Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

We aim to create an environment that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion for all of our community members, and to ensure people’s rights are respected and that equity and inclusion are integrated into all aspects of the Institute.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at IOF

The IOF Student Society (IOFSS) has its own Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee. All members of the IOFSS EDI Committee are members of the broader IOF Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (REDI) Committee which includes faculty, staff, research associates and postdocs. Both committees are working to improve the climate of the department and provide support to anyone who needs it.

Conversations with the JEDI Committee or Faculty Liaisons are confidential, unless you share that you have a desire to hurt yourself or someone else, in which case they will be obligated to report it.


IOF Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (REDI) Committee

Amanda Vincent Faculty and Chair a.vincent@oceans.ubc.ca
Meaghan Efford Student m.efford@oceans.ubc.ca
Christopher Harley Faculty c.harley@oceans.ubc.ca
Neil Maclean Staff n.maclean@oceans.ubc.ca
Haley Oleynik Student h.oleynik@oceans.ubc.ca
Kyra St. Pierre RAPD k.stpierre@oceans.ubc.ca

IOFSS Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee

Meaghan Efford (Co-chair) m.efford@oceans.ubc.ca
Haley Oleynik (Co-chair) h.oleynik@oceans.ubc.ca

Please note: These representatives will not take action on anyone’s behalf; for example, they cannot file complaints or host meetings. However, they can provide guidance by sharing options that are available on campus, attending meetings with you at your request, accompanying you to meetings with university officials, or listening to your concerns.


Dr. Marie Auger-Méthé IOF Graduate Advisor m.auger-methe@oceans.ubc.ca
Dr. Murdoch McAllister IOF Graduate Advisor m.mcallister@oceans.ubc.ca
Dr. Colette Wabnitz Faculty/Student Liaison c.wabnitz@oceans.ubc.ca

The IOF Student Society’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee has been working to create resources that provide information about EDI policies, initiatives, and support within IOF and across UBC. Here are two documents that the Committee created (with assistance from the Equity and Inclusion Office):

  • The Expectations and Resources for Creating a Respectful Climate: This describes university policies surrounding EDI, guidelines and resources for what students can do if they have a problem and/or need support, and what we, the IOF Student Society JEDI Committee, can do to help, along with our contact info. Importantly, the university has Codes of Conduct (for students, staff, and faculty) that we are all expected to adhere to, whether on or off campus and even when interacting with people who are not associated with the university. We encourage everyone to become familiar with these Codes of Conduct (links are in the document).
  • The second document is an Introduction to Indigenous Relations at UBC, and we hope it will be a valuable resource for everyone, but especially those who are new to BC and/or Canada, and those who are unfamiliar with the University’s efforts for reconciliation (including territorial acknowledgments) and why they are so important and necessary. It includes a list of resources for Indigenous students at UBC, as well as resources for non-Indigenous students who would like to learn more and provide support.

The IOF Student Society’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee has been working to create resources that provide information about EDI policies, initiatives, and support within IOF and across UBC. Here are two

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at UBC

UBC Codes of Conduct for Students, Faculty & Staff

All UBC students, faculty and staff are expected to adhere to their respective Code of Conduct (CoC) and can be held responsible for violating the terms of the CoC, even when not on campus and/or when interacting with people who are not associated with the University. Please familiarize yourself with relevant CoCs here:

UBC Policies on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

UBC has a number of resources and policies related to harassment, discrimination and more. Please see below for further reading on these policies:

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Formal Pathways for Filing Complaints

UBC has a number of formal pathways through which you can file complaints like the University Counsel and the AMS (Alma Mater Society), depending on your specific situation. Please see below for a list of resources.

AMS Advocacy & Ombuds Office
Contact Phone: (604) 822-9855

Email: advocate@ams.ubc.ca

Where & When On-Campus

The Nest
Rm 3118-6133 University Blvd. Vancouver, BC

  • Assist students facing bureaucratic challenges and disciplinary committees of UBC
  • Support for non-academic misconduct (harassment, vandalism of University property, stealing), academic misconduct, housing appeals and other issues

Office of the Ombudsperson for Students
Contact Phone: (604) 822-6149

Email: ombuds.office@ubc.ca

Where & When On-Campus

C.K. Choi Building
181 - 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

  • Independent & confidential resource to help students address concerns about unfair treatment at UBC
  • Provides resource information, makes referrals, identifies university processes & policies, and more

Office of the University Counsel
Contact Phone: (604) 822-1897

E-mail: university.counsel@ubc.ca

Where & When On-Campus

Office of the University Counsel
Room 240 – 6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2

  • Can advise on UBC governance and legal risk, manage conflicts of interest, and more

Equity and Inclusion Office
Contact Phone: (604) 827-1773

Email: humanrights.advisor@equity.ubc.ca

Where & When On-Campus

Mon - Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Brock Hall
Room 2306-1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

  • Offers discrimination and conflict advising for free, including management and resolution of interpersonal conflicts, facilitation of contentious group conversations and capacity building for having difficult conversations
  • Provides education across UBC about creating a socially sustainable community, mutual respect and inclusion

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (SVPRO)
Contact Phone: (604) 822-1588

Email: gethelp@svpro.ubc.ca

Where & When On-Campus

Mon to Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Orchard Commons
6363 Agronomy Road
Room 4071

  • Safe place for students who have experienced sexual assault, regardless of when or where it took place, to get the support they need.
  • All gender identities, expressions and sexualities are welcome.
  • If you’ve been assaulted within the last 7 days, there is a special team of nurses at the hospital who can help you. You may need medical attention even if you don’t have visible signs of injury.
  • If you have been drugged, choked, strangled or have difficulty breathing, swallowing or speaking, go to the nearest hospital immediately.
  • Can help you find somewhere safe to stay, go with you to the hospital/police/court, arrange academic and workplace concessions, and explain your reporting options.

Additional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Resources

For more well-being resources, please visit our Well-Being page.

Resource & Contact Where & When Services Area
UBC Counselling Services



Phone: (604) 822-3811

Both on & off-campus locations


Check website for walk-in hours


Brock Hall
1874 East Mall Room 1040

First Nations Longhouse
1985 West Mall

Lower Mall Research Station
2259 Lower Mall
Room 358

Oak Street Campus
Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC
4500 Oak Street

  • Free for students


  • Drop-in and emergency counselling


  • Specific services provided for Indigenous students


  • Sexual assault counselling


  • Can help students with ongoing concerns that are affecting academics, sleep, or motivation, including sadness, stress, anxiety, relationship troubles, loss/grief, past experience of physical, sexual or emotional violence, or other mental health challenges.


  • Wellness Advisors are trained Masters-level counsellors who meet students for a one-time 15-20 minute assessment. They’ll listen to your needs and connect you with resources to best help you reach your goals. This could include self-directed resources, workshops and coaching, group therapy, or individual therapy.
UBC Wellness Centre & Wellness Peers (Student Services)



Phone: (604) 822-8450

Email: wellness.centre@ubc.ca


Most weekdays 10am-5pm


Wellness Centre

6138 Student Union Boulevard

Room 1301


Check the calendar on the website for daily peer hours and events

  • Free for students


  • Trained student volunteers can answer your questions, talk with you, & recommend resources for everyday concerns related to health, relationships, and workload.



  • Wellness Peers can help with mental health, sexual health, academic stress, and student life.
Student Health Services



Phone: (604) 822-7011

Email: student.health@ubc.ca


Most weekdays 8am-4pm


UBC Hospital

2211 Wesbrook Mall

Koerner Pavilion

Room M334

  • Offers a wide range of health assessments and treatments provided by doctors, nurses, and specialists.


  • Referrals to specialists (e.g., psychiatrists)


  • Services offered include sexual health and birth control, mental/health illness, sports medicine, injuries and wound care, immunization and allergy care.



Empower Me


(Password: “Studentcare”)


1 844 741-6389 (toll-free in North America)



  • Free phone line, free with AMS/GSS plan


  • Direct connection to a trained counsellor through 24/7 helpline


  • Multiple languages, gender inclusive, confidential, faith inclusive, culturally sensitive


Hope for Wellness Helpline



Toll-Free Helpline: 1-855-242-3310


Online Chat

Phone & Online

Chat: 24/7

  • Indigenous-specific support and immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada


  • On request, phone counselling available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut


  • 24/7 phone & chat counselling available in English and French as well


Indigenous, Well-Being
KUU-US Crisis Line Society



Adult/Elder: (250) 723-4050

Child/Youth: (250) 723-2040



Phone: 24/7

  • Indigenous people throughout British Columbia and callers from the Port Alberni area can call this 24/7 number if distressed


Indigenous, Well-Being
Graduate Student Society (GSS) Advocacy



Phone: (604) 822-3203

Email: advocacy@gss.ubc.ca

Online & Phone

Mon-Fri: 9:00AM - 5:00 PM

  • Confidential assistance provided to graduate students by graduate students


  • For those experiencing academic and/or non-academic difficulties, including academic misconduct, bursaries, harassment & discrimination, & more


Law Students' Legal Advice Program



Phone: 604-822-5791

Please note that LSLAP cannot give legal advice over the telephone.

Various locations, call for appointment times


Office hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Non-profit run by law students at Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC to provide free legal advice & representation to clients who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance


  • Clinics throughout the Lower Mainland, with ability to set up Chinese language appointment at Chinatown clinic (call (604) 684-1628)


Advocacy, Income Equality
Aboriginal Student Affairs



Phone: (604) 827-5467



UBC Faculty of Arts, Buchanan D 112B, 1866 Main Mall

  • Supports the success of new and continuing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students through providing guidance and answering any academic and course planning questions that you may have
Aboriginal Portal




  • Provides information about general services like a directory of Academic Advisors on campus, information about Housing, Childcare, Recreation and Counselling, and much more.


First Nations Health Authority



Phone: 604.693.6500​

​Toll free​: 1.866.913.0033
Health Benefits (toll-free):​



Phone & Online



501-100 Park Royal South
Coast Salish Territory
West Vancouver, BC
V7T 1A2


For Health Benefits in-person inquiries please visit the Alberni office at:

1166 Alberni Street
Room 701
Coast Salish Territory
Vancouver, BC
V6E 3Z3​​​


  • Health and wellness partner to over 200 diverse First Nations communities and citizens across BC


  • Provides community-based services are largely focused on health promotion and disease prevention which include primary health care; children, youth and maternal health; mental health and wellness; and much more
AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)



Phone: (604) 827-5180

Email: sasc@ams.ubc.ca


Every day 8am-10pm

AMS Nest,
6133 University Boulevard
Room 3127

  • Crisis and emotional support for sexual assault survivors and their friends and family members


  • Referrals to other services as needed


  • Services include Crisis and short-term emotional support, support groups, advocacy, education and outreach, community lending library, and a resource area.
Sexual Violence
Battered Women’s Support Services



Crisis Line: (604) 687-1867

Email: information@bwss.org


Wednesdays: 10:00AM - 8:00 PM

Other Weekdays: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Provide education, advocacy, and support services and work toward the elimination of violence from a feminist perspective that promotes equality for all women.


  • Services include a crisis and intake telephone line, counselling, support groups, and several programs tailored to specific groups (e.g., Indigenous Women’s Program; AWARE Program to help women find employment; LGBTQ2S and non-binary survivors of violence group; etc. Full list
Sexual Violence
AMS Food Bank



Phone: (604) 822-2371

Email: foodbank@ams.ubc.ca


Mon & Thur: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

UBC Life Building

6138 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

LIFE 0032

  • Emergency food relief service for UBC students that offers non-perishable foods, personal hygiene supplies, budgeting tips and information on additional resources


  • Allows all UBC students requiring emergency food relief to use the Bank up to 6 times per term (Terms: Sept - Dec, Jan - Apr, May - Aug)


  • Referrals to other Lower Mainland food banks and sources of financial assistance
Income Equality
AMS Colour Connected Against Racism

Facebook page


Email: colourconnectedubc@gmail.com

  • AMS resource group that works to end racism, and all forms of oppression, discrimination and prejudice.
Equity & Diversity
AMS Pride Collective



Email: prideubc@gmail.com


The Nest
Resource Groups Centre
Rm 2103-6133 University Blvd. Vancouver, BC

  • This is a resource group that offers educational and social services dealing with sexual and gender diversity to the UBC community, including but not limited to students, staff, and faculty.
  • Provide support and information to those who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, two-spirit, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex, other identities, those who do not identify and allies
  • Assists people who are coming out and supplies a forum for dialogue about sexuality and gender identity.
Equity & Diversity
AMS Women’s Centre

Facebook page

Email: ubcwomenscentre@gmail.com


The Nest
Rm 2113-6133 University Blvd. Vancouver, BC

  • This student run organization has been the voice for women's needs and issues at UBC.
Equity & Diversity