Academic, Employment and Campus Resources


See also Equity and Diversity-Related Offices

The Associate Dean Equity and Professionalism, Faculty of Medicine is available to support and advise faculty members, medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows. The Office of the Associate Dean, Equity and Professionalism is both legally and morally committed to the principles of fairness and to making the Faculty of Medicine a leader in dealing with equity issues. (The UBC Equity and Inclusion Office is available to support and advise staff members.)

The Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Science is responsible for support of faculty in the Sciences, including faculty recruitment, retention, mentoring, diversity, career evolution, and policies and procedures.

The Centre for Intercultural Communication (CIC) offers programs and services to develop intercultural awareness, understanding and skills to help people and companies work more effectively in diverse cultural settings, internationally and domestically.

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s programs are offered for faculty, graduate students, teaching assistants, undergraduate students, staff, heads and directors. The following instructional topics cut across the program offerings, informing the learning path of each: Aboriginal issues; Equity and diversity; Teaching and learning practice; Reflective practice; Assessment of learning; Evaluation and research; Sustainability; Teaching and learning with technology; and Student engagement and success.  The Diversity, Equity and Intercultural Understanding section of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s website offers opportunities and resources to enhance teaching and learning on the issues of diversity, equity and intercultural understanding at UBC and beyond.

The Equity Statement for the Faculty of Law describes resources to help foster an inclusive environment for all students. In particular, the Faculty works to build a welcoming community for students with disabilities, women students, students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

The Faculty of Science working climate website point to ways the university can foster excellence by providing a more supportive and equitable environment for the faculty. These web pages provide updates on important developments, reports and progress in implementing equity-related recommendations in the Faculty of Science.

The Faculty Recruitment Guide is designed to assist selection committees in recruiting, interviewing, and selecting the best candidate for tenure and tenure-track faculty positions. We hope this guide provides you with the tools to develop a selection process that is bias-free, that complies with federal government regulations on hiring foreign academics and avoids potential complaints about human rights and privacy violations.

Focus on People Workplace Practices at UBC is a contributing framework that sets out strategies and initiatives that work towards the realization of the University’s values of academic freedom, mutual respect, integrity, dignity and inclusivity.

Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development (Vancouver Campus), Director – website pending

The Museum of Anthropology is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, exhibitions and community connections. It is a place of world arts and cultures and is also acclaimed for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey.

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The Aboriginal Portal is a comprehensive website that offers information for Aboriginal students; on Aboriginal academic programs and events; a list of Aboriginal faculty; links to faculty, student and community research; community and youth programming; Aboriginal alumni; information about the First Nations House of Learning and the Xwi7xwa library; and the UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan.

The First Nations House of Learning website provides links to the many academic programs with an Aboriginal focus in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Forestry, Graduate Studies, Land and Food Systems, Law, Medicine and Science; the College of Health Disciplines; the College for Interdisciplinary Studies; the Graduate School of Journalism; and the Sauder School of Business.

The First Nations House of Learning also provides student services such as an Aboriginal Student Advisor, a computer centre and the Xwi7xwa library.

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If you are Working Past Normal Retirement (age 65), eligibility for benefits may change. This site provides employment group specific  information about employment benefits during this time.

The UBC Human Resources Retirement page offers a number of resources to help employees plan for retirement.

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The Access & Diversity office provides a number of disability-related services and resources to UBC students and faculty and staff with disabilities. It also works with Instructors Accommodating Students with Disabilities and operates Crane Library to transcribe text and course materials for students, staff, and faculty members who require alternatives to print and to provide technical resources that permit independent access to information.

The purpose of the Equipment Accommodation Fund is to cover extraordinary costs associated with specialized adaptive supplies and equipment that facilitate the recruitment of well-qualified persons with disabilities into faculty and staff positions, and accommodate faculty and staff who suffer accidents or deteriorating conditions over the course of their careers at UBC.

The Income Replacement Plan and Disability Benefit Plan are available to all employee groups. The plans are employee-funded plans that provides employees with a monthly income if they are unable to work for an extended period of time due to illness or injury.

The Library Access guide for people with disabilities provides maps and access information for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to UBC campus libraries. UBC students, faculty, and staff who have a disability are entitled to enhanced services at the libraries, for book/journal retrieval and other assistance.

The purpose of the Return to Work Program is to facilitate the safe and earliest possible return to work from absence due to injury, illness or a medical condition. An employee’s return to work may involve temporary or permanent modifications or adjustments in job duties or workplace arrangements in order to accommodate a disability of an individual staff or faculty member.

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Information from Human Resources on Leaves and Benefits for new parents, including maternity, parental and adoption leave and benefits

UBC Child Care Services provides a range of on-campus daycare programs for infants, toddlers, 3-5 year olds and preschoolers, as well as kindergarten and before and after school care.

Student Family Housing provides information and application forms for year-round, on-campus student family housing for couples or families with one or more children

Faculty/Staff Housing provides information about on-campus rental housing for staff and faculty including singles, couples and families with children.

UBC Daycare Parent Council represents and advocates for the families of UBC Child Care Services. Consisting of parent representatives from each centre and staff representatives from Child Care Services, they act as a liaison between parents and UBC to improve child care options on campus and fundraise for improvements to the child care centres.

The Work-Life & Relocation Services Centre helps with the smooth transition of new faculty, postdoctoral fellows, staff and their families who are relocating from outside Metro Vancouver to the UBC community and Vancouver neighbourhoods, including the provision of family care resources.

The Student Parents Resources Guide offers resources on issues such as housing, childcare, schooling, health and wellness, financial aid and family-friendly activities on and off campus

Information for families of international students offers information on child care, school enrolment, parents’ rights and responsibilities and programs for spouses and partners of international students who bring their families with them to UBC.

Breast feeding spaces available on campus for those who wish to breastfeed in a private or semi-private location. Although UBC supports the right of every mother to breastfeed in public, UBC also recognizes that some women may prefer to breastfeed in more private locations. Hence this network of breast-feeding friendly spaces was created on campus.

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The Women In Science UBC Website provides information on department specific efforts for female students

The Women in Engineering (WIE) program was established to support you and your peers during your academic term at UBC.

The Engineering Physics Women Recruitment and network projects intended to give female engineering physics students an opportunity to meet regularly with other female engineers.

The Jade Project goal is to help increase the representation and success of women in the physical and mathematical sciences and in engineering. Includes projects such as Connecting Women with Computer Science, GirlSmarts and more.

The Focus on Women in Computer Science committee(FoWCS), aims to increase the participation of women in UBC CS at all academic levels, including undergrad, grad, and faculty

The Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Student Association blog – WAGS GSA not only facilitates discussion amongst the graduate students but also serves as a liaison between students and faculty and advocates for student interests

Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), a service of the AMS, provides survivors of sexual assault (female, male, and trans, as well as their friends, family members, and partners) with free and confidential emotional, medical, and legal support, and resources.

The Women Students’ Lounge provides a permanent safe space for women students at UBC to rest, connect, and gather.

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International Students information for prospective and current International students on a wide range of issues.

International House provides International Student Advisors, peer programs, orientations and a wide range of assistance to and programming for international students. International House is a community centre open to all members of UBC and their families.

Go Global’s International Service Learning (ISL) is an educationally enriching program that fosters meaningful connections with communities around the world and inspires discovery of the local impact of global concerns. Go Global’s ISL program allows you to engage in substantial projects led by community partners around the world. By taking part in an ISL program, you connect your academic studies with real-world experience.

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David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education enables the Faculty of Education to provide leadership in research, teaching, and application of knowledge about multicultural education.

The UBC-Laurier Institution Multiculturalism Lecture celebrates Canada’s diversity by examining the various aspects of today’s multicultural society and brings together speakers from many cultural backgrounds who share their views as Canadians.

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The UBC Chaplains Association, made up of chaplains from various denominations and religious groups, are available to participate in formal occasions in the life of the university, such as memorial services and other special services of worship. In keeping with the various traditions, religious services and “open door” counselling are provided on a regular basis.

International Student House information on UBC spiritual and faith programs available including worship times and locations.

UBC’s Policy on Religious Holidays allows students who are scheduled to attend classes or write examinations on holy days of their religions to observe their holy days by absenting themselves from class or examination, with ample (at least 2 weeks) written notification to the instructor. Faculty and staff who are scheduled to work on holy days of their religions are permitted to request time away from work, with prior notification to their administrative heads of unit. See also Religious Holidays (55KB PDF),

The following websites provide information about religious observances for those planning academic activities. Some students may choose to seek accommodations for religious observances that may or may not be listed on the following websites.  The absence of such dates should not preclude exam accommodation. Please note that some observances are based on an interpretation of the lunar calendar, and may vary by a number of days depending upon the interpretation relevant to a student’s faith tradition.

Interfaith Calendar
BBC Holy Days and Festivals Calendar
PBS Multifaith Calendar

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The Positive Space Campaign is an initiative intended to help make UBC more receptive to and welcoming of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, transgender, transsexual, gender variant, two-spirit and intersex (LGBQTTI) communities, individuals and issues of sexual and gender diversity on campus. Look for Resource Persons across campus, identifiable by their Positive Space posters or buttons, for support and referrals.

The Guide to Gender Inclusive, Single Stall Washrooms on Campus outlines the locations of all the single stall washrooms on campus which have gender inclusive, unisex or non-gendered signage (and which may or may not be physically accessible, as noted in the brochure).

Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), a service of the AMS, provides survivors of sexual assault (female, male, and trans, as well as their friends, family members, and partners) with free and confidential emotional, medical, and legal support, and resources.

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