Employment Equity

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Wordle 

Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity -  Achieving Inclusion

2017 EDI Week 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
  • Human Library:  "A Place for All of Us" 
  • 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
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 Together"  Dr. 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"
  • 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

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
  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us"
For more information please see our EDI Week Homepage

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.


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) Week

Employment Equity Plan 

Employment Equity Advisory Committee  

Employment Equity Census Data  

Winter 2017 Programming

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) Week 2017  

We are excited to announce that one of the events that will be part of EDI week 2017, is the third annual Human Library‚Äč. 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”

The 2017 EDI Week will be held March 16-18, 2017. We are currently in the planning stages, if you have a suggestion for what you would like to see, please contact us at EmploymentEquity@ualberta.ca.  

For more information please visit: www.hrs.ualberta.ca/EDIWeek.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Awards

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 2016 EDI awards. The EDI awards will be presented during EDI Week 2017

Specifically, the EDI Awards will celebrate achievement in community service, research, workplace and classroom environments by all members of the University of Alberta community. It will recognize groups or individuals 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").

The nominations will be adjudicated by a committee that has broad campus representation. Winners will be selected using the following criteria:

· The impact that the nominee made on Equity Diversity & Inclusion in 2016.

· The nominee’s history with EDI.

· The issues that the nominee is working to advance.

Nominations are now open and close February 15, 2017 (Extended deadline!) at 4:30.  Please click here to nominate someone today.

For more information or for assistance for accessing the nomination form in alternate formats, please contact osdhr@ualberta.ca

Employment Equity Plan

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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Employment Equity Census Data

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.

Current Members:

  • 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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Quick Links

University of Alberta:

UofA scholarly resources related to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion - EDI Community, Education Research Archive (ERA)

Employment Equity Learning Opportunities

Accessibility Guide

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.

Listserve Archive:

September 2016  

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

Contact Us

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