Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Latin Program at UBC is committed to promoting and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in and outside of the classroom. We acknowledge that our discipline is founded on and often perpetuates racism, classism, sexism, ableism, and white supremacy. We strive to explicitly combat these elements at UBC and in the larger field of classics. Concretely, as Latin instructors, this means that we seek out materials that engage critically with the racism, classism, ableism, slavery, and sexual violence that often appear in classical texts (and are perpetuated in modern teaching materials). We have made the choice to teach from a beginning textbook that attempts to minimize these elements at the elementary level and when these topics do arise in the classroom, we provide critical analysis and engagement with them. We also strive to create an inclusive classroom environment. If you are part of the Latin program at UBC and you have concerns about access, please let your instructor know and we can help you to create an appropriate learning plan, as well as direct you to resources at UBC.

Fayum Mummy Portraits, Egypt, early 3rd century CE.