Vision statement

The QMI EDI committee strives to foster an equitable and inclusive environment within QMI so that members from all backgrounds may bring their full and best selves to work together on and contribute to challenging research questions in quantum materials.

Mission statement

The QMI EDI committee supports the institute’s members in achieving its goals of an equitable and inclusive environment through learning opportunities, community building, and action on systemic barriers within our control. As the institute’s culture and climate involve everyone, this is work for everyone, with the QMI EDI committee serving as a supporting and organizing mechanism to propel us towards our goals together.

Working Groups

Indigenous Engagement (Lead – Sarah Burke)
Data Evaluation/Analysis/Reporting (Lead – James Day)
Professional Development (Lead – Kirsty Gardner)


EDI Resources

EDI Resources at UBC

  • VPRI – Key UBC initiatives: UBC believes that sustained excellence in research, education and engagement depends on the integration of diverse perspectives and approaches and the inclusion of those who have been historically, persistently or systemically marginalized. Learn more here.
  • VPRI – EDI in research resource library: The following resources are non-exhaustive and are provided as a starting point for building EDI in research at UBC. Further research and reflection may be required and are strongly encouraged in the pursuit of research excellence that upholds equity, diversity and inclusion. Learn more here.
  • EIO – Accessible and Inclusive Event Planning: The following guide is intended to assist everyone at UBC in planning events, public consultations, celebrations, and other occasions so that they can be equally accessible to, and inclusive of, community members who have a disability. Learn more here.
  • EIO – Resources: Explore resources to help you navigate UBC or to support your individual or departmental efforts to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. Learn more here.
  • EOI – Gender Diversity: Explore the following content designed to help students, staff, and faculty learn about different aspects of gender diversity and to find information about UBC’s systems, policies, and practices. Learn more here.
  • EIO – UBC Inclusive Language Resources: “Language is the truest identifier of who you are and where you come from.” – Elder Larry Grant, 2014. Learn more here.
  • Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence at UBC: Equity, diversity and inclusion are necessary conditions for attracting and retaining the best and brightest students, faculty and staff from around the world. This requires that we create inclusive environments free from racism in which to work, learn and live. Learn more here.
  • Land Acknowledgement (Indigenous portal): UBC Vancouver is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. The land it is situated on has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site. Learn more here.

Indigenous Resources at UBC

  • Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP): UBC’s 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) outlines eight goals and 43 actions the University will collectively take to advance its vision of UBC as a leading university globally in the implementation of Indigenous Peoples’ human rights. Learn more here. 
  • Indigenous Portal: Your pathway to learning about UBC’s commitment to Indigenous engagement at its Vancouver campus and an information resource for Indigenous students, faculty and the wider community. Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Units at UBC: Information about Indigenous academic and administrative units are located at UBC Vancouver. Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Research Support Initiative (IRSI): IRSI supports research excellence and helps create and sustain meaningful collaborations with Indigenous communities, and facilitates research that is developed and conducted in collaboration with Indigenous communities and led by Indigenous perspectives. Learn more here.
  • Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE): SAGE is a student-driven, inter-disciplinary, cross-institutional, peer-support and faculty-mentorship program and network for Indigenous graduate students throughout their educational journey, and beyond graduation. SAGE promotes and fosters Indigenous values and ways of being in all areas of academia. Learn more here.
  • Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC): Learn more here.
  • X̱wi7x̱wa Library: X̱wi7x̱wa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Its collections and services reflect Indigenous approaches to teaching, learning, and research. Everyone is welcome to visit X̱wi7x̱wa Library. Learn more here.
  • Centre for Indigenous Land-Based Education, Research and Wellness at xʷc̓ic̓əsəm: The xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Garden (Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden) has been at the UBC Farm since 2007. It is now managed by the Indigenous Research Partnerships (IRP), Faculty of Land and Food Systems, under the direction of Dr. Eduardo Jovel (Mayan-Pipil), along with the Medicine Collective—a group of Indigenous knowledge holders, and researchers who continue to support the transferring of Indigenous Land-based pedagogies for wholistic wellness. Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Foundations: Learn more here.
  • Time and Place at UBC: Our Histories and Relations Learn more here.
  • APSC Indigenous Engagement Events Learn more here.

UBC Library Subject Guides related to EDI 

  • 2SLGBTQIA+ Health Resources: This guide is intended to provide resources, information, and definitions concerning the healthcare of 2SLGBTQIA+ patients. It was created to be used by health professionals, emerging health professionals, students, and 2SLGBTQIA+ community members. Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Films and Filmmakers: X̱wi7x̱wa Library houses, and is continually building, a collection of films which profile Indigenous BC writers, directors, and producers. The overall collection includes more than 1300 films, of which at least 600 are by Indigenous filmmakers. Many of them are not available at other libraries. Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Languages: This research guide provides strategies for finding information about Indigenous languages, including specific languages or language families, curriculum materials, language learning materials produced by Aboriginal communities, and language revitalization. Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Maps and Mapping: This research guide provides direction for finding maps and mapping resources created from Indigenous perspectives as well as other maps relevant to research on Aboriginal topics. Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Treaties: An introduction to treaties in BC and Canada, and Métis settlements. Learn more here.
  • Decolonization and Anti-Racism Resources: In support of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) this guide assists in finding and facilitating decolonial & anti-racist research. Here you will find key resources, search strategies, & additional open access information sources. Learn more here.
  • First Nations and Indigenous Studies: First Nations and Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field grounded in the languages, histories, geographies, and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples. It may (or may not) intersect with critical approaches, such as decolonization and colonial studies. Learn more here.
  • First Nations Languages of British Columbia: This research guide has been designed to help students, faculty and researchers in First Nation Languages access and utilize relevant resources available through the UBC Library. Some historical language names are innacurate, but useful for locating resources. Learn more here.
  • Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Learn more here.
  • Indian Residential School System in Canada Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Children’s Literature Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Education (NITEP) Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Environmental and Science Resources Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Health Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Librarianship Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Poetry & Poets Learn more here.
  • Indigenous Publishers, Distributors & News Media Learn more here. 
  • Métis Studies Learn more here.
  • Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer Studies Learn more here.
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Learn more here.
  • Xwi7xwa Research Guides