The University has drafted an Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan, which may be consulted at Diversity at UBC. The Plan, ‘Valuing Difference’ frames equity and diversity as central to academic excellence—in teaching, research, scholarship, and service. The Plan engages with substantive equality: the celebration of (not merely toleration of) difference, the inclusion of historically and currently marginalized voices, the elimination of symbolic and material discrimination, and the rectification of unfair and disrespectful outcomes.
The Plan also recognizes that systemic discrimination and exclusion are encoded in our institution’s policies, practices, traditions, and procedures. It argues that these must be addressed, as well as individual acts of discrimination, in order for equity plans to be effective. Finally, the Plan calls upon all members of the University community to dismantle injustices and systemic barriers to the full and equal participation and success in Canadian society of equity seeking groups, including women, visible minorities, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Read the rest of the statement here.