Call for elections and nominations: Board of Governors, search committees, and the Okanagan Senate

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The university is currently embarking on a series of elections and search committees with opportunities for staff, faculty and students to get involved.

 

This message serves as a call for elections and/or nominations for the following:

  • Board of Governors
  • Chancellor search committee
  • Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic Affairs search committee
  • Okanagan Senate

Board of Governors – By-election

The Board of Governors has a vacancy open for an elected staff member from UBC Vancouver to serve for a term ending February 29, 2020.

Staff in Vancouver are invited to vote in this election before Thursday, September 12 at 4:00pm.

For candidate information and instructions on how to vote, visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2019-election-vancouver-staff-representative-board-governors.

 

Chancellor search committee – Elections

Staff and undergraduate students from UBC Vancouver, and graduate students on either campus are invited to vote for their representatives on the search committee for the selection of the next UBC Chancellor. Elections are open for the following positions:

  • One undergraduate student from UBC Vancouver;
  • One graduate student from either UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan;
  • One staff member from UBC Vancouver.

For candidate information and instructions on how to vote, visit:https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2019-chancellor-search-committee-elections.

 

Polls will close on Thursday, September 5 at 4:00pm.

 

Chancellor search committee – Nominations

We are still seeking nominations for the UBC Chancellor search committee for the following:

  • One faculty member from UBC Vancouver;
  • One faculty member from UBC Okanagan.

For nomination forms and eligibility information, visit:
https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2019-chancellor-search-committee-elections.

 

Nominations will close on Thursday, August 29 at 4:00 pm.

 

Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic Affairs search committee – Nominations

Nominations are open for elected positions on the search committee that is being convened to select the next Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic Affairs at UBC Vancouver. We are seeking:

  • Two faculty members from UBC Vancouver;
  • One undergraduate student from UBC Vancouver;
  • One graduate student from UBC Vancouver.

For nomination forms and eligibility information, visit:https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2019-elections-committee-select-next-vice-provost-and-associate-vice-president-academic-affairs.

Nominations will close on Thursday, September 5 at 4:00 pm.

 

Okanagan Senate – Nominations

Nominations remain open for the following vacant positions on the Okanagan Senate:

  • One UBC Okanagan faculty member to serve as a representative of the Faculty of Health and Social Development for a term ending August 31, 2020;
  • One UBC Okanagan faculty member to serve as a representative of the Faculty of Arts and Science for a term ending August 31, 2020.

For nomination forms and eligibility information, visit:https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2019-okanagan-senate-elections.

Nominations will close on Thursday, September 5 at 4:00pm.

 

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


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External review of the Equity & Inclusion Office

An external review of the Equity & Inclusion Office is being carried out to assist the university as it considers the reappointment of Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay, whose current term as Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion, comes to an end on March 15, 2020. The terms of reference for the review can be found athttps://academic.ubc.ca/sites/vpa.ubc.ca/files/documents/EIO%20ToR.pdf.

The review team will visit the Vancouver campus, with a virtual connection to the Okanagan campus, on October 9—11, 2019. The members of the review team are:

  • Dr. Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, McMaster University
  • Dr. Denise O’Neil Green, Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Oscar Dubón Jr., Vice Chancellor, Equity & Inclusion, UC Berkeley.

The review team will meet with faculty members, students, staff, senior administrators and other individuals or groups that may interact with Equity & Inclusion at UBC.

Before the reviewers’ arrival, they will receive documentation on all aspects of the unit’s operation, including the nature and quality of its services to students, faculty and staff, its facilities and resources, its administrative structure and organization, and its internal and external linkages.

You are invited to provide written comments relevant to the matters under review — along with your name and affiliation to UBC — to Dr. Herbert Rosengarten, the review coordinator, at hjr@exchange.ubc.ca by Monday, October 7, 2019.

Your comments will be held in strict confidence and will be forwarded to the members of the review team. The reviewers’ findings will be shared with me, and will be of value to the senior administration, the unit itself and the university community as a whole.

Your input is greatly appreciated.

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver


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Search for a new Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic Affairs

Dr. Eric Eich will be completing his term as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic Affairs at the end of June, 2020.

In accordance with Joint Senate and Board Policy #18: Appointment of Designated Senior Academic Administrators (https://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2018/06/policy18.pdf), a search for his successor will be conducted.

I have written to the Registrar, requesting the initiation of the call for nominations and then the selection and election of faculty members and students to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee. We envision having the advisory committee established in October and the call for applications to the position posted in late fall.

I will continue to update you as the search progresses, and updates will be posted on our website https://academic.ubc.ca.

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver


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Be part of the Great Trek Festival

UBC is excited to announce a new festival that celebrates the tradition of student leadership and advocacy, and recognizes the rich history of the Musqueam people on the lands of the Vancouver campus.

Beginning in the fall of 2019, the university in partnership with the Alma Mater Society will host an annual Great Trek Festival that brings together UBC Vancouver’s diverse campus history. This new event will bring together the stories of the original Great Trek of 1922 that inspired the construction of UBC’s Vancouver campus and the Musqueam people, whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory the campus has been built upon.

As part of the festivities, the Fall Classic Run route travels through the Vancouver campus acknowledging the storied Musqueam tradition of running and also the footsteps of those original students. A large celebration at University Plaza will bring together music, cultural performances, and traditional Musqueam food to celebrate our interwoven histories.

As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the 1922 Great Trek, it is an important reminder of the close connections between the university and the Musqueam people. Join the UBC community this fall as we celebrate our collective histories with the inaugural Great Trek Festival on Saturday October 26, 2019. Planned celebrations include the RUNVAN Fall Classic Run, the 10km Great Trek Student Relay, a party at University Plaza, traditional Musqueam performances, and more.

Great Trek Festival
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Whether you run, cheer, or watch we invite you to join the UBC community this fall when we celebrate our history. You can learn more at https://greattrek.ubc.ca.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Ainsley Carry
Vice-President, Students


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Chancellor search committee and other by-elections: call for nominations

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Further to the UBC Broadcast earlier this week, this message is a call for nominations for those willing to serve on the search committee for the selection of the next UBC Chancellor. The search committee will be active over the next academic year.

The following 8 positions are available:

  • Two faculty members from UBC Vancouver.
  • One faculty member from UBC Okanagan.
  • One undergraduate student from UBC Vancouver.
  • One undergraduate student from UBC Okanagan.
  • One graduate student from either UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan.
  • One staff member from UBC Vancouver.
  • One staff member from UBC Okanagan.

Nominations will close at 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 15, 2019. For nomination forms and eligibility information, please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2019-chancellor-search-committee-elections.

At the same time, this message serves as a call for nominations in by-elections for a number of vacancies available on the following governing bodies:

  • One staff member from UBC Vancouver to serve on the Board of Governors for a term ending February 29, 2020.
  • Two UBC Okanagan faculty members to serve as representatives of the joint faculties on the Okanagan Senate for a term ending August 31, 2020.
  • One UBC Okanagan faculty member to serve as a representative of the Faculty of Health and Social Development on the Okanagan Senate for a term ending August 31, 2020.
  • One UBC Okanagan faculty member to serve as a representative of the Faculty of Arts and Science on the Okanagan Senate for a term ending August 31, 2020.
  • One UBC Vancouver faculty member to serve as a representative of the joint faculties on the Vancouver Senate for a term ending August 31, 2020.

These nominations will also close at 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 15, 2019. For nomination forms and eligibility information, please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2019-elections-board-governors-and-senates.

Please note that calls for nominations to the Senates and Board of Governors for the upcoming 2020-2023 term will begin later this fall.

If you have any questions about these or other university elections, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


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Letter from Santa

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I am pleased to announce the summer 2019 edition of Letter from Santa, a regular communication to members of the UBC community.

In this newsletter, I will touch upon what I’ve been doing as president, as well as celebrating UBC milestones and accomplishments. I publish the newsletter about once every two months to my website at https://president.ubc.ca/communications/letter-to-the-community/.

In this second issue, I take a look back at the recent UC3 and U7 summits, look forward to a historic baseball tournament and the start of the 2019-20 academic year, and introduce a new feature, “New from the Faculties”. You’ll find those stories and more at https://president.ubc.ca/communications/letter-to-the-community/.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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Search for a new UBC Chancellor

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Please note: This message is sent on behalf of the UBC Alumni Association (alumni UBC).

UBC’s Chancellor, Lindsay Gordon, will finish his second and final term on June 30, 2020. We are grateful for the Chancellor’s numerous contributions to the life of UBC and the substantial personal time and energy he has devoted to the university. You will hear more about Mr. Gordon’s tremendous service in the coming months.

The Chancellor is the titular head of the university. He or she is chair of the Convocation and a member of the Board of Governors and Senates. The Chancellor confers degrees granted by UBC and represents the university in many formal occasions. The Chancellor is also a member, ex officio, of the Board of Directors of alumni UBC. The position of Chancellor is entirely voluntary.

Consistent with Part 5 Section 11 of the University Act, the UBC Board of Governors will appoint the next Chancellor on nomination by the UBC Alumni Association (alumni UBC) and after consultation with the Council of Senates.

The Board of Directors of alumni UBC, following consultation with the chair of the UBC Board of Governors and chair of the Council of Senates Executive Committee, has established terms of reference for the process that will be used to identify an exceptional individual to be nominated by alumni UBC, upon the recommendation of a university-wide committee. The terms of reference can be found at www.alumni.ubc.ca/about/board/#chancellor

A search committee will be formed consistent with these terms of reference, with elections for faculty, staff and student representation being conducted by the Office of Senate and Curriculum Services. Once the committee has been established early this fall, there will be further updates regarding the process, including ways in which you can provide input to the committee.

Randy Findlay
Chair, alumni UBC Board of Directors

Ross Langford
Vice Chair, alumni UBC Board of Directors


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Provide your feedback on UBC’s International Strategy Draft Framework

Over the past six months, UBC has reached out to students, staff and faculty about our approach to global engagement and how they see our internationalization evolving.

Students have been key contributors to this process, helping us shape UBC’s draft International Strategy and articulate how global engagement will play a role in fulfilling the university’s purpose.

In addition to being part of a working group and helping to create the draft strategy, students from a wide range of disciplines also attended workshops to provide feedback on the proposed framework and actions associated with it.

What we heard was nothing short of inspiring. We discovered some of the incredible work students are already doing to foster global citizenship and contribute to a world where all people can thrive. But the consultation process also highlighted a need to do more. Many of you shared that you care deeply about the most pressing global challenges of our time, from gender equality to climate change, and you believe UBC has a responsibility to society — both locally and globally — to help build a better world.

We would now like to give you an additional opportunity to provide your thoughts before we present a final draft of the strategy to student leaders this fall. I encourage you to review a copy of the draft framework which you can find online at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9z2Lvyr24jgumAl. After reviewing the framework, please answer some simple questions about how each theme inspires you, and how UBC can best engage the community in bringing the strategy to life.

Your voice is important in this process. I hope you will take the time to share your thoughts on how we can position UBC in a way that affects positive change, both locally and globally.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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Launching search for a new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

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I wish to announce that I am launching a global search for a suitable candidate for the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan.

Professor Deborah Buszard will complete her term in this role on June 30, 2020. Professor Buszard has achieved a great deal in building the UBC Okanagan campus to what it is today — a thriving, growing, top university campus in British Columbia, Canada and globally.

She has established a culture of excellence in teaching and research, student learning, support and wellbeing, and community and alumni engagement. She has connected the UBC Okanagan campus to Vancouver and the Okanagan community, and built strong relationships for further growth and leadership in the region.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal (DVC) reports to me and provides leadership to the Okanagan campus to accomplish the vision, commitments, goals, and actions as set out in the university’s strategic plan. As an integral member of the senior leadership team, the DVC supports the Board of Governors in exercising their governance responsibilities, and works collaboratively with leadership and management across the university, and with key external stakeholders, to enhance the student learning and research achievement on the Okanagan campus.

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

Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor (chair)
Michael Korenberg, Board of Governors
William Sundhu, Board of Governors
Jassim Naqvi, Board of Governors
Barbara Rutherford, Senate, UBC Okanagan
Jennifer Jakobi, Senate, UBC Okanagan
Heather Berringer, Senate, UBC Okanagan
Tamara Ebl, Senate, UBC Okanagan
Shahria Alam, Senate, UBC Okanagan
Paul Davies, faculty member, UBC Okanagan
Karen Ragoonaden, faculty member, UBC Okanagan
Simi Toor, student member, UBC Okanagan
Brigitte Le Normand, additional member, UBC Okanagan
Nicole Udzenija, Director, Strategic Initiatives, UBC Okanagan
Rob Einarson, Associate Vice-President, Finance and Operations, UBC Okanagan

A member of the President’s Office staff will act as non-voting secretary to the committee. To assist the search committee in their efforts, we would appreciate input from interested faculty, staff, students and alumni on the following questions:

  • What do you see as some of the key opportunities and challenges ahead for the DVC and Okanagan campus in the coming years?
  • What experience and personal qualities would you want an ideal candidate to bring to this role?
  • Any other comments that might be useful to the committee?
  • Any suggestions of potential candidates for this role?

Please email your comments by June 21, 2019, to the search firm Boyden Executive Search at ubcodvc@boyden.com. All responses will be kept confidential.

I strongly encourage you to participate in this important process.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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Letter from Santa

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I am pleased to announce the launch of Letter from Santa, a regular communication to members of the UBC community.

In this newsletter, I will touch upon what I’ve been doing as president, as well as celebrating UBC milestones and accomplishments. I will be publishing the newsletter about once every two months to my website at https://president.ubc.ca/communications/letter-to-the-community/.

In this first issue, I take a look back at the recent Graduation ceremonies, some research funding successes, athletics accomplishments, a visit from the President of Ethiopia, and Congress 2019, among other stories. I also say farewell to Jeff Todd and Barbara Meens Thistle and say hello to my new Blue and Goldcast co-host, Professor Margot Young.

You can find the first edition of Letter from Santa at https://president.ubc.ca/communications/letter-to-the-community/

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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