Queer Orientation 2021
For the sixth year in a row the Equity & Inclusion Office is proud to host Queer Orientation, a series of events and activities to build connections and celebrate UBC Okanagan’s diverse 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

UBC recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2021
IBPOC Connections, Indigenous Strategic Plan, and Equity Enhancement Fund are only some of the reasons UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2021.

Equity and inclusion in action: Summer STEM series
Are you faculty, staff, post-doc or a graduate student leading an EDI initiative in the STEM field? This summer, join our virtual, informal, themed, community-of-practice sessions to help you create action within your unit.

Listen, Change, Do more

Listen, Change, Do more
Recent protests and resistance in response to the murder-by-police of George Floyd, of Regis Korchinsky-Paquet, of Breonna Taylor, of Tony McDade, of Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, have forced the broad acknowledgement of historic and currently entrenched anti-Black racism. Universities reflect, produce, and reinforce the same anti-Blackness, and the structures, logics, and cultures uphold whiteness. […]

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Saturday 21 March is UN International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a timely reminder as xenophobia increases in Western nations. How will you engage?

Rule Out Racism Week
UBC Okanagan celebrates the United Nations International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) - find an event or workshop near you!

OUT Week 2020
UBC Okanagan is celebrating OUT Week this March 2nd – 7th, 2020 OUT Week is an annual collaboration between the UBCSUO’s Pride Resource Centre and the Equity & Inclusion Office’s Positive Space Committee. It’s a celebration of gender and sexual diversity at UBC Okanagan with the Pride flag flying in place of the UBC flag for the week. To […]

Celebrate Black History Month
By Gabrielle Bonifacio, Communications Assistant With each coming year, we aspire to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians while also gaining a wider understanding of the parts of history that have been erased. Though it is now well-established that February is Black History Month, BHM was only officially recognized in Canada when the […]

Apply to the Equity Enhancement Fund
The Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion at UBC. Apply by Feb. 26.

Recap: Come Back Class
For Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2020, the Equity & Inclusion Office hosted a participatory workshop on January 16th called the “Come Back Class.” Students and staff took turns coming up with clever comebacks to common sexist micro-aggressions. Comebacks to everyday comments such as “You throw like a girl!” or “Why are you so emotional all the time?” ranged […]

Black Activism in Education and Community: Exposing Anti-Black Racism in Kelowna with Shelby McPhee
Join us for an event on Black Activism in Education and Community as we showcase examples of how Black communities have responded to racism in Kelowna and in Canada.

Celebrate Human Rights
On December 10, we’re proud to celebrate the International Human Rights Day. Explore what you can do to support human rights and learn how UBC's students are leading efforts to stand up for equality and justice.

UBCO Pride Picnic
Come one, come all! On Thursday, September 19th, celebrate Pride at UBC Okanagan with a picnic filled with music, performances, games, and refreshments.

Queer Orientation 2019
Queer Orientation is back! Start off your school year by celebrating sexual and gender diversity on campus. From Pride Picnic to film screenings and workshops, there will be a welcoming and engaging space for all.  This series of events is hosted by the Equity & Inclusion Office and the Pride Resource Centre. Programming 

Updated Pride staircase a symbol of diversity at UBCO
The Pride staircase outside the University Centre has a fresh new look. The staircase was recently painted and updated with the addition of black and brown stripes along with the colours of the trans flag to reflect the diversity of the university’s LGBTQ2SIA+ community Changes were advocated by and supported by members of the university’s […]

$15,000 awarded to community-led projects advancing inclusion
Five projects led by UBC Okanagan students, staff, faculty were awarded $15,000 dollars in total funding through the university’s Equity Enhancement Fund. This year’s projects and initiatives focus on diverse areas – Indigeneity, cultural diversity, and hands-on social programs – and support education, research, and community engagement and development. Monica Good, a PhD candidate in […]

UBC Named One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2019
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2019. These awards recognize Canadian companies that stand out through their efforts to create inclusive and respectful workplaces.

Help Build a More Inclusive UBC
Help shape UBC's Inclusion Action Plan. Share your voice online or stop by one of our conversation pop-ups across campus. Learn more about how you can get involved and informed, and complete the survey until March 30.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018
Join the Equity & Inclusion Office’s Positive Space Committee and the UBCSUO Pride Resource Centre for a vigil + poetry reading by trans students and youth on November 20th from 6:00-8:00pm in UNC 335. This event commemorates the National Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honour the lives lost to transphobia & anti-trans violence. Community members are welcome […]

Annual Queer Orientation
We’re here and we’re queer! Join the Pride Resource Centre, the Positive Space Committee, and the Equity & Inclusion Office for the 3rd annual UBC Okanagan Queer Orientation. From film screenings and poetry to workshops and networking events, this year’s Queer Orientation provides a welcoming and engaging space for all. What’s Happening More to come!

A New Wave of Intercultural Sharing on UBC’s Okanagan Campus
Through workshops and speaker events, Rule Out Racism 2018 week engaged students, faculty, staff, and community members around issues of race and racism. Check out the recap and consider how you can get involved next year.

Q&A: Working to Build a More a Accessible Campus Community
For National AccessAbility Week, we connect with Earllene Roberts, manager with the Disability Resource Centre at UBC Okanagan to hear her perspectives on creating an accessible, barrier free, and inclusive UBC.

Community Projects Awarded Funding to Build a More Inclusive UBC
18 student, faculty and staff projects are awarded funding from the UBC Equity Enhancement Fund. Projects will contribute to building a more welcoming and inclusive UBC.

A Quick Guide to Ramadan
Learn more about Ramadan, a month of fasting, worship, and reflection. Explore how you can support colleagues and friends who are observing this spiritual occasion.

Have Your Say and Help Build a More Welcoming UBC
Are you a UBC student? Take the UBC Campus Climate Survey and help improve campus life. The survey will help us better understand student communities, sense of belonging on campus, culture, and campus life so as to improve student experience for all. Closes April 3.

UBC Named One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2018
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2018. These awards recognize Canadian companies that stand out through their efforts to create inclusive and respectful workplaces.

It’s Rule out Racism Week
Take part in the annual Rule Out Racism week through a series of events focused on the need for greater literacy and conversation about race and racism.

Pride Flag Raising Ceremony and Out Week Launch
Join the Equity and Inclusion Office and the Pride Resource Centre for a Pride flag raising ceremony and help kick-off of this year’s Out Week (March 5th to 9th) at UBC Okanagan.

Bring Your Ideas to Life and Help Build an Inclusive Campus Community
The Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion at UBC. Students, staff, and faculty can submit applications for a broad range of funding, up to a maximum of $10,000, until February 28.

Human Rights Day: Get to Know UBC’s Human Rights Advisor
For international Human Rights Day, Roshni Narain explains her role at UBC and how it supports the rights of our community.

World AIDS Day
On December 1, we join communities worldwide in commemorating World AIDS Day to remember those who have died from an AIDS-related illness, unite in support of those living with HIV, and raise awareness about the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. In Canada, December 1st also marks the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. This year, UN […]

UBC Remembers December 6th
Join us as we remember the 14 women who lost their lives and stand together against violence against women.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
On November 20th, we honour those who have been lost to violence as a result of transphobia, and recognize the ongoing violence and oppression that trans-people face.

Fighting the Good Fight
When it comes to conflict, most people try to avoid it. But Aftab Erfan, UBC’s first Director of Dialogue and Conflict Engagement, views it as an opportunity for growth and change.

This Halloween, Take Care in What You Wear
This Halloween, do your part to foster a respectful and inclusive environment for all. Remember to take care in choosing what to wear.

Pride at UBC: Anne Fleming
UBC Professor and author Anne Fleming reflects on what pride means to her and her experiences celebrating pride.

Eid Mubarak!
On behalf of the Equity and Inclusion Office, I would like to wish all members of our community a Happy Eid al-Fitr! Marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr is a time for families to come together, strengthen friendships and show compassion towards those in need. Today, Muslims attend special morning […]

Changes to UBCcard Preferred Name Use
Information regarding the process for requesting a preferred name change on the UBC card and with certain UBC systems can be found here.

UBC Sexual Assault Policy Approved by Board of Governors
The UBC Board of Governors has approved a new policy, known as Policy #131 — Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct.

UBC Equity & Inclusion Annual Report 2015/2016
The UBC Equity & Inclusion Office Annual Report 2015/2016 has been released. Read it here.

UBC named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2017
Find out why.

Examining Whiteness Event Recap
Read an overview, watch the recorded webcast, and get some resources

Sexual Assault & Other Sexual Misconduct Policy
Learn how your feedback contributed to the rewritten Sexual Assault & Other Sexual Misconduct Policy, get an overview of changes made to the Policy and find out how you can provide further feedback.

Apply for the 2017 Equity Enhancement Fund
Apply for the fund by February 28, 2017.

Holiday Office Hours
Office is closed Dec 23, 2016 and will re-open on January 3, 2017

UBC Policy now includes protection for gender identity & gender expression
Read about the updates to Policy #3.

Inclusive Winter Celebrations at UBC
You can help foster community and inclusion at this time of year.

Consider this when choosing your Hallowe’en Costume
Best wishes for a safe and respectful Hallowe’en.

Provide feedback on the proposed Sexual Assault Policy
Provide feedback by Oct 31, 2016

Sexual Assault Policy Information Sessions
Register now for the October 11 information session.

Attend the Sexual Assault Policy Info Session
Sign up for the info session on October 11

Queer Orientation at UBCO
Check out the Queer Orientation events being held October

Sexual Assault Policy consultation
Lear how to provide feedback on proposed Policy #131 (Sexual Assault)

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day
Celebrate National Aboriginal Day - attend an event or take the TRC reading challenge

From Tattoo Traditions to Stem Cells
Five projects received funding for UBC Okanagan. Photo by John Wolf S.

U Count at UBC – Employment Equity census
Complete the Employment Equity Survey between May 16-27, 2016

UBC receives recognition for diversity
Read more about this recognition

Rainbow staircase symbolizes a welcoming campus
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan, Deborah Buszard. Photo by Nikita Taylor.

Rule Out Racism week in review
Andrea Johnson's review of Rule Out Racism Week 2016

New Director for Equity and Inclusion
Dr. Jude Tate appointed in the new position of Director, Equity and Inclusion

Rule Out Racism 2016 Events
Events on campus from March 21-24, 2016

Unreserved and They Coloured Me Art events
Check out these great events on March 7, 2016

Sexual Assault Awareness Month report
Andrea Johnson reports on SAAM + a new Your Words Have Power video with Lea Sebastianis, of SARA – Sexual Assault and Rape Awareness

Apply now for the 2016 Equity Enhancement Fund
Call for proposals is now open.

Help make UBC Okanagan Baby Friendly
Learn more about the Okanagan Baby Friendly Initiative

Reflections on Transgender Day of Remembrance
Article written by Teagan Welch - UBC Okanagan Equity Ambassador and International Relations Student.

Meet the Positive Space Resource Persons
Read the first interviews with Paula Lambert.

Cultural appropriation and Halloween costumes
Watch the first in a series of videos for the "Your Words Have Power" campaign

Consider this when choosing your Halloween costume
Register for discussion on cultural misappropriation - Oct 28 w/ S.A.R.A.

Sign up for free workshops this fall
Sign up now for these fall workshops

Welcome back to school!
We would love you to get involved with the Equity and Inclusion Office: Take a workshop, join the Inclusive Language campaign, or follow us on social media

One-On-One With Sara-Jane Finlay
Meet UBC's new Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion

Reflections on Rule Out Racism week
Read some perspectives on Rule Out Racism week which was held from March 16-21, 2015.

Welcome message from the new AVP, Equity and Inclusion
Read a message from Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay, UBC's new Associate Vice President, Equity & Inclusion

Apply now for the Equity Enhancement Fund
The Equity Enhancement Fund is for initiatives that significantly contribute to the enhancement of equity and diversity at UBC.

Your Words Have Power
The Inclusive Language Campaign strives to raise awareness of the harmful use of derogatory terms and the power of our words.

A year in the life of the Equity and Inclusion Office
It’s been a busy year for the Equity and Inclusion Office (EIO) in 2014. EIO educator Jenica Frisque helped coordinate a significant and diverse agenda at UBC Okanagan. Here are her top experiences from her first year at the EIO.

March 16 – 21: Rule Out Racism Week
Rule Out Racism is a week-long series of events organized by the Equity and Inclusion Office focused on the need for greater literacy and conversation about race and racism within the UBC community.

March 8: International Women’s Day Panel Discussion
The United Nations’ theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Make it Happen.” In Kelowna we will be asking a group of panelists: “Make What Happen?” Join us for a discussion about responding to today’s most pressing issues through activism and art.

Appointment of the new AVP Equity and Inclusion
The Board of Governors has accepted the President’s recommendation to appoint Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay as the new Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion for a five-year term commencing March 16, 2015.

Bubble tea: creating cultural diversity at UBC one cup at a time
Student club brings Taiwanese tea to campus to cross cultural barriers.

My experience at the Pro-Action Café
Veronica Oyatsi reports on the recent Pro-Action Café hosted by the UBC Equity and Inclusion Okanagan Campus Office.

UBC Equity Enhancement Fund supports 13 projects
UBC’s 2014 Equity Enhancement Fund results have been announced with 13 groups receiving a total of $83,254 in funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC.

Renewing our Commitment to Equity and Diversity
Following the intense community response to a number of sexist and racist chants heard during student-led September FROSH events on the Vancouver campus, Professor Stephen J. Toope convened a Task Force to develop actionable recommendations to address issues of gender-based violence and Aboriginal stereotypes. After the draft Task Force report was released earlier this year, […]

Equity and Inclusion Office Annual Report
UBC Equity Office underwent significant restructuring throughout 2013 as reflected in its new name: Equity and Inclusion Office (EIO). The report includes a summary of Implementing Inclusion at UBC, a report on the 2012/12 equity and diversity consultations and recommendations; UBC responses to the Implementing Inclusion report; EIO education strategy; EIO’s key programs and initiatives; […]

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