Anti-Racism & Allyship

UBC’s School of Engineering continues to increase awareness of the experiences of racialized students, and encourage our community to become allies to racialized students as part of the School’s commitment to being a more welcoming and inclusive place.

Hear about some experiences of racialized students in the School, and reflect on how you can get educated, get engaged, or get support


The School of Engineering encourages its community to develop advocacy and allyship skills by reading and exploring issues related to racism. Faculty, staff, and students are committed to furthering anti-racism work in engineering at the campus, university-wide, provincial and national levels.

Principal’s Research Chair

Dr. Solomon Tesfamariam holds the UBC Okanagan Principal’s Research Chair in Resilient Infrastructure Management. In this role, he leads research and pedagogy initiative related to sustainable structure and infrastructure while attracting and mentoring students though the establishment of an Indigenous and Black Engineering & Technology (IBET) program chapter at UBC.

He has a strong track-record of mentoring, championing, and collaborating with BPOC (at the undergraduate and graduate level) in his teaching and research.

“An essential component of academic excellence is a truly open and diverse community that actively fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or excluded.”

Solomon Tesfamariam