Our Commitment

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.

Our Services

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 Initiatives

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. 

Fulfilling a Promise

The University has a long standing promise to uplift the whole people, and an even longer history of striving to support the equity, diversity, and inclusivity efforts needed to do so.

Images that reflect the history of equity, diversity, and inclusivity developments at the University of Alberta.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.

Building a Community of Support


"The pursuit of knowledge is accomplished through the inclusion, interplay, and integration of different modes of knowing and perceiving the world."

~ David Turpin, President

News and Stories

Announcing the New Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming and Research)

Dr. Florence Glanfield brings her significant experience working with Indigenous communities through research, teaching, and language revitalization projects to the new role.

Read the story on The Quad.

COMMENTARY || Diversity is indispensable to excellence in research

Recent increases in diversity of researchers receiving federal grants show there is no conflict between equity and excellence, argues U of A political scientist.

Read the story on Folio.ca.

As an inclusive community, the University of Alberta encourages and supports individual and collaborative efforts to identify and address inequities, and we welcome and enable contributions of all voices as we engage in diverse ideas, knowledges, and perspectives in the pursuit of inclusive excellence for the public good.