AMS statement on Jenn Smith’s talk at UBC

AMS services available to those that feel targeted or threatened.

On June 23, Jenn Smith is scheduled to speak on the UBC-Vancouver campus at a private event. In the past, Smith has made remarks that could be regarded as transphobic and anti-SOGI 123 (inclusive sexual orientation and gender identity curricula in schools). Due to the content of his talk, as well as unrest and violence his presence can incite, Smith has had talks cancelled at two BC universities over the past two weeks. The AMS is concerned that Smith’s talk will stoke intolerance and discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or an intersection of the three. We fear that some students, faculty, and staff at UBC will feel threatened, unsafe, and targeted by his messaging.

The AMS is accorded the responsibility “To promote unity and goodwill amongst its members” in its constitution. Therefore, the AMS denounces all forms of violence and marginalization on campus. We understand that there may be peaceful protests arranged to both demonstrate against Smith’s message and stand in solidarity with members of the UBC community affected by this talk. The AMS supports the right by any to peacefully demonstrate against intolerance and discrimination.

For any individual who made feel unsafe or targeted by Smith or those inspired by his remarks, the AMS has services available to assist and support individuals on this campus.

  • The AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) offers ongoing confidential emotional support to people of all genders affected by sexualized and gender-based violence and oppression, as well as their friends and family. SASC is open every day from 8am – 10pm on the third floor of the Nest, room 3127. SASC operates from a feminist, intersectional and trauma-informed approach. People can drop in or book an appointment by calling (604) 827-5180.
  • AMS Safewalk is a transportation service that accompanies students, staff and visitors with its driving and walking teams across UBC after dusk. Safewalk prioritizes those who are vulnerable and feel unsafe travelling alone, allowing them to travel with a greater sense of security from one location to another. To use Safewalk, call (604) 822-5355 or use a UBC Blue Phone and ask for Safewalk.
  • UBC Campus Security provides 24/7 security services including security patrols, security dispatch and alarm response, access control, investigations, threat assessment & management, event security, crime prevention initiatives, community outreach, and security technology. To call Campus Security, call (604) 822 2222. In case of an emergency, requiring immediate assistance, please call 911.