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Academic, Employment and Campus Resources


EQUITY AND DIVERSITY – Broad focus

See also Equity and Diversity-Related Offices

Campus Life offers various programs and services to support student involvement at UBC.  Some items of interest include the Collegia Program, Safewalk, Food Exchange, Campus Life Clubs and an Events Calendar.

Diversity Resources. UBC Okanagan is committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming, and accessible environment for all students. There are many groups, programs, and organizations on campus that work to achieve this aim.

The Equity and Inclusion Office at the University of British Columbia works to prevent discrimination and harassment on campus, to provide procedures for handling complaints and to coordinate UBC’s employment and educational equity program.

Human Resources offers a variety of programs and services to support employees of UBC.  Some items of interest include: Work Re-Integration & Accommodation Program (WRAP), Health Promotions Program and Health Safety and Environment.

Wellness home where resources for mental, physical and spiritual support can be found. Although this site is directed at international students, many of these resources are available to all students or the broader UBC-O community.

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ABORIGINAL

Aboriginal Admissions offers information on the Aboriginal Access Program and Aboriginal Admission Policy and information on priority assignment into UBC single student residence.

Aboriginal Programs & Services provides culturally appropriate services and support to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. The Aboriginal Centre provides a sense of belonging and community to Aboriginal students and provides various support services such as academic advising, peer support , cultural activities and aboriginal access studies.

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AGE

UBC Human Resources offers a number of resources to help employees plan for retirement.

A description of what the Elimination of Mandatory Retirement means for employee groups and information on working past normal retirement (age 65).

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DISABILITY

The Disability Resource Centre coordinates services and programs that facilitate access for students, staff, and faculty with disabilities in all areas of university life

The purpose of the Equipment Accommodation Fund is to cover extraordinary costs associated with specialized adaptive supplies and equipment that facilitate the recruitment of well-qualified persons with disabilities into faculty and staff positions, and accommodate faculty and staff who suffer accidents or deteriorating conditions over the course of their careers at UBC.

The Income Replacement Plan (IRP) is a long-term disability insurance benefit for UBC employees experiencing a long term illness or injury. The Plan provides a monthly income if for those employees who are unable to work for six months or more due to their illness or injury

The Medical Surveillance Program at UBC is a flexible program that is designed to meet individuals’ specific work process and health needs.

The Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Program (WRAP) offers an integrated, collaborative approach to illness, injury and reduced work capacity.

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FAMILY

The Kelowna Campus Daycare Society  operates the daycare at UBC Okanagan.  The purpose of the Society is to provide quality group childcare for children – ages six months to five years – of students, faculty, staff, and the community and surrounding areas.  The daycare provides a warm and friendly environment where each child can grow in all areas of early childhood development: cognitive, social, emotional, and fine and gross motor skills.

Breast Feeding spaces are available on campus. While breastfeeding in public is protected by law and women are welcome to breastfeed anywhere on campus, some women may prefer to breastfeed their children in a private location. There is a network of breastfeeding-friendly spaces across UBC’s Okanagan campus where a mother can go to breastfeed her child in a more discrete location.

Employee and Family Assistant Program (EFAP) is a confidential counseling service that can help you or your family members with any personal problem, big or small, that affects your family life, your work life or your general well being. 

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GENDER

The Women’s Resource Centre, provided by the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) is a safe-space open to all women on campus. The mandate of the centre is to seek the full equality of women, to promote an awareness of women’s issues on campus and in the community and to strive toward the elimination of all barriers to post-secondary education for women.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International Programs and Servicesprovides advising, transition services, and programs for international students.

Information for families of international studentsoffers information on child care, school enrolment, ways to get involved for the spouses and partners of international students who bring their families with them to UBC.

The International Student Collegium is an on-campus space that offers a “home away from home” for students. In the Collegium, students can meet with other international students, enjoy a gathering place they can call home, and participate in a variety of events and programs.

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RELIGION

Information from the International Student Handbook on spiritual and faith resources, including religious and cultural UBCSUO clubs, and a list of churches, temples, religious affiliations and organizations in Kelowna.

UBC’s Policy on Religious Holidays allows students who are scheduled to attend classes or write examinations on holy days of their religions to observe their holy days by absenting themselves from class or examination, with ample (at least 2 weeks) written notification to the instructor. Faculty and staff who are scheduled to work on holy days of their religions are permitted to request time away from work, with prior notification to their administrative heads of unit. See also Religious Holidays (55KB PDF),

The following websites provide information about religious observances for those planning academic activities. Some students may choose to seek accommodations for religious observances that may or may not be listed on the following websites.  The absence of such dates should not preclude exam accommodation. Please note that some observances are based on an interpretation of the lunar calendar, and may vary by a number of days depending upon the interpretation relevant to a student’s faith tradition.

Interfaith Calendar
BBC Holy Days and Festivals Calendar
PBS Multifaith Calendar

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SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY

Information on single stall, gender inclusive washrooms on UBC-O campus.

The UBCSUO Pride Resource Centre provides a positive space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex and queer students on campus. The PRC works to create a sense of community amongst LGBTTQI students and their friends and allies, provide peer support, and eliminate marginalization and exclusion based on sexual orientation or identity.

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