Here we would like to present some articles and talks that focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion in academia. 

Webinars, talks, and podcasts

What I Wish My Professor Knew | Stanford's student-run First-Generation and/or Low-Income Partnership (FLIP)

Indigenous Open Educational Resources: Respectfully Uplifting Community Voices

Open education is grounded in Western understandings of ownership, protocol, and accessibility. Often open education has a goal of making all knowledges available for all peoples. Within Canadian copyright law is tension with Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. The open education community must carefully consider Indigenous knowledges and self-determination, which are deeply rooted in community-defined ethics and protocols and do not fit into ordinary academic contexts. This session (May 24, 2022) explored some of the concerns around open educational resources (OER) and Indigenous knowledges while using Indigenous worldviews to better understand how Indigenous knowledges can be respectfully incorporated into OER. 

View the session recording and resources here:

Symposium: Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter

The public symposium of the inaugural Inter-Institutional Forum of the Scarborough National Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education co-hosted by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University was held on May 14, 2022.

Community Making and Black Flourishing Through the Scarborough Charter contributes to the ongoing work and commitments by both universities to combat anti-Black racism and promote Black flourishing at our institutions and in the wider community. The symposium also serves to illustrate to a national audience how the goals of the Scarborough Charter are being interpreted locally.

Watch the symposium online:

Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force Report Launch

Over the last year, UBC has launched a series of initiatives addressing systemic racism within our community, including forming an Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force. Since beginning its work in March 2021, the ARIE Task Force has made a series of interim recommendations to address the many forms of systemic racism and to promote inclusive excellence at UBC.

On April 22, the ARIE Task Force released its final report, which delivers 54 recommendations focused on students, faculty, and staff as well as Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour. Watch the recording of the event:

Cultivating Inclusive Experiences In Our Classrooms, Curriculum, and on Our Campuses | Dr. Viji Sathy (Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education (MOOC) (2022)

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work. The course material will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples. 

The Torchbearers | UBC First Generation Students Union (FGSU)

UBC First Generation Students Union (FGSU) presents The Torchbearers, a podcast that highlights the narratives of first-generation university students and faculty members at UBC. In each episode, we invite first-generation individuals with different backgrounds and perspectives to address challenges and interventions for the inclusion of first-generation individuals in both academic and work environments at UBC.

Normalizing Disability Begins in School | Joseph Schneiderwind | TEDxMSUDenver

Where are all the Black people? Underrepresentation in the Academy | UBC speaker series