Why your voice matters

With the 2019 federal election happening on October 21, we want to take this opportunity to speak to you about why this is such a significant event, and why your voice matters.

UBC embraces its responsibility to nurture civic engagement across our community and to strive to make a better world from the local to the global level. Universities are not “ivory towers” isolated from the world and its problems. We live, work and engage in our communities and we have a shared investment in our future.

UBC aims to be a model public institution, fostering discourse, knowledge exchange, and engagement. This requires that we work to foster discourse within and beyond our community on the important questions of our time; promote the power of ideas, knowledge, and evidence; reinforce the importance of civic participation; and stand up for the values of a free and democratic society.

As many of you know, between now and October 21, there is one concrete and important action all eligible members of the UBC community can take to contribute to civic engagement in Canada and strengthen our system of representative democracy: vote in the federal election!

During this time, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will collectively choose a direction for our country. If you haven’t voted already, we encourage you to take part.

To our students in particular, there are those who view Canada’s young people as disengaged from politics and do not vote. Now is the time to prove them wrong and to define the future yourselves.

Voting is easier and quicker than you may think. For more on when, where and how to vote, visit https://president.ubc.ca/vote-2019/

Don’t let others speak for you. Engage in the democratic process, educate yourself, and have your say!

Santa Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Ainsley Carry
Vice-President, Students


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UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan – have your say

UBC is currently in the final stage of the Indigenous Strategic Plan, with the development of a university-wide action plan.

Thank you to everyone who has provided their thoughts in the process to date. We are now at the stage of seeking wider input from students, faculty and staff.

The purpose of the action plan is to articulate UBC’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice, along with the more international backdrop of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This is an opportunity to share your thoughts at a series of upcoming engagement events. The aim of the events is to facilitate dialogue around the plan’s goals and objectives, inviting ideas and suggestions for actions UBC can take in the next five, 10 or 20 years.

You can RSVP for an engagement session and learn more about the important journey in creating this plan at https://aboriginal.ubc.ca/indigenous-strategic-plan/.

We invite you to share your voice and attend one of the following events:

Indigenous faculty and staff engagement session #1
October 31, 2019
12pm-2pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse

All faculty and staff engagement session
November 4, 2019
12.30pm-2.30pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse

Indigenous faculty and staff engagement session #2
November 19, 2019
10am-12pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse

For those unable to attend an engagement session, an online survey will be shared in the coming weeks. You can also view the draft plan online at https://aboriginal.ubc.ca/indigenous-strategic-plan/

Thank you in advance for supporting this process, and for supporting UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan.

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


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UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan – have your say

UBC is currently in the final stage of the Indigenous Strategic Plan, with the development of a university-wide action plan.

Thank you to everyone who has provided their thoughts in the process to date. We are now at the stage of seeking wider input from students, faculty and staff.

The purpose of the action plan is to articulate UBC’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice, along with the more international backdrop of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This is an opportunity to share your thoughts at a series of upcoming engagement events. The aim of the events is to facilitate dialogue around the plan’s goals and objectives, inviting ideas and suggestions for actions UBC can take in the next five, 10 or 20 years.

You can RSVP for an engagement session and learn more about the important journey in creating this plan at https://aboriginal.ubc.ca/indigenous-strategic-plan/.

We invite you to share your voice and attend one of the following events:

Indigenous faculty and staff engagement session #1
October 31, 2019
12pm-2pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse

All faculty and staff engagement session
November 4, 2019
12.30pm-2.30pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse

Indigenous faculty and staff engagement session #2
November 19, 2019
10am-12pm
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse

For those unable to attend an engagement session, an online survey will be shared in the coming weeks. You can also view the draft plan online at https://aboriginal.ubc.ca/indigenous-strategic-plan/

Thank you in advance for supporting this process, and for supporting UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan.

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


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Complete the second Integrated Renewal Program readiness survey by Oct. 18

UBC has embarked on an Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) to transform our HR, Finance and Student systems and processes.

Earlier this year we asked you to share your thoughts on the program and UBC’s readiness for this change. Thank you to all those who took the time to share their comments. You can read the summary results from the first survey at https://irp.ubc.ca/news/readiness-survey-results and learn what actions have been taken.

As we get closer to implementing the new HR and Finance systems in April 2020, we are again seeking your feedback through a second readiness survey. For those who completed the first survey, you may recognize the questions. Although you may have shared feedback earlier this year, we are asking you to once again share your thoughts and help us measure progress since the first survey.

For those who did not complete the first survey, we hope you will provide feedback on this important program. Your responses are critical in improving how UBC manages this change, at both a departmental and organizational level.

You can access the survey at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_095VDEoD6rcYGDX. The deadline for responses is Friday, October 18, 2019.

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymized.

On behalf of the program sponsors, we are committed to listening to your input. We will also run further surveys prior to April so we can continue to make adjustments as needed to support a successful implementation.

If you would like to know more about the IRP please visit https://irp.ubc.ca/.

If you have any questions about the program, or this survey, please email integrated.renewal@ubc.ca.

Thank you for your support in helping UBC prepare for this transformational change.

Peter Smailes
Vice-President, Finance and Operations

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

Deborah Buszard
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Okanagan

Barbara Meens Thistle
Vice-President, Human Resources


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Inviting pledges for the United Way campaign

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.

This year’s UBC United Way campaign officially launches on October 7 in Vancouver and the Okanagan, with many opportunities to participate.

As many of you know, I personally support the United Way, and I encourage you to consider getting involved and becoming a donor in this important cause. Next Tuesday, you will receive an email from pledge@unitedway.ubc.ca inviting you to make a payroll pledge online — my goal is to inspire 1,000 people to become United Way donors. Just imagine the impact that 1,000 committed individuals can have to change lives in our local communities.

Learn more about the UBC United Way campaign, and the different ways you can get involved:

Thank you for supporting this year’s campaign. Whether you give your time, energy or financial support, your contribution makes a significant impact.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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Second call for nominations — search committee for Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs

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.

Last month, we invited you to submit your nominations for elected positions on the search committee that is being convened to select the next Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs. This message now serves as the second call for nominations for the following positions:

  • Two faculty members
  • One undergraduate student

If you are interested in getting involved, or would like to nominate someone to take part, please submit your nominations by 4:00pm on Thursday, September 26.

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

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

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


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

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.

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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