Equity Diversity Inclusion Week

Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity -  Achieving Inclusion

March 16 to 18, 2017

Equity at its heart strives for social justice, access, and collaboration to further opportunities for success of students, faculty, and staff in the academy. Diversity of identity, thought, and scholarship advances institutional excellence.  Inclusion actively engages the community in change to achieve equity and diversity. The principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion support the University of Alberta's commitment to create work and learning communities that inspire and enable people to reach their full potential. 

The sessions offered during EDI Week create opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and guests to come together to raise awareness, foster passion, fuel commitment, and enhance knowledge and skills. See below for the program, additional information and sessions will be updated on a regular basis.  Do not hesitate to email EDI.Week@ualberta.ca with any questions you might have about this initiative or any other equity-related programming. Feel free to share our poster that also has links to registration. 

EDI week coincides with the 2017 Indigenous Feminisms Workshop, hosted annually by Dr. Isabel Altamirano - Jimenez, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta.


Program at a Glance

Thursday March 16

  • EDI Awards Breakfast
    - Welcome and Opening Remarks:  Doug Stollery, Chancellor, University of Alberta.
  • A Vision for the Next 150 Years: Treaty, Land, and Indigenous Rights, Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come. EVENT CANCELLED.
  • Human Library:  "A Place for All of Us" 
Friday March 17
  • Workshop: "Who’s in and Who’s Out? Transforming our Spaces" - Stephanie Carvalho and Barb McLean, Employment Equity, Human Resource Services, University of Alberta.
  • Keynote Presentation:  "Decolonization: Navigating Different Paths TogetherDr. Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies; Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change, University of British Columbia.
  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us".

Saturday March 18

  • Performance: "Art in Action: Re-imagining access and inclusion through Disability Arts”  
    • Artists are members of the Edmonton-based dance company CRIPSiE (The Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton) (www.cripsie.ca). Featured Speakers:  Danielle Peers (Assistant Professor), Lindsay Eales, and Kelsie Acton, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta.
    • Welcome and Opening Remarks: Michael Phair, Chair of the Board of Governors
  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us".


Detailed Program

Thursday, March 16

EDI Awards Breakfast
Time: 7:30 – 9:00
Location: Aurora Room, Lister Conference Centre
Registration: EDI Awards Breakfast

The EDI Awards celebrate achievement in community service, research, workplace and classroom environments by all members of the University of Alberta community. Attend the Breakfast to learn about Human Rights in Alberta and the important EDI initiatives that groups and individuals at the U of A led in 2016.  They are colleagues who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate the principles of EDI in activities that support the University’s mission to: “value diversity, inclusivity, and equity across and among our people, campuses, and disciplines” (“For the Public Good”). For more information on the Award nomination criteria and process, please visit: http://bit.ly/2hg8vFe.


Welcome and Opening Remarks:  Doug Stollery, Chancellor, University of Alberta

Doug currently serves as Chancellor of the University of Alberta, President of the Stollery Charitable Foundation and a director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and CARE Canada.  In the past, he has served as President of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and as a director of a number of non-profit organizations including the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Alberta Law Reform Institute, Victoria School Foundation for the Arts, Grant MacEwan College, the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta and Edmonton 2001 World Championships in Athletics.


A Vision for the Next 150 Years: Treaty, Land, and Indigenous Rights
Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come

Time: 2:00 - 3:30
Location: Aurora Room, Lister Conference Centre
Registration: Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come


Much to our regret, Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come's EDI Week Keynote Presentation on Thursday, March 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 has been cancelled.  The Grand Chief was involved in an accident and is not able to travel at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this cancellation may cause. Read More.

Matthew Coon Come is the Grand Chief of the James Bay Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee. Grand Chief Coon Come will reflect on his experiences in asserting the Cree right of self-determination and will share his vision of Canada as an upholder of treaty, land, and Indigenous Rights.

This talk is partially sponsored by the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta.

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Dr. Wendy Rodgers, Deputy Provost, University of Alberta


Human Library: "A Place for All of Us"
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 (45 min conversations)
Location: Rutherford Library
Reading Schedule/Registration: Human Library

The Human Library is sponsored by University of Alberta International (the Global Education Program), Human Resource Services (the Employment Equity Program), and the University of Alberta Libraries.

A Human Library is a space where visitors can speak one-on-one or in very small groups to “people on loan” or human “books”. The “books” are individuals from various demographics who have experienced stereotyping or prejudice or who have undergone a life experience that is often mischaracterized or misunderstood. The goal of the Library is to create a place where students, staff and community members can explore diverse perspectives, challenge stereotypes and reaffirm human dignity through respectful conversations with human “books”.
Here is what some participants from our previous Human Libraries had to say:

• “It is an extraordinary opportunity to be able to engage people in this way. I loved the interactive nature.”
• “You cannot help but be changed if you participated”
• “I thoroughly enjoyed how engaging and open the conversations were”

 

Friday, March 17

Who’s in and Who’s Out? Transforming our Spaces

Time: 9:00 - 11:00

Location: Aurora Room, Lister Conference Centre
Registration: Who's In and Who's Out? Transforming our Spaces


Stephanie Carvalho and Barb McLean, Employment Equity, Human Resource Services, University of Alberta.

 

Facilitators from the University of Alberta Employment Equity Program, Human Resource Services for an engaging and interactive session to identify the diversity of voices in our community.  Using an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) lens, the presenters will lead a critical conversation around social sustainability in everyday life with a focus on creating inclusive working, learning, and social environments for all.  Participants will leave with concrete ideas that they can implement, both personally and professionally, to become more inclusive in thought and behaviour.



Decolonization: Navigating Different Paths Together

Time: 12:00 - 1:30
Location: Aurora Room, Lister Hall Conference Centre 
Registration: Decolonization: Navigating Different Paths Together

Program:
Light Lunch: 12:00 - 1:30
Presentation: 12:10 - 12:50
Facilitated Discussion: 1:00 - 1:30

AndreottiDr. Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies; Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change, University of British Columbia.

Understanding and advancing decolonization is a deliberate, complex, and dynamic process. Pathways towards the future are not found, but "walked". This changes the path, the travelers and the destination. As we face increasing levels of complexity and uncertainty around creating diverse and respectful spaces in higher education, it is imperative that we deepen our self-understanding, integrity and capacity to honour our inter-dependence. This presentation offers insights into how we can start to "walk" together differently in a “foggy road” towards new forms of relationships and possibilities for collective wellbeing.

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Dr. Lynnette Shultz, Associate Dean, International, Faculty of Education  & Director, Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research, University of Alberta


Slide presentation now available!



Human Library: "A Place for All of Us"
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 (45 min conversations)
Location: Rutherford Library
Reading Schedule/Registration: Human Library
Catalogue of Books  


Saturday March 18

"Art in Action: Re-imagining access and inclusion through Disability Arts”

Time: 12:30 - 2:30
Location: Arts-based Research Studio
Department of Secondary Education
4-104 Education North
Registration: Art in Action: Re-imagining access and inclusion through Disability Arts

Program:
Light Lunch: 12:30 - 1:00
Performance: 1:00 - 2:00
Discussion: 2:00 - 2:30

Through Dance performances, Video, Photos, and short interactive Teach-Ins, this engaging all-ages session will explore ideas of disability-related accessibility, community, creativity and social change. The artists will explore different ways to understand negative perceptions and opportunities of and engage with disability. Participants will learn some of the grounded tools that disability artist and activist communities use to meaningfully include people experiencing disability, and to spark creativity and change. At the heart of this performance-talk is the idea that disability is generative: that it often sparks opportunities for thinking, doing, connecting, and creating in more imaginative and meaningful ways.

Artists are members of the Edmonton-based dance company CRIPSiE (The Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton) (www.cripsie.ca).  Short interactive teach-ins by Danielle Peers (Assistant Professor), Lindsay Eales, and Kelsie Acton, all from the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta.


Welcome and Opening Remarks: Michael Phair, Chair of the Board of Governors

Michael Phair was appointed Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta on February 24, 2016. Michael is the Executive Director of the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society -- an Edmonton group committed to preserving the Big lsland/Woodbend area in southwest Edmonton. See Michael's full bio for more information.

ASL Interpretation and Realtime Captioning Services will be provided for this event.


Human Library: "A Place for All of Us"

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 (45 min conversations)
Location: Rutherford Library
Reading Schedule/Registration: Human Library





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Homepage: Employment Equity

Email: EDI.Week@ualberta.ca



Catherine Anley, Employment Equity Advisor
Phone: 780-492-3020
Email: catherine.anley@ualberta.ca

Stephanie Carvalho, Employment Equity Program Administrator
Phone: 780-492-4700
Email: stephanie.carvalho@ualberta.ca

Barb McLean, Employment Equity Program Assistant
Phone: 780-492-9688
Email: barb.mclean@ualberta.ca

Accessibility: We are committed to making the events accessible for all interested participants. Sign language interpreting services, realtime captioning, or other access-related services or accommodations can be arranged. Please contact us directly by March 2, 2017 for the 2017 EDI Week.

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact the Employment Equity Program at EDI.Week@ualberta.ca at least one week in advance of the events you will be attending.