To: All UBC faculty, staff and students on behalf of Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan; and David Farrar, Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver.
On October 22, 2012 an announcement was sent advising of the retirement of Tom Patch, Associate Vice President, Equity, at the end of this year. We had planned to develop a consultation process that would allow for input across the UBC community on organizational changes necessary to strengthen the role and support of equity and diversity at the University. The Terms of Reference for this consultation process may be found at: http://vpacademic.ubc.ca/files/2012/12/Terms-of-Reference.pdf
We are pleased that the consultation will be undertaken by two people who are both knowledgeable on these matters, and committed to engaging inclusive practices:
– Ms. Shirley R. Nakata is the Ombudsperson for Students at the Vancouver campus. She is UBC’s first Ombudsperson for Students since the Office was created in 2009 to provide an independent, impartial and confidential resource to assist students. Ms. Nakata is widely respected within UBC and the broader community; and
– Ms. Nitya Iyer is a practicing lawyer at Lovett Westmacott, and was previously an Associate Professor in the UBC Faculty of Law. Ms. Iyer is widely considered to be an expert in the areas of human rights and equality both in British Columbia and Canada.
We are currently finalizing details of the administrative requirements for this consultation process, and will provide more information early next month. We look forward to the results of the consultation process in the early spring.