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Call for applications: Equity & Inclusion Scholars Program

January 9, 2019 @12:03 pm

A message from Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic

The Equity & Inclusion Office is inviting faculty members at the Vancouver campus to apply for the inaugural Equity & Inclusion Scholars Program.

The program provides up to $15,000 for qualified projects that build capacity for transformative teaching and learning through the integration of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in teaching practice and scholarship. Eligible projects may include changes to curriculum, teaching practices, and programming within a faculty or school, with the aim of placing EDI at the centre of teaching and learning.

Interested faculty are asked to submit an expression of interest by February 15, 2019. Following initial adjudication, shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit a full application by March 29, 2019.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program, and application process, can attend an information session on January 21 or January 29, 2019. 

Find out more about the Equity & Inclusion Scholars Program.

New from Professor Ono’s blog: UBC’s Emeritus College is the first of its kind in Canada

January 10, 2019 @4:53 pm

An extract from Professor Santa Ono’s latest blog post.

Welcome to 2019. I trust you have all had a good holiday break. I know I always feel energized and hopeful at the start of the New Year.

January can indeed be invigorating. The days are getting perceptibly longer. Students, faculty and staff are back on campus, with renewed energy and enthusiasm, prepared once more to, in the words of the UBC Strategic Plan, “pursue excellence in research, learning and engagement to foster global citizenship and advance a sustainable and just society across British Columbia, Canada and the world.”

But it’s not only current students, faculty and staff who are working towards these goals. UBC’s emeriti faculty – retired faculty members who have been granted emeritus status by the University Senate – are also active in teaching, research and mentorship.

Their continued involvement with the university is an example to us all. They contribute by continuing to teach and do research, and through other ways as well. They give much to the university – through their experience, through serving on committees, donations to the UBC and more.

They recognize that retirement from daily university life does not necessarily mean withdrawing from UBC. Rather, it should be regarded as an opportunity for emeriti to flourish intellectually and socially, and to enjoy the many benefits a university has to offer.

The UBC Association of Professors Emeriti is the oldest association of its kind in Canada, and has demonstrated a 30-year commitment to encouraging and facilitating the involvement of emeriti in the university. In recognition of the work of UBC emeriti, UBC and its Association of Professors Emeriti have just created an Emeritus College at the University of British Columbia—the first in Canada— that will sustain and deepen that commitment.

Read more.

Take the Cool Campus Challenge

January 9, 2019 @1:48 pm

Post-secondary institutions across B.C. are challenging each other to see who can gather the most pledges to help reduce natural gas use and climate impact. Take the pledge and help UBC win the challenge.

Learn more. 

UBC Connects: 2019 speaker lineup announced

January 9, 2019 @1:54 pm

Acclaimed author, Michael Pollan takes the stage at the Orpheum Theatre on Feb. 11. Tickets to this event will be available online from 12pm, Jan. 10.

View 2019 speaker lineup.