To Members of the UBC Community,
Last fall, we were all reminded we need to renew our efforts if we are to provide a welcoming and respectful environment for everyone on our campuses.
In response to the sexist and racist chants heard during student-led September FROSH events on the Vancouver campus, I 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, the University community provided valuable feedback on these recommendations.
Today, the University is responding with an action plan that renews our commitment to equity and diversity. The plan incorporates the Task Force recommendations and builds on UBC’s current foundation of initiatives, policies and practices.
Our approach is focused on four major pillars – policy, strategic leadership and planning, curriculum and education, and supporting a respectful community. In the immediate term, we are concentrating on improving leadership and communications for this fall’s student orientation.
It is important to recognize that we are building from a sound foundation and that we had already initiated a number of measures to refine how we support diversity and equity amongst our students, staff and faculty. Most importantly, at the core of all our efforts is the unshakeable commitment to a respectful environment, where diversity is valued and where we can all achieve our full potential.
Finally, I would like to thank the members of the Task Force for their engagement and hard work. In tackling this complex and challenging issue, they brought to bear all of their considerable experience and knowledge. Their contribution to our ongoing efforts is valued.
I invite you to read the University’s response to the Task Force on this link:
Stephen J. Toope
President and Vice-Chancellor