Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

A Commitment to EDI

A Psychology Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Task Force was established in response to the global anti-Black racism protests, incidents of systemic racism in Canada, and calls within the UBC Psychology community for immediate, concrete and meaningful change.

The Task Force published a comprehensive report with 45 recommendations to advance equity, diversity, inclusion related priorities in our department.

Eight Working Groups formed to implement recommendations on EDI consultation, dialogue and learning, funding, hiring, mentorship, progress monitoring, resources, and well-being.

EDI in Practice

Dr. Amori Mikami was appointed Associate Head, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Psychology at UBC.

The Diversity Mentorship Program officially launched with 101 mentees matched with 34 mentors. The launch included workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one mentor meetings.

Dr. Steven BarnesTapestry Tool project partnered with Microsoft’s Accessibility Team to create space for accessible and engaged hybrid learning. 

UBC Psi Chi Co-Presidents Fides Arguelles and Norika So developed the UBC Psi Chi Arguelles-So Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Award.

Dr. A.J. Lowik facilitated a departmental workshop Strategies for Addressing Cisnormativity in Psychology Research. 

The Psychology EDI Committee launched an EDI Book Club. The books discussed were How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi, Five Little Indians by Michelle Good and Stamped: An Anti-Travel Novel by Kawika Guillermo.

The Psychology EDI Committee hosted a group discussion on the CTLT course Anti Racism and Solidarity in University Settings.