About Equity at UBC

The work of the EDC is carried out in the larger context of the UBC Strategic Plan and the UBC Inclusion Action Plan. Accordingly, the EDC works toward the following general goal:

“Sustained excellence in research, education and engagement depends on the integration of diverse perspectives and approaches. As a public institution, UBC has the responsibility to ensure inclusion across students, faculty, staff and alumni, and through all interactions beyond the university. Inclusion is a commitment to access, success and representation of historically underserved, marginalized or excluded populations. Given the long-lasting legacy of colonization of Indigenous peoples, we will continue to prioritize our partnerships with Indigenous peoples and communities. Education is an enabler of social development and mobility, and UBC is intent on advancing the inclusion of all those who have been excluded historically based on gender, race, religion, sexuality, age, physical ability or economic circumstance.” (UBC Strategic Plan, p. 20)

In doing so, the work of the EDC seeks to achieve the following outcomes within the Department of Political Science:

“At UBC, inclusion is a commitment to creating a welcoming community where those who are historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized are treated equitably, feel respected, and belong. Inclusion is built by individual and institutional responsibility through continuous engagement with diversity to inspire people, ideas, and actions for a better world.” (UBC Inclusion Action Plan)

  • Recruitment, Retention and Success: support, retain, and advance students, faculty, staff, and leaders from systemically marginalized communities.
  • Systems Change: UBC will be intentional and proactive in changing systems, structures, policies, practices, and processes to advance equity, diversity,
    and inclusion.
  • Capacity Building: UBC will enhance institutional and individual capacities and skills to succeed in and advance inclusive environments and work to sustain and continually evolve that capacity as skills and capabilities are increased.
  • Learning, Research and Engagement: UBC will foster environments of learning, research, and engagement that value building and exchanging multiple and intersectional ways of knowing.
  • Accountability: UBC will hold itself accountable to its commitment to inclusion through clear and timely processes, thorough evaluation, and transparent reporting to the UBC communities on its progress on this action plan.