March 8, 2022
Aimed at celebrating exceptional women and gender-diverse faculty and staff at UBC, the award is given to five faculty members and five staff members who "have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their individual academic/professional practice and significant impact through mentoring and community engagement."
As part of the Envisioning Equality project, Dr. Staub-French and the other awardees will be featured on a series of street banners designed by a local artist and displayed along one of UBC's main campus arteries next year. Through this public art component, the project seeks to "[activate] new perspectives on their roles and contributions."
"For over a century, women and gender-diverse faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia have been making significant contributions to the institution," said Moura Quayle, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic (UBC Vancouver). "Our ten Envisioning Equality recipients have each contributed so much to the world in which we live, building community, understanding and innovation with everything they do."
Dr. Staub-French was recognized for her work not only as an academic researcher, but also as the first Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in UBC Applied Science and leader of the youth engineering outreach program Geering Up.
"[Dr. Staub-French] is a strong leader and advocate working to embed Equity, Diversity Inclusion, and Indigeneity (EDII) into the Faculty's systems, structures, and culture," reads the award citation in part. "[H]er leadership of Geering Up [...] has helped to significantly expand the reach of this organization. She has helped lead Geering Up to focus on the entire ecosystem of support for kids, particularly underrepresented and underserved communities."
For further details about the award and its recipients, please see the official announcement on the website of UBC's Office of the Provost & Vice-President Academic.