Statement of solidarity from the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts community at the University of British Columbia stands in solidarity with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. We express deep concern for Professor Katy Fulfer affiliated with the Gender & Social Justice program and the students in this course. We send our sincere sympathy to the three victims of the stabbing attack and to their families and communities.

This was a deliberate attack that has sent shock waves across campuses in Canada and elsewhere. Despite this shock, there is a growing realization that this violence is the result of a global intensification of hate and a denial of basic human rights afforded to members of sexual and gender minority communities. We must ensure that this act does not shut down open discussion and inquiry about important matters such as gender identity and expression.

The Faculty of Arts is committed to the values of justice, equity, and inclusion and aspires to foster an inclusive space and respectful environment for staff, students, and faculty to live, learn and work. We condemn this horrific act, and we stand with all those who are working to end hate and violence directed towards members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. We will continue to support all forms of scholarship, teaching, and activism designed to deepen our knowledge of the experiences faced by sexual and gender minority communities. We refuse and denounce hate in its myriad forms.

At this difficult moment, we would also like to draw attention to the places where campus supports are available for anyone affected.

  • In case of an emergency or to report an incident of hate please contact 911. For safety and security planning or to report a non-emergency incident contact UBC Campus Security Vancouver (604 822 2222).
  • For confidential advising on experience of harassment and discrimination, please contact the human rights team (604-827-1773) at the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office.
  • Students can also access:
  • Employees can access counselling support through the Employee & Family Assistance Program (1-866-424-0770).
  • Download the UBC Safe App for UBC Vancouver and/or UBC Okanagan.