REDI Committee

Respect Equity Diversity Inclusion

Be open. Be welcoming. Be you.
Welcome to SBME REDI.


Committee Membership 2020-21

Introducing our inaugural Committee!

Peter Zandstra (he/him/his), Chair and Faculty Rep
Parthvi Kulkarni,
Co-Chair and Undergraduate Student Rep
Carolina Tropini
(she/her/hers), Faculty Rep
Charles Lau
, Graduate Student Rep
Daniel Aguilar Hidalgo
(he/him/his), Research Associate Rep

Genna Bonnor (she/her/hers), Undergraduate Student Rep
Maryam Tayyab (she/her/hers), Graduate Student Rep
Payam Zahedi (he/him/his), Staff Rep
Rizhi Wang, Faculty Rep

Tegan Stusiak (she/her/hers), Staff Rep


View the SBME REDI committee’s Terms of Reference:



Welcome to SBME REDI

The SBME believes in a safe, inclusive and equitable academic and research environment for everyone.

Our REDI committee is how we’re beginning the hard work of identifying and removing systemic racism and impediments to participation in all SBME programming and initiatives.

Read our statement on racism below.



SBME Action Plan

To address the marginalization of racialized and under-represented students, staff and Faculty, the SBME will begin with the following steps:

  • Establish a Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (REDI), comprised of SBME students, staff, faculty, and partners, that will start with the following mandate:
    • Provide ongoing review of our curriculum, and our teaching, mentoring, hiring and research support practices for racial and gender biases;
    • Connect with UBC EDI committees to learn, contribute and collaborate;
    • Create a School-wide, evidence-based action plan to address identified biases; and
    • Establish measurable and relevant KPI’s as guided by the current literature on implicit bias and social equality;
  • Create space and mechanisms to actively listen to and understand the experiences of under-represented students, staff and faculty, and to facilitate and encourage dialogue around these issues;
  • Provide students, staff and faculty with resources to connect, align and collaborate with EDI initiatives across campus;
  • Recognizing that there are many inequities that limit participation in SBME activities, develop multiple avenues to participation that account for these limitations;
  • Recognizing that some groups of people are often asked to overcommit time to committees, develop mechanisms to broaden participation and provide recognition for these efforts; and
  • Commit to an annual review and augmentation of the above actions so that we are always holding ourselves accountable to our goal of continuous improvement toward an equitable and inclusive culture.

REDI Events

To get involved and be a part of learning and input opportunities, SBME welcomes you to attend REDI events that we and other UBC groups host.

Check out our upcoming events by clicking on the links below or visiting our Events calendar.

July 21, 2021EIO Summer STEM Series—Towards equitable allocation of EDI work
July 28, 2021EIO Summer STEM Series— Syllabus and course design with inclusion in mind
Aug 4, 2021EIO Summer STEM Series— How to cultivate an inclusive community for equity-deserving groups within STEM departments
Aug 11, 2021EIO Summer STEM Series— Challenges for people in power. Navigating the increasingly complex EDI terrain with grace and humility
Aug 18, 2021EIO Summer STEM Series— Using data and evidence to advance EDI in STEM