Black Lives Matter Statement

 

The UBC School of Information stands in support of Black people and their calls for justice and in opposition to police brutality. Anti-Black racism and institutionalized violence are a current reality in Canada as in the USA, and libraries, archives, and information schools are not exceptions. We, at UBC, are complicit in our countries’ shameful histories of racism, white supremacy, and the oppression of Indigenous peoples, which persists to the present day. We support the institutional actions outlined in UBC President Santa Ono’s letter and we commit to support and extend these actions within our own department. Black lives matter, and this truth will continue to inform the growing coverage of systemic racism in our curriculum, our financial support for racialized students, our events, and our department’s equity, diversity and inclusion action plan. We commit to working with our BIPOC students and faculty to identify and implement actions to improve the climate of our classrooms and our workplace to ensure they are safe, welcoming, and supportive spaces.

We are proud to see our students and alumni sharing critical resources with communities in Vancouver and around the world as they organize and educate themselves for this moment. We see you using your skills and care to coordinate information sharing, serve as witness to ongoing events, and counter censorship. Thank you.

The field of information studies is indebted to Black scholars and professionals who expose the historic and ongoing injustices in our workplaces and to white scholars who actively question and seek to disrupt white privilege. Working against systematic Anti-Black racism in libraries, archives, and the information professions, Black writers in these fields have made critical contributions to understanding the workings of racism and the experience of racialized workers. We list a few here:

 

 

We also thank the School for Public Policy and Global Affairs for compiling the following anti-racism resources, which we share to amplify the message

 

Anti-Racism Resources

Letters for Black lives: Multilingual letters to our families

This crowdsourced collection of multilingual, culturally-aware letters provides a starting place to talk about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness in our communities and families.
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10 habits of someone who doesn’t know they’re anti-Black

“White supremacy, and therefore anti-Blackness, are the waters we swim in,” writes local consultant, writer, and activist, Cicely Blain with Stratagem. Do you recognize yourself in some of these habits?
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Anti-racism resources for white people

This document lists resources for white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.
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Solidarity and action: Five tips to shut down racism

From UBC’s Equity and Inclusion Office, here are five tips to help you tackle racism and stand in solidarity with those affected by recent incidents.
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Inclusive Campus Resources
Courtesy of the UBC’s Equity and Inclusion Office, find a list of resources related to equity and inclusion across UBC.
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Advocacy & Well-Being Resources

Research shows that enduring racist acts and microaggressions result in harm to our mental and physical health. It can trigger real health problems as well as feelings of helplessness and fear. The resources below exist to advocate on your behalf as valued members of the UBC community.

Wellness Centre, Student Services
The Wellness Centre is staffed by trained student volunteers who have a passion for mental and physical health promotion.

Tel: 604.822.8450
Email: wellness.centre@ubc.ca
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall Room 183
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1

 

Graduate Students Advocacy
The Advocacy Coordinators at the GSS are graduate students who provide confidential assistance to any graduate student experiencing difficulties with their supervisors, advisors, program, faculty or the University. They ensure your concerns are heard and that you are treated fairly. The office also provides students with information about their rights and responsibilities, and works with students to help resolve disputes.

Advocacy Officer, advocacy@gss.ubc.ca.

 

AMS Advocacy Office
The AMS Advocacy Office exclusively does pro-student guidance and representation. They’ll help you out if you’re having any kind of formal conflict with the university. Most commonly, students looking to resolve academic disputes, appeal student fees, or navigate a discipline case, will seek guidance and assistance from the Advocacy Office.

Advocacy Coordinator, Cameron Rogers
Tel: 604.822.9855
Email: advocate@ams.ubc.ca
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AMS Ombuds Office
The AMS Ombuds Office is an independent, impartial body for conflict resolution and confidential service.

Ombuds Coordinator, Camelia Toghiani-Rizi
Tel: 604.822.4846
Email: assist@ams.ubc.ca
Fax: 604.822.9019
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Office of the Ombudsperson for Students
The Office of the Ombudsperson for Students works with UBC community members to ensure students are treated fairly and can learn, work and live in a fair, equitable and respectful environment. Reporting directly to the President, the office is an independent, impartial and confidential resource for students at UBC, jointly funded by the AMS, GSS and UBC.

Tel: 604.822.6149
Email: ombuds.office@ubc.ca
CK Choi Building, 181-1855 West Mall

 

Additional resources for UBC students can be found on the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office website here.

An initiative designed for and by Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour at UBC, IBPOC Connections, can be found here.

 

 

 

Version 2.0 – June 9, 2020