Statement regarding report of anti-Black racism incident during Congress 2019

Please see our revised statement.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences received a complaint on June 2 from a student attending Congress 2019, for which UBC is the host venue. The student reported being racially profiled and harassed by another Congress participant.

UBC unequivocally opposes and denounces anti-Black racism, racial profiling, harassment and discrimination of any kind. This allegation of anti-Black racism and racial profiling is deeply concerning to the University, not only for its impact on a valued guest but also for its impact on racialized people at our campuses who deserve to experience a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment.

UBC Human Resources is supporting the Federation in its investigation of this incident. UBC will continue to assist in whatever way we can.

We are committed to ensuring that equity and inclusion are embedded in all areas of academic, work and campus life, and that the dignity of all community members is respected.

We stand firmly against all forms of racial discrimination and harassment as we strive to provide an inclusive experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Institutionally and individually, we all share in the responsibility of creating and maintaining that environment.

Sara-Jane Finlay
Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion