Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA) at UBC Okanagan

Please visit our new IDEA page fornew updates and information about UBC Okanagan’s inclusion, diversity, equity and anti-racism work. This page is now archived and will not receive new updates.

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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.


Co-Executive 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.

Dr. Rehan Sadiq, Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Dr. Ainsley Carry, VP Students










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.

about the taskforce 

virtual launch of UBC’s Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence task force report

On April 22, 2022, UBC celebrated the virtual launch of the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) task force report. The event featured remarks from the task force co-chairs and UBC leadership, as well as a panel discussion about the recommendations.

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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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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.


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


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 contact our office. In your email please include the proposed topic area, its relevance and proposed speakers.


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

Indigenous History Month


The Importance of Embedding Indigenous History in Courses and Curriculum Across the Disciplines

Reflections on National Indigenous Peoples Day

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Asian Heritage Month


Opening Event: Asian Heritage Month

Chinese Voices of the Okanagan: A Showcase

The Story of Bhangra

Rediscovering Chinatown

UBC Okanagan Artist Showcase

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The Importance of stem education for indigenous youth in canada


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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persepctives of black scientists: science and Systemic RAcism


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.


Indigenous persepctives: science and Systemic RAcism


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


institutional persepctives: science and Systemic RAcism


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)