UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, is used to remind us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Directly translated as "he/she also lives," and interpreted as "respecting all forms of life," ‘En Cha Hunà' encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.
UNBC's Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is committed to excellence in research and research training for the benefit of Canadians. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is also essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and for responding to global challenges. As such, UNBC is committed to the federal government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity for the four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Indigenous peoples) as well as the LGBTQ2+ communities and individuals with intersectional identities, and has endorsed the Tri-council Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada Charter and the Universities Canada Inclusive Excellence Principles.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Training and Education
UNBC will be hosting equity, diversity and inclusion engagement sessions on January 13th, 18th and 20th 2021, open to all UNBC students, faculty and staff to share thoughts, opinions and ideas for advancing EDI at UNBC. The sessions will be led by Western Management Consultants (WMC), who have been employed by the Office of Research to help advance UNBC's Canada Research Chairs EDI Action Plan. The ideas shared during the sessions will inform recommendations for change to UNBC employment systems, policies and procedures and provide a window into the culture at UNBC in regards to EDI. Registration is required and participation is anonymous. Please see the event invitation and session links below:
For an introductory presentation on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research please view the following Presentation by Dr. Jacqueline Holler:
CRC Unconscious Bias Training Module: This interactive module is designed to promote an understanding of unconscious bias and how it can affect the peer review process. It will also provide strategies for mitigating bias during the review process. Take the Training
The Equity Myth by Frances Henry, Enakshi Dua, Carl E. James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, Howard Ramos, and Malinda S. Smith
How to mobilize and sustain EDI change in the Academy by Arig al Shaibah, PhD