Project Background

Each year, the UBC Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) provides one-time funding for projects that help enhance equity and diversity at UBC. Beyond the Binary @ UBC – A Gender Inclusion Toolkit and Best Practice Resource for UBC Faculty and Staff (BB@UBC) was awarded partial EEF funding to develop resources and staff training on gender diversity and inclusion, to help create a more inclusive and welcoming campus for trans[1] and gender-variant members of campus life.

BB@UBC aims to address key gaps in the awareness and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals on campus.  By developing the content through community-driven practices, the project aims to provide comprehensive education on topics such as gender accessibility, respectful language and pronoun usage, and structural and training supports to enhance awareness and trans inclusion at UBC.

BB@UBC is informed by our community members with lived experience as trans and gender-variant, and gender non-conforming individuals, and allies.

BB@UBC is divided into three Phases. Phases I and II are complete, which included community consultations (focus groups) and the dissemination of a campus-wide questionnaire, to better understand experiences of transgender, gender-variant, and two-spirit peoples who work and learn at UBC. In Phase II, data analysis of the focus groups and questionnaire responses led to greater UBC policy, procedural, and organizational practice recommendations outlined in Grimaldi, Sullivan, and Grantham’s (2017) Report on Transgender, Gender-variant, and Two-Spirit Experiences at UBC: Review and Recommendations towards a More Gender Inclusive Campus.

[1] Note: Trans, is a term for people whose gender identity, expression, or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. ‘Transgender’ is indicative of a gender identification that could be between, outside of, or many identifications—identification with one term is not static. Transgender is a broad term and “trans” is shorthand for “transgender.” Transgender individuals may or may not use binary language. For more key terms and definitions, please visit the Positive Space Campaign’s terminology page.