$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 funding. Each cycle, $40,000 is available at UBC Vancouver and $5,000 is available at UBC Okanagan. An evaluation committee, convened by the Equity & Inclusion Office, assessed each of the applications. Approximately 20 per cent of the total requested funding was awarded to 14 projects (24 per cent of total number of projects submitted).

$42,900 awarded to nine projects at UBC Vancouver

Projects awarded the combined funding of $42,900 this year all seek to enhance equity and inclusion across the university including in academic programs, recruitment and progress metrics, student services and experiences and with an aim to enhance the experiences of Indigenous, people of colour, persons with disabilities and queer and trans communities at UBC.

Projects funded included:

  • Foundations to assess and enhance EDI: preparing to surf the data wave, Faculty of Science
  • UBC ARTIVISM: Minding The Body, UBC Arts & Culture District, Office of the Dean of Arts
  • Inclusive Publishing: Increasing Accessibility of BC Studies, Office of the Vice-President, Students
  • Transdisciplinary Day of Disability Research, Education, and Activism, Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • IBPOC Connections for Students, Health Equity, Promotion and Education in Student Health and Wellbeing
  • Diversifying Access to UBC Health Profession Educational Programs, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine
  • Expanding Staff Capacity, From Recruitment to Professional Development – Office of the Vice-President, Students
  • Student Staff – EDI Initiatives, Department of Athletics & Recreation
  • Mentorship to promote diversity in the graduate pipeline, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

$6,610 awarded to five projects at UBC Okanagan

This year’s projects and initiatives and UBC Okanagan focus on diverse areas – Indigeneity, race and culture, and social programs – and support education, community engagement and development.

  • IDEA Orientations – Physical indigenization of space and increasing knowledge and awareness of indigenous communities during JumpStart, Student Experience Office
  • Indigenous Programs and Services and Harm Reduction: A Collaborative, Capacity Building Initiative, Campus Wellness and Education Unit
  • Indigenous Reads Book Club, UBC Okanagan Library
  • EDI Book Club, College of Graduate Studies
  • UBCO Heat Pride Night, Athletics & Recreation

You can learn more about each of the projects funded, as well as previously funded projects, in our Recipients database for more information

Interested in applying next year?

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The fund supports initiatives that help advance UBC’s strategic commitment to inclusion, facilitate collaboration and innovation, and build a diverse campus culture.