World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice is observed internationally on February 20

Each year, the Days of Action committee selects a social justice issue to highlight to the campus community. Past discussions have focused on food security, gender-based violence prevention, and housing security.  

In light of Reading Week, U of A will be observing World Day of Social Justice February 22 - 26.

This year’s Social Justice Issue is Global Citizenship!

What is Global Citizenship? What does it mean to be a Global Citizen? 

“A global citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world - and their place in it. They take an active role in their community, and work with others to make our planet more equal, fair and sustainable” (from global citizenship research doc - definition from Oxfam).

Global citizens understand how privilege and oppression unfairly advantage certain people and communities while disadvantaging others. They continually try to understand interconnections between themselves, other people, systems, and the earth. 

Global citizens are aware that their actions and inactions impact people and communities both locally and globally. 

How does Global Citizenship relate to Social Justice?

Social justice is about becoming aware of and working to break down injustices. These injustices occur because of oppressive beliefs and policies - beliefs and policies that are racist, sexist, ableist, transphobic, etc. 

As a campus community, every one of us has an important role to play in making our community and the broader world a safe and inclusive place where all people have the right to live happy and fulfilling lives. 

As global citizens, we can all act to make ourselves aware of injustices and to break down oppressive beliefs and policies. 

Why Global Citizenship is Especially Important Now

This has been a challenging year for all of us. It has brought to light how connected we are as a global community, as well as how much work still needs to be done to address injustices such as anti-black and anti-Indigenous racism. 

We all have unique skills to offer as global citizens that will contribute to making our local campus community and our global community a safe place and welcoming place for all.

Upcoming Events

Unitea Collective Tea Time - Topic: Being a Global Citizen
February 22, 2021
1:00 p.m.

Event Details

One year into a worldwide pandemic, many of us have had a greater awareness of interrelationships amongst each other and those around the world. In recognition of February 20th’s World Day of Social Justice and the U of A’s Days of Action, join with peers to discuss what being a global citizen means to you in 2021.

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Registration Information

University of Alberta students can sign up to join this virtual group tea times.

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BIPOC Realities
February 24, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Event Details

The workshop includes an educational and interactive component. Participants will explore the concepts and definitions of Global Citizenship, Justice, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity shared within an Intersectional and Anti-Racism framework. The participatory activities are an opportunity for attendees to weave these learnings together and integrate these offerings into their practices. The workshop will provide a tool kit to translate Global Citizenship into local relations and interactions, especially related to the future of work and current career management.

This workshop is for staff, students, and faculty at the University of Alberta.

Registration Information
  1. Go to 
  2. Log in using an account that matches your status at the UofA (Student, Staff, Alumni, or Guest) 
  3. Click on "Career Events & Workshops" 
  4. Find the event on Feb 24 
  5. Click "Register" 
Speaker Bios

Charlotte Wray 
Charlotte graduated from the UofA with a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies and began working at the Career Centre in late 2018. She brings an intersectional lens to her work, seeking ways to include diverse backgrounds, opinions, and ways of knowing into programming and events. 

Soni Dasmohapatra
Soni Dasmohapatra has had a diverse career over the last two decades working over three continents, across Canada and in many different sectors non-profit, higher learning, public service and philanthropy. She has worked with organizations such as the University of Toronto, Ryerson, York University, George Brown College,  Governments of Ontario and Alberta, Maytree Foundation, and Edmonton Heritage Council. Internationally she has worked with the United Nations Nairobi (Kenya),  and attended professional development opportunities at Oxford University, UK and in India. Soni has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.

Responsibilities in Reconciliation

February 24, 2021
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Details

The concepts of reconciliation and decolonization in Canada have largely had their true intentions obscured by myths, both about Canada as well as about Indigenous peoples. This presentation seeks to engage with truthful understandings of reconciliation efforts and the consistently strengthened barriers that inhibit its meaningful implementation into our lives. The responsibilities that are associated with reconciliation will be centred throughout this presentation in an effort to inspire meaningful allyship.

This workshop is for staff, students, and faculty at the University of Alberta.

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Speaker Bios

Kelsi-Leigh Balaban
Kelsi-Leigh Balaban is Métis and works for the Students' Union as the Specialist - First Nation, Métis & Inuit Initiatives focussing on leadership programming for FNMI students at the U of A.

Grant Writing for Students
February 25, 2021
12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Event Details

Do you need help applying for personal student funding? Do you have an idea for a social justice initiative or working group but lack the funding? Start here! Join us for a Grant Writing for Students workshop led by Shima Robinson from Alberta Public Interest Research Group! The goal of this session is to get novice student grant writers familiar with some basics and standards for successful grant writing and other streams of financial access, both on campus and in the larger context of off-campus grant opportunities.

This workshop is for University of Alberta students.

Registration Information
Speaker Bios

Shima Robinson (she/her) 
Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG)

Shima Aisha Robinson works for APIRG on the University of Alberta campus as the Programming/Working Group and Research Coordinator. She is a University of Alberta graduate student in pursuit of a degree in the Master of Arts in Community Engagement program through the School of Public Health. She advances her enthusiasm for anti-oppression and social justice work volunteering, interning and working with local groups that address systemic issues of oppression and marginalization in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (aka Edmonton). She is an amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton)-born student, community organizer, poet and spoken word artist who embodies, with every literary and scholarly effort, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name, Dwennimmen, which is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom.

U of A community members share their thoughts on the importance of global citizenship