Supportive Learning Environment

  1. The department will invite staff from the Equity Office to our graduate program orientation each year.
  2. The department will facilitate occasional gatherings among interested women students and women faculty. It shall stress the importance of all faculty and students considering themselves members of a single academic community.
  3. An effort should be made to schedule academic meetings at times that do not preclude participation by faculty or students with family responsibilities. Whenever possible, the department should try to avoid scheduling graduate courses after 5:00 to accommodate common day care arrangements.
  4. Through discussion and the dissemination of statistics, the department will endeavour to promote comparable grading standards and workloads. Accordingly, the graduate and undergraduate advisors should distribute to faculty on an annual basis relevant summary statistics.
  5. The department will make a greater effort to prepare international graduate students for academic life at UBC through correspondence prior to their arrival. Advice will be solicited by the Graduate Program Committee from current faculty and graduate students with firsthand experience about the kinds of information that would be most useful to ease international students’ adjustments to Canadian academic life. Resources for International Students can also be found in UBC International Student Advising.
  6. ESL graduate students will be informed that the English Language Institute is willing to work with them upon their arrival to assess their writing and speaking skills. If a problem is identified, individuals may wish to defer their graduate studies to pursue language instruction, or proceed part-time while taking language course simultaneously.