Equity Diversity Inclusion Week

Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity -  Achieving Inclusion

March 17 to 23, 2018

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. 

Other University of Alberta events during EDI Week

EDI Week overlaps with 2018 University of Alberta Pride Week. For more details on Pride Week go to: https://www.ualberta.ca/pride-week.

EDI Week also coincides with the Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights. For more details on the Lectureship, please visit: https://www.ualberta.ca/global-education/vlhr

Call for Books for the EDI Week Human Library

For more information, including who to contact, please see our call out for books.
Deadline for expressions of interest: February 2, 2018

Call for Nominations for EDI Awards

For more information about EDI Awards please go to: https://www.ualberta.ca/disclosure/human-rights-discrimination/edi-awards
Deadline for Nominations: February 2, 2018

Call for Volunteers

Would you like to be a volunteer for 2018 EDI Week? Please contact barb.mclean@ualberta.ca


Program at a Glance

Preliminary Program, more details to follow

Saturday, March 17

  • Performance: Bodies Transgressing, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Monday, March 19

  • Session: R-E-S-P-E-C-T: An EDI Table Talk, 12pm - 1pm
  • Panel: Delwin Vriend Decision, 20th Anniversary, hosted by Chancellor Doug Stollery, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday, March 21

  • Keynote Presentation: Spotlight on Race:  Recruitment and Retention with an EDI Lens
    Dr. Carl James, Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, York University 12pm - 2pm
Thursday, March 22
  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us", 3pm - 6pm
Friday, March 23
  • EDI Awards Breakfast, 7:30am - 9am
  • Session: Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women, 1pm - 2pm
     
  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us", 3pm - 6pm
  • Detailed Program

Saturday, March 17
  • Performance: Bodies Transgressing
    Location: The Nook
    Time: Tentative 5:30-7:30pm

    How do the bodies we inhabit shape our experiences and define us as “different”? Join The Office of EDI, HRS in this evening of art and spoken word poetry with local performers to explore the topic of diverse bodies disrupting what is considered “normal”. Before our showcase of performers we will have an open mic for anyone who would like to share their poetry/spoken word/etc.
    Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase
Monday, March 19
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T: An EDI Table Talk
    Location: TBD
    Time: 12pm - 1pm

    The foundation of any relationship, including those in work and learning environments, is respect.  Colleagues in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Organizational Health and Effectiveness in HRS invite you to an interactive dialogue and reflection on respect and respectful behaviours.  Working together, we will unpack this very important term.  Join us to engage with the concept of respect at the University of Alberta.
    Light lunch will be provided.

  • Panel: Delwin Vriend Decision, 20th Anniversary, hosted by Chancellor Stollery
    Location: Telus Centre 150
    Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

    More details to follow
Wednesday, March 21
  • Keynote Presentation: "Spotlight on Race:  Recruitment and Retention with an EDI Lens"
    Dr. Carl James, Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, York University
    Location: TBD
    Time: 12pm - 2pm

    This year’s EDI Week Keynote Presentation will be delivered by Dr. Carl E. James on March 21st, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Dr. James, Professor and Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University will bring his expertise on race and intersecting identities to the topic of recruitment and retention. 

    Faculty, staff, students, and members of the public are invited to join Dr. James as he unpacks structures and mechanisms that serve to enhance or hinder equity in employment, especially for Black and Indigenous scholars, administrators, and support staff.  Through the exploration of the relationship between particular identities/bodies and the diversification of thought desired by educational institutions, he will critically engage the commitment to increase diversity and inclusivity held nationally and internationally by post-secondary institutions and specifically here at the University of Alberta.  Some of the questions participants can expect to have answered include: How do we harness the power of diversity? What role do each of us play in shaping an “inclusive” and “welcoming” institution for all identities? Join the conversation and be inspired!

    Carl James is the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora in the Faculty of Education at York University. He is the Affirmative Action, Equity and Inclusivity Officer at York University where he is a professor in the Faculty of Education and holds cross-appointments in the Graduate Programs in Sociology, Social and Political Thought, and Social Work. Also, he is currently one of 6 Advisors to the Ontario Minister of Education and Premier. Read more of Dr. James' bio

    Dr. James’ presentation will be followed by a panel discussion (details forthcoming).  A light lunch will be provided as well as ASL/Realtime captioning.

Thursday, March 22

  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us"
    Location: Rutherford Library
    Time: 3pm-6pm

    The Human Library is sponsored by the Global Education Program (University of Alberta International), the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office (Human Resource Services), the Canadian Mental Health Association Edmonton Region student group, and 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 23

  • EDI Awards Breakfast
    Location: Lister Conference Centre, Wild Rose Room
    Time: 7:30am-9am

    Recognizing achievements in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is an important component in ensuring that the University of Alberta is demonstrating excellence “For the Public Good”. As such, the University of Alberta is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2017 EDI awards.  To find out more information and to nominate someone, please go to https://www.ualberta.ca/disclosure/human-rights-discrimination/edi-awards

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

    Doug is counsel to the law firm of Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP in Edmonton. He previously served as general counsel and corporate secretary to PCL Constructors Inc. He holds an LLB from the University of Alberta and an LLM from Harvard University.


    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.
    Breakfast will be provided

  • Book Reading: Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women
    Location: Lister Conference Centre, Wild Rose Room
    Time: 1pm - 2pm

    Set between war-torn Syria and the West, Stripped to the Bone explores issues of identity, love, strife, courage and resilience in seven fictional portraits of Syrian women. Syrian-Canadian author and translator Ghada Alatrash is a Doctoral Student at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma. One of her goals is to amplify the voices of the marginalized through her writings.


  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us"
    Location: Rutherford Library
    Time: 3pm-6pm

    The Human Library is sponsored by the Global Education Program (University of Alberta International), the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office (Human Resource Services), the Canadian Mental Health Association Edmonton Region student group, and 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”


Wednesday March 21
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Contact Us

Homepage: Equity Diversity and Inclusion Homepage

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.