Inspiring deep, widespread and enduring change to support EDI


Creating change can be a daunting experience, let alone at an institution as large as UBC. Join Maï Yasué, Equity & Inclusion Strategist for the Equity & Inclusion Office, as she presents two empirically supported psychological frameworks on autonomous motivation.

She will provide tips for student as they develop projects, interventions and strategies to facilitate deep, widespread and enduring change within their unit. Using case studies from community-based conservation, to post-secondary education, she will demonstrate how these frameworks can be used as tools for students as they advocate for sociocultural change towards JEDII (Justice, Equity, Decolonization, Indigenization and Inclusion). Refreshments will be served.

This workshop is the final of three sessions in the Student Equity Engagement Network (SEEN) Spring Series. Launched in the fall of 2022, SEEN seeks to bring together students working on EDI initiatives across UBC to maximize the impact of their efforts. Learn more about SEEN.

About the speaker

Maï Yasué is an Equity Strategist in the Equity & Inclusion Office. She obtained her MSc in Zoology at the University of Oxford and her PhD in Geography at the University of Victoria. As a previous faculty member and administrator at Quest University Canada, she collaborated with strategic partners to build a more inclusive and innovative university.

In her roles as the Head of Social Sciences and Chair of the Equity and Inclusion Committee, Financial Aid Committee and Faculty Review Committee at Quest University Canada, she helped revise student admissions procedures to enhance transparency and equity while improving support for students with financial needs, and embedded more equitable and transparent practices in faculty hiring policies and review procedures.

What to expect

In this workshop, Maï will discuss:

  • How do I motivate faculty and administrators to really care about JEDII?
  • What are best strategies to “call in” rather than “call-out” faculty about JEDII?
  • Why doesn’t mandatory diversity training work?
  • How do I take care of my own well-being as I engage in this work?
  • What power do I have to create change…I am only a student?

Who can join

The gathering is open to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students engaged in an EDI initiative at UBC. This is inclusive of students who:

  • Are involved with a departmental or faculty-based EDI committee, or
  • Are advancing an EDI initiative as part of a Work Learn project, Co-op project, student advisory group, or departmental initiative, including supporting affinity group spaces or working groups.

Program lead(s)

Diana Alhany
EDI Programs Assistant Work Learn

Rachael Sullivan
Equity Education Strategist