UBC Learning Circle Respectful Space Statement for Events, Programs, and Services

UBC Learning Circle (UBCLC) acknowledges that its programs, services and events take place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

Attending the UBC Learning Circle events, whether you’re joining us via webinar, video conference, travelled to get here or simply crossed campus. We appreciate the investment of your valuable time and resources to be with us in a culturally safe, free speaking environment.  The UBCLC is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and productive environment so you can fully engage in learning with your peers and colleagues.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) envisions a climate in which students, faculty, and staff are provided with the best possible conditions for learning, researching, and working, including an environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity, and mutual respect. UBC strives to realize this vision by establishing employment and educational practices that respect the dignity of individuals and make it possible for everyone to live, work, and study in a positive and supportive environment, free from harmful behaviours such as bullying and harassment. UBC’s commitment to a respectful environment states that:

Respect for the value of freedom of expression and promotion of free inquiry are central to the University’s mission. However, these freedoms cannot exist without an equally vigorous commitment to recognition of and respect for the freedoms of others, and concern for the well-being of every member of the university community. Excellence in scholarship, teaching and employment activities flows from active concern and respect for others, including their ability to participate meaningfully in the exchange of information, ideas, beliefs and opinions.

Discrimination & Harassment

Every one of us in this community has a responsibility to create and maintain this environment by exercising consideration and respect in our speech and actions and refraining from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech. For more information about UBC’s harassment and discrimination policies, please see: Policy #3: Discrimination and Harassment (PDF)

If you are being discriminated against or harassed, notice that someone else is experiencing discrimination or harassment, or have any other concerns related to an individual’s or a group’s behaviour, please contact a member of the UBCLC team, please email learning.circle@ubc.ca . If there’s an immediate threat to your safety, contact Campus Security at 911 or (604) 822-2222.

Accessibility

UBCLC events, programs, and services strive to be accessible.  Our videos are uploaded onto YouTube which provides basic closed captions. Our events are LGBTQ+, and we strive to be inclusive in every capacity. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know how we can be accessible for you.

Names and Pronouns

UBCLC recognizes that many people use a name different from their legal name, and UBCLC Events, programs, and services will use chosen names and pronouns of participants.

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We appreciate your support in creating an open and welcoming environment in which the exchange of ideas is vibrant, inclusive and respectful.

This statement was adapted from the CTLT Respectful space statement for events, programs and services.

August 2019