Who we are: The Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Diversity (IRD)
The IRD is a graduate student led initiative emerging out of the Faculty of Education. Graduate students began to discuss issues concerning diversity, equity and intercultural understanding that included systemic, local and institutional disparities. This discussion extended and included faculty members who encouraged the students to organize around these issues. The IRD graduate students and faculty advisors realized that these issues run across disciplines and subjects and others began to join in the conversation. In the spirit of having student voices heard the IRD formed and includes the voices and conversations of faculty and staff here at UBC. Thus, the Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Diversity (IRD) seeks to bring students, staff and faculty together for dialogue and action around issues of equity, diversity, and intercultural understanding.
We are involved in creating the first annual Deans’ Speaker Series on Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Understanding, a series of lectures across faculties, which will culminate in a day-long colloquium on April 5, 2012 to showcase the work of students and others involved in equity, diversity and intercultural understanding work at UBC. The IRD is an autonomous group who work in collaboration with other units, faculties and disciplines at UBC. So far, the Equity and Inclusion Office, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Arts and the Provost Office have showed their support in making the Dean’s Lecture series a reality.
The IRD would like to acknowledge that UBC and Vancouver is the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam and Coast Salish people, and that we are guest in the territory of the indigenous peoples of this land. For this, we give many layers of thanks.