Equity & Inclusion

UBC Psychology’s Equity Committee is responsible for implementing UBC’s policies related to equity and inclusion within our department.

Our mission is to strive for a department community that is equitable, inclusive, and supportive to its members, which will enhance department culture and well-being for everyone, including being beneficial for hiring and retention.

Committee Members

Steven Barnes, Faculty
Frances Chen, Faculty
Lucy De Souza, Student
Jean Dong, Student

Ellen Jopling, Student
Kristin Laurin, Faculty
Mark Schaller, Faculty


About Equity at UBC

Through our Respectful Environment statement, the University envisions a climate with the best possible conditions for learning, research and work that is supported by an environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion. Diversity, equity, and excellence are not only institutional values; they are also about the people who make up our UBC community.


Relevant Policies

The fundamental objectives of this Policy are to prevent Discrimination and Harassment on grounds protected by the B.C. Human Rights Code, and to provide procedures for handling complaints, remedying situations, and imposing discipline when such Discrimination or Harassment does occur.

The University strives to provide a welcoming environment in which all individuals can visit, work and study without threat to personal safety or property, or disruption. When such threats or disruption occur it is important that the University act to control such behaviour promptly and effectively. This policy outlines procedures for the University community to follow when faced with behaviour that threatens personal safety or property, or disrupts lawful or legitimate activities.

No Eligible Student (as defined by this policy) will be prevented from commencing or continuing his or her studies at the University for financial reasons alone. Eligible Students and their families have the primary responsibility for bearing the individual cost of higher education. If an Eligible Student and his or her family exhaust the financial resources available to them, the University will ensure that financial support will be made available to them.

The University of British Columbia recognizes its moral and legal duty to provide academic accommodation. The University must remove barriers and provide opportunities to students with a disability, enabling them to access University services, programs and facilities and to be welcomed as participating members of the University community. The University’s goal is to ensure fair and consistent treatment of all students, including students with a disability, in accordance with their distinct needs and in a manner consistent with academic principles.

UBC has a responsibility to maintain a respectful environment where its members can study, work, and live free from sexual misconduct. This policy articulates UBC’s duty and commitment to support members of the UBC community who are impacted by sexual misconduct, to provide a central site for information regarding the resources and options available to those affected by sexual misconduct, to create and make available programs and resources to educate its community on the prevention of sexual misconduct, and to provide a process to respond to and to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct.

The University of British Columbia envisions a climate in which students, faculty and staff are provided with the best possible conditions for learning, researching and working, including an environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity and mutual respect. The University of British Columbia strives to realize this vision by establishing employment and educational practices that respect the dignity of individuals and make it possible for everyone to live, work, and study in a positive and supportive environment.



Equity Committee Surveys

2018 Equity Committee Survey

In February 2018, the equity committee distributed a survey to understand if the psychology community is aware of UBC’s Equity and Inclusion resources and policies.

2017 Equity Committee Survey

In March 2017, the equity committee distributed a brief survey to faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students about equity issues that affect our department and how we may better support an inclusive environment. Below are survey questions and results for your reference.


Weekly Equity Coffee Hour

Each week, a different member of the department’s Equity Committee will be stationed at a coffee shop on campus, waiting for UBC Psychology faculty, staff, graduate or undergraduate students to drop by to chat about equity or diversity.

We welcome you to learn more about existing resources or to share your suggestions.

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