REDI Committee

Respect Equity Diversity Inclusion

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Welcome to SBME REDI.

Committee Membership 2020-21

Introducing our inaugural Committee!

Daniel Aguilar Hidalgo (he/him/his), PDF Rep
Genna Bonnor (she/her/hers), Undergraduate Student Rep
Parthvi Kulkarni Co-Chair, Undergraduate Student 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 Faculty Rep
Payam Zahedi (he/him/his), Staff Rep
Peter Zandstra (he/him/his), Chair, Faculty 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 Statement Against Discrimination in Every Form

The School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) condemns all racist, discriminatory and bigoted action that threatens the wellbeing of Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ+ lives, and the lives of all marginalized groups. The systemic nature of the problem in academia makes us all complicit. We recognize our privilege, and our responsibility to support and participate in change.

Discrimination is antithetical to a flourishing, free and just society. It is an impediment to social, scientific, and cultural progress; it will not be tolerated. In the wake of the world-wide protests calling for long-overdue justice, SBME has been listening, learning and reflecting in order to commit to taking concrete steps that address entrenched and institutionalized discrimination in meaningful and lasting ways.

The actions we take will be deployed alongside, and in support of, UBC, the Faculty of Applied Science and the Faculty of Medicine to create a better work environment for members of our community; and to properly represent all who would call the SBME home.

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.