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 is fully committed to ensuring that all those who engage with our university experience a welcoming, safe and inclusive campus community. The principles of equity, diversity and inclusion are our top priority, and over the past year have led to the initiation of a number of activities to support our commitment. We recognize that the work of the entire community is required to make positive transformational change, and that efforts for change must be ongoing. Outlined below are a number of key initiatives which highlight our work to date:
- Formation of the Presidential Task Force on Equity Diversity and Inclusion
- Formation of the Student Round-Table on Confronting Racism at UNBC
- Development of UNBC’s inaugural Office of Equity Affairs
- Launching of the Vice Provost Indigenous Initiatives position
Through these initiatives, I can state wholeheartedly that the University of Northern British Columbia is fully engaged in driving change and supporting an inclusive campus community that is committed to equity and diversity. As Interim President, I look forward to continued listening and learning, and contributing to this vitally important work for our University community.
— Dr. Geoffrey Payne, Interim President —
The University of Northern British Columbia 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
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
For questions or concerns regarding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Public Accountability and Transparency at UNBC please contact:
Dr. Geoff Payne, Interim President and Chancellor