REDI Committee

Respect Equity Diversity Inclusion

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

Committee Membership


Introducing our 2023-2024 Committee!

Nika Shakiba (she/her/hers), Faculty Rep and Co-Chair
Rohit Singla
(he/him/his), Graduate Student Rep and Co-Chair
Kisa Naqvi
(she/her/hers), Undergraduate Student Rep
Mahsa Khalili
(she/her/hers), Postdoc/RA Rep
Hema Ratnasami (she/her/hers), Staff Rep
Danielle Walker (she/her/hers), Staff Rep
Jocelyn McKay (she/her/hers), Staff Rep
Max Arsenault (he/him/his), Undergraduate Student Rep
(vacant), Faculty Rep
Yeganeh Dorri, Graduate Student Rep
Ardin Sacayanan, Graduate Student Rep


The 2022-2023 Committee REDI Committee

Nika Shakiba (she/her/hers), Faculty Rep and Co-Chair
Rohit Singla
(he/him/his), Graduate Student Rep and Co-Chair
Coralie Tcheune
(she/her/hers), Undergraduate Student Rep
Daniel Aguilar Hidalgo
(he/him/his), Research Associate Rep

Hema Ratnasami (she/her/hers), Staff Rep

Mona Behrouzian (she/her/hers), Undergraduate Student Rep
Rizhi Wang (he/him/his), Faculty Rep
Thristan Taberna (he/him/his), Graduate Student Rep


The 2021-2022 REDI Committee:

Peter Zandstra (he/him/his), Chair and Faculty Rep
Carolina Tropini 
(she/her/hers), Faculty observer
Coralie Tcheune 
(she/her/hers), Undergraduate Student Rep
Daniel Aguilar Hidalgo 
(he/him/his), Research Associate Rep
Hema Ratnasami (she/her/hers), Staff Rep
Mona Behrouzian (she/her/hers), Undergraduate Student Rep
Nika Shakiba (she/her/hers), Faculty Rep
Raquel De Souza (she/her/hers), Staff Rep
Rizhi Wang (he/him/his), Faculty Rep
Rohit Singla (he/him/his), Graduate Student Rep
Thristan Taberna (he/him/his), Graduate Student Rep


Introducing our Inaugural Committee!

Parthvi Kulkarni Undergraduate Student Rep and Co-Chair
Peter Zandstra
(he/him/his), Faculty Rep and Co-Chair
Genna Bonner
(she/her/hers), Undergraduate Student Rep
Daniel Aguilar Hidalgo (he/him/his), Research Associate/PDF Rep
Charles Lau Graduate Student Rep
Tegan Stusiak (she/her/hers), Staff Rep
Maryam Tayyab (she/her/hers), Graduate Student Rep
Carolina Tropini (she/her/hers), Faculty Rep
Rizhi Wang (he/him/his), Faculty Rep
Payam Zahedi (he/him/his), Staff Rep

Want to get in touch with the SBME REDI Committee? Send us an email.

View the SBME REDI Committee’s Terms of Reference:

Committee Priorities 2022


1. Run REDI Town Hall & annual retreat for committee priority setting

2. Continue to implement REDI into SBME’s current & new building

Community Engagement

1. Facilitate SBME postdoc & RA society

2. Address specific needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ community members

3. Devise strategies for community to report REDI-related issues to implement REDI into SBME’s current & new building

Training & Education Support

1. Create REDI bite-size training kits & facilitate SBME postdoc & RA society

2. Support SBME projects with heavy REDI components

3. Bring in external experts to advise REDI committee

4. Ensure equitable access to professional development resources

5. Streamline audio recording for in-person lectures


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.

Jan 26, 2023Reconciliation + Design Series: Truth
Feb 9, 2023Reconciliation + Design Series: Synthesis
Feb 17, 2023JEDDI Seminar Series: Leadership, Gender, & Race
May 5, 2023JEDDI Seminar Series: Workplace Gender Inequality