Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity - Achieving Inclusion
Call out for books for our Human Library
Do you know someone that has a personal story that would be a great book? The Global Education Program (University of Alberta International), Employment Equity Program (Human Resource Services) and University of Alberta Libraries will be hosting a Human Library during Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week 2017. We are seeking your help in locating high-quality human “books” to participate in the event.
A Human Library is a safe 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. “Books” may be U of A students, faculty, or staff or individuals external to the University.
Please see this document that explains a little more about what a Human Library is and what we are looking for this year! Please contact us if you have a recommendation or would like more information.
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
We are excited to announce that one of the events that will be part of EDI week 2017, is the third annual Human Library. 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 email@example.com
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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