Explore events that increase awareness and understanding of racial equity, justice and the systemic barriers and experiences faced by marginalized and racialized communities. Learn about allyship and solidarity, and ways that you can support anti-racism efforts toward a more inclusive UBC.

Upcoming Events

Black Student Orientation

August 31 – September 1, 2022
Register by August 24

The purpose of this orientation is to create a space for new undergraduate and graduate Black students at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses to start to build community with each other, receive tips for transitioning to UBC, and connect with Black-identifying student groups. Current UBC Black students are welcome to join the session.
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Inclusive Leadership for Managers and Supervisors (with Bakau Consulting)

September 27, 2022

This three-part workshop series, facilitated by Bakau Consulting, is for managers and supervisors at UBC who want to use an anti-oppressive lens to become a more inclusive leader.
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Making Cities Equitable and Inclusive

September 28, 2022

As cities swell with ever-expanding and diverse populations, social and economic problems are accompanying that growth. From urban design to democratizing civic planning, how can cities ensure that all citizens have equitable access to services and a better quality of life, strengthen connections, and develop a sense of belonging?
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Course: Historical, Systemic and Intersectional Anti-racism: From Awareness to Action

This course will systemically cover and uncover implicit and explicit forms of historic, systemic and institutional racisms and their colonial and intersectional impacts on marginalized peoples and their communities in the past and in contemporary times.

Past Events

Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force Report Launch

On April 22, the ARIE Task Force released its final report, which delivers 54 recommendations focused on students, faculty, and staff as well as Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour.
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The National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism

UBC convened a two-day virtual event to address the ongoing crisis of escalating anti-Asian racism in Canada.

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

The Blue and Goldcast

A monthly podcast hosted by UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono.

Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter

On May 13 and 14, the University of British Columbia (UBC) hosted the inaugural Inter-Institutional Forum of the Scarborough National Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education. The forum included a public symposium, co-hosted by UBC and Simon Fraser University (SFU), on May 14.

UBC Pride Connect: 2SLGBTQIA+ faculty & staff reception

June 29, 2022
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Formerly known as Pride Convergence, the UBC Pride Connect reception for faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars provides an annual event for building and sustaining 2SLGBTQIA+ networks, while championing a more inclusive campus community. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, hear remarks from special guests, and (re)connect with other members of the UBC 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
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explorASIAN Festival 2022

May 2022

60+ Asian Heritage Month in-person and virtual events and exhibitions presented by explorASIAN Festival’s community partners.
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Celebrate Learning with Asian Library: Spotlight on Collections and Innovation

May 12, 2022
4:00 pm

Asian Library supports scholars, students and community members conducting research on, or learning about Asia and Asian heritage. Join us and hear how our users are engaged with our collections and services for their research and studies. This event coincides with Asian Heritage Month and showcases the resources available at Asian Library.
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Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter

May 14, 2022
2:00–5:45 pm

On May 13 and 14, the University of British Columbia (UBC) will be hosting the inaugural Inter-Institutional Forum of the Scarborough National Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education. The forum will include a public symposium, co-hosted by UBC and Simon Fraser University (SFU), on May 14.

Webinar: The Hong Kong and Taiwanese Diaspora in the Literary Imagination

May 19, 2022
5:00 pm

The world of Hong Kong and Taiwanese literature is obviously not limited to literary works written in Chinese by writers living in Hong Kong or Taiwan. Not only is there a significant body of writings in English by authors (such as Xu Xi, Timothy Mo, Dorothy Tse, Tammy Ho, Nicholas Wong, Chih-Ying Lay, to name a few) based in Hong Kong or Taiwan, the coming of age of a new generation of Hong Kong-born and Taiwan-born Canadian writers, whose literary works often draw on their transnational experiences, has also added much richness to the literature of Hong Kong and Taiwan—not to mention that of Canada. Join us for a conversation with authors Sam Cheuk and Julia Lin, along with moderator Allan Cho, on their works and journeys.
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Race Ideology: Historical Perspectives, Current Realities and Re-imagining the Future

May 25, 2022
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

This symposium will explore how racist ideology led to the categorization of people into “races” and how centuries of medical knowledge, health care, research and health professions education have perpetuated systemic racism.

  • Navigating Emotional Responses in the Classroom
    This workshop recognizes that emotions are part of the classroom climate. Instructors are tasked with the complex role of navigating their own emotions in the classroom, while also recognizing the emotions of their students and determining the best way to support them. The significance of this role is particularly prevalent when discussing topics surrounding race, […]
  • Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics with Case Studies
    In this workshop we will explore complex classroom dynamics, such as microaggressions and tensions when students have conflicting world views. Drawing from select Open Case Studies at UBC that highlight Indigenous student experiences in diverse classrooms, participants will work in breakout groups to unpack the scenarios and discuss how they resonate with our current classroom contexts and […]
  • Unpacking Harmful Phrases and Behaviours
    This workshop provides a deep exploration of common phrases and behaviours that can have detrimental impacts on learners from equity-deserving backgrounds. Using anti-oppressive frameworks, intervention models, and practical tools, participants will engage in group activities and discussion that deconstruct specific harmful phrases and behaviours, their roots, and ways to address them. The aim of this workshop […]
  • Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force Report Launch
    Over the last year, UBC has launched a series of initiatives addressing systemic racism within our community, including forming an Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force. Since beginning its work in March 2021, the ARIE Task Force has made a series of interim recommendations to address the many forms of systemic racism and to […]
    Since making public in 2020 the In Plain Sight Addressing Indigenous Specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Heatlh Care and as some parts of the health care system strive to bring life to the recommendation there has been an increase in trying to understand a way forward. In the workshop, Indigenous Cultural Safety consultant, Harley […]

Engagement Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities to get involved for faculty, staff and students on both campuses: