Employment Equity

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Wordle 

Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity -  Achieving Inclusion

Call for Books for Human Library

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 will be hosting a Human Library during Equity, Diversity and
Inclusion Week 2018. We are seeking your help in locating high-quality human “books” to participate in
the event.

What is a Human Library?

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. 

The people we meet are significant sources of information for us, as they enable us to encounter experiences and knowledge beyond our own. With this in mind, the Human Library strives to create opportunities for students, staff, and community members to explore diverse perspectives and experiences, to challenge stereotypes, prejudice and popular misconceptions, and to reaffirm human dignity through respectful conversations with human “books”.  Through these conversations, there is the potential to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all. 

The Human Library is an international phenomenon and has been held in countries around the world since its founding in 2000.  For more information, visit the global organizers forum at http://humanlibrary.org.  

For more information, please see our call out for books.

2017 Multifaith Calendar

One way we can be inclusive in our environments is to respect that people may have different important faith-based dates to be aware of. Download CCDI's multifaith calendar below (English or French) to make sure you are being inclusive in your work environment!

2017 Multifaith Calendar (English)

2017 Multifaith Calendar (French) 

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

Workshop: “Strategies in Identifying Unconscious Bias”
Date: January 17, 2018, 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: University Terrace, Room 251 
Registration is now full, but stay tuned for more sessions

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. It is recommended that you attend our “Introduction to Unconscious Bias” workshop before attending this workshop.
o Presented by Barb McLean, EDI Education Advisor, HRS

Webinar: How to be a disability advocate
Date: January 17, 11am-1pm
Location: 251 University Terrace

Description: One in five Canadians lives with a disability (based on the Canadian Government’s definition of disability). This is largely due to an aging workforce, and a much deeper understanding of just what a disability is. Yes, unemployment and underemployment rates for people with disabilities – particularly people with visible disabilities – is significantly higher than the able-bodied population.
Join us as we explore the topic of disability in the workplace, and examine what individuals need to understand about disability, and how they can be advocates for change around disability inclusion.

Who should attend:
General public: These webinars are targeted toward a general audience who have little to no information on the topic. These webinars will answer the question “what is?” and provide participants with information on creating an inclusive workplace.

o Presented by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

Webinar: Diversity in Talent Attraction
Date: January 24, 11am-1pm
Location: 251 University Terrace

Description: There is no denying that the cultural makeup of Canada is changing faster than ever before. It’s imperative that employers have a solid understanding of intercultural competence in order to ensure they are creating workplaces where people from different cultures (specifically those who have been raised outside of the “Canadian culture”) can strive and thrive.
This webinar will examine the subject of intercultural competence from the employers’ perspective. We will share tips and tricks to help address what employers need to do to create culturally inclusive workplaces.

Who should attend:
HR and D&I practitioners: These webinars are targeted toward HR and diversity and inclusion practitioners who have some information on the topic. They will answer the question “how to?” and provide participants with promising practices of how they can tackle some of the most pressing issues related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Presented by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

Workshop: “Introduction to Unconscious Bias” 
Date: February 6, 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

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 2016 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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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