Here we would like to highlight some EDI events happening at UBC. To see more events, please go to https://events.ubc.ca/.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in TAing

Working as a Teaching Assistant is important work. Learn how to navigate the challenges so you can celebrate more successes. Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is not just about the content that you teach. It is also about: how the class is set-up and conducted: how you use self-reflection and set expectations; how students interact with you and each other; and how student learning is assessed. In this workshop you will learn about power & privilege, the policies and guidelines that frame your work and how best to support students as you navigate ethical dilemmas and potential conflicts.

This session is foundational to supporting an equitable and inclusive learning environment, while enhancing department and program specific TA training. Please find the sessions and registration links as below. For more details about the event, please click here or connect with the facilitator Rachael Sullivan (rachael.sullivan@ubc.ca).

Audience Date
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) Sept. 13, 2021, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Social Sciences & Humanities Sept. 14, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Creative & Visual Arts (incl. Film & Theatre, AHVA, Creative Writing) Sept. 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Open – Pick-up Sessions Sept. 28, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Indian Horse discussion group meeting

In the lead up to the new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on Tuesday, September 28th at 3 pm, Ashley Welsh and Maï Yasue are going to facilitate a discussion group to talk about the book Indian Horse by Maï's favourite author Richard Wagamese. Indian Horse is a beautiful, accessible, sad but hopeful novel about the impacts of residential schools. It is a widely available book and its online version can be found via UBC Library. You can also purchase the book at your local bookstore (we suggest purchasing from Massy Books, an Indigenous owned and operated bookstore in Vancouver). There is also a film based on this book, link here and audio book of this are available (eg. through audible.ca).

This event is open to all STEM faculty, staff, students, post-docs at UBC who are interested in deepening their understanding about residential schools (and maybe initiating actions within your units). To register for the event, please click here.

Intergenerational March for Orange Shirt Day—A Joint STEM Faculty Event

To honour and commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day, the faculties of Science, Applied Science, Land and Food Systems, and Forestry have planned a march for the UBC community. The march will begin outside the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, where there will be a Musqueam welcome, bannock, and tea. It will follow a marked path along Main Mall, lead to the Reconciliation Pole, and end at the Engineering Cairn. Throughout the march, people will hear from elders, survivors, families, and the UBC community about the history and impacts of residential schools.

The event will be held on September 30 at 12:00pm. Registration is not required. 

Upcoming CTLT Workshops

Inclusive Teaching: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

September 22 | October 26 | November 18 | December 13
Be introduced to the literature underpinning inclusive teaching, discuss why inclusive practices in the classroom are important, and explore the range of inclusive teaching practices and resources. Register here

Identity Matters: Connecting Power, Privilege and Bias to Anti-Racism Work

September 16 | October 20 | November 16
This workshop has been designed for instructors who are interested in joining conversations about anti-racism and looking for an entry point to their learning journey. This session introduces fundamental concepts such as power, privilege, and positionally, which are essential for understanding racism or developing anti-racist teaching practices. Register here

Considerations and Tools for a Indigeneity, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (IEDI) Audit of an Undergraduate Curriculum

October 5, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Using an appreciative inquiry approach, participants will learn about the process and motivation behind their IEDI “audit” of the existing Bachelor of Media Studies courses and overall program. Register here

One-on-One Consultations

Request a one-on-one meeting for support with course design, assessment or learning activity development, facilitating learning online, and more. Register here

Learning Technology Hub Sessions

The CTLT works collaboratively with faculty members and instructional support units to provide effective and efficient technology tools that create an exceptional learning environment. Register here

Empowering learners with dyslexia to reach their potential in STEM—Skylight Online Teaching Series

Did you know that 20% of the population has dyslexia? This session presented by Erin Kline (Fraser Academy) and Amanda Vincent (UBC IOF) will explore dyslexia and how it impacts the learning process. Join us as we share stories of famous scientists who have overcome their learning challenges to become leaders in their fields of choice, thanks to their tremendous gifts in big picture thinking, spatial reasoning and creative problem solving. We will offer research-based tips and techniques for inclusive teaching and assessment that ensure this unique group of learners can thrive in UBC's STEM learning environments. For a brief introduction to dyslexia and a few quick tips and tricks for supporting learners with dyslexia and other learning differences, read Think dyslexia.Think potential.

This event will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 12:30 - 2:00pm. We will add further details about this event in the near future. 

EDI Action Network Events

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Action Network is a space for connection, shared learning, and development for students, staff and faculty working to advance EDI initiatives at UBC. Through events and information exchanges, the network engages those advancing EDI initiatives across the university. 

Network participants will benefit from:

  • practical tools, frameworks, and ideas to support unit- and department-level EDI initiatives;
  • increased connections with colleagues working on similar initiatives across UBC;
  • opportunities to expand the impact of their EDI initiatives through identifying areas of synergy with institutional priorities and directions.

In 2021, a pilot gathering was held in May (event summary can be found here) and a larger event is coming in October/November. To learn more about the EDI Action Network and/or instructions for joining the distribution list, please click here