Group Culture

Who We Are

We acknowledge with respect that we work and study on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nation on what is now the Point Grey Campus of the University of British Columbia. Many of us also work in and visit the traditional territories of Indigenous communities globally, and we aim to engage with our collaborating communities with respect. The GOM Group is situated within the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, which is home to incredible and inspiring researchers and learners from around the world, and we benefit greatly from this diverse community.

All GOM Group members are expected to uphold these standards and work to create and maintain a positive, constructive working and learning environment.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Global Oceans Modelling (GOM) Group is committed to the necessary and ongoing work to create and sustain positive, equitable, diverse, and inclusive working, learning, and community environments. We firmly denounce all discrimination and encourage our peers and colleagues to join us in reflecting on our beliefs and practices to further this work. We acknowledge that there are many groups who face intersecting and layering barriers throughout their academic and Canadian experiences, including people of colour, Black and Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ people. Age, socioeconomic background, perceived ethnicity or race, language, religion, and other cultural factors can also play into discrimination. We work to mitigate and eliminate discrimination in our community.

Expectations and Group Culture

Lab members are expected to uphold our high standards of the treatment of others, including working to improve our hiring, collaborating, and communication skills and practices. Our lab is a close-knit family, and we believe in celebrating each other in our successes and supporting each other in our failures. We have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination, abuse, and harassment in our lab and our connected workspaces.

Action Items

  • The GOM Group is committed to ensuring that all lab members, community members, and collaborators are supported and celebrated.

  • We are committed to actively self-educating on important topics, including decolonization, racism, discrimination, mental health, and community support.

  • We are committed to having difficult conversations with our peers and colleagues to work towards improving the safety and environment of our working and learning spaces.

  • We are committed to connecting with our community and working hard to ensure that all community members are supported and safe.