Ongoing events related to EDI as well as updates about SALA and EDI.

EDI in the Classroom

Th EDI in the Classroom program is a fund that provides a means of supporting class-based engagement with BIPOC or otherwise underrepresented individual Knowledge Holders who are not employed in a professional or academic position, and whose lived experience is the primary source of their knowledge contributions to the classroom.

We have had exciting involvement with the program since it started, and look forward to having more in the future!

Here is the program document with more details:


Applications will be reviewed in two batches. The deadline to be in the first batch is December 15, 2021; the second batch will be reviewed January 6, 2022. Half of our budget will be allocated with the first round. Those not funded in the first round will be evaluated again in the second round, which gives more time for instructors to submit.

Fund Recipients 2021/2022

LARC 504 – Landscape Architecture Design Studio
Justin-Benjamin Taylor
The funds supported a series of lectures by 4-6 BIPOC guest speakers whose lived experience will further augment the anti-racist, decolonial, and collectivist attitudes, as presented by the three Black & Indigenous instructors of this course.

ARCH 501/520/540 – Intro Architecture Studio
John Bass
The fund supported the involvement of Nuxalk knowledge holders in four consultations as part of an option studio. The studio emerged out of a request from Chief and Council of the Nuxalk Nation to work with them to develop designs and siting strategies for locally fabricated off-the-grid cabins that reflect their culture and aid in their efforts to assert right and title to Nuxalk traditional territory.

LARC 540 – Site Analysis and Planning
Shaheed Karim
The fund provided compensation for Knowledge Holders within local Indigenous communities to share ways of knowing and experiencing landscape, and site. The goal for this type of engagement was to introduce the students to alternative ways of seeing and understanding site and landscape, and through this to promote inclusive and open minded approaches to the analysis, planning and representation of site.

LARC 415 – Planting Design
David Tracey
Plant Design encourages students to immerse in the cultural and botanical legacy of the Musqueam lands on which UBC was built, using what they discover to create a planting plan at a chosen site on campus. Their learning experience was enriched by the opportunity to hear from Indigenous knowledge holders on the role of plants in creating holistic environmental spaces to support healthy communities.

DES 201 – Design Studio I
Arthur Leung
Invited a speaker who is the Manager of Decolonization, Arts and Culture at Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and former Reconciliation planner with CoV to speak in his studio.

Decision Tree

UBC students are often told there are resources to support them in their learning and the issues they may be experiencing. But sometimes finding the resource you need is near impossible. After hearing so many SALA students frustrated and unable to find what they need, even when it does exist, we created this Decision Tree to help match the resource to the problem.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or want to report any incident/ concern anonymously this tool can help you find the right steps to take. It is a first draft, so we welcome any feedback or sources that you think might be missing.

Decision Tree, Online Whiteboard for Visual Collaboration (

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