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Update on the progress of strategic equity and anti-racism efforts

Launched in January 2023, UBC’s Strategic Equity and Anti-Racism (StEAR) Framework set out the university’s integrated approach to advancing equity and anti-racism commitments and priorities drawn from across a number of institutional plans. Now, a year since the launch of the framework, at the January 2023 townhall, a number of efforts have moved the implementation of this work forward.

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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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Transgender Day of Remembrance at UBC

On Trans Day of Remembrance, November 20, we honour those lost to violence, those who live through violence and transphobia, and recognize the need to disrupt the violence and oppression that trans people continue to face.

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UBC launches inaugural Student Diversity Census 

New census will provide UBC with important demographic data to better understand the diversity of the student body, identify barriers to inclusion and opportunities to enhance student experiences, and assess progress.  Advancing equity and anti-racism is one of UBC’s institutional priorities. Core to advancing these commitments are efforts to identify and address systemic barriers and […]

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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.

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day

September 30 is a day to honour and uphold Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors of the Indian Residential School system, and to commemorate those who didn’t return home.
Find a wide range of Orange Shirt Day programming and information, on the hub page curated by the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.