The REDI team members collaborate with people and units across the Faculty of Medicine to support our learning and work environments.
In addition to the Executive Director and Assistant Dean EDI, the work of the Office will be undertaken by a group of Advisors:
- Learning Environment
- Indigenous Initiatives
The Office will work closely with the Director of Indigenous Engagement to implement the Faculty of Medicine’s action plans in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and with the Vice Dean Health Engagement in collaboration with health sector partners to promote changes in the learning and work environments where there is shared jurisdiction.
The Office is supported by a Manager, an Administrative Coordinator, and a Project Manager, who will assist with planning and oversight of the Transforming Culture Initiative.
Executive Director, appointed by Dean Kelleher to reorganize and broaden the scope of the Office of Professionalism and to lead the Faculty of Medicine’s Transforming Culture Initiative to change our culture by creating and sustaining respectful, inclusive working and learning environments that are anti-racist and free from all forms of discrimination.
Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, provides leadership in the development of EDI initiatives across the Faculty of Medicine by promoting the UBC Inclusion Action Plan and by supporting groups and units within the Faculty to engage in culture change.
Learning Environment Advisor
Robyn Campol is an advisor in the Faculty of Medicine Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. As the Learning Environment Advisor, Robyn supports the education units to create respectful, inclusive, anti-racist and discrimination-free learning environments in which students feel safe to participate without fear of mistreatment or reprisals. In addition to providing advice and guidance to decision makers Robyn can assist Programs to resolve mistreatment or learning environment concerns through coaching, skill building and education, facilitation and mediation, and by conducting inquiries and investigations.
Dr. Neila Miled is the Anti-Racism Advisor in the Faculty of Medicine Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Neila brings academic expertise in anti-racism education, first-hand experience with systemically marginalized and under-represented groups, and a social justice and equity lens. Neila is responsible for providing advice, developing and delivering a collaborative, anti-racist education and skill-building program, and for implementing and sustaining strategic best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion. In collaboration with the REDI team, she will work towards facilitating and implementing organizational change strategies to create systemic change and foster a safer, more respectful, equitable and inclusive learning and working environment.
Indigenous Initiatives Advisor
Derek Thompson – Thlaapkiituup is an advisor in the Faculty of Medicine Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI). Thlaapkiituup is from the diitiidʔaaʔtx̣ – Ditidaht First Nation, one of fourteen Nuuchahnulth Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island. As the REDI Indigenous Initiatives Advisor, Derek will provide leadership and support across the Faculty to help create and sustain learning and work environments based on standards of cultural safety and humility, and that will address Indigenous specific racism and discrimination. Derek will promote inclusion of an Indigenous perspective in all Faculty initiatives. Derek will also work closely with the Director, Indigenous Engagement to implement the Faculty’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in a way that will best reciprocate the formal commitments made to Indigenous peoples for a better and just future. This important work will also create opportunities for students, staff and faculty to engage with Indigenous people and communities in meaningful ways, and to begin anew the creation of redressing what we believe ourselves to be – as Indigenous peoples, and as Canadians.
Ashra comes to REDI from the FoM Special Projects Management Team where she supports multiple projects. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Ashra brings to REDI her extensive experience managing and coordinating projects and will provide a strong project management framework to support REDI’s activities.