Reflecting on the violence against Black communities in Canada and the United States, both currently and historically, the Department of Mechanical Engineering stands in solidarity with those facing racism and other forms of discrimination. We join UBC President Santa Ono, UBC’s Black Student Union and many others on campus in denouncing the recent anti-Black and anti-Asian violence faced by communities across North America. We also condemn all other forms of racism and discrimination, including anti-Muslim prejudice, and ongoing and systemic oppression of Indigenous peoples, while acknowledging that we are part of an institution that stands on unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We commit to fostering a safe, diverse, and equitable environment in and beyond our department, in which everyone feels they belong as a valued part. We know we have much work to do to make this a reality for all. We pledge to address these issues within our own structures and to continue the work we have begun to be anti-racist in our hiring, student recruitment, curriculum, and culture. We welcome conversation and engagement at our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee page.
– Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, on behalf of UBC Mechanical Engineering