rom: Deputy Vice Chancellor and UBC’s Okanagan campus Principal Deborah
Buszard, UBC’s Vancouver Campus Provost and Vice President Academic David
Farrar, Vice President Students Louise Cowin, Vice President Human Resources
We are pleased to provide our campus communities with the report by Nitya Iyer
and Shirley Nakata entitled Implementing Inclusion: A Consultation on
Organizational Change to Support UBC’s Commitment to Equity and Diversity.
You can find the report, and our response here:
This was a standard institutional review process that followed the retirement
of Associate Vice President Mr. Tom Patch. The consultation was conducted from
January 3 to February 13, 2013, and included meetings with 180 individuals on
both main campuses, from every campus group and across our wide range of units
and departments. It received 60 written submissions.
The consultation found that there is widespread, passionate support for equity
and diversity as a core UBC value, and made recommendations to adopt a new
The new model embeds senior responsibility in four positions: Provost and
Vice-President Academic; Provost and Vice-Principal, UBC’s Okanagan campus;
Vice President Students and Vice President, Human Resources.
It is led by an Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, and transforms
the UBC Equity Office into an enhanced Office of Equity and Inclusion. It
expands Ombudsperson services to faculty and staff (at the Vancouver campus in
the beginning) and re-positions and strengthens Access & Diversity, creating a
range of new positions to dramatically strengthen our commitment across our
The University has accepted the recommendations of the report, and is moving to
implement the new model by August 1, 2013, under the leadership of Acting
Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Gurdeep Parhar.
For students, faculty and staff who have equity or diversity concerns during
the transition, please contact the campus offices listed at the link above.
We want to offer our sincere gratitude to the authors of this report, and to
the members of our community who actively participated in this process.
Deborah Buszard, David Farrar, Louise Cowin, Lisa Castle