Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diversity Task Force recommendations

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In 2020, UBC established the Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diversity (T2SGD) Task Force to help provide the university with clear and strategic direction to address gaps in systems, policies, procedures and practices in the area of gender diversity.

The task force was formed in response to a long-standing call for members of trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary student, faculty and staff communities to be included in the strategic planning of the university. Since its formation, the task force has engaged with students, faculty and staff across both campuses. In 2021, members of the UBC community were also invited to take part in a university-wide Gender Diversity Audit.

After carrying out this work, the task force has released a final report outlining four key recommendations to the university. They are to:

  • Expand and sustain training and education around gender diversity, with a focus on faculty and staff capacity-building.
  • Increase recruitment and retention of trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary faculty and staff.
  • Improve the implementation of gender data standards and centralized systems and principles for the collection of gendered records, such as names and pronouns, and reporting of gender data, such as identity markers.
  • Support the mental health and holistic wellness of trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary students, faculty and staff.

You can read the full report, including the findings of the Gender Diversity Audit, at:

We wish to thank all the students, faculty and staff who sat on the task force. Their invaluable contributions and experiences were, and remain, essential to ensuring that the university is working to enhance equity and inclusion and create conditions that allow trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary people to thrive.

We now look forward to implementing these recommendations as part of the Strategic Equity and Anti-Racism (StEAR) framework that provides UBC with a coordinated implementation approach for all equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. We will provide further updates as this work progresses.

Lesley Cormack
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

Gage Averill
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver

Rehan Sadiq
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Okanagan

Arig al Shaibah
Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion

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