Working Toward Change

In June 2020, President Ono reaffirmed our institutional commitment to anti-racism and inclusion. Here’s how we’re moving those commitments forward.

Institutional Anti-Racism Actions

Implementation of the Inclusion Action Plan

Executive LeadActionsStatus
External RelationsReviewing engagement principles to ensure an equity, diversity and inclusion lens is applied to UBC’s full spectrum of engagement.Ongoing
External RelationsMaking space for silenced voices in institutional events (e.g. convocation speaker choice).In Progress
Human ResourcesOptimizing university-wide orientations to reflect UBC’s commitment to equity and inclusion.In Progress
Provost (UBCO)Appointing an Associate Provost to develop programs and the teaching and learning portfolio with an anti-racist and inclusive focus.In Progress
Provost (UBCV)Appointing a Director, Faculty Equity (.5 FTE) to help coordinate IAP activities and anti-racism commitments.Complete
Research and InnovationIn collaboration with the Equity & Inclusion Office, leading UBC’s efforts in the federal Dimensions pilot, which aims to help transform and drive change to enable more EDI in research in Canada.In Progress
Research and InnovationExamining ways to support and nominate under-represented groups for major prizes and awards and to create mechanisms to elevate the work of diverse scholars.Forthcoming

Diversifying Students, Faculty and Staff

Executive LeadActionsStatus
Development and Alumni EngagementFundraising for the Beyond Tomorrow program and awards to increase recruitment and support the success of Black students.Ongoing
Finance and OperationsConducting a portfolio accessibility standards audit.In Progress
Human ResourcesIncorporating gender-neutral language into all communications materials and in collective agreements with employee groups, including land acknowledgements in all collective agreements.In Progress
Human ResourcesCollecting disaggregated employment equity data for all faculty and staff.In Progress
Provost (UBCO)Using the Accelerate phase of the Presidents Academic Excellence Initiative to IBPOC faculty recruitment.In Progress
Provost (UBCO and UBCV)Launching a project to collect disaggregated equity and diversity data from students (launched January 2022).Complete

Supporting Identity-Based Spaces and Groups

Executive LeadActionsStatus
External RelationsEnsuring that the UBC Connects program reflects the diversity of the communities with whom we work.In Progress
External RelationsWith Campus & Community Planning and the Equity & Inclusion Office, supporting the installation of a Two-Spirit Pride mural on campus.In Progress
External RelationsThrough our website and newsletter content, creating and promoting stories that showcase the diversity of the UBC community.Ongoing
External RelationsExploring enhanced opportunities to facilitate intercultural understanding, education, and celebration through placemaking, programming, and art within the public realm and community initiatives.Ongoing
HealthSupporting community organizations and partners that promote equity, diversity and inclusion in health and health education.In Progress
Human ResourcesSupporting employee resource groups such as IBPOC Connections and the Disability Resource Group that are coordinated by the Equity & Inclusion Office.In Progress
Human ResourcesUpdating information on religious accommodations for employees.Forthcoming
Provost (UBCO)Establishing a Black Resource Centre.Forthcoming
StudentsCreating a strategic IBPOC initiatives position.Forthcoming
StudentsEnsuring that health and wellbeing programs are accessible to and supportive of all.Forthcoming
StudentsDeveloping an anti-racism policy to examine existing policies on housing, student conduct and financial aid.Forthcoming
StudentsDeveloping resources for racialized students (e.g. Career Equity Guide for Students of Colour).Forthcoming

Recruiting, Retaining and Supporting Black Students, Faculty and Staff

Executive LeadActionsStatus
Development and Alumni EngagementFundraising for IBPOC awards, coupled with a mentorship program.Ongoing
Human ResourcesEngaging with our Employee & Family Assistance Program to encourage a broadening of the network of Indigenous counsellors and increasing the availability and complement of IBPOC counsellors.In Progress
Human ResourcesImplementing a Health & Wellbeing plan that incorporates anti-racism into workplace wellbeing programming efforts by embedding IBPOC knowledge and promoting culturally appropriate programs and support.In Progress
Provost (UBCO)Establishing a summer retreat on Black Studies at UBCO with faculty from other Canadian institutions.Forthcoming
Provost (UBCV)Using an applicant survey to track the diversity of decanal candidates.Completed and Ongoing
Provost (UBCV)Developing a briefing for academic leaders that explains the process for restricted or preferential faculty hiring, student hiring, student admissions and financial aid.Completed

Training and Education

Executive LeadActionsStatus
Development and Alumni EngagementContinuing opportunities for anti-racism training for alumni and donors.Ongoing
External RelationsDeveloping training, tools and resources to support communicators on both campuses to provide inclusive and respectful storytelling.Forthcoming
Finance and OperationsTraining for the senior leadership team to improve diversity competencies.In Progress
HealthConvening and collaborating with all health programs to enable open discussions and identify opportunities to integrate equity and inclusion education into curriculum and program requirements.In Progress
Human ResourcesIncorporating the recommendations from the equity, diversity and inclusion audits of the Academic Leadership Development program to incorporate more Indigenous knowledge and inclusion skill-building.In Progress
Provost (UBCO)Establishing a nationally recognized public forum series on systemic racism.In Progress
Provost (UBCO)Organizing ongoing meetings with IBPOC faculty and staff to ensure discussion and dialogue to deepen our understanding of systemic racism in our policies, processes and practices.In Progress
Provost (UBCV)Continuing the Provost’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Race and Leadership and the IGNITE! Book Club.In Progress
Provost (UBCV)Making unconscious bias modules developed in Enrolment Services for profile reading available to other units across the campuses.Forthcoming
Provost (UBCV)Continuing the Anti-Racism in Teaching Series at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.In Progress
StudentsLaunching a new student orientation training module focused on anti-racism.In Progress