Anti-racism, Equality and Inclusion
At the Colleges, we strive to create an inclusive environment with respect for all. Racism and bias have no place in our community and we have zero tolerance for it.
We must work together to dismantle the tools of oppression and white supremacy that remain prevalent and entrenched in our everyday systems. Universities are sanctuaries, safe ground for sober reflection, as well as hallowed places where deep thinking can occur. We are committed to being a place that advances the understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
This is a learning process for us all. Each one of us has the responsibility to stand in solidarity, to listen and to be better. Let’s do that together.
“Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.” – Pope John Paul II
General ResourcesUBC Equity & Inclusion Glossary of Terms
As we continue to educate ourselves and continue to work toward building a community of respect, we may come across terms or concepts that are unfamiliar to us. UBC’s Equity and Inclusion Office offers a glossary of terms that is a helpful place to start.Anti-Racism FAQs from the BC Government
B.C.’s multiculturalism policy states that violence, hatred and discrimination on the basis of racial identity have no place in our society. The province's anti-racism program empowers communities and organizations to maintain partnerships and develop projects to promote multiculturalism, address racism and build inclusive communities.
“How to be an Antiracist” podcast episode (from Unlocking Us with Brené Brown)
Although Ibram X. Kendi focuses on antiracism in America, his approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in society is something we can all learn from.
“The FOLD Challenge: 12 Great Ways to Diversify your Reading” from the Festival of Literary Diversity
It can be easy to get stuck in a reading rut, sticking to the same authors and genres. Join in on the FOLD’s reading challenge to diversify your reading choices and explore new voices and perspectives in the books you read.
Reading and Media Resources
VPL – An Anti-Racist Reading List
Access the VPL’s full collection of digital offerings. Borrow e-books and audio books from the library’s Anti-Racist Reading Lists to educate yourself on issues surrounding racism and to become better equipped to take action.
A Different Booklist
A Different Booklist is a Canadian, Toronto-based multicultural bookstore. Their collection of books from underrepresented voices is extensive, and they are a great place to browse if you are looking to diversify your reading while supporting a small business.
National Film Board of Canada, “Black Communities in Canada” Channel
Explore this free collection of Canadian films by award-winning Black filmmakers, creators, and allies of the Black community. From sports to literature to fashion, these films and documentaries touch on a variety of topics.