Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity - Achieving Inclusion
Introduction to Unconscious Bias
Date/Time: May 4, 2017 1:00-3:30pm
Location: 2-51 University Terrace (8303 112 Street)
If you have a Brain, you have an unconscious bias!
Bias is not always a bad thing. It simply means that your brain looks for short cuts to make sense of the world. Unconscious bias plays a huge role in your daily life, it is automatic and operates at an unconscious level. The neuroscience on unconscious bias indicates that humans are not as rational as we might like to think when making decisions about people and situations. Our background, personal experiences, stereotypes and cultural context have an impact on our judgment and behaviour. Recall a time when you met someone and had that instant connection, or your latest hire where you said that they were a 'right fit'
Our 2-hour interactive workshop provides a non-judgmental approach aimed at understanding what unconscious bias is (and is not), how it operates in the workplace and how it can undermine business objectives. The workshop will offer you the opportunity to increase self-awareness, get up to speed with the latest research on unconscious bias and come up with strategies to catch yourself when bias may be at play.
Statement of Employment Equity
The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to
Employment Equity Program
The Employment Equity Program supports the University of Alberta in meeting its commitment to fairness and merit in hiring and retention practices to achieve a diverse, respectful and inclusive working, teaching and research environment.
Staff in the Employment Equity Program offer coaching, consulting, formal learning opportunities, and outreach programs to recruit and retain qualified diverse candidates — including women, especially in non-traditional occupations, Aboriginal people, members of visible minorities, and persons with disabilities. We also offer some funding for Equity related initiatives on Campus.
Responsibility for addressing individual equity concerns is shared by a number of different units across the institution. If you are unsure about which unit to contact, the Employment Equity staff can provide some advice. You are welcome to contact them either by email EmploymentEquity@ualberta.ca or phone 780-492-3020.
Employment Equity Plan
Employment Equity Advisory Committee
Employment Equity Census Data
Opening Doors, A Plan for Employment Equity (currently under review) provides recommendations to the University community on how to achieve equity and diversity in employment.
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Since the early 1990s, the Employment Equity Program administers the distribution of the Employment Equity Census Questionnaire to all new continuing, operating funded employees to identify the representation of the designated groups as determined by the Employment Equity Act (women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities). The data gathered from the surveys is used to develop statistical reports on the composition of the University’s workforce as one way to report on the University’s progress in achieving equity in employment.
To review 2015 workforce diversity data, see the University of Alberta Equity Census Data document.
More information on the Employment Equity Census Data can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions.
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The Employment Equity Advisory Committee (EEAC) provides input and guidance with the redesign, implementation, and maintenance of the University of Alberta Employment Equity Program.
- Wayne Patterson, Executive Director, Human Resource Services - Chair
- Catherine Anley, Employment Equity Advisor
- Lorie Cinq-Mars, Identity Management Lead, Office of the Registrar - Support Staff Member-at-Large
- Katy Campbell, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Extension - Dean's Representative
- Teddy Carter, Selection & Review Coordinator, Provost and Vice-President (Acad) - NASA Representative
- Theresa (Teddi) Doupe, Associate Director, Student Accessibility Services
- Karyn Gibbons, School Administrator, School of Public Health - NASA Representative
- Wade King, Safe Disclosure & Human Rights Advisor
- Malinda Smith, Professor, Dept. of Political Science - Faculty Member-at-Large
- D'Arcy Vermette, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Native Studies
- Janice Williamson, Professor, Dept. of English and Film Studies - AASUA Representative
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University of Alberta:
UofA scholarly resources related to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion - EDI Community, Education Research Archive (ERA)
Employment Equity Learning Opportunities
Employment Equity, Human Rights, and Individuals at Risk Definitions
TIPS - Inclusive Recruitment
We periodically provide updates on the Employment Equity Program If you would like to subscribe to our listserve, please subscribe here.
Catherine Anley, Employment Equity Advisor
Stephanie Carvalho, Employment Equity Program Administrator
Barb McLean, Education Advisor
Candy Khan, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisor