Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence at UBC

We acknowledge that UBC’s campuses are situated on the traditional, unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.

Equity, diversity and inclusion are necessary conditions for attracting and retaining the best and brightest students, faculty and staff from around the world. This requires that we create inclusive environments free from racism in which to work, learn and live. 

Diversity makes us stronger. It enhances innovation and increases the complexity of our knowledge. With that knowledge, we can transform systems of oppression and injustice, and support emerging leaders to help shape not only our campuses but workplaces, communities and the broader society.

This website provides one accountability mechanism for UBC’s efforts. It is a call to action for all community members to confront hatred, oppression, violence and injustice and to support and elevate those who are traditionally, systemically and historically marginalized.


Portrait of Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia
Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor

Here at UBC, we can work to model a different kind of community — one where we embrace difference and work to build each other up while enacting values of dignity, mutual respect and justice.


Our Commitments

In June 2020, President Ono reaffirmed our institutional commitment to inclusion and called for the acceleration and intensification of our efforts to build a more inclusive campus. We must all enhance our efforts to:

  • Implement the Inclusion Action Plan
  • Diversify our students, faculty and staff
  • Support and provide resources for identity-based spaces and organizations
  • Recruit, retain and support Black students, faculty and staff
  • Provide training and education on anti-racism

Leadership

Executive Co-Leads

Dr. Ainsley Carry, Vice-President Students, and Dr. Ananya Mukherjee Reed, Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan, are the Co-Executive Leads for Anti-Racism. As senior administrators, they will provide a critical bridge between the UBC executive, the Task Force on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence, and our Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) community members.

Dr. Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Ainsley Carry, Vice-President, Students

Dr. Ainsley Carry
Vice-President, Students


Advisors

Senior Advisors to the President and the Provost provide expert advice and counsel on matters related to their area of expertise.

Dr. Handel Kashope Wright, Senior Advisor to the President on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence

Dr. Handel Kashope Wright
Senior Advisor to the President on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence

Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs

Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot
Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs

Dr. Minelle Mahtani, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty

Dr. Minelle Mahtani
Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty


Implementation Lead

The Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion leads efforts on UBC campuses to create a more inclusive environment.

Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay
Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion