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UBC Sustainability Scholar lays groundwork for City of Vancouver anti-Black racism strategy

UBC Sustainability Scholar lays groundwork for City of Vancouver anti-Black racism strategy

Vancouver aspires to be a safe city in which residents feel secure. The City recently engaged UBC law student Oludolapo Makinde as a Sustainability Scholar to conduct research into anti-Black racism in Vancouver and suggest ways to address it. One of her recommendations – to develop and implement an anti-Black racism strategy – received funding […]

UBC 2030 competition attracts bold new student ideas

UBC 2030 competition attracts bold new student ideas

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, there is reason for continued hope. Among them the ideas and energy of young people who have been leading climate action movements. A competition organized by the UBC Sustainability Initiative drew more than 40 inspiring visions and solutions from students and student groups, centred on the theme: “What will sustainability at […]

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Increasing cybersecurity to support working from home

As staff, faculty and researchers moved to remote teaching, learning and working in March 2020, UBC Cybersecurity and local IT support sprang into action to protect and secure thousands of devices. Zoe Armer, Program Manager, Cybersecurity, provides an update on the increased security measures currently in place: Increased IT security measures and user support is […]

Why Privacy Matters at UBC

Why Privacy Matters at UBC

Why do privacy and information security matter? Information sharing is so common today that it is easy to become complacent about the importance of maintaining strong privacy and information security. Yet, everyone has the right to expect their personal information to remain safe and secure. In 2015 it was determined that “the risk of a […]

Leveraging the Okanagan Charter to reflect on the crises of our times

Leveraging the Okanagan Charter to reflect on the crises of our times

On Dec. 9, 2020, speakers from UBC, the University of Waterloo and McGill gathered virtually for a conversation on the challenges post-secondary institutions face with regards to complex issues around health and wellbeing, including the implications surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, the climate emergency, and the renewed urgency to advance Indigenous peoples’ human rights and […]

Preparing for digital recovery in advance of disaster

Preparing for digital recovery in advance of disaster

For years, British Columbians have been preparing for “the Big One” as the province sits on a seismic fault line.  Regardless of the size or nature, disasters (natural or man-made) can have major implications to global research institutions like UBC.  Today, when technology is fundamental in the learning and research ecosystems, a compromised IT infrastructure […]

Inclusive Teaching @ UBC: Maximizing success in diverse classrooms

Inclusive Teaching @ UBC: Maximizing success in diverse classrooms

At UBC, inclusion is a commitment to create a welcoming community where those who are historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized are treated equitably, feel respected, and belong. As recent events across North America and on campus have highlighted the pervasiveness of systemic racism, UBC President Santa Ono has reaffirmed UBC’s commitment to inclusion and called […]

Furthering feminism at UBC Okanagan

Furthering feminism at UBC Okanagan

Through advocacy, education and sharing of personal stories, women scholars, students and staff at UBC Okanagan are working to positively change the lived experiences of women in the classroom, workplace and world. UBC Okanagan spoke with a number of community members about their experiences of feminism in society and at UBC. Read the full story […]

Championing sustainability at UBC for twenty years

Championing sustainability at UBC for twenty years

The Sustainability Coordinator Program provides staff, faculty and graduate students with opportunities to promote sustainably at UBC. The program is a great grassroots initiative that empowers its volunteer coordinators as they create sustainability practices tailored to the unique needs of their unit, from laboratories, office spaces, classrooms, and more. Since its origins in 1999, the […]

Call for Open Educational Resource grant applications

Call for Open Educational Resource grant applications

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver is pleased to invite the UBC community to apply for the Open Educational Resources (OER) Rapid Innovation and Implementation Grants. The UBC Vancouver OER Fund, established through the UBC Academic Excellence Fund in 2019, aims to support affordable and inclusive access to learning materials through […]