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Robin Ciceri
President

Leadership Profile

WHO WE ARE

The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC) represents the interests of BC’s research universities: The University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of Victoria (UVic), the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Royal Roads University (RRU) and Thompson Rivers University (TRU).

WHY WE’RE INVOLVED

BC’s research universities provide high-quality and accessible university education for students. Inclusive learning, living, and working environments are provided for students of all abilities. Students with disabilities are an important source of talent, and research universities are committed to supporting these students in their education and transition into the workforce by providing programming that removes barriers and enhances opportunities. RUCBC works with government and the public and private sectors to increase the employment rate for university graduates with disabilities.

DISTINCTION AND AWARDS

  • 2017: ranked UBC third in Canada in the Medical Doctoral category, Macleans
  • 2017: ranked SFU first and UVic third in Canada in the Comprehensive category, Macleans
  • 2017: ranked UNBC first in Canada in the Primarily Undergraduate category, Macleans

NUMBER OF STUDENTS

Over 150,000 students are registered annually in BC’s research universities.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO SELF-IDENTIFY AS HAVING A DISABILITY

An estimated 15,000 students have a disability

ACCESSIBILITY INITIATIVES

  • Disability Resource Centres:
    • Promote educational equity and accessibility for students with disabilities.
    • Support students in achieving academic goals.
    • Provide services, programs and coordinate academic and assistive technology accommodations for students.
    • Act as consultants to faculty and work with the university community to create a more accessible learning environment.
    • Advocate on issues related to diversity, educational equity and academic achievement.
  • Co-operative Education Program:
    • Career services departments work with the disability resource centres to support and prepare students to compete for co-op positions and transition to the work environment.
    • New approaches to co-op placements for students with disabilities in growing fields such as technology are being developed.
  • CanAssist:
    • An organization at the University of Victoria dedicated to helping people with disabilities improve their quality of life and increasing awareness of disability issues.
    • Develops customized technologies for people of all ages and from across the disability spectrum.
    • Core team of about 20 professionals – including engineers, software developers and program coordinators – are dedicated to helping persons with disabilities to increase their independence and quality of life.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Working with our members to help to create more work-integrated learning WIL opportunities, such as co-op placements, would increase labour force attachment among persons with disabilities and have a positive impact on their relatively high unemployment rates.
  • Developing new approaches to co-op placements for students with disabilities in growing fields such as technology.
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