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New guidelines available for the use of preferred names for faculty and staff

May 16, 2019 @2:06 pm

A message from Barbara Meens Thistle, Vice-President, Human Resources, and Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion

As part of UBC’s commitment to create a welcoming, inclusive and nondiscriminatory environment, Human Resources and the Equity & Inclusion Office have created guidelines regarding the use of preferred names for faculty and staff.

Whether for professional, personal or privacy reasons, a number of faculty and staff use names other than their legal names to identify themselves at the university. For trans and non-binary faculty and staff who are protected on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression in BC Human Rights legislation, the use of preferred names can be especially important to ensure safety and privacy. Addressing a person’s preferred name and gender has been recognized by human rights tribunals as best practice for non-discrimination. 

These new guidelines provide you with background on the importance of preferred names, their use at the university, and the few legal limitations of using preferred names. Read the guidelines.

Thank you for your support in helping to create a respectful and nondiscriminatory environment.


UBCV: Equity and Inclusion Scholars Program: Project funding announced

May 15, 2019 @12:45 pm

Six projects and a total of 25 faculty members have been awarded two years of funding through UBC’s new Equity and Inclusion Scholars Program – one of several initiatives seeking to advance inclusion as part of UBC’s strategic plan.

Learn more.


Read the latest from Professor Ono’s blog: Insights from the roundtable on non-market housing innovation

May 14, 2019 @4:11 pm


Reminder: Get involved in Congress 2019

May 15, 2019 @12:48 pm

This year’s Congress 2019 programming will open space for debate and dialogue about contemporary issues, with exhibitions, performances, featured talks, and Indigenous programming. Attend an event or sign up as a volunteer. 

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