Inclusive leadership & respectful engagement
We are committed to UBC’s vision of “a community in which human rights are respected, and equity and inclusion are embedded in all areas of academic, work and campus life.”
The University’s two main campuses are located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xwmə0–kwəyˇəm (Musqueam) and Syilx (Okanagan) peoples. It is our responsibility to demonstrate an authentic commitment to advance truth & reconciliation (strategy 8), and to recognize the intrinsic value of traditional knowledge in academia and beyond.
Connections + context
The world needs leaders with strong human skills to lead the diverse and global teams, and to tackle the challenges before us. We are committed to building the competencies required to be inclusive respectful leaders (9) and cultivating a work-life culture (5) grounded in respect, understanding, humility, wellness, balance and joy. These commitments are of high priority every day, though they become especially important during times of great challenge.
“When it comes to truth & reconciliation, we need to move towards meaningful actions, not just lofty goals and ideas.”
Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity
and Indigenous Engagement Committees
We continue to advance diversity (10) by ensuring the Faculty’s composition and leadership structures reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Our students, faculty, staff and leadership must reflect the changing demographics and increasing multiculturalism in our communities. To achieve this, we are investing in leading-edge teaching (1) through decolonizing and embedding equity, diversity and inclusivity principles throughout curriculum, and by developing strategic partnerships (14) to help us reduce and eliminate barriers.
Our disciplines equip us with a greater understanding of the inequities in society and the expertise to address them. We promote agency (15) to effect change with local and global communities through our advocacy. In just one example, experts in our Faculty’s School of Nursing are studying how to best deliver services to highly isolated and vulnerable women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Applying the Plan
Training the next generation of community planners
Dr. Leonie Sandercock, School of Community and Regional Planning, co-created the Indigenous Community Planning program with the Musqueam Indian Band. The program empowers students with the theory, skills, knowledge and capacity needed to support Indigenous communities in achieving their own aspirations for land stewardship, cultural revitalization, strong governance, health and well-being.
Applying the Plan
High-quality STEM education belongs to everybody
But the reality is that many youth in B.C. lack opportunities to engage in fun, creative, exciting STEM programs. Geering Up strives to reach all children and youth, regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture or socio-economic status, with special outreach for those groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.