Even in the Sciences? Bringing an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Lens to Multiple Learning Environments as a UBC Teaching Assistant

Event Date & Time

  • January 13, 2020
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

***Note: This session is intended for Graduate Students, and Undergraduate and Graduate TAs only. We invite Faculty and Staff to sign up for our sessions during CTLT’s Spring, Summer, and Winter Institutes.

Questions of equity, diversity and inclusion often come up in the work of Teaching Assistants regardless of discipline, but there are few opportunities to discuss these questions in depth with instructors and other TAs. This session focuses on the opportunities that all TAs (yes, even in the Sciences!) have to help create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment for diverse students, as well as constraints that they might encounter and how to address them. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Consider how the unique position of the TA provides opportunities for applying a lens of equity, diversity and inclusion in the classroom
  • Consider how equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) practices can be implemented through both course content and context
  • Develop strategies for applying an EDI lens in multiple teaching and learning scenarios.


The TA Institute is open to all undergraduate TAs, graduate students who are interested in teaching, and all graduate student TAs. This session is not open to general undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, or faculty.


  • Kaylee Byers is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies where she studies urban rats and their impacts on the health of the people who live with them. She is also passionate about science communication and co-organizing Nerd Nite Vancouver, a monthly science-seminar series.
  •  Natasha Fox is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Geography where she researches social dimensions of disaster and natural hazard recovery. Her research specializes in the ways in which spaces such as emergency shelters and temporary housing can be made more accessible and inclusive for survivors of large catastrophes.

To be completed – Pre/Post Session Online Module


If you wish to complete this workshop as part of the theme Inclusive, Student-Centered Learning, you must complete the pre-session online module by January 13 at 9 AM and the post-session online module by January 20 at noon to receive the letter of completion. 

TA Institute

This year’s TA Institute includes sessions on Inclusive, Student-Centered Learning, Teaching Career Preparations, Teaching Fundamentals, Transformative Growth in Learning, and Interdisciplinary and Experiential Learning. If you are interested in impacting your current or future TAships, or in improving your teaching skills, be sure to join us for one or more of these 2 hour, interactive workshops.

This year, workshops in the TA institute are organized into 5 themes, and if you complete 3 workshops in a theme, and do the related pre- & post-session online modules, you are eligible for a letter of completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and CV. These letters will include a brief description of any themes that you completed, and how the work you did in those themes supports your development as a teacher.

This year’s themes are:




Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.