$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 for funding across all applications amounting to $245,245. For this application cycle, $40,000 have been made available at UBC Vancouver and $5,000 have been made available at UBC Okanagan. An evaluation committee, convened by the Equity & Inclusion Office, assessed each of the applications and awarded funding to 14 projects, or 24 per cent of total number of applications. The total funding disbursed amounted to approximately 20 per cent of the total requested funding.

$42,900 awarded to nine projects at UBC Vancouver

At UBC Vancouver, awarded projects aim to advance equity and inclusion across the university including in academic programs, student services, arts and culture, recruitment, program evaluation, and health and wellness, and with an aim to enhance the experiences of Indigenous, people of colour, persons with disabilities and queer and trans communities at UBC.

Funded projects:

  • Foundations to assess and enhance EDI: Preparing to surf the data wave
    Faculty of Science
  • UBC ARTIVISM: Minding The Body
    UBC Arts & Culture District, Office of the Dean of Arts
  • Inclusive Publishing: Increasing Accessibility of BC Studies
    Office of the Vice-President, Students
  • Transdisciplinary Day of Disability Research, Education, and Activism
    Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • IBPOC Connections for Students
    Student Health and Wellbeing
  • Diversifying Access to UBC Health Profession Educational Programs
    Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine
  • Expanding Staff Capacity, From Recruitment to Professional Development
    Office of the Vice-President, Students
  • Student Staff – EDI Initiatives
    Department of Athletics & Recreation
  • Mentorship to promote diversity in the graduate pipeline
    Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

$6,610 awarded to five projects at UBC Okanagan

At UBC Okanagan, funded projects and initiatives similarly focus on supporting for example Indigenous and queer and trans communities, and across programming related to orientations, health and wellness, community engagement, and athletics and recreation.

Funded projects:

  • IDEA Orientations – Physical Indigenization of space and increasing knowledge and awareness of Indigenous communities during JumpStart
    Student Experience Office
  • Indigenous Programs and Services and Harm Reduction: A Collaborative, Capacity Building Initiative
    Campus Wellness and Education Unit
  • Indigenous Reads Book Club
    UBC Okanagan Library
  • EDI Book Club
    College of Graduate Studies
  • UBCO Heat Pride Night
    Athletics & Recreation

You can learn more about each of the projects funded, as well as previously funded projects, in our recipients database.

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The EIO is currently reviewing the EEF with an eye to improve our ability to respond to community needs and better align funds awarded with strategic initiatives that advance accessibility, equity, and inclusive excellence in the context of student experience and success. Please visit the equity.ubc.ca/eef or sign-up for our newsletter or social channels for updates.