Equity, diversity, and inclusion

The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture recognizes that injustice and inequity are still holding back design pedagogy and practice. As a school, we commit ourselves to create the systemic changes required to address the numerous forms of discrimination operating today. 

The committee's charge is to create change within SALA, advise SALA leadership, and direct the school’s governance and operations toward greater equity, diversity, and inclusion. This encompasses racial injustice as well as other forms of oppression, including those related to gender, sexuality, religion, colonialism, and physical and invisible forms of disability. The committee aims to address these challenges not just within the school but in the context of the disciplines we teach. The ‘pipeline problem’ of a lack of diversity in the professions is directly related, though not limited, to what happens in university education. It relates to how we teach, to whom we invite to join our community as students, faculty, and staff, to our research agendas, and to how we work with communities and partners.

SALA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee serves in a permanent role at the school’s highest level of governance. The creation of the committee in July 2020 was precipitated by a letter (linked below) to the school sent by alumni and students calling for urgent action on anti-racism and equity, as the Black Lives Matter movement brought global attention to specific acts of violence against Indigenous people, Black people, and people of colour (BIPOC) and a wider culture of white supremacy that requires change.

Visit the EDI Committee blog

Transparency

Transparency and accountability are essential to this work. To that end, the committee’s ongoing work can be found on the SALA EDI Committee Blog, where there are opportunities to send feedback to the committee at any time. Links to meeting agendas and minutes will be compiled on this page. The committee meets with student groups on an ongoing basis, with recurring meetings at least once a term to hear from students in an open forum. An annual report will formally communicate our progress, while the blog will provide more frequent and continual check-ins on EDI efforts.

Members

The committee is composed of SALA faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Elected alumni representatives and student representatives from the architecture and landscape program are joined by representatives from the UBC NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Architecture Students) chapter and FaFa (For A Feminist Architecture). The committee’s chairperson joins the program chairs and director on the school’s council to advise on school-wide directions and initiatives.

2020-21 Members:

  • Zahra Asghari, FaFa representative/student
  • John Bass, faculty
  • Adriana Ermi-Sprung, staff
  • Nyah Lamarre, student
  • David Law, NOMAS representative/student
  • Alexander Moses, student
  • Chloe Moss, student
  • Divine Ndemeye, alumni representative
  • Christen Oakes, student
  • Inge Roecker, faculty
  • Sara Stevens, chair/faculty
  • Kaili Sun, alumni representative
  • Lauren Wolfe, student

Contacts:

Resources

EDI @ UBC (Equity office)
equity.ubc.ca

Anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies and reporting
UBC Policy #SC7 addresses Discrimination, while The Respectful Environment Statement addresses harassment and bullying that is not discriminatory in nature.
bullyingandharassment.ubc.ca

Sexual misconduct policies and reporting
Should a student ever feel they have experienced sexual misconduct, they should report it to the UBC Sexual Violence and Response Office: svpro.ubc.ca. Also see: svpro.ubc.ca/report-options. UBC’s policies around sexual misconduct aim “to support all members of the UBC community who are affected by sexual misconduct, to provide a central site for information regarding the resources and options available to those affected by sexual misconduct, to create and make available programs and resources to educate its community on the prevention of sexual misconduct, and to provide a process to respond to and investigate allegations of sexual misconduct.” The university defines the terms and policies under the newly updated (1 July 2020) UBC Sexual Misconduct Policy #SC17. The policy states “Sexual or intimate relationships between individuals ... where there is a supervisory role or where an individual has influence over a student’s current or future academic activities, working conditions, or career advancement are Prohibited Relationships.”

Ombuds office
UBC has explicit policies which are available on the following websites: academic.ubc.ca/support-resources/ubc-policies-guidelines and universitycounsel.ubc.ca/board-of-governors-policies-procedures-rules-and-guidelines, covering Discrimination and Harassment; the Student Code of Conduct; Scholarly Integrity; Investigations and more. Associated with each policy are  guidelines for investigative procedures. The general principle is that any issues of misconduct, harassment, discrimination etc. should be reported to the program Chair or the School Director. If the complainant is not comfortable reporting incidents within the School they should go to the Office of the Ombudsperson for Students: ombudsoffice.ubc.ca

AMS Advocacy and Ombuds
www.ams.ubc.ca/student-services/advocacy-ombuds

IBPOC Connections: Staff + Faculty
equity.ubc.ca/ibpoc-connections

Graduate Student Advocacy
gss.ubc.ca/advocacy

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