I am deeply distressed by the recent news report detailing an RCMP investigation into alleged voyeurism incidents on UBCO campus. The safety and security of our students is my utmost concern and the RCMP is an essential partner in ensuring that our campus community is protected. I have requested a meeting with RCMP to discuss this.
As we move through Black History Month this February, I would like to encourage you to take this opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the importance of Black history in Canada and recognize the many accomplishments and achievements of Black Canadians around the country and within our own campus community.
In light of questions about travel in recent weeks I’d like to disclose that I have been in Edmonton at my primary residence since December 12 and will remain here until at least the end of the month working remotely.
What a year 2020 has been. I am certain you are all looking forward to the break, even more this year than most. While we are not able to gather to mark the holidays this season, there will be much to celebrate together when we are able.
I am writing to share, reluctantly, the news of Bud Mortenson’s upcoming retirement. Bud has served as Director of University Relations for the past nine years and has been with the university since UBC Okanagan was first established.
As we begin our academic year, I want to emphasize the special nature of your relationship with UBC. You are part of an extraordinary community—at UBC we share a commitment to build environments that uphold human rights, free of harassment and discrimination and that reflect the university’s core values of equity and inclusivity.