January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC

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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

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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

UBC’s next strategic plan – we’d like to hear from you!

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

The holiday season is a time both for reflection and for looking ahead to the future. As I reflect on UBC’s first 100 years, I am also looking ahead to UBC’s future as an eminent public research university.

To help secure this future, UBC is embarking upon a comprehensive strategic planning process. Our new strategic plan will serve as a road map as we embark upon UBC’s second century. The strategic plan will help us focus even more intently on our core priorities of education and research. It will allow the UBC community to define our collective priorities and the means by which we can build upon the achievements of the past century.

I will be launching the strategic planning process in January 2017. If you’d like to learn more about what I have in mind, please listen to my installation address at http://president.ubc.ca/installation/address.

In preparation for the launch of the process, I would also like to hear from you on a few important questions:

  • What is UBC’s greatest strength?
  • What differentiates UBC from other universities?
  • What is your main priority for UBC’s next strategic plan?
  • We want to engage as many people as possible in the strategic planning process. Do you have any suggestions on how best to do this?

Please take some time to think about these questions and, if you wish, to discuss them with others. You may also like to review the vision and values set out in UBC’s current strategic plan, Place & Promise, at http://strategicplan.ubc.ca/the-plan/vision-statement/.

You can respond to these questions online at https://survey.ubc.ca/s/strategic_planning_launch/. Please provide me with your thoughts by January 20, 2017. Your ideas are a very important part of the planning process. I will share your insights with a steering committee of faculty, staff, students and other members of the UBC community and publish some of the best ideas on a strategic planning website.

This is your first opportunity to be involved with the strategic planning process, and it’s an important one because it will help to shape our early work. In January, we will explain the different ways in which you can help build the plan that will shape UBC’s next century.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

New members elected to Board of Governors

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

In recent weeks, elections were held for faculty and staff representatives to join the UBC Board of Governors.

Thank you to all those who submitted themselves for nomination. I can confirm the following individuals have been elected to join the Board:

Faculty & staff — Vancouver
The successful candidates representing faculty are Drs. Charles R. Menzies and Ayesha S. Chaudhry, both from the Faculty of Arts. Mr. Darran Fernandez of Enrolment Services has been elected for a second term as the representative of the non-academic staff of the Vancouver campus. The 2017–2020 term for these representatives begins on March 1, 2017.

Faculty & staff — Okanagan
Dr. John Klironomos, from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, also known as the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, has been elected as the faculty representative. Mr. Curtis Morcom of Finance Operations and Strategies has been elected to represent staff. Their three-year terms will commence on September 1, 2017.

Senate elections
Elections for the Vancouver and Okanagan Senate will continue through early 2017. Nominations for convocation members are open until January 31, 2017. Please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/triennial1617 for more information.

Thank you once again to all the candidates for their interest in serving the university and the Board of Governors, and to everyone who took part in the elections process.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

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