Our Team

Kara Ellison

Human Rights Advisor

Campus: UBC Okanagan
Team: Human Rights

Kara provides impartial human rights advice and information to all members of the UBC community.

Jessy Santana

Equity & Inclusion Strategist

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Team: Strategic Partnerships & Capacity Building

Jessy is an Equity & Inclusion Strategist with over 13 years of experience in learning and development across the US, China and Canada.

Alberta Rugoiyo

Equity & Inclusion Strategist

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Team: Strategic Partnerships & Capacity Building

Alberta’s work supports Anti-Racism and Anti-oppression practices within communities with individuals.

Inas Ettayebi

Strategist, Institutional Initiatives

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Team: Planning & Evaluation

Inas excels at blending smart planning skills with a strong understanding of how to deliver services effectively. Her professional path showcases her adeptness at transforming overarching objectives into actionable, growth-driven strategies that enhance operational efficiency.

Mahta Khoshnam Tehrani

Mahta Khoshnam Tehrani

Manager, Data, Analytics, Reporting & Evaluation

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Team: Planning & Evaluation

Mahta provides support for data-informed planning, implementation, and evaluation of institutional initiatives and for reporting on progress and outcomes of strategic plans related to promoting EDI.

Rebekah Chotem

Project Manager, Institutional Initiatives

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Team: Planning & Evaluation

Rebekah provides project management support for the StEAR Framework and roadmap to change, as well as the CRC EDI Action Plan and other projects within the Equity and Inclusion office.

Ikechukwu Ibebugwu

Project Manager, Institutional Initiatives

Campus: UBC Okanagan
Team: Planning & Evaluation

As a Project Manager, Ike manages small to large-scale projects to advance work around one of UBC’s guiding principles, promoting equity, anti-racism.

Brian Nelson

Administrative Coordinator

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Team: Administrations

Brian provides complex administrative support to individuals and teams within the Equity & Inclusion Office.

Vanessa Hogan

Executive Assistant

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Team: Administrations

Vanessa provides executive admin support for the AVP and EIO.

Dharshi Lacey

Dharshi Lacey

Director, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism

Campus: UBC Okanagan
Team: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism

Dharshi comes to this role with 20+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She brings a deep commitment to equity work, striving to shift the work from project work to systems work, challenging people and systems to apply a critical equity lens to their policies, practices, language and mindsets.