Rainbow flag burning incident shakes UBC

To: Faculty, staff, and students in Vancouver

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.

Our community has been shaken by a distressing incident directed at our LGBTQ+ community members and specifically the Pride Collective at UBC. As we shared in a statement last night, the university received news on February 9 that the pride rainbow flag raised at the opening ceremony for OUTweek (February 5), was burned sometime over the Family Day long weekend.

We hope this was a singular occurrence and that there will be no further incidents such as this on campus. The university is cooperating with Campus Security and the RCMP as they continue their investigation.

We condemn this as a serious incident that violates the values of equity, inclusion and respect deeply held by the university community. The university fully supports OUTweek and the Pride Collective at UBC who organize this annual celebration of gender and sexual diversity on campus.

The freedom to explore topics around gender and sexual identity are an integral part of what makes a university a place of learning. Any incident that disrupts this freedom is taken very seriously as it contradicts the respectful environment our community upholds.

The flagpole sustained some minor damage during the incident and is being repaired on Thursday. We are working with the Alma Mater Society and the Pride Collective at UBC on plans to re-raise the flag.

To read the university statement and find resources for students, faculty and staff, visit: http://equity.ubc.ca/2016/02/09/ubc-response-to-rainbow-flag-burning-incident/

Resources:

Show your support for the Pride Collective at UBC: prideubc@gmail.com
Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC): Tel: (604) 827-5180 http://amssasc.ca/
Employee and Family Assistance Program: Care Access Centre 1-800-387-4765

Angela Redish
Provost and Vice President Academic pro tem

Lisa Castle
Vice President, Human Resources

Louise Cowin
Vice President, Students

Sara-Jane Finlay
Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion

A statement on Board Governance at UBC

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan
 
 
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.
 
 
We are writing to the UBC community in our roles as the new Chair of the Board of Governors and the Interim President to address some of the issues that have been raised recently regarding Board governance. Please see the full statement online: http://bog.ubc.ca/?page_id=11399
 
 
 

Stuart Belkin

Chair, Board of Governors

Martha C. Piper

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

2016 President’s Awards for Staff: Call for Nominations

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver

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.

We all know UBC staff who make outstanding contributions to the University community. We invite you to recognize them and their achievements by nominating them for the 2016 President’s Service Awards for Excellence and President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus).

Download the nomination package at http://www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/awards/presidents-awards-for-staff/. The nomination deadline is 4 pm, Friday, March 11, 2016.

President’s Service Awards for Excellence

This award is open to all UBC staff with 10 or more years of service (including OUC service at the Okanagan campus). Up to five recipients are selected each year.

The awards are presented during Graduation ceremonies, and each recipient receives a medal and $5,000.

President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus)

Open to all staff at the Vancouver campus with three or more years of service, the President’s Staff Awards recognize contributions in the following categories:

  • Emerging Leadership
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Enhancing the UBC Experience (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Leadership
  • Community Engagement
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (individuals or groups may be nominated)

Up to 12 recipients are selected each year (two per category), and recipients receive $2,000.

Visit http://www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/awards/presidents-awards-for-staff/ for more information.

Recognition at UBC

Awards are one of many ways to recognize people’s contributions at UBC. For other ideas or to share how colleagues are recognized in your department, visit http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca/workplace-experiences-survey/workplace-conversations-recognition/.

Please connect with your unit’s communications team, or HR Communications (communications@hr.ubc.ca), for more information and for assistance in promoting this initiative.

Thank you,

Lisa Castle
Vice President, UBC Human Resources

Suicide Awareness Day 2016

To: Students in Vancouver

Each year, a number of UBC students, faculty, and staff consider suicide.

Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires the help of everyone in the UBC community.

How you can help:

  • Learn about suicide warning signs, find out how to talk about it, and familiarize yourself with available support and resources.
  • Wear orange on Wednesday, January 27, UBC’s Suicide Awareness Day, to show your support for those who have been affected by suicide, and those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.
  • Reach out and connect with resources such as Counselling Services (http://students.ubc.ca/livewell/services/counselling-services) or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or are concerned about someone else.

Whether you’re thinking about suicide yourself, or you know, hear, or see someone who might be, the most important thing you can do is reach out.

Learn more:

Visit www.thrive.ubc.ca

Get help now:

Call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Louise Cowin
Vice President, Students

Lisa Castle
Vice President, Human Resources

Suicide Awareness Day 2016

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

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.

Each year, a number of UBC students, faculty, and staff consider suicide.

Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires the help of everyone in the UBC community.

How you can help:

  • Learn about suicide warning signs, find out how to talk about it, and familiarize yourself with available support and resources.
  • Wear orange on Wednesday, January 27, UBC’s Suicide Awareness Day, to show your support for those who have been affected by suicide, and those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.
  • Reach out and connect with resources like the Employee and Family Assistance Program (http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/efap) for faculty and staff, or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433), if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or are concerned about someone else.

Whether you’re thinking about suicide yourself, or you know, hear, or see someone who might be, the most important thing you can do is reach out.

Learn more:

Visit www.thrive.ubc.ca

Get help now:

Call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Louise Cowin
Vice President, Students

Lisa Castle
Vice President, Human Resources

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