Identity-Specific Resources

Identity-Specific Resources

We recognize that not all resources are the right fit for everyone. Lots of people experience intersecting types of trauma, and there are multiple resources for support, community, and care. These are not specific to sexual violence, mental health, or emotional support. They are sources of community and connection intended to support the whole person, in the context of their identity and community. They can be accessed and used in the ways that feel right for you.

Explore resources available to you both on- or off-campus.

While we do our best to provide referrals that are in line with our values, we encourage you to look into each resource to ensure you feel it will be a safe and comfortable option for you. Our Support Specialists are happy to explore options, share information, and help you get connected with these resources.

On-campus resources

  • Black Caucus
    The mission of the UBC Black Caucus is to promote a greater sense of community, advocate progress and maintain ongoing support for Black students, staff, and faculty at UBC in an effort to enhance anti-racism and cultural diversity within the University, and support the academic mission of the institution.
  • Black Student Union
    The UBC Black Student Union aims to highlight and celebrate the multifaceted nature of Black cultures through events open to all UBC students.
  • Centre for Accessibility
    The Centre for Accessibility facilitates disability-related accommodations and programming initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with disabilities and ongoing medical conditions.
  • Centre for Culture, Identity, and Education
    The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) is a cultural studies research centre that focuses on exploring various facets of and developments in the comprehensive issue of identity and its educational implications in local and international cultural contexts.
  • Colour Connected Against Racism UBC
    Colour Connected Against Racism is an AMS resource group that provides support and information to students who feel alienated and disempowered due to discrimination.
    They organize events on various issues pertaining to racialized peoples and lobby the university and other institutions to implement necessary changes. They also work to foster connections and build community through hosting social events.
  • Disability Affinity Group (Faculty and Staff)
    The Disability Affinity Group provides an opportunity for disabled faculty and staff to regularly meet and build a community of care, support, and solidarity. The group aims to hold space for participants to share knowledge, strategies, and resources that can be applied to their own individual experiences as disabled staff and faculty. For more information about the Disability Affinity Group please reach out by email: disability.affinity@equity.ubc.ca.
  • Equity & Inclusion Office (E&IO)
    The Equity & Inclusion Office works to build a community in which human rights are respected, and equity and inclusion are embedded in all areas of academic, work and campus life. Services include human rights and conflict advising, training and education, and resource and support referrals.
  • First Nations House of Learning (FNHL)
    The First Nations House of Learning (FNHL) is based in the First Nations Longhouse. Its mandate is to make the University’s vast resources more accessible to Indigenous people and to improve its ability to meet their needs. It does this by organizing and maintaining Longhouse student services and spaces; overseeing public and academic programming at the Longhouse; leading and supporting strategic planning and communications on UBC Indigenous initiatives; and by providing a point of contact for Indigenous communities.
  • Former Youth In Care
    This page details funding opportunities available specifically for people who are former youth in care.
  • IBPOC Connections (Faculty and Staff)
    IBPOC Connections: Staff & Faculty strives to enhance the experiences and outcomes of faculty and staff who identify as Indigenous, Black and/or People of Colour at UBC. As a convening space, IBPOC Connections is about community, belonging, and engagement. It is a space where IBPOC faculty and staff can come together to be in good company, to have candid conversations, and to collaborate and coordinate when appropriate. As an initiative, IBPOC Connections centres the experiences of IBPOC identities in systems and processes that foster leadership development, recruitment/retention/success, capacity building, and mentorship.
  • Pride Collective
    The Pride Collective is an AMS resource group that offers educational and social services dealing with sexual and gender diversity to the UBC community, including but not limited to students, staff, and faculty. Pride provides support and information to those who self identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, two-spirit, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex, other identities, those who do not identify and allies; assists people who are coming out; supplies a forum for dialogue about sexuality and gender identity; holds social events, and educates the wider UBC community about the variation in human sexuality and gender identity.
  • Social Justice Centre
    The Social Justice Centre is a resource group that works toward transformative change, justice, and equity through a survivor-centric, harm reduction, radical, feminist, decolonial, anti-oppression framework. Our organizing is prefigurative – the way we win matters; the how is the why. We invite you to join our radical imaginings and work with us to enact alternative futures based on resistance, relationships, reciprocity, community, trust, love, solidarity, and liberation.
  • Students who are Parents
    This is a UBC-compiled list of resources for students who are parents.
  • UBC Vancouver Washrooms Inclusive map
    This link leads to an interactive campus map that identifies the locations of publicly accessible, single-stall, gender-inclusive washrooms.

Off-campus resources

  • Agedout.com
    For young adults who were in government care in BC, Agedout provides up-to-date information on resources and services available and a learning tool to help people feel empowered as they leave care.
  • BC Community Alliance
    The BC Community Alliance is a community-based organization dedicated to combating the structural inequities created by anti-black racism.
  • Black Lives Matter (BLM) Vancouver
    BLM Vancouver focuses on working against police brutality and anti-blackness and uplifting black voices. Their website includes community, mental health, and advocacy or legal aid support resources.
  • Black Women Connect Vancouver
    Black Women Connect Vancouver is a collective of women who come together to inspire, empower, leverage our strengths and embrace their diverse experiences. It’s a community where Black women can build meaningful relationships, and celebrate the beauty of Black womanhood.
  • Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS)
    BWSS offers support, education, and advocacy services for women who have experienced violence. BWSS offers services specifically for Indigenous women, including free counselling with no wait list.
  • Catherine White Holman Wellness Society (CWHWC)
    CWHWC provides low-barrier wellness services to transgender and gender non-conforming people in a way that is respectful and celebratory of clients’ identity and self-expression. Their centre is volunteer run, and all of their practitioners are volunteering their time, so that they can offer free services to people who need them, regardless of factors like citizenship, health insurance, or residential address. Receive low-barrier wellness services if you are a transgender or gender diverse person.
  • Colour the Trails
    Colour the Trails is a collective of BIPoC and LGBTQ2S+ adventure seekers who advocate for inclusive representation in outdoor spaces, working with brand partners, businesses, and organizations to break barriers and create accessibility. Colour the Trails subsidizes outdoor adventures, creates diverse content, and is actively working with allies to create the change we want to see in the world.
  • Disability Alliance of BC
    Disability Alliance BC is a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. Their mission is to support people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence, and as equal and full participants in the community. They champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications. They offer services including support to apply for disability benefits and free legal advice through the Disability Law Clinic.
  • Hogan’s Alley Society
    The Hogan’s Alley Society advocates for Black Vancouverites who have endured the legacies of urban renewal and their erasure from the official historical narrative. Through their initiatives they hope to build the capacity of racialized and marginalized communities to participate in city building.
  • Inclusion British Columbia
    Inclusion BC is a non-profit provincial organization that advocates for the rights and opportunities of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. We are a federation of members that include people with intellectual disabilities, their families and agencies that serve them. They offer job support, mentorship, and virtual learning series, available to children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Kílala Lelum (Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative)
    Kílala Lelum partners Indigenous Elders with physicians and allied health professionals to provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care to residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Currently, they are unable to take new clients. We will provide an update here when that changes.
  • Lu’ma Medical Centre
    The Lu’ma Medical Centre provides culturally safe medical services and cultural activities for Indigenous people, including culturally integrated primary health care for Indigenous families. They provide the conditions urban Indigenous peoples need to improve health and wellbeing. There is typically a waitlist to become a patient/member.
  • MOSAIC
    MOSAIC enriches communities through services and advocacy, furthering the success and sense of belonging of newcomers and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Services including Stopping the Violence counselling, settlement services, employment services, and family services for newcomers to Canada and people with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia (NCCABC)
    NCCABC provides assitance, advocacy, and support for Indigenous people facing discrimination from health providers, at risk of violence or abuse, dealing with family and youth issues, interacting with the criminal justice system, or needing support around substance abuse and detox.
  • QMUNITY
    QMUNITY empowers queer, trans, and Two-Spirit individuals to be their best selves and strengthen LGBTQ2SAI+ communities to be inclusive, connected and resilient through free counselling, information and referrals (including ID and name change clinics, primary health care, community programs, and more), access to gender-affirming chestwear, youth one-on-one peer support, and peer-facilitated support and social groups.
  • Sher Vancouver
    Sher Vancouver is a non-profit society for LGBTQ+ South Asians and their friends, families and allies in Metro Vancouver, B.C. Sher Vancouver hopes to reduce the alienation and discrimination of people dealing with sexuality, gender and coming-out issues by providing counselling, peer support, education and outreach services.
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society)
    S.U.C.C.E.S.S. advocates for the values of diversity and inclusion, as well as for positive policy changes that advance the belonging, wellness, and independence of people on their Canadian journey. They offer programs and services for individuals and families who are preparing for Canada, temporary residents, permanent residents, or who are already Canadian citizens.
  • UNYA
    UNYA strives to support Indigenous youth by providing a diverse continuum of advocacy, preventative and support services that respond to their immediate and long-term needs. The philosophies of two-eyed seeing, culture as therapy, trauma-informed care, harm reduction, and person-centred care provide a framework that shapes all decisions in how they interact with and respond to youth.
  • Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFSC)
    The VAFCS provides programs in health and welfare, social services, human rights, culture, education, recreation and equality for all genders of Aboriginal People of all age groups. VAFCS helps children, youth, families, adults and elders maintain their Aboriginal cultural ties through various programs and traditional community activities. VAFCS helps Aboriginal people access education, housing needs and support for families. The centre strives to provide holistic and cultural services to all of its community members.
  • Watari Counselling and Support Services Society
    Counselling and support services for adults and youth. Offer programs specifically for Indigenous youth and for people with substance misuse.