Employment Equity

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Wordle 

Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity -  Achieving Inclusion

Upcoming Workshops

Workshop: “Introduction to Unconscious Bias”

Date: September 12, 2017

Time: 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: Telus 134

Workshop is full, stay tuned for more offerings

If you have a brain, you have unconscious biases! Bias is not always a bad thing. It simply means that your brain looks for shortcuts 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.

Workshop: Excellence in Faculty Recruitment

Date: September 28, 2017

Time: 9am-11am

Location: TBD

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Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, Associate Dean (Diversity), Faculty of Science

Candy Khan, PhD (Candidate), EDI Advisor, HRS

Anjali Robbins, Recruitment Services Officer, HRS

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.

Workshop: “Deep Diversity: Leadership Skills for Workplace Inclusion & Equity”

Date: October 11

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm (Registration open at 8:30am)

Location: TBD

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Please note: Registration for this event is limited.

Facilitated by:

Shakil Choudhury,  (M.E.S., B.Ed., B.P.E.), Senior Partner, Anima Leadership

An award-winning educator and consultant with more than 20 years experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion. He has trained senior leaders across sectors and developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve their diversity outcomes. Shakil has worked with national and international governments, organizations and various federally regulated companies across Canada. He is also the recipient of the Award of Excellence for Best Practices in Diversity Training and Development.

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.

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


We periodically provide updates on the Employment Equity Program  If you would like to subscribe to our listserve, please subscribe here.

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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