Share your experience in the 2019 Workplace Experiences Survey Pulse

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Two years ago, we asked faculty and staff to share their experiences of UBC as a workplace.

We are now inviting you to tell us what you think, via the 2019 Workplace Experiences Survey (WES) Pulse, a shorter version of the WES. You can access the survey at* https://wes.ubc.ca.

The pulse survey includes questions about topics that were identified as top areas of opportunity in the 2017 WES (professional growth, health & wellbeing, leadership, and inclusion & respect), which are priorities that are woven into UBC’s strategic people framework, Focus on People 2025. By taking part in this pulse survey, you can potentially shape the actions and activities identified in the framework, which provides a significant contribution to the UBC strategic plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century.

I hope you will take the time to share your thoughts. The online survey will take less than five minutes to complete and responses are confidential. The deadline for responses is November 25, 2019.

Reports will be prepared for UBC overall, by campus, as well as at the unit and department level (for units/departments with 10 or more respondents). You can learn more at http://ubc.ca/wes. I strongly encourage you to share your experiences via this survey.

* The survey link will redirect to an external website hosted by our Canadian-based, third-party consultant TalentMap. The survey includes general demographic questions, however you will not be asked to provide personal information such as your CWL or password. If you have any concerns, contactworkplace.surveys@ubc.ca.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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Submit nominations for representatives to the Board of Governors and Senates by Nov. 7

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As you may remember, last month we issued a call for nominations for representatives to the Board of Governors and the Vancouver and Okanagan Senates for the upcoming 2020 – 2023 triennium. These are important elections for the university with opportunities for faculty and staff to get involved.

UBC Board of Governors

Submit your nominations for available positions on the UBC Board of Governors. Nominations are still open for the following positions:

  • three faculty members (two from UBC Vancouver and one from UBC Okanagan)
  • two staff members (one from UBC Vancouver and one from UBC Okanagan)

UBC Senates

Submit your nominations for available positions on the UBC Senates. Nominations are still open for the following positions:

  • 12 representatives of the Joint Faculties (faculty members-at-large) for the Vancouver Senate
  • 16 representatives of the Joint Faculties (faculty members-at-large) for the Okanagan Senate

Nominations for all Board of Governors and Senate positions will close at 4:00pm on Thursday, November 7.

For nomination forms and information about eligibility, please visithttps://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2019-2020-triennial-elections.

Subsequent elections will be held throughout this year for faculty-specific and other positions on the UBC Senates.

Please contact elections.information@ubc.ca if you have any questions about these elections.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


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Call for nominations for representatives to the Board of Governors and Senates

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As you may be aware, throughout the last year of each triennium, the university embarks on a series of elections for representatives to the Board of Governors and the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates for the upcoming three-year term. At this time, the first round of elections for the 2020 – 2023 triennium is underway with opportunities for faculty and staff to get involved.

UBC Board of Governors

This message serves as a call for nominations for available positions on the UBC Board of Governors. Nominations are now open for the following positions:

  • three faculty members (two from UBC Vancouver and one from UBC Okanagan)
  • two staff members (one from UBC Vancouver and one from UBC Okanagan)

UBC Senates

At the same time, this message also serves as a call for nominations for available positions on the UBC Senates. Nominations are now open for the following positions:

  • 12 representatives of the Joint Faculties (faculty members-at-large) for the Vancouver Senate
  • 16 representatives of the Joint Faculties (faculty members-at-large) for the Okanagan Senate

Nominations for all Board of Governors and Senate positions will close at 4:00pm on Thursday, November 7.

 

For nomination forms and information about eligibility, please visithttps://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2019-2020-triennial-elections.

 

Subsequent elections will be held throughout this year for faculty-specific and other positions on the UBC Senates.

 

Please contact elections.information@ubc.ca if you have any questions about these elections.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


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Support the future of ‘Vote on Campus’

As you know, Canadians across the country took part Monday in the 2019 Federal Election.

Santa Ono and I encouraged all eligible students to engage in the democratic process and cast a ballot. We were encouraged to see that Elections Canada’s ‘Vote on Campus’ initiative saw a 60% increase in ballots cast compared to 2015.

Elections Canada is now seeking your input to determine the future of the ‘Vote on Campus’ initiative and other outreach programs. The survey is open to all UBC students, regardless of whether or how you chose to vote.

You can take part at https://surveys.advanis.ca/campus_electors.

The survey is voluntary and should take no more than five minutes to complete. The deadline for responses is October 30, 2019.

I encourage you to complete the survey and share your thoughts. With your help, UBC will continue to 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.

Ainsley Carry
Vice-President, Students


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Launching the 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).

Earlier this year, we announced that the current UBC Chancellor, Lindsay Gordon, will be stepping down when he completes his term next spring.

During his time as Chancellor, Mr. Gordon has provided excellent leadership, as the chair of the Convocation and a member of the Board of Governors, Senates and alumni UBC. He also served as co-chair of UBC’s start an evolution campaign that successfully raised $1.6 billion and engaged 132,000 alumni.

In accordance 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. A search committee has been formed which comprises:

  • Ross Langford, Chair, alumni UBC Board of Directors; Chancellor Search Committee Chair  
  • Barbara Anderson, Director, alumni UBC Board of Directors
  • Shelina Esmail, Director, alumni UBC Board of Directors  
  • Michael Korenberg, Chair, UBC Board of Governors
  • Nicole Udzenija, Member, UBC Board of Governors; Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan
  • Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Paul Harrison, Chair, Senate Academic Policy Committee; Department of Botany, UBC Vancouver
  • Rickey Yada, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC Vancouver
  • Marny Point, Lecturer, First Nations and Endangered Languages program; Urban Program Coordinator, Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), UBC Vancouver
  • Riley Ty, undergraduate student, Faculty of Science, UBC Vancouver
  • Andrew Pipke, undergraduate student, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Okanagan
  • Shawna Narayan, graduate student, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Vancouver
  • Lauren Casey, Manager, Indigenous Initiatives, Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education, UBC Sauder School of Business, UBC Vancouver
  • Roger Wilson, Director, Health and Wellness, UBC Okanagan
Natalie Cook Zywicki, Interim Associate Vice-President/Executive Director alumni UBC will act as non-voting secretary to the committee.

The Chancellor is the titular head of the university. She or he 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.

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 Chancellor 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 November 6, 2019, to Boyden Executive Search at ubcchancellor@boyden.com. All responses will be kept confidential.

I strongly encourage you to participate in this process. Additional information can be found at: https://bog.ubc.ca/?page_id=13037.

Ross Langford
Chair, alumni UBC Board of Directors


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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

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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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