One of the goals of BCcampus is to embrace inclusivity – inviting everyone affiliated with post-secondary education in British Columbia to learn, share, participate, and connect with us and each other. We’ve taken substantial steps to ensure everyone, whether from Canada or around the world, feels welcome and valued for their commitment and contributions to improving teaching and learning.
Attending a teaching and learning event in B.C. often means choosing professional development at the expense of spending time with family, but for upcoming events hosted by BCcampus, participants don’t have to choose one over the other.
We’ve built in a number of concepts to enable participants to bring their children to an event, including:
- professional childcare services
- invitations to children to join us for nutritious and delicious meals
- games, art supplies, toys, and books
- BCcampus t-shirts to easily identify the children in our care
Visit our childcare page to learn more about our commitment to childcare.
As an organization focused on learning, we are regularly exploring methods and approaches to improve access to education, and this includes finding ways to ensure everyone can attend our events. We plan and design our functions to be accessible by attendees with mobility-improvement devices so they can provide their input and perspective in our workshops, discussions, and activities. We research, test, and promote technological solutions that allow content to be accessed in a variety of ways, and we take a people-first approach in our language, recognizing that we are all individuals, and our abilities or disabilities do not define who we are.
We appreciate and understand that attending events can involve a financial commitment, so we’ve allocated resources to help instructors and teaching faculty from B.C. public post-secondary institutions attend professional development events hosted by BCcampus.
To overcome budgetary restrictions, the Learning Access Program for Educators (LAP-E) assists local educators with registration fees, travel expenses, per diems, and accommodation costs.
Visit our Learning Access Program for Educators page to learn how to benefit from this program.
To be inclusive and aware of all genders during our events and conferences, we offer pronoun ribbons that clearly display your preferred pronouns. Based on a template from PronounRibbons.org, this simple-but-smart tool ensures attendees can convey their preferred identity to avoid being misgendered or misgendering the people they’re chatting with.
We have a photographer present throughout BCcampus events to capture images to be shared on our digital properties and in our promotional materials. At the event’s registration desk, you will be able to find coloured lanyards that indicate whether or not you want your picture taken.
We plan our events to include all-gender and single-gender washrooms. Details will be shared as to locations on an event-by-event basis.
If you have a suggestion as to how we can improve the accessibility of events hosted or sponsored by BCcampus, please contact us to let us know.