About Us

Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity - Achieving Inclusion

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, HRS 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 hrequity@ualberta.ca or phone 780-492-4700.


Trusted Advisors. Knowledgeable Community. Inclusive Workplaces.


To lead, advise, teach, and collaborate on equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and practices

2016-2017 Annual Report

This report highlights the education, leadership activities, and the collection and management of workforce data led by the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) team in Human Resource Services to advance the principles of respect and inclusion at the University of Alberta from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion - HRS Annual Report April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017

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. 

Opening Doors, A Plan for Employment Equity

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Staff  

Catherine Anley leads the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion team in Human Resource Services at the University of Alberta.  Catherine has a BA in Anthropology and a MA in Comparative Literature.  Her university career spans 28 years of dynamic administrative positions in research institutes, Deans’ offices, undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of academic disciplines and centrally administered units.  Catherine brings a solid understanding of University operations and a practical approach to implementing initiatives and programs to advance equitable, respectful, and inclusive working and learning environments.  She is also skilled in conflict resolution and interest-based negotiation.  Catherine is recognized as a professional who is knowledgeable, committed, and tenacious in the pursuit of equality in employment and has recently received the following honours:

  • John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Randy Palivoda Award for protection and promotion of human rights in the public service sector 
  • University of Alberta Administrative Professional Officer (APO) Service Award, for recognition of distinguished service