Recent anti-Black and anti-Asian violence in communities across North America has focused our attention on the deeply rooted racism in Canada and globally. UBC itself is not immune to racism and injustice.
As a university, we need to make it crystal clear that racism and bias have no place in our community and won’t be tolerated.
On behalf of the University, I condemn and denounce all incidents of anti-Black and anti-Asian racism and the continued racism and oppression that is directed at Indigenous communities. We must work together to dismantle the tools of oppression and white supremacy that remain prevalent and entrenched in our everyday systems. It is my hope that at least here at UBC, we can work to model a different kind of community – one where we embrace difference and work to build each other up while enacting values of dignity, mutual respect, and justice.
On this page, I outline the measures I, and the university, have been taking to combat racism at UBC.
I welcome your thoughts. Please fill out the anonymous form at the bottom of this page with your comments, experiences, thoughts and suggestions.
Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor
Presidential Statements on Systemic Racism
October 16, 2020 Update on Systemic Bias and Anti-Racism in Higher Education Sessions
Last week, our senior leadership team attended a series of learning and dialogue activities on Systemic Bias and Anti-Racism in Higher Education. I invited Professor Malinda Smith, recently appointed the Vice Provost, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Calgary, and my EDI team (Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay, Dr. Minelle Mahtani, and Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot), […]
June 22, 2020 Moving Forward
Dear members of the UBC community: This past weekend, Michael Korenberg, the Chair of the Board of Governors, informed the Board and the University that he was stepping down after social media interactions that, in his own words, “thoughtlessly supported regressive voices which are attempting to discredit broad-based, legal and necessary protest.” We acknowledge both […]
June 16, 2020 UBC Committee on Systemic Racism
UBC and systemic racism Recent events, including the incident involving a UBC graduate student, have brought to light the pervasiveness of systemic racism, and in particular anti-Black racism. When any population on campus does not feel included, respected, and engaged, it impacts their experience and their capacity to change the world. Since my statement on […]
June 5, 2020 Weekly Update: June 5, 2020
Dear members of the UBC community, I hope things continue to go well for you. As you know, the recent anti-black and anti-Asian violence in communities across North America has focused our attention on deeply rooted racism in Canada and globally. UBC itself is not immune to racism and injustice. Earlier this week, I […]
June 1, 2020 Together against Racism and Injustice
Dear UBC community: Recent anti-Black and anti-Asian violence in communities across North America has focused our attention on the deeply rooted racism in Canada and globally. UBC itself is not immune to racism and injustice. As a university, we need to make it crystal clear that racism and bias have no place in our community […]
I made a commitment to listen to the UBC Black Caucus, Indigenous and Asian groups and other marginalized communities. These are the listening sessions I have had so far. I will continue to listen as we move forward.
|Indigenous faculty members||29/06/20|
|FABIPOC (Fine Arts for BIPOC Student Movement)||20/08/20|
|Social Justice Institute Grad Student Association||16/10/20|
As further sessions are scheduled, they will be added here.
Virtual Town Hall on Anti-Black Racism in Vancouver – Thursday, September 24th from 6 – 8 p.m.
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