UBC has a number of student groups and resources for Black students to access while they are completing their degree. Here’s a rundown.
Clubs and student groups
UBC Black Student Union (BSU): According to its website, this organization dedicates itself to “furthering the representation, education and empowerment of UBC’s Black community.” The BSU hosts events and creates a space for the Black community on campus to connect. Find more info at the BSU CampusBase page.
UBC Africa Awareness Initiative: Started in 2002, this student-run organization aims to improve “discourse surrounding and including Africa at UBC.” Africa Awareness aims to promote education, awareness, leadership and unity in its operations, and hosts various events throughout the year. Visit ubcaai.org for more info.
UBC Black Caucus: All students, staff and faculty on UBC campus who identify as Black can join the Black Caucus. Executive positions are elected every year, but any Black student can get involved and attend monthly meetings. More info can be found at blackcaucus.ubc.ca.
UBC Black Law Students’ Association: This student group allows for networking, social and academic opportunities for Black students at the Allard School of Law. This group hosts a Black Pre-Law Conference in partnership with the law school annually in the spring, and other events throughout the year. Find out more on their Facebook page, UBCBLSA.
Black Muslim Collective at UBC: Initially part of the Muslim Students’ Association, this collective is a space for Black Muslim students to connect. Find more information on their Instagram, @bmcubc.
Equity and Inclusion Office (EIO): The EIO hosts equity events and training and can provide human rights and conflict advising for those needing help in addressing discrimination on campus. More information can be found at equity.ubc.ca.
UBC Ombudsperson: If you’re having an issue with a professor, a student or a staff member, the Ombudsperson is an independent, impartial and confidential resource for students. You can learn more at ombudsoffice.ubc.ca.
Black Lives Matter Vancouver: This local branch of Black Lives Matter works to fight police brutality and anti-Blackness in Vancouver. More information can be found at blacklivesmattervancouver.com.
Meanwhile, Black in Vancouver… Facebook group: This is a space where Black people in Vancouver can connect with each other