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Statement of solidarity in response to Club Q attack
We are deeply saddened by the violence and loss of life in Colorado Springs, United States. In memory of the victims and in solidarity with queer and trans communities impacted by this tragedy, we stand behind the thoughtful and powerful message issued by SOGI UBC.



Trans Day of Remembrance
Explore how you can help mark this year’s Trans Day of Remembrance and access resources for trans community members and those seeking to be better allies.



Time to Thrive: UBC Black Caucus brings back Black mental wellness initiative
Back again in 2022, for the month of November – and on a first-come, first-served basis – Black students, faculty and staff across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses can access free 1-on-1 virtual or in-person counselling sessions with Black counsellors.



$49,510 awarded to community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion
Fourteen projects led by faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan were awarded funding from the Equity Enhancement Fund. These projects support UBC’s commitments to inclusion as identified in UBC’s strategic plan and the Inclusion Action Plan. This year, the Equity & Inclusion Office received 59 applications asking for a total of $245,245 in requested […]



New Pride Flags Resource
Flags are often used as symbols of pride. It is no surprise then that numerous pride flags have been created to represent the sexual and gender diversity of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Explore all the different flags and their meanings.



Centering care and supporting community-led affinity spaces in response to global events: A message from the AVP
On September 27, a university statement was posted to express concern for the situation in Iran emerging after the death of Mahsa Amini, and to acknowledge the courage of those standing up for human rights and freedoms. As the situation unfolds, and thousands of change agents and allies continue to gather in Iran, in Canada, and around the world, it is clear that the impacts on the Iranian diaspora and international scholars and learners at UBC will be protracted and profound.



Orange Shirt Day
In September, UBC - in collaboration with the Okanagan Nation Alliance - installs orange banners at UBC’s Okanagan campus in recognition of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. Learn how you can observe this day.



Actioning UBC’s commitments to equity and anti-racism: A message from the AVP
Dear UBC Community Members, As the fall term begins, it is an opportune time for me to update the community about UBC’s progress on its commitments to equity and inclusion. Since my term as Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion began on July 1, 2022, I have been meeting with key campus partners and affinity groups […]



Queer Orientation 2022
Come out to build connections and celebrate UBC Okanagan’s diverse 2SLGBTQIA+ community at Queer Orientation 2022.



Annual report highlights EIO efforts to advance inclusion
With increased university-wide engagement around equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), the Equity & Inclusion Office (EIO) continued to respond to high levels of requests for advising and consultation and operate as a backbone for the implementation of the Inclusion Action Plan (IAP). The EIO released its 2021-2022 annual report, highlighting the office’s contributions towards the […]



Inclusion Action Plan implementation underway university-wide: report
Inaugural Inclusion Action Plan (IAP) annual report provides an overview of structures to operationalize the plan and highlights efforts across institutional, Faculty, and unit levels. The first in what is intended to be an annual update on the implementation of the IAP, the 2021-2022 report provides an overview of the structures designed to support the […]



New course to support inclusion of sexual and gender diversity
On the 20-year anniversary of Positive Space at UBC, the new Positive Space: Foundations online course is now available to students, faculty, and staff. The self-guided course, available through the Workplace Learning Ecosystem, provides a low-barrier access for UBC community members to learn about sex, sexuality and gender diversity, and ways to learn about and […]



Student editors reflect on launching an EDI magazine
RESPECT magazine has been developed by students for students with support from faculty members Anita Chaudhuri and Rishma Chooniedass.  Funded through the Equity Enhancement Fund, the magazine seeks an alternative way to publish different student points of view on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and to develop a respectful and safe environment at UBC Okanagan. We connected with the student editorial team to […]



August 1st is Emancipation Day
On August 1, we invite the UBC community to join in the recognition and celebration of Emancipation Day in Canada. Overview Unanimously designated as Emancipation Day by the House of Commons in 2021, this day marks the enactment of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 on August 1, 1834 across the British Empire. However, most enslaved […]



A new student-run EDI magazine, RESPECT, launched at UBC Okanagan
RESPECT has been developed by students for students with support from faculty members Anita Chaudhuri and Rishma Chooniedass.  The magazine is funded through the Equity Enhancement Fund, and the magazine seeks an alternative way to publish different points of view on EDI from the UBC student community to develop a respectful and safe environment.  We connected […]



New course launched to support sexual and gender diversity inclusion
Explore how you can disrupt cisnormativity, heteronormativity and amatonormativity, and build more inclusive spaces for sexual and gender diversity



Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day
June is Indigenous History Month and June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day - explore opportunities to learn about, appreciate and acknowledge Indigenous history, heritage, resilience, and contributions.



Announcing the appointment of Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Arig al Shaibah as the new Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, starting July 1, 2022.



New student-run EDI RESPECT e-magazine launched at UBCO
RESPECT is a digital magazine developed and run by students at UBCO. The magazine aims to promote an immersive dialogue on EDI. The interdisciplinary project is supported by the Equity Enhancement Fund.



Join the IBPOC STEM Network: Women and gender-diverse faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students
Are you an IBPOC woman or an IBPOC gender diverse faculty, staff, postdoc scholar or graduate students within a STEM field at UBC Okanagan? Consider joining the university-wide IBPOC STEM Network virtually.



Equity Enhancement Fund – call for proposals
As part of UBC’s commitment to advancing equity and inclusion across its campuses, faculty and staff are invited to submit a proposal by June 5th to the Equity Enhancement Fund.



UBC releases Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force report
A year after its inception, UBC’s Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force has released its report. The report contains 54 recommendations to address systemic racism against Indigenous, Black and People of Colour within the UBC community and to promote inclusive excellence across UBC’s two campuses.



Search for a new lead for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UBC
The university has launched a search for a new lead of our Equity & Inclusion Office. The new lead for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will work to advance human rights; planning and evaluation; education; and systems change across the university.



UBC recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2022
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2022. This designation recognizes employers across Canada with exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.



International Women’s Day 2022
It's International Women's Day. Check out the events calendar for ways to get involved.



Celebrate Black History Month
February is Black History Month — a time to be intentional in celebrating Black voices, challenging anti-Black racism and strengthening our communities through allyship.



Black Care Baskets
Black Care Baskets are an initiative created by the Equity and Inclusion Office in collaboration with the Global Engagement Office and the African Caribbean Student Club. Sign up for yours.



International Human Rights Day
We reflect on International Human Rights Day with UBC Human Rights Advisors Libby Zeleke and Oluwaseun Ajaja, and UBC Inclusion Action Plan Coordinator Okong’o Kinyanjui.



Human Rights Day: Get to Know UBC Vancouver’s Anti-Racism Human Rights Advisor
For international Human Rights Day on December 10th, Oluwaseun Ajaja explains his role at UBC and shares his favourite resources.  Can you talk a little bit about the work that you do? I sit within the human rights team at the Equity & Inclusion Office. We hold space, provide support for, and advise UBC community members on issues of discrimination, harassment, and other human rights […]



Human Rights Day: Get to Know UBC’s Inclusion Action Plan Coordinator
For International Human Rights Day on December 10th, Okong’o Kinyanjui, Inclusion Action Plan (IAP) Coordinator at UBC Vancouver reflects on his trajectory, equity and equality. Can you talk a bit about the work you do? My role as the IAP Coordinator is to support Action Planning Teams (APTs) with administrative and communication support. This includes scheduling […]



Human Rights Day: Get to Know UBC Okanagan’s Human Rights Advisor
For International Human Rights Day on December 10th, Libby Zeleke explains her role at UBC, reflects on the UN’s theme of equality and shares her favourite resources. Can you talk a little bit about your role? In my role, as a member of the Equity & Inclusion Office, I fulfill a dual mandate under the UBC Discrimination Policy […]



International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities - an opportunity to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, and consider what we still must do to remove barriers towards more inclusive spaces.



Commemorating Trans Day of Remembrance
On November 20th, we honour those lost to violence, those who live through violence and transphobia, and recognize the need to disrupt the violence and oppression that trans people continue to face.



Count yourself in: Complete the Employment Equity Survey
Count yourself in using the new and updated Employment Equity Survey. It's quick, confidential and one way you can help build a more inclusive UBC.



National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30 is Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Learn more about upcoming events and how you can get involved.



Indigenous, Black, Staff of Colour Welcome Back Get Together
Join UBC Okanagan Equity and Inclusion Office and campus partners for a casual get together for Indigenous, Black and staff of colour. This event strives to build a space for community and social connection, as staff transition back to campus.



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.



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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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