RESPECT is a digital magazine run by students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to promote an immersive dialogue on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The interdisciplinary project is supported by the Equity Enhancement Fund at UBC Okanagan.  

Like an acrostic poem, RESPECT stands for Representation and Equity in Systemic Practices to Effect Change Today. The digital space is coordinated and edited by multidisciplinary students. 

RESPECT magazine may be your first opportunity to get published. It can also be an alternate way to share, react, collaborate, and inform our community. We want this interdisciplinary and quasi-academic digital publication to be rich with your participation.

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Mission & Value Statements

Our mission is to invite and publish different points of view on EDI from the UBC student community to develop a respectful and safe environment. 

We value the importance of creating a digital space that is accessible, informative, and collegial.


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Land Acknowledgement

The project and editorial team members respectfully acknowledge that their work takes place on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Syilx people.

The project and editorial team members of RESPECT would also like to acknowledge that UBC has two main campuses that are located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xwmə0– kwəyˇəm (Musqueam) and Syilx (Okanagan) peoples, and that UBC’s activities take place on Indigenous lands throughout British Columbia and beyond.

You can explore the following resources to learn more on Indigenous peoples, engagement, and territorial acknowledgement. 

CAUT (2021). CAUT Guide to Acknowledging Traditional Territory. Ottawa: Canadian Association of University Teachers. https://www.caut.ca/docs/default-source/professional-advice/list—territorial-acknowledgement-by-province.pdf?sfvrsn=12

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. (2021, December 8). Indigenous peoples and lands. Government of Canada. Retrieved February 18, 2022, from https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1605796533652/1605796625692

UBC Okanagan Campus (2022). Indigenous Engagement. Okanagan: University of British Columbia. Retrieved February 18, 2022, from https://ok.ubc.ca/about/indigenous-engagement/


Image: Public Art installation at UBC Okanagan by Les Louis (more information here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjC0XmlvWME)

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About the Project

Supported by the Equity Enhancement Fund at UBC Okanagan, the RESPECT magazine is a digital space coordinated and edited by students.

The objective of this interdisciplinary project is to plan and produce a student-facing and UBC student-run e-magazine titled, RESPECT that publishes their understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues as essays, interviews, artwork, photographs, multimodal, and interactive presentations to enhance UBC’s Inclusive Action Plan (IAP). By promoting conversations around sensitive topics that are current and impactful, this e-magazine will develop opportunities for engagement, development of ideas, individual and shared understanding with fellow UBC students and the community at large.

RESPECT magazine is an Educational Leadership project as it informs the teaching and learning process at UBC. It is an example of immersive learning for students who are project coordinators and part of the editorial team as well as contributors who choose to go above and beyond their classrooms to share informed perspective with diverse stakeholders. It is experiential in nature as the team of instructors and students have created a digital platform and a dialogic space for EDI matters which will allow reflection in this area and generate ideas to inform the challenges that face all of us.

RESPECT is also an open educational resource (OER) that hopes to prepare UBC students to not only run an open access publication but also share their “perspectives on the inclusiveness of their learning experiences” (IAP, Goal 4) and network with peer groups and EDI scholars. Representation of student voice in the published texts will advance learning opportunities in EDI as instructors from multiple disciplines can direct course learning goals towards, for instance, researching community needs and sharing of cross-cultural experiences.


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Project Team

Project Coordinators

  • Ximena Cayo Barrantes | Undergraduate Student | Majoring in Psychology |  Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences | UBC Okanagan

As an international student and a woman, I understand how difficult it can be to feel that we belong. This is why I hope the RESPECT Magazine can become a space of empathy and acceptance for everyone who needs it and bring us a little bit closer to an equitable community. 

  • Nancy Jiayi Lu Undergraduate Student Majoring in Psychology | Faculty of Science UBC Okanagan

Recognizing, embracing and respecting individual and group differences are important to all the communities. Diversity shapes our view of the world from different dimensions. I hope the RESPECT magazine provides a platform for everyone to feel welcome and free to share the differences to make the community a better place.

  • Élise Machado | Undergraduate Student | Majoring in Human Kinetics | Faculty of Health and Social Development | UBC Okanagan

While striving for a more equitable community, it is crucial to recognize that empathetic communication is a driving factor. I hope the RESPECT magazine provides students with a creative outlet to share their unique perspectives.

Faculty Advisors

  • Anita Chaudhuri (Principal Applicant) Assistant Professor of Teaching Department of English and Cultural Studies | Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies | UBC Okanagan

Facilitating conversations that involve students is essential for research, learning and community engagement, which are the mainstays of Educational Leadership. With the RESPECT magazine, I hope, we can also recognize our distinct voice and diverse identities.  

  • Rishma Chooniedass (Collaborator) | Assistant Professor of Teaching | School of Nursing | Faculty of Health and Social Development UBC Okanagan

Every person plays a role in advancing equity. To be engaged, you must feel included and valued. I hope the RESPECT magazine empowers students to create a safe campus community where we can foster belonging and respect human rights.

Contact Us

Do you have a question, an encouraging comment or, a constructive feedback? Send us a note.

To submit your work for publication in the RESPECT, refer to the Submission Guidelines.




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