Equity Committee Update #1

As most of you know, the department has created a new Equity Committee, chaired by Joy Dixon.  Our goal is to find ways to assist the department in meeting its obligations to create a respectful and equitable working and learning environment.  We will be presenting a draft policy document to the department (which will cover a range of equity issues broadly defined ) next spring. We also hope to develop more resources (to be posted on the department’s website) that will clarify the university’s procedures on issues like sexual harassment and provide links to relevant  offices and resources across campus. We are still developing our timetable but we will be sending out regular updates both through the departmental mailing lists and via the department website.

As we work toward that goal we want to consult as widely as possible.  We are working on creating an online survey and a process for individuals to make oral or written submissions to the committee. Our first event is an Equity Town Hall aimed at graduate and post-doctoral students, to be held 12:30-2:00 on Tuesday November 3 in room 1197.  Lunch will be served.

If you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to get in touch with Joy Dixon.

Equity Committee (2015-2016):

Chair: Joy Dixon joy.dixon@ubc.ca
Faculty Representatives: Laura Ishiguro, Coll Thrush
Staff Representative: Judy Levit
Graduate Student Representative: Sarah Basham
Undergraduate Student Representative: Maria Dawson
Sessional Representative: TBA