CEDI: Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

 Chair: Dr. Carrie Smith is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of German Studies at the University of Alberta.Her research is located at the intersection of feminist activism and digital culture, including its practices, products, politics, theories, and communities. She is author of Awkward Politics: Technologies of Popfeminist Activism (with Dr. Maria Stehle, 2016) and Revolting Families: Toxic Intimacy, Private Politics, and Literary Realism in the German Sixties (2013) and coeditor of six peer-reviewed collections, most recently Indigenous & German Studies (2019) and Digital Feminisms (2016). She has been coeditor-in-chief of three international journals and is currently codirector of the Digital Feminist Collective research group at digitalfeministcollective.net.  She is also a member of two University of Alberta signature areas, AI4Society and Intersections of Gender, and has received awards for teaching and research.


Alison Balcetis is an Associate Lecturer and saxophonist in the department of music. She also serves in a few roles that have been focussed on diversifying the classical and experimental music communities. As former President of New Music Edmonton (a contemporary music concert society) we focussed on gender parity in terms of the composers and performers we program and commission, as well as issues of accessibility to all of our events. As a saxophonist, her chamber ensemble UltraViolet took a public pledge started by the Canadian League of Composers to maintain gender parity in our commissioning and programming, which they achieved nearly 4 years ago. Finally, as an academic, Allison serves on the Committee for the Status of Women for the North American Saxophone Alliance, which is working to raise the visibility and membership of women, gender minorities, and queer saxophonists in North America.


Malou Brouver


Ben Dyson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. His research focuses on the behavioural and electrophysiological correlates of decision-making and has a special interest in Empirical EDI


Jill Flaman has been the Communications and Program Coordinator for the Community Service-Learning (CSL) program since 2011. CSL is an equitable form of experiential learning that introduces students to a wider world of social justice activity in Edmonton communities by connecting academic theory to community-based experiences. Jill also acts as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.


Crystal Gail Fraser is Gwichyà Gwich'in and originally from Inuvik and Dachan Choo Gę̀hnjik in the Northwest Territories. Her research focuses on the history of student experiences at Indian Residential Schools in the Inuvik Region between 1959 and 1996. Crystal's work makes a strong contribution to how scholars engage with Indigenous research methodologies and theoretical concepts, our understanding of Indigenous histories during the second half of the twentieth century, and how northern Canada was unique in relation to the rest of the settler nation. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the 2020 John Bullen Prize by the Canadian Historical Association for her thesis, titled T’aih k’ìighe’ tth’aih zhit dìidìch’ùh By Strength We Are Still Here. Crystal is a Governing Circle member for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and a Director for Gwich'in Council International. She is undertaking exciting work in Truth and Reconciliation and is the co-author of 150 Acts of Reconciliation for the Last 150 Days of Canada 150. With her partner and young daughter, Crystal has lived on Treaty 6/Homeland of the Métis Nation since 2004.


Nathaniel Haile is a 5th Year BA student double majoring in Economics and Political Science and minoring in Philosophy. In the past, he has served as an intern with the Faculty of Arts and currently is a student blogger at YouAlberta where he does his best to share EDI related student experience stories. With his experience as a former FOA staff member, an upper year student, and a person of colour with lived experience, Nathaniel aims to provide a unique perspective to the CEDI committee. 


Corrinne Harol is a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, specializing in eighteenth-century British literature and culture. She has written on issues of consent and conflict of interest in the context of sexual violence, served on the EFS committee on the sexual violence policy, and serves on the Committee on Harassment of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. She is also advisor to the EFS Graduate Student Wellness Centre and tries in all her committee work to prioritize student experiences, especially on EDI issues. 


Maryam Moshaver


Marilene Oliver