Call for Proposals: Equity Enhancement Fund

The Equity Enhancement Fund was established to provide funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC. The initiatives may be for the benefit of students, faculty or staff. There are separate funds for the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. This announcement relates to the Vancouver fund.

The Vancouver funds are allocated by the Acting Associate Vice President Equity, in consultation with the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Equity and Diversity.  Proposals applying for funding up to $25,000 will be considered.  The funding is available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the head of unit. The deadline for submission of proposals is March 31, 2014.

The Guidelines for the Fund and an Application Guide are available at http://equity.ubc.ca/employment/equity-enhancement-fund-eef/.  If you have any questions about this Fund, please email gurdeep.parhar@ubc.ca.  For submission of proposals, please email Paras Deacon at paras.deacon@ubc.ca.

In 2013, a total of $69,920.00 was approved for the following initiatives on the Vancouver campus:

  • Faculty of Education – Professional Development and Mentoring Strategies for Engaging in the Practice of Indigenous Education in Teacher Education, Language and Literacy Education.  The objective of this joint partnership is to engage the Aboriginal community in formalizing concepts for working with Indigenous knowledge and utilizing learning pedagogies in order to assist instructors in their teaching practice and methods.
  • Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy – Inclusive Campus: promoting equity in the participation of students with disabilities in health and human service professional programs.  The overall objective of this multi-phase project is to facilitate the creation of an inclusive UBC campus for students with disabilities in the health and human service professional programs. The objective of the first phase (current application) is to better understand the barriers and facilitators for students with disabilities in the health and human service professional programs and identify initial educational strategies and resources to better support students with disabilities.
  • School of Social Work – Educational Equity Strategic Action Plan.  The goal of this project, approved by the School Council, is to develop a comprehensive and progressive educational equity policy and plan for the School that addresses employment, student recruitment and admission, teaching and learning.
  • Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences and The First Nations House of Learning – Emerging Aboriginal Scholars.  This project is designed to meet the objectives of the Aboriginal Strategic plan, in particular, the goal of engaging with Aboriginal students at a younger age.  An immediate benefit will be an increase in secondary completion and post-secondary awareness and comfort for Aboriginal youth.
  • Life Sciences Institute – Graduate Student Association (LSI-GSA) – Enhancing equality for Aboriginal students through CSI@LSI outreach initiatives.  The objective of this outreach program is to provide secondary school students, in particular students from rural areas of British Columbia, and students from schools with large aboriginal populations, with hands-on laboratory experience, career information and answers to questions about science, in order to inspire educational and career choices in life sciences research and related fields.
  • Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology – Knowing Our History HERE: Place Based Educational Resources to better understand Indigenous presence on UBC Vancouver campus.  The overall objective of this study is To advance knowledge of local Indigenous histories on campus and support the development of inclusive teaching, learning and living environments for all students by digitally revitalizing UBC’s historical events that impact Aboriginal student life on campus, showcasing an array of UBC’s relationships with First Nations, and engaging all students to participate in locating their place within this intercultural history.
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