From 2020-2023, UBC participated in a pilot project of the federal Dimensions program, which seeks to foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity within the post-secondary sector across all disciplines, through greater equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
As part of the federal Dimensions pilot, the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and the Equity and Inclusion Office coordinated a diverse, cross-campus team that led an assessment to identify systemic barriers and inequities experienced by historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized people in the research community at UBC.
The assessment sought to leverage lessons from UBC’s existing action plans and initiatives relating to EDI in the research ecosystem, including feedback, testimonials, and lived experiences shared by members of historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized groups. It then examined UBC’s policies, programs, practices, and initiatives related to EDI in the research ecosystem, and invited members of the research community to engage with the assessment’s findings and share their feedback to further inform the assessment of EDI in UBC’s research ecosystem. An action plan was then developed to address institutional barriers and inequities in UBC’s research ecosystem that were identified through the assessment.
In October 2022, UBC submitted its assessment of EDI in the university’s research ecosystem and the action plan for peer review, and to be evaluated for recognition by the federal Dimensions program. The peer review panel awarded UBC a "Construction" designation, the second of four levels in the federal program’s cycles of transformational change, acknowledging that the university’s efforts to enhance EDI are strategic, coordinated, and ongoing.
The implementation and monitoring of the Dimensions Action Plan will be coordinated by the Equity and Inclusion Office under the Strategic Equity and Anti-Racism (StEAR) Framework.