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.

EDI Task Force

The Department of Psychology’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Task Force represents a broad cross section of areas and roles within our department. The goal of our Task Force is to develop recommendations to enhance the equity, diversity, and inclusion in our department.

Equity Committee Members

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

Benjamin Cheung, Faculty
Lucy DeSouza, Student
Ellen Jopling, Student
Kristin Laurin, Faculty (Chair)
Amori Mikami, Faculty

Lillian May, Faculty
Toni Schmader, Faculty
Nancy Sin, Faculty
Kiran Soma, Faculty
Ron Steckly, Student
Victoria Wardell, Student

EDI Resources

Please see UBC Student Services for resources related to:

  • Disability
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Sexuality
  • Students who are parents
  • Trans and gender diversity
  • Women on campus


EDI Statements of Support

Diversity Mentorship Program

Our Diversity Mentorship Program aims to prepare and mentor students from diverse, under-resourced, traditionally underrepresented, and/or marginalized backgrounds for graduate admissions in psychology. This program is geared towards advanced undergraduates or recent graduates who are interested in applying for research-oriented graduate programs in psychology.

EDI Research

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: The Equity Committee is compiling the department’s equity, diversity, and inclusion research to feature on our website. Send your research submissions to Kristin Laurin.

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 Psychology Equity Committee provides an overview of what happens when someone makes a complaint of sexual misconduct at UBC. This overview provides descriptive information about what does happen to complaints of sexual misconduct at UBC. It is neither an endorsement nor a criticism of the existing policy. More.

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

2021 First Generation Student Survey

The equity committee is organizing a community for First Generation students—students who’re the first in their family to pursue higher education. ⁠We wish to put in touch students that have similar backgrounds and experiences, with the ultimate goal of creating a safe and positive community with the department. ⁠Let us know what we can offer you.

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.

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