Inclusivity in the Learning Environment

 

**Sent on behalf of Office of Faculty Development** 

 

Dear Faculty and Staff Leads,

Re:  Inclusivity in the Learning Environment

The Office of Faculty Development, has developed a module, titled Inclusivity in the Learning Environment to help you promote an inclusive environment within your unique contexts.

This module is informed by the Faculty of Medicine expectations for an inclusive environment, and provides guidance for faculty, learners and staff on how to address actions that are not aligned with those expectations, particularly from the perspective of bystanders or witnesses. It is aligned with UBC’s Inclusion Action Plan and the Faculty of Medicine’s position on Respectful Environments and endorsed by Dr. Maria Hubinette, Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Ms. Roslyn Goldner, Office of Professionalism.

It provides an introduction to inclusion but does not address the full breadth of complexities about the topic. It is intended to promote collaborative discussions that result in collective learning about inclusive practices.

Inclusion is a challenging topic to address on one’s own and therefore we would recommend (a) progressing through this module in a group with colleagues and peer or reviewing this module individually and having a space to discuss and debrief after.

I hope you will find this tool useful in addressing the pressing problem of breaches in inclusivity. If you have any questions about how this tool can be used effectively, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

With best wishes,

 

Kiran

Kiran Veerapen, MD; FRCP (Edin); PhD (UVic)
Assistant Dean, Faculty Development
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Contact: kiran.veerapen@ubc.ca