Equity & Diversity

UBC Political Science Head’s Letter on Racism and Diversity

We believe that in addition to the individual actions any of us may take, a most important role that we can play as an institution is to critically examine our own activities as a Department — our teaching, our hiring and admissions practices, our engagement with the broader world — and to take concrete steps to further advance the goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of our undertakings.

Read the full statement here.

UBC Political Science Equity and Diversity Committee strives to promote the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do.

This new initiative started this year will consult broadly with the Department’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni as it examines structural biases in our own operations, gathers policy models and best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion in academia, and draws up an Equity and Diversity Action Plan for the Department.

The EDC is focused on developing strategies in at least 9 key areas:

  • Departmental hiring, mentoring, and tenure-and-promotion practices that foster the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, building upon the previous work that produced the Department’s Diversity and Equity in Hiring policy which has guided our hiring practices since 2016
  • Support for racialized and Indigenous faculty in the work that they regularly do, often without recognition, to advance equity on and off our campus
  • Graduate admissions practices that further diversity in our graduate student body
  • Open and inclusive learning environments for undergraduate and graduate students
  • The inclusion of more diverse voices into our course offerings, course syllabi, and speaker events
  • The expanded treatment of matters of racialization, racism, Indigeneity and settler colonialism, and diversity in our undergraduate and graduate course content, building upon the previous Department survey assessing Indigenous engagement in our curriculum and subsequent efforts towards next steps
  • Proactive engagement with partners–including other UBC units and offices, policymakers, the media, community partners, and NGOs–on ways in which we can contribute to initiatives for equity and inclusion beyond our department.
  • Departmental governance structures that ensure that equity, diversity, and inclusion are central considerations across all of our activities on an ongoing basis

Committee Members

The Equity and Diversity Committee is composed of three faculty members, a department staff representative, a graduate student representative, and undergraduate student representative, and an alumni representative.

The 2020-2021 Committee:

About Equity at UBC

Through our Respectful Environment statement, the University envisions a climate with the best possible conditions for learning, research and work that is supported by an environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion. Diversity, equity, and excellence are not only institutional values; they are also about the people who make up our UBC community.

Please see UBC Student Services for resources related to:

  • Disability
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Sexuality
  • Students who are parents
  • Trans and gender diversity
  • Women on campus

Mental Health Resources

Sexual Assault and Harassment

Harassment Policies

Complaints from students that are based on any of the protected human rights grounds are directed to UBC’s Equity and Inclusion Office. These complaints would fall under Policy SC7: Discrimination and would follow the grounds enumerated in the BC Human Rights Code, including race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family status, marital status, age, mental disability, physical disability, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

Email the Equity and Inclusion Office here: humanrights@equity.ubc.ca.

Sexual harassment can fall under two different policies. One, sexual harassment is regarded as sex discrimination and can fall under Policy SC7. It can also fall under Policy SC17: Sexual Misconduct. Students experiencing sexual harassment can go to SVPRO for support and if they wish to make a report, SVPRO can offer support and information on filing a complaint with the Investigations Office.

Call the SVPRO here: 604-822-1588.

Complaints of harassment that is NOT based on a human rights grounds would be referred to the Department Head. These complaints would align with the Respectful Environment Statement. Email the Department Head Richard Price here: richard.price@ubc.ca

Resources for Indigenous Students

Religious and Spiritual Life

Resources for Low-Income Students