Equity involves the creation of opportunities for historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized populations of students, staff, and faculty to have equal access to education, programs, and growth opportunities that are capable of closing achievement gaps.
Diversity is meant to convey the existence of difference. Diversity is created when people who are different from one another come together and includes everyone in the room.
Inclusion1 is an active, intentional, and continuous process to address inequities in power and privilege, and build a respectful and diverse community that ensures welcoming spaces and opportunities to flourish for all.
Decolonization is a necessary and ongoing process of unlearning, uncovering, and transforming legacies of colonialism that requires making space, balancing, generating, and enabling diverse knowledge systems to thrive in the academy, as well as in and through educational and knowledge transmitting places for Indigenous Peoples, the formerly colonized or continuing colonized nations, peoples, and cultural knowledge systems.2
At the UBC Faculty of Education, we strive to promote an environment that values respect, reciprocity, opportunity, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Advancing equity is a shared responsibility, an ongoing conversation with actions, and a challenge to which our faculty, staff, students, and community members must rise.
We are committed to creating conditions for transformative teaching, innovative learning, and leading-edge research guided by the highest standards of scholarship, collaboration, equity, and inclusion. Central to our mission is the advancement of Indigenous priorities in teaching, learning, research, and scholarship while supporting Indigenous education opportunities for all.
“Key to our strategic trajectory are values of transparency, accountability, and equity in every aspect of our work.”
– Learning Transformed, Strategic Plan, UBC Faculty of Education, 2019-2024
“The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia is committed to enacting anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonizing practices in its research, teaching and learning; recruitment, retention, and advancement; culture, climate, and wellbeing; and to be a leader in social justice within the academic and education communities.”
– Task Force on Race, Indigeneity and Social Justice: Final Report, UBC Faculty of Education, 2021
1 Modified text from UBC Equity and Inclusion Office: equity.ubc.ca/resources/equity-inclusion-glossary-of-terms
2 Source: Final Report of the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization