Our university is not just a place, it is our people – their success is UBC’s success. By promoting their wellbeing, we promote their excellence.
That is why we must do this together— across the university, for everyone, by everyone — to ensure that all our people, places, and communities can flourish.
- Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor
Collaborative leadership starts with the premise that "if you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways with good information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization or community." This approach is key to achieving our vision of becoming a wellbeing-promoting university.
Learning is cultivated across UBC through collaboration and we must work together to embed wellbeing into all our plans, processes, policies, and in everyday decision-making. While support from our university leaders is crucial, we also know that leadership can emerge from anywhere. UBC is our people, and leadership occurs when we step in, as well as step out, empowering our community and giving space for others.
Work to support wellbeing is happening all across our campuses—through a number of departments and units, through student groups who have identified it as a priority, and through emerging conversations between leaders across portfolios. By collaborating meaningfully, sharing our expertise and working together to find solutions, we can collectively enable the creative and innovative systemic change that is needed to make wellbeing a deeply-held value across the entire university.