Statement and Actions on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization

UBC Press is committed to fostering an inclusive publishing environment. To provide a platform for voices that might otherwise go unheard, we strive to empower underrepresented authors and create opportunities for a diverse publishing workforce. As one of Canada’s leading publishers in the social sciences, we work with authors to bring cutting-edge ideas to an international audience of scholars and general readers, publishing in Indigenous studies, Asian studies, gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, and transnationalism and migration studies. We acknowledge our duty – both as a press and as part of the larger UBC community – to proactively address systemic barriers in publishing and to cultivate participation and a sense of belonging in our industry. Ultimately, we recognize that narrative is one of the most powerful engines through which much-needed change is effected.

As part of our commitment to EDID principles we:
  • Continue to diversify our external networks to ensure equity-deserving people are involved at all stages of the publishing process;
  • Ensure accessibility is a core consideration in all our processes and decision-making, including the production of born-accessible e-books and the planning of launches and other events; 
  • Work to accommodate unique needs in Indigenous publishing, including those that take into consideration concepts of collective ownership when assigning authorship and copyright;
  • Use a style sheet that aims to ensure inclusiveness across all UBC Press publications and materials, and which is updated annually to be responsive to changing norms;
  • Launched and continue to develop RavenSpace, which is dedicated to a model of publishing that embraces collaboration, respects Indigenous protocols, and uses digital tools in imaginative ways to make knowledge accessible and shareable across communities and generations; 
  • Are working with the greater publishing community to forward and champion EDID initiatives, with the goal of diversifying the profession as a whole; 
  • Actively seek opportunities to connect with EDID initiatives at UBC; 
  • Are developing a fellowship for people from equity-deserving communities who are considering a career in publishing. 
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