Explore anti-racism and inclusive excellence at UBC, including UBC’s commitments, news and events, and access to resources and support.

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, Okanagan
  Dr. Ainsley Carry
Vice-President, Students
     
“We currently find ourselves at a very critical moment – there is huge hope for change but there is also a lot of work ahead of us. The initiatives highlighted on this website show the work we’ve done so far – with much more to come.”   “I am incredibly grateful to President Ono for making anti-racism one of his top priorities for his second term. I am also humbled by his invitation for me to serve as a co-Executive Lead and bridge to our community”

Task Force on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence

The Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force was created as part of the response to the institutional commitment to build a more inclusive university community. The work of the Task Force is supported by the Office of the President and the Co-Executive Leads for Anti-Racism.

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“We must work together to dismantle the tools of oppression and white supremacy that remain prevalent and entrenched in our everyday systems.”

DR. SANTA ONO

UBC President and Vice-Chancellor

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FACULTY actions

A Talk with Dr. Kerrie Charnley: Why we capitalize the ‘I’ in Indigenous

What is the most respectful way to communicate with and about Indigenous Peoples and individuals? in this webinar participants will be introduced to guiding insights from Gregory Younging’s Elements of Indigenous Style (2018) . . . Read more

Truth and the Role of Engineers in Decolonization

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Join the Faculty of Applied Science for a speaker series which will introduce our UBC Engineering community to Indigenous knowledge keepers, industry professionals and faculty from across Canada. . . . Read more

A statement from the School of Nursing on the In Plain Sight Report

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The release of the report In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-Specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care exposes the longstanding, pervasive, and systemic racism that exists throughout the health care system in BC . . . Read more

Weaving the Threads of Indigenous Stories

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Five years ago, Sandra Fox was working as an Aboriginal Student Advisor with UBC Okanagan’s Aboriginal Programs and Services.. . . read more

UBCO researcher says equity is key to global health

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A UBC researcher says the COVID-19 outbreak provides a distinct example of how different populations are differentially affected by health issues . . . read more

Webinars on Addressing Systemic Racism

panelists:

Dr. Maydianne Andrade, Professor; President, Canadian Black Scientists Network; Co-Chair, Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Excellence; Special Advisor to the Dean, Inclusive Recruitment & Equity Education, University of Toronto Scarborough

Dr. Namandjé Bumpus, E.K. Marshall and Thomas H. Maren Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Emmanuel Osei, MITACS & Michael Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, UBC.

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panelists:

Albert Marshall, Elder, LLD, Mi’kmaw Nation

Jeannette Armstrong, Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy, UBC Okanagan

Aaron Prosper, Graduate student, University of Prince Edward Island & project manager of the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Nation Cancer Care Strategy

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panelists:

Ian Foulds, Principal’s Research Chair – Indigenous Reconciliation in Engineering (Tier 1), UBC Okanagan

Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature

Alejandro Adem, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

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panelists:

Andrea A. Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, and Special Advisor on Anti-Black Racism Strategy, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University

Handel Kashope Wright, Professor, Faculty of Education, and Director, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, UBC Vancouver

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panelists:

Prof. Anthony Stewart, John P. Crozer Chair of English Literature, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA

Hussein Keshani, Associate Professor, Faculty of Critical and Creative Studies, UBC Okanagan

Binta Sesay, Student, International Relations, UBC Okanagan; Equity and Inclusion Assistant, Equity and Inclusion Office, UBC Okanagan

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panelists:

Jane Udochi, Arts Student & President of the UBC Okanagan African Caribbean Student Club

Binta Sesay, International Relations Major & Equity and Inclusion Assistant in the UBCO Equity and Inclusion Office.

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Funding Opportunities

Funding is available to students, faculty and staff members at UBC to support equity enhancement and anti-racism initiatives. Learn more about the available funds and how they may be applied to your projects.

ANTI-RACISM INITIATIVES FUND

UBC’s Anti-Racism Initiatives Fund supports initiatives that seek to celebrate and elevate diverse communities and advance anti-racism efforts at our UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

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EQUITY ENHANCEMENT FUND

The Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity and inclusion at UBC.

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Suggest a Speaker

If you would like to propose topics or speakers for future webinars, please write to the Office of the Provost, to Raina Reddecliff (raina.reddecliff@ubc.ca). In your email please include the proposed topic area, its relevance and proposed speakers.

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Contact:

Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic
ubco.provost@ubc.ca