UBC Vancouver, and 77 […]

JEDII STEM Series: A step on the path to a just, equitable and inclusive UBC

So often we have a desire to help others but lack a clear path forward. After all, what can an individual do to change an institution as large as UBC? It turns out, there’s quite a lot. UBC has many resources and initiatives designed to support individuals and units motivated to embed justice, equity, decolonization, […]

Roadmap for Change: Implementing anti-racism commitments at UBC

Roadmap for Change: Implementing anti-racism commitments at UBC

On January 25, join students, faculty and staff from faculties and portfolios across UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver for a virtual forum to recognize the work of the ARIE TF, learn about key recommendations from the ARIE TF Final Report and find out about next steps for implementation of UBC’s equity and anti-racism commitments.

IBPOC STEM Network provides a forum to gather, build community, and find support

IBPOC STEM Network provides a forum to gather, build community, and find support

“Through this gathering, I saw the faces of the voices I heard who spoke on racism and gender bias in the workplace. As a woman of color, I witness how their stories reverberate in my own walls and cry out for change and a total overhaul of sys temic racism and biases that have characterized […]

Statement of solidarity in response to Club Q attack  

Statement of solidarity in response to Club Q attack  

We are deeply saddened by the violence and loss of life in Colorado Springs, United States. In memory of the victims and in solidarity with queer and trans communities impacted by this tragedy, we stand behind the thoughtful and powerful message issued by SOGI UBC.

New Student Equity Action Network launched

New Student Equity Action Network aims to bring together students working on equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives at UBC and to catalyze collaborations, knowledge exchange, and maximize the impact of student efforts. Creating change is hard, let alone at large institutions such as UBC. It’s easy to feel lost and overwhelmed within its vast ecosystem of […]

Time to Thrive: UBC Black Caucus brings back Black mental wellness initiative

Time to Thrive: UBC Black Caucus brings back Black mental wellness initiative

Back again in 2022, for the month of November – and on a first-come, first-served basis – Black students, faculty and staff across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses can access free 1-on-1 virtual or in-person counselling sessions with Black counsellors.

$49,510 awarded to community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion

$49,510 awarded to community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion

14 projects led by faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan received funding from the Equity Enhancement Fund. The fund is designed to support community-led projects that advance UBC’s commitments to inclusion. This spring funding cycle, the Equity & Inclusion Office received 59 applications to the Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF), with the total ask […]

New case study library offers examples of inclusion in action

A new case study library hosted by the UBC Equity & Inclusion offers a promising and growing list of examples of how departments and units are advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across UBC. The library has been launched as a way to support UBC units and departments by providing some practical examples of how […]

What is a washroom audit? Here is what you need to know.

What is a washroom audit? Here is what you need to know.

As part of UBC’s Inclusive Washroom Project, Darcy Bandeen, an Arts undergraduate student, conducted an audit of nearly 1050 washrooms across the UBC Vancouver campus in Spring of 2022. To learn more about the purpose of the audit, we asked Darcy to share some insights about their work. What is a washroom audit and what […]