A diverse and inclusive campus community is a great source of strength and advantage for our students, faculty and staff. I support the Positive Space Campaign in the work it does to make UBC more visibly welcoming to, and supportive of, our sexual and gender diverse students, staff and faculty at UBC.
The Positive Space Campaign makes visible that which is too often kept silent. By enriching and enhancing the environment at UBC around issues of sexual and gender diversity, it also works to confront the homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism still present on our campuses and in our communities.
The Campaign’s work to raise awareness and promote understanding of the importance of sexual and gender diversity promotes an environment of safety and wellness across our campuses and in the communities we serve.
Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia (2017)
The UBC Okanagan campus is a proud participant in the Positive Space Campaign and wholeheartedly supports efforts to ensure the University offers a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for individuals and communities who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* (transgender, transsexual, trans-identified), two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTTQIA+).
It is essential for the entire University to continually strive to become a more inclusive learning community. I applaud the efforts of the Equity and Inclusion Office to promote positive dialogue and for working to ensure everyone is able to enjoy UBC fully and equally.
I wish the Positive Space Campaign every success and offer sincere thanks to the Positive Space committee and to all faculty and staff involved who work to improve the UBC experience for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of British Columbia