UBC Okanagan is situated on traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. The land has always been a place of learning for the Syilx peoples, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next.

equity, diversity, inclusion and indigeneity (EDI+I)

Establishing a culture and environment that values and champions equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity takes a comprehensive approach. In the School of Engineering, we’re focusing on five key pillars:

  • Indigenous Reconciliation
  • Women in Engineering
  • Anti-Racism and Allyship
  • People with Disabilities

Learn more about what we’re doing by exploring these pages:

People with Disabilities (coming soon)

14 not forgotten

The 14 Not Forgotten Memorial ceremony at the UBC Okanagan campus recognizes the young women whose lives were taken during the tragic 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal. Each year, the school gathers to remember and commit to action to end violence against women. A permanent memorial entitled “For Future Matriarchs” was installed in 2022 to serve as a visible symbol of the School of Engineering and UBC’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


STUDENT FEEDBACK SYSTEM: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity

SOE aspires to be a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone. In working toward that goal, SOE’s EDI+I Advisors would like feedback on your experiences in the School. This feedback will help the EDI+I Advisors make recommendations regarding the School’s curriculum, physical environment, student engagement, and workplace culture.

In providing this feedback, you may remain anonymous or identify yourself. Your name and contact information will not be reported or shared in any way.

General feedback regarding student concerns or challenges can also be shared anonymously through this portal.


Message from leadership

The School of Engineering values equity, inclusion, and diversity. These ideals play a central role in building our community through our day-to-day activities whether in the classroom or lab.

People are our priority, and we continue to strive to make their experience within the School of Engineering exceptional.

We are always open to improvement, and I encourage you to submit any feedback or suggestions to a member of our EDI+I Team.

Will Hughes, Director, School of Engineering

meet the team

Laura Patterson

Associate Professor of Teaching & EDI Advisor (Faculty affairs)

Alon Eisenstein

Assistant Professor of Teaching EDI Advisor (Student affairs)

Marie Reid

Engineering Advisor, EDI+I

Ian Foulds

Associate Professor & Indigenous Initiatives Committee Chair