Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) 

Anti-Racism Statement

The rise in Anti-Asian racism, which has increased over 700% (i, ii) in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has put valued members of our community at risk. There is zero tolerance for racism in our community and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology stands against all forms of racism and discrimination. We call for solidarity in creating a respectful and safe environment for all of our students, faculty, staff, researchers, and guests.

We encourage all members in our department and community to take action by continuing to respect, support, and value each other’s voices and experiences by: 

  • Prioritizing equity and diversity
  • Be willing to engage in and learn from tough conversations 
  • Giving people time to grieve and process feelings 
  • Touching base and checking in on each other 


Together, we can create a safe space for everyone where they are valued and heard. Please reach out to us if you have ideas on how to improve the support in our community. You can contact helpful members of our EDI team at: parvin@mail.ubc.ca

Other valuable UBC resources include:

Safewalk – If you feel unsafe getting from point A to point B on campus after dark, the Safewalk team has walking and driving teams that can accompany you at any time

Anti-Racism Support Resources (AMS) -  Mental health, safety, and educational resources from the UBC Alma Mater Society, who seeks to ensure that anti-racist action is intersectional and actionable. 

Anti-Racism Resources (Asian Studies) – Links to resources, news stories, opinion pieces, and scholarly articles on race in Asian, or in Asian diaspora communities.

UBC Student Services Bullying & Harassment Statement – Advice and resources on creating and fostering a learning environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment. 

Equity & Inclusion Office - Support for interpersonal conflicts and legal advice. 

Student Assistance Program - BC Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free, 24/7 wellness resource for students. Services include personal counselling, life coaching, group programs and more based on individual needs.