$95,000 awarded to community-led equity, diversity, and inclusion projects

People and Places | Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence
Theme: Inclusion

Ten projects led by faculty, staff, and students at UBC Vancouver were awarded funding from the Equity Enhancement FundProjects support the activation of UBC’s strategic plan and the university’s commitment to inclusion.

As part of this year’s funding call, the Equity & Inclusion Office (EIO) at UBC Vancouver received 40 applications for a total of $408,000 in requested funding – a slight increase over the amount requested the previous funding cycle.

An evaluation committee, convened by the Equity & Inclusion Office, assessed each of the applications.

Projects funded this year all seek to enhance equity and inclusion across the university, including in admissions, academic programs, student services and experiences – and across thematic areas such as Indigeneity, accessibility, race and culture, and LGBTQ2SIA+.

In addition to the above funding, three projects were awarded discretionary funding from EIO to address their requests from nominal funding in support of community engagement activities, such as conferences.

“It’s always inspiring to see the creativity and innovation that emerges from our campus community. This fund makes is possible to bring to life ideas and address the needs from the community and in alignment with the university’s priorities,” says Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion.

$15,000 is also allocated to support projects at UBC Okanagan, with five projects selected for funding this year.

The application cycle for the Equity Enhancement Fund opens in January of each year. The fund is open to all students, staff, and faculty.

The fund supports initiatives that help advance UBC’s strategic commitment to inclusion, facilitate collaboration and innovation, and build a diverse campus culture.

Interested in applying next year? Explore the list of current and past recipients.