All voices are needed when we pursue the diverse ideas, knowledges, and perspectives that allow us to serve the public good.
At the University of Alberta we envision and cultivate a community where equity and diversity are fundamental to inclusive excellence in learning, teaching, research, service, and community engagement.
At the U of A we work together, with the guidance and support of our dedicated services, to create an environment that embraces a shared commitment to respectful engagement and human dignity.
Our faculty, staff, and students are championing the academic and organizational pursuits needed to weave equity, diversity, and inclusivity into the fabric of our culture on and beyond our campuses.
1908: The U of A opens its doors, providing education to women and men of any denomination.
1911: Decima Eveline Robinson is the first graduate of the U of A.
1928: President H.M. Tory makes the promise for the U of A to "uplift the whole people."
1980: Student Support and Disability Services is established.
1982: Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, & Technology (WISEST) is formed.
1990: The U of A's forms the Office of Human Rights.
1998: Archbishop Desmond Tutu gives the U of A's inaugural Visiting Lecture in Human Rights.
2005: Margaret-Ann Armour becomes the first Associate Dean of Diversity at the U of A.
2006: The School of Native Studies becomes Canada's first Faculty of Native Studies.
2008: The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services launches in the Faculty of Education.
2014: Catherine Anley founds the U of A's annual Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Week.
2018: The U of A develops its first Canada Research Chairs EDI Action Plan.
2019: The U of A's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Strategic Plan is released.
2019: Florence Glanfield takes on the role of the U of A's first Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming and Research).
2019: The U of A signs the Dimensions Charter in support of diversity research.
~ David Turpin, President
Dr. Florence Glanfield brings her significant experience working with Indigenous communities through research, teaching, and language revitalization projects to the new role.
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Recent increases in diversity of researchers receiving federal grants show there is no conflict between equity and excellence, argues U of A political scientist.
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