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Santa Ono’s blog: Update on UBC’s approach to controversial speaker bookings

July 21, 2020 @5:20 pm


Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC Okanagan transitioned into two autonomous Faculties on July 1

July 21, 2020 @5:19 pm


Exciting changes to UBC Today

July 20, 2020 @12:45 pm

Have you heard the news? UBC Today is evolving into a new online web portal for faculty and staff.

Launching mid-August, the new site will contain all your regular updates, announcements and stories about UBC’s faculty and staff community, and a resource library, that you can search or browse. You will also start receiving a weekly email update, every Tuesday, highlighting a selection of what’s new each week.

“We are excited to be able to create something that can support our faculty and staff community,” said Kate Hunter, Director, Internal Communications.

“Given the events of recent months, we also feel it’s important to create tools such as this to help people feel more connected. We know that faculty and staff have different needs, and the site will allow a ‘filter’ function for the first time.”

The new UBC Today website has been developed after months of extensive research, including engagement with more than 800 faculty and staff in both Vancouver and the Okanagan. Recognizing that many people feel overwhelmed by the volume of news and updates, the intention is to create single ‘go to’ website for faculty and staff – with the ability to filter certain content according to preference.

Look out for further updates in the next edition of UBC Today.


Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay re-appointed Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion

July 9, 2020 @11:32 am

A message from Marcia Buchholz, Vice-President, Human Resources; Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver; Ainsley Carry, Vice-President, Students

We are pleased to announce the Board of Governors has approved the re-appointment of Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay as Associate Vice-President (AVP), Equity & Inclusion for an ongoing term.

The re-appointment process was guided by an Advisory Committee comprising faculty, staff and student representatives. The committee reviewed feedback from a UBC community consultation, and considered a recent external review of the Equity & Inclusion Office (EIO).

Dr. Finlay was initially appointed AVP, Equity & Inclusion for a five-year term in March 2015. The Equity & Inclusion Office partners with units across UBC to embed equity, diversity, and inclusion into structure, policies, and processes. Under Dr. Finlay’s leadership, the EIO has stewarded institution-wide strategic priorities such as the Employment Systems Review and the Employment Equity Plan, the Inclusion Action Plan, the Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and the Student Diversity Initiative. Dr. Finlay also played a key role in the development of Policy SC17: Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct and Policy SC18: Retaliation. She is a founding member of the Inclusion Network of Canadian Research Universities (INCRU) and the Past President of the College and University Work-Life-Family Association.

We appreciate Dr. Finlay’s deep commitment to build a community in which equity and inclusion are embedded in all areas of academic, work and campus life at UBC. Please join us in congratulating her on her re-appointment.