Envisioning Equality: Recognizing exceptional women and gender-diverse faculty and staff at UBC

Envisioning Equality Public Art Project

For over a century, women and gender-diverse faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia have been making significant contributions to the institution. They are at the forefront of scientific discovery and innovation; they are unraveling the mysteries of life on earth; they are pushing the boundaries of creative and artistic expression; they are working tirelessly in service of the institution and its communities, and they have instigated revolutionary changes to the future of the university and therefore to the betterment of society.

To celebrate the accomplishments and contributions made by women and gender-diverse faculty and staff, the Envisioning Equality project will harness the transformative power of art in public space to highlight and celebrate exceptional women and gender-diverse faculty and staff of the UBC community. The project activates new perspectives on their roles and contributions through a series of banners designed by local artists. These will be displayed on UBC campus poles.

Nominations will be adjudicated by a committee chaired by the Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty. We are grateful for funding that has been provided by the Office of the President, the Equity & Inclusion Office, the Office of the Provost (UBCV); and generous donations from alumni/ae, and other friends and supporters.

Equity Principles and Practices

The committee values the principles of social justice and acknowledges the systemic barriers and historical disadvantages that have been experienced by individuals based on culture, ethnicity, language, race, religion, region, generation, sex, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability and socio-economic status. This committee will employ equitable criteria and processes that include understanding the lived experiences of nominees as well as the selection of diverse peer reviewers.

Eligibility

All women and gender-diverse faculty and staff who have been at UBC Vancouver within the last 10 years (including emeriti faculty), or who are currently employed here, are eligible for this recognition.

Evaluation Criteria

Five eligible faculty members and five eligible staff members who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their individual academic/professional practice and significant impact through mentoring and community engagement will be featured on the artistic banners. The following weighted criteria will be used for faculty and staff respectively:

Faculty:

Outstanding accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:

  • Academic research and diverse forms of scholarship and/or teaching (50%):
    • Scholars should show evidence of sustained research excellence and impact in their respective fields (including but not limited to humanities, social science, natural sciences, health sciences, the professions, the performing arts and engineering).
    • Teaching faculty should show evidence of sustained excellence/innovation in teaching in any field.
  • Service (50%):
    • Mentoring (25%): The candidate’s demonstrated and sustained contributions to mentoring (including students, staff, junior faculty) that includes guidance, feedback, encouragement, trust and mutual respect. 
    • Community Impact (25%): The candidate’s demonstrated contribution of creativity, innovation and commitment that has led to change and/or significant impact either within or outside the UBC community. This includes helping to create more active relationships between the university and wider community as well as demonstration of respect for non-traditional knowledge practices as crucial components for knowledge creation, exchange and community impact

Staff:

  • Outstanding professional accomplishments (including making contributions to UBC through dedication, creativity and innovation, and building respectful, empathetic and inclusive communities) (50%).
  • Service (50%):
    • Mentoring (25%): The candidate’s demonstrated and sustained contributions to mentoring (including students and staff) that includes guidance, feedback, encouragement, trust and mutual respect.
    • Community Impact (25%): The candidate’s demonstrated contribution of creativity, innovation and commitment that has led to change and/or significant impact either within or outside the UBC community. This includes helping to create more active relationships between the university and wider community as well as demonstration of respect for non-traditional knowledge practices as crucial components for knowledge creation and community impact.

Nomination Procedure

Candidate nominations should describe the nominee's professional accomplishments as well as their involvement in and impact on mentoring and community service/impact. Only one two-page nomination letter will be accepted from any one of the following: Department Head, Faculty Dean, peer, colleague, community sponsor, or self.

Given our commitment to fashion equitable awards processes and outcomes, the committee welcomes statements within the nomination letter that reflect on how the nominees lived experiences have informed their professional accomplishments.

Self-nominations are welcomed.

Please note that CVs may be requested by the awards committee.

We have extended the nomination deadline for staff to Feb. 1, 2022. Nominations for faculty (current and emeriti) closed on Dec. 20, 2021.

Nomination process

Please visit our secure Qualtrics survey to upload the nomination package.

Awards committee

  • Naznin Virji-Babul, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty (Chair)
  • Sneja Gunew, Professor Emerita, English/ Social Justice Institute
  • Helen Kwoo, Clinical Instructor, Department of Family Practice 
  • Lynn Straatman, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Janice Stewart, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Dee Dee Sung, Director & Leadership Coach, Academic Leadership Development Program

Contact

Please contact Naznin Virji-Babul, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty, with any questions: naznin.virji-babul@ubc.ca.

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