Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diversity Task Force

As part of efforts to advance UBC’s commitments to inclusion, a Trans, Two-Spirit, and Gender Diversity task force provided strategic direction to UBC’s senior leadership in the area of gender identity, gender expression and human rights.

In recent years, faculty, staff, students and alumni have challenged UBC’s commitment to its trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary community members due to external events held on the Vancouver campus. These recent developments have highlighted the pressing need for action in the area of gender identity, gender expression and human rights, particularly in light of the commitment to inclusion in UBC’s Strategic Plan and the addition of gender identity and gender expression to the BC Human Rights Code.

A Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diversity Task Force was established to provide strategic direction to UBC’s senior leadership and to make recommendations to create a more inclusive campus for trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary faculty, staff, and students.

The mandate of the task force is to:

  • Detail the primary areas for attention and improvement to address inequities that directly impact members of trans, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse communities.
  • Develop a set of actionable recommendations to address gaps in systems, policies, procedures, and practices that address the human rights concerns of trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary members of the UBC community.

The task force expands on the scope and resourcing of the former Trans, Two-Spirit, and Gender Diversity Working Group of the former Vice Presidents Strategic Implementation Committee on Equity & Diversity (VPSICED). It was tasked wit creating a Terms of Reference and providing recommendations to UBC leadership by examining climate and culture, including, but not limited to:

  • Climate and safety
  • Education and cultural competency training needs
  • Information systems, records, and documents
  • Student services, including health and counselling services
  • Athletics and recreation
  • Information systems

UBC’s Inclusion Action Plan (IAP) provides a framework that will guide the Task Force’s actionable recommendations.

Co-chairs (2):

  • Sara-Jane Finlay, former Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion
  • Janice Stewart

Associate Chairs (3):

  • Jesse Grimaldi
  • Hannah Kai
  • Ruthann Lee

Members (18):

  • Jodey Castricano
  • JP Catungal
  • Bec Chan
  • Atmaza Chattopadhyay
  • Kip Chow
  • Jordy Decker
  • Skylar Dubois
  • Seren Friskie
  • Daniel Gallardo Zamora
  • A. Gonzalez
  • Daniel Heath Justice
  • Harper Keenan
  • Sophie MacDonald
  • Em Mittertreiner
  • Ky Sargeant
  • Mary Ann Saunders
  • Corrina Sparrow
  • Sasha Wiley-Shaw

HR representative:

  • Lindi Frost

EIO staff for operational and strategic support:

  • Hélène Frohard-Dourlent, Educational Strategist

The Task Force met on a monthly basis from March 2020-October 2022. You can find meeting minutes below. 

The Task Force is no longer meeting on a regular basis as its initial exploratory phase has ended. The next phase consists of finalizing recommendations, and this phase is under way in collaboration with the Equity & Inclusion Office. 

  • March 26, 2021

The task force is charged with developing a set of actionable recommendations for the Provosts, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Vice President, Student and Vice President, Human Resources (through the VPSICED) to address gaps in systems, policies, procedures and practices to address the human rights concerns of trans, Two-Spirit and gender diverse members of the UBC community, so as to create more inclusive environments for trans, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people on UBC campuses.

To ensure accountability over time, the Trans, Two-Spirit, and Gender Diversity Task Force may continue beyond its initial mandate to provide further direction and oversight to UBC regarding ongoing work of creating more inclusive environments for trans, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people on UBC campuses.

The task force will produce quarterly reports to the Vice-Presidents and regular updates to VPSICED. Meeting minutes and task force reports will be shared on this page for public record and transparency.

Related News

Have Your Say about Gender Diversity at UBC, February 10, 2021

New Task Force to Support Gender Diversity at UBC, June 23, 2020

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please contact:

Hélène Frohard-Dourlent
Strategist