Suicide Awareness Day 2017

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.

What you can do:

  • Learn about suicide warning signs, find out how to talk about it, and familiarize yourself with support services and resources at thrive.ubc.ca.
  • Wear orange on Wednesday, January 25, UBC’s Suicide Awareness Day, to show your support for people who have been affected by suicide and those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.
  • If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or are concerned about someone else, reach out and connect with resources such as Mental Health Support (students.ubc.ca/health-wellness/mental-health-support) or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

If you are thinking about suicide yourself, or you hear indications that someone else in the UBC community may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, the most important thing you can do is reach out.

Learn more:
Visit thrive.ubc.ca

Get help now:
Call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students  

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is held each year at UBC in January, and aims to raise awareness and understanding about the issues surrounding sexual assault. Several events have been planned for the month, including Denim Day on Wednesday, January 18. On this day, you can choose to wear denim or a Denim Day sticker to show your support for ending sexual assault on campus.

Learn more about SAAM, the significance of Denim Day, and how to get involved:

Support and resources

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an important opportunity to highlight available support and resources should you need assistance for yourself or someone you know.

If you have been sexually assaulted, support is available on and off-campus. Resources are explained and listed on the following websites:

If a friend or fellow student discloses to you that they have been sexually assaulted, learn how to help:

Sexual assault affects people of all ages, gender identities or gender expressions, racial identities, abilities and sexual orientations. It doesn’t just have an impact on the individual, but on a whole community. I encourage everyone to join the conversation, and to continue to engage in this issue.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC

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

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is held each year at UBC in January, and aims to raise awareness and understanding about the issues surrounding sexual assault. Several events have been planned for the month, including Denim Day on Wednesday, January 18. On this day, you can choose to wear denim or a Denim Day sticker to show your support for ending sexual assault on campus.

Learn more about SAAM, the significance of Denim Day, and how to get involved: http://students.ubc.ca/saam

Support and resources

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an important opportunity to highlight available support and resources should you need assistance for yourself or someone you know.

If you have been sexually assaulted, support is available on and off-campus. Resources are explained and listed on the following website: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/workplace-health/personal-safety-on-campus/sexual-assault-resources/

If a student discloses to you that they have been sexually assaulted, learn how to help: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/sexual-assault-response-and-education/sexual-assault-assisting-student-survivors

Sexual assault affects people of all ages, gender identities or gender expressions, racial identities, abilities and sexual orientations. It doesn’t just have an impact on the individual, but on a whole community. We encourage everyone to join the conversation, and to continue to engage in this issue.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

Lisa Castle
Vice-President, Human Resources

Final call for nominations for representatives to the Vancouver Senate

To: Faculty in Vancouver

Elections for representatives of the Joint Faculties on the Vancouver Senate are currently underway, and this email serves as the third and final call for nominations.

Four positions remain, and eight have been filled thus far. For more information, and to obtain a nomination form, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/joint-faculties-representatives-vancouver-senate

The extended nomination period closes at 4 pm on Monday, January 23, 2017.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

Update on search for new Provost and VP Academic, UBC 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.

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

I am writing to inform you that a global search for a suitable candidate for the position of Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver, is now underway.

The Provost and Vice-President Academic reports to the President and provides vision and leadership in carrying out the university’s strategic plan. Working with the Deans and other university leaders, the Provost will be responsible for guiding and enhancing the academic mission of UBC Vancouver.

She or he will be responsible for the institutional planning and administration of highly complex academic operations, including budgetary planning relating to teaching and learning, and research initiatives. To ensure alignment of the budget with the university’s fundamental academic purposes, the Provost will be responsible for resource allocation decisions in consultation with the Vice-President Finance & Operations.

The Provost will also collaborate closely on system-wide academic issues with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal and the Provost and Vice-Principal (UBC Okanagan). The Provost is the senior Vice-President at UBC and serves as Acting President in the absence of the President.

In accordance with UBC Policy #18, I have established a committee to support this search process. The committee consists of:

  • Santa J. Ono, Chair
  • Michael Treschow, Board of Governors
  • Celeste Haldane, Board of Governors
  • Veronica Knott, Board of Governors
  • Beverlee Park, Board of Governors
  • Perry Adebar, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Sîan Echard, Faculty of Arts
  • Janice Eng, Faculty of Medicine
  • John Innes, Faculty of Forestry
  • Paschal Okwundu, graduate student
  • Jakob Gattinger, undergraduate student

A member of the President’s Office staff will act as non-voting secretary to the committee.

The search committee invites members of the UBC community to provide feedback on the draft position description and candidate profile (found at http://president.ubc.ca/files/2016/12/UBC-Provost-Position-Desc-and-Candidate-Profile.pdf), along with any comments about the opportunities and challenges ahead of the new Provost in the coming years.

We encourage you to send in nominations or suggestions of candidates for the position. All feedback and suggestions should be sent care of our search consultants at ubcprovost@boyden.com by January 23, 2017, and will be treated confidentially.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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