Race and ethnicity

Learn about race and ethnicity programs and initiatives on campus, take positive action or find support and assistance.

Make a positive change

The success of UBC is linked to being a diverse and welcoming place for all.  Learn about race and ethnicity programs and initiatives on campus, take positive action or find support and assistance.

Make a positive change on campus and the wider community.

  • Learn to speak up with the Active Bystander program

    The Active Bystander program is an expanded student leadership program, designed to provide students the knowledge, skills, and build confidence to act in response to discriminatory comments, jokes, innuendo and stigmatizing situations on campus. The program not only educates students about diversity, but provides strategies to be an effective Active Bystander.

    Contribute to an inclusive campus community by:

    • Take part in a Community Building through Action workshop
    • Learn to be an Active Bystander Facilitator. Click here for more information.
    • See Something? Say Something. Do Something. Be a part of UBC campus communities.
  • Colour Connected

    Colour Connected Against Racism is an AMS resource group that provides support and information to students who feel alienated and disempowered due to discrimination. They organize events on various issues pertaining to ‘Peoples of Colour’, and lobby the University and other institutions to implement necessary changes.

  • Become an Equity Ambassador

    Equity Ambassadors work toward creating an inclusive learning and working environment. These goals are achieved through training, ongoing support and education, one-on-one interactions, participation in program committees, workshop facilitation, networking, and attendance at events on campus. Learn more.

  • Intercultural Alliance

    UBC Intercultural Alliance fosters a diverse, united community of cultural clubs on campus. By supporting the education of global citizens, they cultivate cross-cultural interactions and social cohesion in a multicultural environment.

  • Join an AMS Club

    There are over 350 AMS student clubs for you to choose from at UBC. Check out the listing of Cultural Identity Clubs to find your community on campus, meet new people and learn from experiences different to your own.

  • Realities of Racism

    Realities of Racism is a series of events that takes place annually at UBC during February and March including Black History Month, the Realities of Racism conference, to the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – to heighten awareness of racism on and off campus, both globally and locally. The events aim to encourage members of the University community to take action for positive change.

Community resources


The following community resources can help extend your understanding of race & ethnicity issues, or find further support.

  • Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC

    AMSSA is a unique province-wide association that works with community agencies who serve immigrants and culturally inclusive communities, to provide a just and equity society.

  • Mosaic BC

    Supports and empowers immigrant and refugee communities, helping them to address critical issues in their neighbourhoods and workplace.

  • Canadian Race Relations Foundation

    Canada's leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism.

  • Black History Society

    A non-profit registered Canadian charity, dedicated to the study, preservation, and promotion of Black history and heritage.

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

    Supports First Nations and Inuit to develop healthy, sustainable communities and achieve their economic and social aspirations.


    Supports the wellbeing of Canadians and immigrants from diverse ethnic origins through social, educational, and health services, business and community development, and advocacy.

  • REACH Multicultural Family Centre

    The Multicultural Family Centre (MFC) works with immigrants and refugee communities to deliver health promotion programs, including referrals to health, community, and social services, facilitating medical appointments, counselling, and advocacy.

  • Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society

    Provides a safe and non-judgmental environment for women and children in their own language and culture, offering individual and group counselling to survivors of sexual assault and family violence.

Support and assistance

Discrimination and harassment

UBC is committed to creating and fostering a learning environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Services are available to assist you if you experience discrimination or harassment, and to take action if necessary. Learn more about how to respond if you experience discrimination or harassment.

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Campus resources

First Nations House of Learning

First Nations House of Learning

Telephone: 604 822 8940

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The Longhouse
1985 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

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International Student Development

International Student Development

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Global Lounge and Resource Centre

Global Lounge and Resource Centre

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