Human Rights Advising

At UBC, we are committed to maintaining and respecting human rights at every level of the institution. This means providing students, staff and faculty with an environment dedicated to excellence, equity and mutual respect, and free from discrimination.

How We Can Help

Advising update

Thank you for reaching out to the Human Rights Advising team in the Equity & Inclusion Office. Please note that we have recently hired two new Human Rights Advisors and are in the process of hiring a Director.

We are committed to supporting your requests for human rights advising and thank you for your patience as we continue to manage incoming inquiries while on-boarding new team members and securing permanent leadership over the next few weeks.

Requests for advising may be submitted below. We are compiling a waitlist and will respond to your inquiry at our first availability.

For additional support during this time, consider the services listed below.

If you are seeking advocacy support related to a discrimination concern, please reach out as follows:

For urgent health-related support, please call 911, go to your local emergency room, or contact someone in your life who can support you.

For urgent mental health support, consider:

  • BC Crisis Centre: 1-800-784-2433: for individuals who are or know someone who is having thoughts of suicide. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in up to 140 languages.
  • Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789: for emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health in British Columbia. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is toll-free anywhere in British Columbia (no need to dial an area code).
  • If you reside in Vancouver, you can reach out to the Access and Assessment Centre: (604) 675-3700 (803 West 12th Avenue, level 1 east entrance). They offer short-term treatment for mental health concerns on-site, by telephone, or by mobile response. They are available 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day for Vancouver residents.

UBC students may access a range of student health services - learn more about these here: students.ubc.ca/health

UBC employees may access health and well-being resources, including UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program - learn more about the range of wellness services for employees here: hr.ubc.ca/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health

If you have concerns related to discrimination on the basis of one or more of the 14 grounds protected by the BC Human Rights Code and as defined by UBC’s policy SC7: Discrimination, our team is here to help.

Protected grounds include real or perceived: age, ancestry, colour, family status, marital status, physical or mental disability, place of origin, political belief, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and criminal conviction unrelated to employment.

Our human rights advising team:

  • consults on human-rights related discrimination and provides information and advice;
  • works with relevant parties to resolve concerns informally, where possible;
  • assists with filing a formal complaint, as appropriate.

Discrimination is intentional or unintentional conduct, which can be individual or systemic, that imposes burdens, obligations, or disadvantages on or limits access to opportunities, benefits and advantages to specific individuals or groups as defined by the BC Human Rights Code and for which there is no real and reasonable justification.

Harassment that is related to one or more of the prohibited grounds of discrimination set out in the Human Rights Code is considered discrimination under this policy.

Get Support

If you feel that you may have been subjected to discrimination, contact us. We’ll get back to you within two weeks to follow-up and outline next steps.

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Trans and Gender Diversity Support

If you are a Two-Spirit, trans and/or non-binary student, staff or faculty, and have questions and concerns specific to trans inclusion and gender diversity, our team has expertise and lived experience to support you.

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Access

Please note current delays in the provision of our services.

Appointments are now also provided virtually using Zoom.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Our Commitments to You

We consider all personal information, as well as reasons for reaching out to our office, confidential. If disclosure of information is necessary in order to respond to a request, we work closely with the discloser(s) to determine the most productive way of sharing information. In exceptional circumstances, where required by law or where there is risk of significant harm to anyone’s health or safety, we may refer the matter to appropriate parties within UBC and/or notify third parties, such as the police or child protection authorities.

Our office maintains an impartial approach. Simply put, this means that we avoid taking sides or advocating for one opinion or perspective in a given conflict scenario. Rather, we strive to explore the differing perspectives at play, and their intersections, in service of greater understanding on all sides. We do, at the same time, maintain throughout all our work a strong commitment to the values of equity, diversity, and inclusivity, as well as the policies and procedures that exemplify those and other core ethical values of the university.

We do everything we can to make our services accessible. Those with accessibility needs are encouraged to let us know in advance of a meeting to arrange to accommodate their needs. If English is not your preferred language, please request a translator or bring someone who can translate for you to any meetings with us.