Graduate Research Foundations: Skills for Respectful Research

Inclusion. Collaboration. Innovation. These are the three pillars of the University of British Columbia’s 2019-2020 strategic plan. This plan calls for students, staff, and faculty across disciplines to act on their collective  responsibility to address the historic and ongoing marginalization of communities who are harmed by problematic academic research practices.

As future leaders, graduate students are an important part of the conversation about how we work differently so that graduate degree programs and research overall can be more inclusive, collaborative, and innovative. While there is a growing appetite among graduate students to engage these ideas, there is little support to do so.


Is your research having the right impacts? How are you working to minimize harm?

This graduate student-centred workshop series is intended to:

  1. raise consciousness of graduate student responsibility to do research differently
  2. equip people with the skills and confidence needed to act on their new understanding and desire to make change
  3. build a network of graduate students working in more inclusive and ethical ways

The research foundation series includes three free workshops taking place at UBC between November 2019 and January 2020. Graduate students from all disciplines and experience-levels are welcome!

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This work takes place on the unceded land of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (TsleilWaututh) Nations. We acknowledge these territories as being stolen from their First Peoples and our privilege in living, playing and working on them.

The Research Foundation series is supported by a grant from the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at UBC.


This series is now complete.

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