Employment Equity

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Wordle 

Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity -  Achieving Inclusion

2016-2017 Annual Report

This report highlights the education, leadership activities, and the collection and management of workforce data led by the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) team in Human Resource Services to advance the principles of respect and inclusion at the University of Alberta from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion - HRS Annual Report April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017

Upcoming Workshops/Events

Facilitated Discussion: “Excellence in Faculty Recruitment”

Date: November 21, 9am-12:00pm
Location: University Terrace Room 251
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Description:  Search committee chairs, committee members, and others involved in, or responsible for, faculty recruitment are encouraged to engage with the session facilitators in a critical inquiry on enhancing excellence in faculty recruitment.  This facilitated discussion will create opportunities to become aware of scholarly research on faculty recruitment and will encourage participants to share individual experiences of successes and challenges in conducting successful faculty search processes across academic disciplines.  Discussion topics will include an overview of the faculty recruitment cycle; merit and how it relates to equity and diversity; advertising the position; shortlisting; interviews; the potential for unconscious bias and strategies to reduce them; how scholarly research can inform recruitment practices; and moving beyond theory and discussion to enhancing our recruitment practices.  
o Facilitated by: Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, Associate Dean (Diversity), Faculty of Science; Candy Khan, PhD (Candidate), EDI Advisor, HRS; Anjali Robbins, Recruitment Services Officer, HRS

Workshop: “Inclusion in the Workplace” 
Date: November 23, 1-3pm
Location: University Terrace, Room 251
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Description: The University of Alberta Institutional Strategic Plan, identifies “Build a diverse, inclusive community of exceptional students, faculty, and staff from Alberta, Canada, and the world” as a strategic goal (For the Public Good).  To assist with the pursuit of this goal, our workshop will engage participants in a conversation to explore what it means to be inclusive and to have inclusive practices. Through interactive activities and thoughtful discussion, we will unpack what inclusion means. Together, we will answer the question: How do we engage with difference to create inclusive, innovative, and dynamic team environments? This session will offer practical tools and ideas to be more inclusive in thought and action.
o Details: Presented by Barb McLean and Stephanie Carvalho, EDI Advisors, HRS

Webinar: “Episodic disabilities”
Date: November 27, 10am-12pm
Location: University Terrace, Room 251 
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Description: Ever wonder why some disabilities are harder to accommodate than others? Join us to discuss episodic disabilities: what are they, how do they manifest in the workplace and what are some strategies to be more inclusive of employees with episodic disabilities.
o Presented by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) 

Workshop: “Strategies to Identify Unconscious Bias”
Date: November 30, 1pm-2pm
Location: University Terrace, Room 251 

Description: We know that bias is natural and largely unavoidable. We also know that people are disposed to be biased against people who are unlike them and show more favour towards people who are like them; it’s not all about being negative. Suppressing or demonizing bias makes the problem worse not better. So how can we identify our bias and what do we do once we know? Come to our session to discuss these questions.

o Presented by Barb McLean, EDI Education Advisor, HRS

Webinar: “How to address fear and resistance to D & I initiatives”
Date: December 5, 10am-12pm
Location: University Terrace, Room 251 

Description: A concern expressed by diversity and inclusion practitioners is the difficulty of dealing with fear and resistance to D&I initiatives. Creating an inclusive workplace that values diversity often requires significant change in an organization. In most cases, structural, cultural, and attitudinal change are required. In this webinar we will:
o Discuss how to use a change management approach to implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives in your organization;
o Learn to identify and mitigate roadblocks and individuals who are resistant and undermining your efforts;
o Learn to identify champions and equip them to work together to help move your organization forward toward your diversity and inclusion goals.
o Presented by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) 

CCDI community of practice: “Gender in the Workplace” 
Date: December 6, 8am-10am
Location: Lister Conference Centre, Aurora Room 

Description: Today, women account for over 60% of undergraduate degrees in Canada. In fact, they have accounted for more than 50% of undergraduate degrees since … 1980! So why are there only a fraction of CEO positions held by women? We have more research on the benefits of having more women at the top than we know what to do with, yet the pace of change is glacial.

The truth of the matter is that gender parity won’t happen on its own. Employers need to tackle this issue head on or nothing will change. Yet there is significant resistance to creating programs that target women…mostly from women themselves.

Following on a 2016 series of Community of Practice events, this session will focus on practical tips, tricks and solutions that employers can actualize in their environments to create a more inclusive workplace for women.
o Presented by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

Memorial Event: “Montreal Massacre Memorial”
Date: December 6, Noon to 12:45
Location: SUB Stage
Registration not needed

Description: On December 6th, 1989, 14 women at the École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered simply because they were women. On December 6th, 2017 we will mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women; this day is a time to reflect on the lives lost at the École Polytechnique in 1991, and on the many other women whose lives have been cut short or harmed as a result of violence.

Beginning at about 11:30am on December 6th, 14 Women in Black, representing the 14 women who were murdered, will begin their processions from various locations across campus – each procession will make its way to the SUB Stage in the Students’ Union Building for 12pm. At noon on December 6th NASA, along with representatives from across the University Community will host a memorial ceremony at the SUB Stage in the Students’ Union Building.

We are seeking volunteers or teams of volunteers to participate in the processions. Each team will consist of a Woman in Black, a bell ringer (to ring a small hand bell as they walk) and two or three outgoing helpers who can hand out information (postcards and buttons) and discuss the event and its significance with interested bystanders as they walk.
To sign up as a volunteer or if you have questions please contact nasa@ualberta.ca

o Presented by NASA in collaboration with various stakeholders (including EDI, HRS)

Presentation Topic: Responding to Sexual Violence on Campus
Date: December 6, 1:30-4:00pm
Location: Aurora Room, Lister Conference Centre

Description: Following the Report on the University of Alberta’s Response to Sexual Assault in January 2016, the community came together to implement the recommendations included in the report. One of those recommendations was that a sexual violence policy was needed; this policy was approved by the Board of Governors in June 2017. Other recommendations speaking to the need to improve ongoing efforts to support survivors, educate our campus communities, ways to improve processes of accountability, and to determine ways to assess our campus climates in a meaningful manner are ongoing. Today we will review the new policy while also providing an overview of some of the work being undertaken to address sexual violence at the UA and hold a dialogue to hear from you how to further our efforts.

Facilitated by:
Helen Vallianatos, Associate Dean, Office of the Dean of Students

Dr. Helen Vallianatos is currently the Associate Dean in the Office of the Dean of Students, as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. As Associate Dean of Students, she works to connect the Office of the Dean of Students with faculty and staff across campus, to ensure that student needs and issues across faculties are being addressed, and to assess how to improve student experiences at the University of Alberta.

Deb Eerkes, Director, Student Conduct and Accountability

Deb Eerkes is the Director of Student Conduct and Accountability at the University of Alberta. In addition, she was the co-chair of the Sexual Assault Review Committee, which generated the January 2016 report on the Review of the University of Alberta's Response to Sexual Assault, and led the development of the University of Alberta Sexual Violence Policy Suite in 2017.

Workshop: “Introduction to Unconscious Bias” 
Date: December 12, 1pm-3:30pm
Location: University Terrace, Room 251 

Description: If you have a brain, you have unconscious biases! 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 judgement 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 2.5 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.
o Presented by Candy Khan, PhD (Candidate), Education Policy Studies and EDI Advisor, HRS

Workshop: “Deep Diversity: Leadership Skills for Workplace Inclusion & Equity
Date: December 13, 9am-3pm (light lunch provided)
Location: 5th Floor, Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC)
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Description: For any organization that wants to stay relevant and productive, creating a functionally diverse and inclusive workplace is a must. Understanding how systemic discrimination threatens fairness and workplace morale in both overt and subtle ways is critical to such initiatives. This award winning training will develop key leadership knowledge and skills to support workplace inclusion and equity, as outlined in Shakil Choudhury’s book, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them.
o Presented by Shakil Choudhury, (M.E.S., B.Ed., B.P.E.), Senior Partner, Anima Leadership 

Employee Partnership with CCDI


Human Resource Services is pleased to announce an institutional partnership with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) to assist with meeting "For the Public Good" objectives related to fostering equitable, diverse and inclusive workplaces. Our partnership will allow University of Alberta employees to register for monthly webinars and other educational opportunities on a variety of diversity and inclusion topics and have unlimited access to the Knowledge Repository (a collection of 600+ diversity and inclusion documents, reports, toolkits, templates, etc. geared towards the Canadian context). To acquire your individual Knowledge Repository log-in information, send an e-mail to mail@ccdi.ca with the subject line “Knowledge Repository Access” – include your first name, last name and ualberta e-mail address. You will receive your log-in information shortly thereafter. For more information on our partner benefits, contact Barb McLean, EDI Education Advisor, HRS by phone at 2-9688 or by email at Barb.McLean@ualberta.ca.

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  

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


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Contact Us

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


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

Barb McLean, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Education Advisor
Phone: 780-492-9688
Email: barb.mclean@ualberta.ca

Candy Khan, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisor
Phone: 780-492-7786
Email: ckhan@ualberta.ca