September 20, 2023
A Message from Jan Hare, Dean pro tem
Today, I want to underscore our shared commitment to cultivating educational environments that are truly inclusive and diverse, with a particular emphasis on the critical importance of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) education.
In recognition of the ongoing challenges faced by SOGI education, I express the unwavering support of the Faculty of Education for SOGI education and the exceptional educators who tirelessly champion its cause. SOGI inclusive education is particularly important in these times when disinformation is threatening the rights and safety of 2SLGBTQIA+ students and communities.
Educators play an essential role in guiding our students towards greater empathy, dismantling stereotypes, and creating safe spaces for their intellectual and personal growth. They inspire a sense of unity and understanding among students, helping them become compassionate, informed, and responsible citizens.
SOGI education is a catalyst for transforming our educational landscapes into spaces that empower individuals to exercise self-determination regarding their gender and sexuality. By providing students with the knowledge, empathy, and understanding required to navigate the complexities of our diverse society, educational institutions become strongholds of acceptance and unwavering support for every student, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Our collective commitment to SOGI education resonates deeply with the core principles of equality and inclusion that underpin our Faculty. Together, we are paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.
Miigwech – Thank you
Jan Hare, Dean pro tem
If you are experiencing hate or discrimination, please know that help is available. If you witness discrimination, I encourage you to take steps to support those in the situation. Below is a list of available supports and resources at UBC:
- If you believe you or others are in physical danger, contact Campus Security (call 604 822 2222) or the police (call 911) immediately.
- You can request an advising appointment with an impartial human rights advisor at the Equity and Inclusion Office.
- You may also want to contact the Office of the Ombudsperson for Students, an independent, impartial, and confidential resource that supports students in addressing and resolving concerns about unfair treatment at UBC.
- Other UBC staff members are available to help, such as academic advisors from your program or faculty or staff and faculty members in your department.
- The University provides a wide range of health and wellness resources, including counselling services.
- SOGI UBC offers a variety of resources to support you in creating safer and more welcoming schools.