You are invited to Homecoming, Saturday, September 17th

Faculty and staff are invited to take part in UBC Homecoming on Saturday, September 17th. Be sure to visit the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre to take part in family friendly activities with a festival atmosphere and to kickstart your Homecoming experience while enjoying a complimentary pancake brunch, presented by BMO alumni UBC MasterCard.

Enjoy free admission to UBC attractions such as Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, UBC Farm, Pacific Museum of Earth and more! Then catch the Vanier Cup Champion UBC Thunderbirds football team as they take on Regina in the annual Homecoming football game. Staff and faculty can take advantage of an exclusive offer for premium tickets presented by alumni UBC. #gobirdsgo #UBCHomecoming

Full event details & tickets: http://homecoming.ubc.ca/thunderbirds

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

Search process for key strategic roles

As I approach the end of my first month as President, I would like to thank you for making my family and I feel welcome. I have been impressed by everything I’ve encountered at UBC, and I feel privileged to lead such a wonderful institution.

Looking ahead, I am focused on working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to develop a new vision and strategic plan for UBC. In addition, we will embark on searches for key strategic roles at the university. They are as follows:

Provost and Vice-President Academic (VPA)

The process governing this search is determined by Board and Senate policies. As things progress, I will make every effort to keep you updated. The search process will begin very soon, and the Vancouver Senate will be inviting nominations of faculty members and students to be selected for the President’s Advisory Committee. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with suggestions and comments related to skills and qualities you wish to see reflected in this position. Please email comments to presidents.office@ubc.ca.

Vice-President Research and International (VPRI)

As with the recruitment of a new VPA, the Vice-President Research and International search will follow Board and Senate policies, and begin very soon. There will be opportunities for faculty and students from Vancouver and the Okanagan to be nominated to the President’s Advisory Committee through their respective Senates. I welcome any thoughts on the skills and qualities you wish to see reflected in this position. Further updates will be provided in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please send comments to presidents.office@ubc.ca.

Senior Advisor to the President

In addition to the strategic planning process, we have many ongoing projects that require thoughtful decision-making and consultation. In light of these demands, I feel it is important that I recruit a Senior Advisor from within UBC’s community of faculty members. This individual will be instrumental in assisting me as President, as well as acting as my representative, where required. The successful applicant will advise me on a variety of issues, prepare detailed briefing notes, and work collaboratively with all our key stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, senior administrators and government representatives. They will also be expected to exercise strong judgment, confidentiality, and discretion.

This particular search process has already begun. I invite interest from any faculty members who fulfill the following criteria:

  • The rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor, with a PhD and a minimum of five years’ UBC experience
  • Familiarity with UBC’s history, structure and practices, in both Vancouver and the Okanagan
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and listening skills
  • Some administrative experience is an advantage

The successful candidate will be appointed initially for a two-year term (with potential for renewal). Letters of application, together with a CV and the names of two referees, should be sent to Dr. H. J. Rosengarten, Executive Director, Office of the President, herbert.rosengarten@ubc.ca by Friday, September 23, 2016.

With regard to all three positions, I would value your suggestions and insights, regarding skills and qualities you believe will strengthen our university. Please feel free to connect with me, whether through email at presidents.office@ubc.ca or via Twitter @ubcprez.

I look forward to providing further updates in due course.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Sexual Assault Policy Update

In recent months UBC has made significant strides to improve its policies and practices for addressing and responding to sexual assault.

Recognizing the importance of this issue, I wanted to share some updates around progress and next steps. These include an extension of the consultation process and a series of information sessions.

In January 2016, President Martha Piper requested that the University Counsel convene a committee to develop a new Sexual Assault Policy. As I embark on my new role as President of UBC, I would like to take this opportunity to commend Dr. Piper, the Policy Committee and members of the university community for the excellent work they achieved within a very tight timeline.

Following the Board of Governors meeting in June, the Office of the University Counsel published the draft Sexual Assault Policy and began actively soliciting input. The committee has already received a significant amount of feedback and I encourage you to continue submitting your written comments to university.counsel@ubc.ca or through the confidential feedback survey: https://survey.ubc.ca/s/sexual-assault-policy/

In parallel to the work of the Policy Committee, Dr. Piper also commissioned a University Sexual Assault Panel to review sexual assault and to make recommendations for university policy and practice.

I want to thank the panel for its report and share it with you today: http://equity2.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2016/09/USAP-Report-20-June-Submitted.pdf

I have provided the panel’s report to the Policy Committee and asked them to consider it as part of their process. I am also asking a small working group to make recommendations to the UBC Executive regarding the appropriate processes, infrastructure and resources to best serve our community, support survivors, and ensure that the education, prevention and awareness work that UBC undertakes makes us a leader in Canada.

It is important that we allow the appropriate time for these processes to take place, as well as providing sufficient opportunities for students, faculty and staff to submit their comments.

In light of this, the University Counsel is extending the period of consultation for the draft Sexual Assault Policy until October 31, 2016. This extension will allow new and returning students, faculty and staff to reflect on the panel’s report and provide feedback to the Policy Committee.

In addition, the Policy Committee is hosting Sexual Assault Policy Information Sessions on both campuses this fall to provide an overview of the draft policy and answer related questions.

To learn more and register for the UBC Vancouver information sessions on September 20 or October 13 visit http://equity.ubc.ca/2016/09/07/sexual-assault-policy-info-sessions/. For the October 11 at UBC Okanagan visit http://equity.ok.ubc.ca/2016/09/07/sexual-assault-policy-info-session/

As I have stated in previous messages, engagement is vital if we are to improve and strengthen our university. I hope that you will engage in this worthwhile and important process.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Message from Professor Santa Ono – developing a new UBC vision

One of my top priorities over the coming academic year will be the development of a new vision and strategic plan for UBC.

UBC has been extremely well served by Place and Promise, the plan introduced in 2009 by President Stephen Toope; since then, however, the world has changed in many ways, and our university needs to revisit its goals and priorities to reflect those changes.

Accordingly, over the next several months we intend to consult as widely as possible to determine how the students, faculty, and staff of UBC may best engage to meet the needs and aspirations of the people of British Columbia and Canada, and how we may move an already outstanding institution from excellence to eminence.

To assist us in handling the logistics of a complex and many-faceted process, we shall engage a dedicated team with experience in this area, to be selected by a committee comprising representatives of faculty, staff, students, and alumni from Vancouver and the Okanagan.

Once that step has been taken, we shall publish a program and a timeline to govern the process of consultation. Our plan is to issue a consultation document in the fall, and to use that as the basis for discussion and dialogue as we begin to develop a draft vision early in the New Year.

Whatever the nature of your relationship with UBC, I encourage you to take part in the shaping of UBC’s future. As a centre of learning and research, UBC has already achieved great things and is recognized worldwide; to preserve and enhance that reputation, we need to move to the next level by making strategic investments in the people who form our community.

Once the consultation process is underway, we shall invite you contact us with your comments and suggestions. Meanwhile, please feel free to share your views with me at presidents.office@ubc.ca, or contact me via Twitter or Instagram (my handle is @ubcprez).

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Join us in welcoming students to our campus

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver

September is an exciting time of year for the university. Our new undergraduate and graduate students join our community and we welcome back our returning students to this extraordinary place of learning. I would like to extend my thanks for what you do to make UBC a welcoming community for our students.

Through orientation and welcome back programming offered by the Faculties, the AMS and the entire university, our students are encouraged to see their time at UBC as a journey — a time for taking risks, being curious and asking for help along the way, and ultimately being transformed by what they learn. Each of us play a role in supporting students as they embark on this period of transition and discovery.

A complete overview of planned orientation activities is available here:

http://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/imagine-ubc

If you are already engaged in delivering orientations programs, thank you for your contribution. If you are looking for ways to contribute to an outstanding orientation experience for students you can:

  • Become aware of the various activities on campus so you can serve as a resource to students
  • Participate in campus and Faculty orientation events
  • Volunteer for one of the orientation programs still looking for some extra help

Visit http://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/imagine-ubc#get-involved for more information.

Again this year, all student leaders involved in orienting new-to-UBC students will prepare for their role as a campus leader by participating in training on building respectful and inclusive communities. Additionally, all Residence Life staff and selected groups of student leaders are participating in training on sexual assault prevention and responding to disclosures of sexual assault.

Finally — save the date of September 17th for Homecoming — featuring the annual Great Thunderbird Trek, a street party and an exciting football game at the legendary UBC Thunderbird Stadium. All UBC students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend.

For more information on what’s available to support students at UBC, visit http://students.ubc.ca.

Thank you for your efforts in creating an outstanding experience for our students as they join our community.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

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