2020 Employment Equity Report highlights opportunities for greater diversity of UBC workforce, leadership

People and Places | Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence
Theme: Inclusion
UBC Okanagan by air | Photo credit: Hover Collective / UBC Brand & Marketing

Published annually, the Employment Equity Report provides an overview of hiring and employment practices put in place to create and sustain equitable, diverse and inclusive workplaces at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. Using the self-identification data provided by UBC’s employees through the employment equity survey, the annual employment equity report provides comparable data on workplace demographics across occupational groups and for each of the five federally designated groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized people and members of 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

This year’s report expands on previous reports by reporting on the status of objectives identified in UBC’s 2019 Employment Equity Plan:

  • Ensuring policies and practices support employment opportunities for, and representation of, designated group members at UBC;
  • Fostering and establishing a respectful work environment at UBC that supports the successful integration and engagement of equity group members; and
  • Ensuring that learning and progress evaluations are incorporated into UBC’s employment equity program through robust monitoring and accountability mechanisms.

Some notable actions highlighted in this year’s report which promote more equitable hiring, recruitment and retention practices include the launch of the Hiring Equity module through UBC’s Workplace Learning Platform; UBC’s ongoing participation in the federally funded and research-oriented Dimensions pilot program; and comparison of applicant pool demographics to new hires for Canada Research Chair searches.

Please read the full story, and see the report, at the Equity & Inclusion Office website.

Collecting and reporting on employment equity data is valuable as it helps us assess our progress against our commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Through Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence, we are assessing the UBC landscape to identify areas needing focused attention, including systems, structures and processes that can be improved to facilitate better access and success.