UBC programs to promote respect and diversity

UBC Access and Diversity

Access and Diversity works with members of the University community to create an inclusive, safe and respectful living, learning and working environments at UBC. The goal is to build educational communities where students of all genders, disabilities, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities thrive.

The AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre

The AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) at The University of British Columbia provides UBC campus community members of all genders access to specialized sexual assault support services. These include: crisis and short-term emotional support; legal, medical and campus related advocacy, informational resources; community lending library; service referrals, and; outreach services.

really? Campaign

The really? Campaign is a comprehensive approach to discrimination response and violence prevention that draws on the power of peer and cultural influence in society. It encourages every individual to take an active role in promoting positive social change - to step up and safely respond when they witness or experience discrimination and prejudice, demeaning and stereotypical comments or jokes.

Be More Than a Bystander

“Be More Than a Bystander” is an initiative aimed at substantially increasing understanding of the impact of men's violence against women. The initiative was spearheaded by the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) and the BC Lions. In the summer of 2011 UBC's Access & Diversity and Athletics Department were invited to participate in the project as partners.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada

Since 2004 Access & Diversity has worked with a growing list of supporters, including Student Development, Women in Engineering (WIE), the Engineering Undergraduate Society, the Equity Ambassadors, Student Housing and Hospitality, Women and Gender Studies Student Society, Alpha Omega Epsilon (A.O.E.) and the Sexual Assault Support Centre to host UBC’s December 6th events.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a campus wide initiative that runs every January. A steering committee comprised of students, staff and faculty from across campus plan a range of events designed to highlight the importance of sexual assault awareness - representing different perspectives and approaches to addressing sexualized and gender based violence. These events are intended to spark dialogue and provide opportunities to discuss this issue as a community.

Peer Programs at UBC

More than 300 students participate each year in a leadership development program based on the Social Change Model of Leadership that emphasizes diversity training and identity development, communication skills, intercultural competencies, and mental health and wellbeing. Through this program peers develop the skills they require to be effective student leaders helping to build a campus environment where all dimensions of human difference are respected and valued. All student peers engage in the delivery of specific services and programs for students at UBC.