Creating opportunities for equal access to education, programs and growth opportunities by recognizing and supporting individual and group needs


Our required mindset about this value

We believe that for each of us to reach our full potential we need access to opportunities, resources and supports that fit our individual needs and recognize different starting points.

That access to health and education is a basic human right.

We believe that creating equitable environments nurtures the dignity of others.


Examples of how we would express this value

Ensuring every person – regardless of race, ethnicity, background or social position – has what they need to reach their full potential.


Examples of our everyday behaviours that demonstrate how we actively live the value

  • Prioritizing equity, diversity and inclusion in the development and review of Faculty policies, practices and procedures.
  • Actively promoting social justice, challenging racism and discrimination, and addressing disparities and inequities.
  • Removing barriers and taking action to enable greater access to health, education and work opportunities.
  • Ensuring equitable distribution of resources so that everyone can fully participate and achieve their goals, while advocating with those that cannot.

Share your Story

We want to hear from you. Every day faculty, staff, students and learners around the province are bringing our vision and values to life. Nominate a colleague to profile or share your story by email at communications.med@ubc.ca

Equity In Action

Why UBC medical school has decided to admit refugees

Dr. Dermot Kelleher reflects on the need for the medical community to expand its horizons.

James Andrew inducted into UBC’s 25 Year Club

As Indigenous Student Initiatives Manager, Andrew has helped to build the Indigenous MD Admissions Program.

International Women’s Day

Meet some of the outstanding women in the Faculty of Medicine.

Faculty members awarded CIHR funding to investigate under-researched areas in women’s health

The grant will enable faculty members to advance clinical research in women’s health, while building capacity in the next generation of women’s health clinician-researchers.

Genetic variants place Asians at higher risk of side effects to common medications

A new study by UBC medical student Cody Lo reveals just how serious the side effects can be from commonly prescribed drugs for gout through to depression.

Study finds lack of racial diversity in cancer drug clinical trials

New research led by Jonathan Loree found a lack of racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trials for cancer drugs.

Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity to receive $1 million

Led by Kate Shannon, the centre will test and evaluate a survivor-centric and trauma-informed approach to supporting survivors of gender-based violence.