Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Pharm Sci
The purpose of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Equity Diversity and Inclusion (Pharm Sci EDI) Committee is to work locally within the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences to promote a community in which human rights are respected and equity is embedded in all areas of the academic and work environment.
This is accomplished by acting as a hub for equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives within the Faculty, facilitating access to campus-wide organizations and resources such as the Equity and Inclusion Office, Graduate Student Society (GSS), Alma Mater Society (AMS), Ombudsperson and, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO); and by striving to be ambassadors of equity and inclusion.
Members of the Pharm Sci EDI Committee will act as ambassadors of equity, inclusion, and diversity. Our goals are:
- To highlight the equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture that is present in the Faculty.
- To foster equity, diversity, and inclusion and enhance it with further discussion, celebration, and support.
- To grow understanding and address potential issues that come with an evolving world and the challenges related to equity, inclusion, and diversity.
- To increase Faculty awareness of the University’s discrimination and harassment policies, and issues related to equity and inclusion, and human rights.
Committee members will be educated about on-campus resources related to equity and inclusion, but will defer any issues/incidents/cases to the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office. Managing or resolving issues related to equity and inclusion are beyond the mandate of this committee and its members.
Terms of Reference
Meetings are typically held every month. Meetings of the EDI Committee are scheduled at the call of the Chair with a minimum of one weeks’ notice. For more information or to join the EDI Committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee consists of 12–16 appointed and elected members, all voting members. Members shall serve a one-year term and are eligible for renewal. A commitment to equitable and diverse membership guides the nomination and selection process for this committee.
Appointed Members, selected by the Dean, in consultation with the Pharm Sci EDI Committee
- Co-chairs (2)
- Committee Coordinator/Scribe (1)
- Finance Manager (1)
- Resource Coordinators (3)
- Evaluation (3)
- Communications (2)
- General Committee Members (up to 4)
Guests may be invited to join specific meetings or portions of specific meetings at the discretion of the Co-chairs.
The Pharm Sci EDI Committee develops resources and provides information about EDI policies, initiatives, and support within Pharm Sci and across UBC. The Pharm Sci EDI Committee is currently working on the following initiatives:
- Speaker Series
- Mistreatment Reporting Tool
- Inclusiveness Self-Assessment
- Student EDI Committee
For additional resources provided by the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office, click here.
Catalyst for Change: 2017–2022 identifies a unique set of opportunities for the Faculty that build upon our track record of success and the strong relationships that we have with our collaborators inside and outside the University.
Strategic Area: Integrated approach to underserved communities
We will take an integrated approach to support expanded access to both education and healthcare within underserved communities. Pharmacists play a particularly important role in healthcare delivery in rural and remote communities, and we therefore have a real opportunity to support the development of education, research and practice for improved patient outcomes and experience. Reinforcing UBC priorities, we know that there is mutual benefit in creating close connection with all communities across the province, and we are deeply committed to enhancing our interface with Indigenous populations. In particular we see opportunities to improve our support of applicants, students and practitioners from underserved communities.
- Initiated Underserved Communities Task Force with representation from students, faculty and staff.
- Initiated development of an Alumni Ambassador Program.
- Developed draft Underserved Communities Strategic Plan.
For additional information on the Faculty’s strategic plan, click here.