Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity

Land Acknowledgement

UBC Vancouver is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people (Musqueam; which means 'People of the River Grass'). UBC Okanagan is situated on traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. The land has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam and Syilx peoples, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next.

Mission Statement

Inclusion inspires teamwork and innovation. Diversity sparks creativity. Equity represents opportunity, trust, and the foundational resources for productive relationships. Indigenous awareness facilitates collaboration and learning from the land and its people.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences aims to create an environment that promotes an environment that values respect, reciprocity, opportunity, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to ensure people’s rights are respected by listening and learning from different perspectives and ensuring that the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion are at the core of who we are in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

To further advance UBC’s Inclusion Action Plan, Indigenous Strategic Plan and Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force Final Report, our Faculty’s Strategic Plan 2023–2026 (click here) will take an integrated approach to support expanded access to both education and healthcare within underserved communities.


Equity: Equity refers to achieving parity in policy, process and outcomes for historically and/or currently underrepresented and/or marginalized people and groups while accounting for diversity. It considers power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts and outcomes, in three main areas:

  • Representational equity: the proportional participation at all levels of an institution;
  • Resource equity: the distribution of resources in order to close equity gaps; and
  • Equity-mindedness: the demonstration of an awareness of, and willingness to, address equity issues.

Diversity: Diversity refers to the differences in the lived experiences and perspectives of people that may include race, ethnicity, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical disability, mental disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, class, and/or socio-economic situations.

Inclusion: Inclusion is an active, intentional, and continuous process to address inequities in power and privilege, and build a respectful and diverse community that ensures welcoming spaces and opportunities to flourish for all.

Indigeneity is tied to land and place. The term ‘Indigenous’ recognizes this connection of being from and belonging to the land.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UBC

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Pharm Sci

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Indigenous Initiatives in Pharm Sci

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For questions and more information please contact Clara Ng, Assistant Dean, Operations and Strategic Initiatives, at clara.ng@ubc.ca.

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