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.

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

LEADERSHIP

Ainsley Carry, Vice-President Students, UBC

Ananya Mukherjee Reed, Provost & Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan

EXECUTIVE CO-LEADS

The Executive Co-Leads 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.

 

 

Task Force on Anti-Racism & 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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Okanagan initiatives

Orange shirt day | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30, 2021, we honour Orange Shirt Day and the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Learn more about the events and initiatives at UBC to honour Survivors, their families, and communities and commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools.

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National indigenous history month 2021

National Indigenous History Month 2021June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, which recognizes the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. Learn more about upcoming virtual events hosted by UBC Okanagan in recognition of National Indigenous History Month, in addition to recent past events, resources and news.

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ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH may 2021

In May 2021, UBC Okanagan hosted its first-ever Asian Heritage Month, sharing the vibrant culture and inspiring stories of Canadians of Asian descent. This month-long initiative was inspired by our students, in the spirit of coming together and supporting one another, within and across borders. We invite you to take a look back at the many wonderful virtual events and resources shared.

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FACULTY actions

BEd students begin term with learning connected to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Sheldon_Red_dress_paintingOkanagan School of Education

On September 7, Okanagan School of Education (OSE) Bachelor of Education (BEd) students began their term with an orientation that shared the Okanagan Song, sung by Jordan Coble, Westbank First Nation Counsellor, and, Syilx artist Sheldon Louis relayed the stories undergirding his painting, cax̌alqs — red dress, which is located in the Okanagan School of Education.

Further experiences in early September built on these connections, including an online workshop about Syilx stories and relational pedagogy, facilitated by Kenthen Thomas, storyteller from the Secwepemc Nation, and Dr. Bill Cohen, OSE assistant professor, and an online day-long experiential workshop facilitated by Kelly Terbasket, Program Director, IndigenEYEZ.

Later this month students will participate in an online workshop by poet Dennis Saddleman, who will share his poems confronting the violence of residential schools and the healing powers of poetry. Throughout the month of September, BEd students will read from Indigenous authors and gain familiarization with policy documents to support educators’ professional development. These efforts will continue throughout the entire year.

Digital wellness project for young Indigenous men: Preliminary results from a community-based participatory project

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June 17 | 12 to 1:30 p.m. PT

Join the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention to celebrate Men’s Health week, and hear the preliminary results from a community-based participatory project aiming to understand how digital media influences the identity, health, and wellness of young Indigenous men who are students at UBC Okanagan. . . Register now

 

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

school of nursing, faculty of health and social development

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

 

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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.

Intercultural Excellence Fund (UIEF)

The UIEF provides grants for academic units and departments to develop or grow initiatives that focus on intercultural learning and experiences that bridge cultures.

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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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Experience UBCO Access Excellence Fund

This fund supports faculty and staff in developing new initiatives aimed at increasing access and participation in post-secondary education for underrepresented and equity-deserving students.

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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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Learning Opportunities

Continue your learning and engagement through on-line courses, facilitated workshops at UBC, and resources and guides.

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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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Join a Club

Find community at one of the many student-led cultural clubs at UBC Okanagan.

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Webinars on Addressing Systemic Racism

panelists:

Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Medicine at Queen’s University

Dr. Jason Pennington, Assistant Professor, General Surgery at the University of Toronto

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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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Contact:

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