EDI Week 2018

Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity - Achieving Inclusion

 


March 17 to 23, 2018

 

Equity at its heart strives for social justice, access, and collaboration to further opportunities for success of students, faculty, and staff in the academy. Diversity of identity, thought, and scholarship advances institutional excellence.  Inclusion actively engages the community in change to achieve equity and diversity. The principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion support the University of Alberta's commitment to create work and learning communities that inspire and enable people to reach their full potential. 

The sessions offered during EDI Week create opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and guests to come together to raise awareness, foster passion, fuel commitment, and enhance knowledge and skills. See below for the program, additional information and sessions will be updated on a regular basis.  Do not hesitate to email EDI.Week@ualberta.ca with any questions you might have about this initiative or any other equity-related programming. 

Other events at the University of Alberta during EDI Week

EDI Week overlaps with 2018 University of Alberta Pride Week. For more details on Pride Week go to: https://www.ualberta.ca/pride-week.

EDI Week also coincides with the Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights. For more details on the Lectureship, please visit: https://www.ualberta.ca/global-education/vlhr

Call for Volunteers

Would you like to be a volunteer for 2018 EDI Week? Please contact barb.mclean@ualberta.ca

Program at a Glance

Preliminary Program, more details to follow

Saturday, March 17

  • Performance: Bodies Transgressing, 7pm-9pm

Monday, March 19

  • Session: R-E-S-P-E-C-T: An EDI Table Talk, 12pm-1pm
  • Presentation: Building Diverse Workplace Cultures: Engineering at UBC - A Case Study
    Dr. Elizabeth Croft, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University
    3pm-4:30pm
  • Chancellor's Forum: Pride or Prejudice? Alberta vs. Vriend 20 Years Later, hosted by Chancellor Doug Stollery, 5:30pm - 8:30

Wednesday, March 21

  • Keynote Presentation: Spotlight on Race:  Recruitment and Retention with an EDI Lens
    Dr. Carl James, Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, York University 12pm - 2pm
Thursday, March 22
  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us", 3pm - 6pm
Friday, March 23
  • EDI Awards Breakfast, 7:30am - 9am
  • Session: Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women, 1pm - 2pm
  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us", 3pm - 6pm

 

Full Program

Saturday, March 17

  • Performance: Bodies Transgressing
    Location: The Nook Cafe
    Time: Tentative 7pm-9pm
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bodies-transgressing-tickets-43100233960

    How do the bodies we inhabit shape our experiences and define us as “different”? Join The Office of EDI, HRS in this evening of art and spoken word poetry with local performers to explore the topic of diverse bodies disrupting what is considered “normal”. Before our showcase of performers we will have an open mic for anyone who would like to share their poetry/spoken word/etc.
    Performers include Lady Vanessa Cardona and Alexis Hillyard.
    Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.
    ASL Interpretation will be available.

Monday, March 19

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T: An EDI Table Talk
    Location: ECHA 2-420
    Time: 12pm - 1pm
    Register: https://goo.gl/forms/fNGcOVSRGlGBuNGG2

    The foundation of any relationship, including those in work and learning environments, is respect.  Colleagues in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Organizational Health and Effectiveness in HRS invite you to an interactive dialogue and reflection on respect and respectful behaviours.  Working together, we will unpack this very important term.  Join us to engage with the concept of respect at the University of Alberta.
    Light lunch will be provided.

  • Presentation: Building Diverse Workplace Cultures: Engineering at UBC - A Case Study
    Dr. Elizabeth Croft, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University
    Location: 1-182 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA)
    Time: 3pm-4:30pm
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/building-diverse-workplace-cultures-engineering-at-ubc-a-case-study-tickets-43573513552



    Greetings from the University will be brought by Dr. Steve Dew: Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

    Read Dr. Steve Dew's bio here



    Discussion will be hosted by Dr. Malinda Smith, Professor, Department of Political Science


    A recent study analysing more than 1200 papers about gender disparities in STEM concluded that "masculine cultures" are the main reason for the imbalance in engineering, computer science and physics. Other fields like chemistry, math and the life sciences have similar disparities. It's not that women prefer other fields; it's that they suspect they won't feel welcome in these particular ones. Until women feel that STEM fields are places where they can fit in and succeed as readily as men, it's not likely they'll choose them over more welcoming options.

    Professor Croft joined Monash University in January 2018 as Dean of Engineering.  Previously, she was with the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she was Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Marshall Bauder Professor in Engineering Economics. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

    This event is sponsored by Research at the Intersections of Gender (RIG). Intersectional gender-related research at the University of Alberta is a model of interdisciplinary and cross-faculty collaboration. This cluster aims to recognize, consolidate, and mobilize the breadth and wealth of research strength in gender-related intersectional projects through increasing its visibility to academic and broader publics. By mapping relevant studies, building digital and physical infrastructure, and creating opportunities for unrealized collaboration we seek to formalize and expand this research capacity into a signature area of excellence. For more information about RIG, please see: rig.ualberta.ca

  • Chancellor's Forum: Pride or Prejudice? Alberta vs. Vriend 20 Years Later, hosted by Chancellor Doug Stollery
    NOTE: VENUE CHANGE
    Location: Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC)
    Reception: 5:30pm - 6:30pm (Lobby of ETLC)
    Forum: 6:30pm - 8:30pm (1-001 ETLC)
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chancellors-forum-pride-or-prejudice-tickets-42569942845?err=29

    2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Vriend decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that unanimously held that the lack of protection for discrimination based on sexual orientation in Alberta’s human rights legislation was an unconstitutional violation of Charter equality rights.

    University of Alberta alumni and faculty, acting on a pro bono basis, played key roles in the Vriend case. The University of Alberta is honouring and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Vriend decision by launching the inaugural Chancellor’s Forum as part of U of A Pride Week 2018.

    The Chancellor’s Forum will include a reception and moderated panel discussion that will highlight the role of the University of Alberta community in advancing human rights for the LGBTQ2 community.
 

Wednesday, March 21

  • Keynote Presentation: "Spotlight on Race:  Recruitment and Retention with an EDI Lens"
    Dr. Carl James, Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, York University
    Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Education
    Location: 122 Education South
    Time: 12pm - 2pm
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spotlight-on-race-recruitment-and-retention-with-an-edi-lens-tickets-43099958135

    Greetings from the University will be brought by Gitta Kulczycki, Vice-President (Finance & Administration) and Chief Financial Officer. 
  • Read Gitta Kulczycki's bio here.

     

     
    Dr. James will be introduced by Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dean of Education. 

    Read Dr. Jennifer Tupper's bio here.

     

    This year’s EDI Week Keynote Presentation will be delivered by Dr. Carl E. James on March 21st, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Dr. James, Professor and Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University will bring his expertise on race and intersecting identities to the topic of recruitment and retention. 

    Faculty, staff, students, and members of the public are invited to join Dr. James as he unpacks structures and mechanisms that serve to enhance or hinder equity in employment, especially for Black and Indigenous scholars, administrators, and support staff.  Through the exploration of the relationship between particular identities/bodies and the diversification of thought desired by educational institutions, he will critically engage the commitment to increase diversity and inclusivity held nationally and internationally by post-secondary institutions and specifically here at the University of Alberta.  Some of the questions participants can expect to have answered include: How do we harness the power of diversity? What role do each of us play in shaping an “inclusive” 
    and “welcoming” institution for all identities? Join the conversation and be inspired!

    Carl James is the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora in the Faculty of Education at York University. He is the Affirmative Action, Equity and Inclusivity Officer at York University where he is a professor in the Faculty of Education and holds cross-appointments in the Graduate Programs in Sociology, Social and Political Thought, and Social Work. Also, he is currently one of 6 Advisors to the Ontario Minister of Education and Premier. Read more of Dr. James' bio
      
    Dr. James’ presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Candy Khan, PhD (Candidate), Education Policy Studies and EDI Advisor, HRS. Panelists will include:
    1. Brendan Woychuk, Interim Director, Compensation, Talent Acquisition, & Workforce Planning, HRS
    2. Florence Glanfield, Professor & Chair, Secondary Education, Faculty of Education  
    3. Kumarie Achaibar-Morrison, Associate Director, International Student Services

    A light lunch will be provided 
    ASL Interpretation provided

 

Thursday, March 22

  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us"
    Location: Rutherford Library
    Time: 3pm-6pm
    Catalogue of Books
    Walk in's welcome, but to ensure your spot as a reader, sign up now to read a book!

    The Human Library is sponsored by the Global Education Program (University of Alberta International), the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office (Human Resource Services), the Canadian Mental Health Association Edmonton Region student group, and University of Alberta Libraries.

    A Human Library is a space where visitors can speak one-on-one or in very small groups to “people on loan” or human “books”. The “books” are individuals from various demographics who have experienced stereotyping or prejudice or who have undergone a life experience that is often mischaracterized or misunderstood. The goal of the Library is to create a place where students, staff and community members can explore diverse perspectives, challenge stereotypes and reaffirm human dignity through respectful conversations with human “books”.

    Here is what some participants from our previous Human Libraries had to say:
    “It is an extraordinary opportunity to be able to engage people in this way. I loved the interactive nature.”
    “You cannot help but be changed if you participated”
    “I thoroughly enjoyed how engaging and open the conversations were”

Friday, March 23

  • EDI Awards Breakfast
    Location: Lister Conference Centre, Wild Rose Room
    Time: 7:30am-8am Breakfast, 8am-9am Ceremony
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2017-edi-awards-tickets-43100524830

    The EDI Awards celebrates groups or individuals who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in activities that support the University’s mission to: “value diversity, inclusivity, and equity across and among our people, campuses, and disciplines”.

    2018 EDI Award Recipients:

    Michael Frishkopf, Professor, Director, Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, Faculty of Arts
    Louanne Keenan, Director/Comm. Engagement Research, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry 
    Lori Myers, Aboriginal Student Advisor, Faculty of Arts
    Megha Sharma, Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Engineering
    Malinda Smith, Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts
    Nathan Sunday, Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Native Studies
     

    Welcome and Opening Remarks: Doug Stollery, Chancellor, University of Alberta. 
    Read Doug Stollery's bio here.




    Breakfast will be provided

  • Book Reading: Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women
    Location: Lister Conference Centre, Wild Rose Room
    Time: 1pm - 2pm
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stripped-to-the-bone-portraits-of-syrian-women-tickets-43850921286

  • Set between war-torn Syria and the West, Stripped to the Bone explores issues of identity, love, strife, courage and resilience in seven fictional portraits of Syrian women. 






    Ghada Alatrash is a Syrian-Canadian doctoral candidate, sessional instructor, and research assistant at the Werklund School of Education, the University of Calgary.  Her current research speaks to the lived experience of the Syrian Diaspora in Canada. She is the author of Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women, and she has recently been invited to speak on her book as a TEDx speaker. She has also been profiled in several media, including the CBC, PBS, BBC, Aljazeera, and Gulf News. One of her goals is to amplify the voices of the marginalized through her writings and translations.

    Part of the U of A’s Equity Diversity Inclusion Week, this public reading is sponsored by the EDI Office, University of Alberta International, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and English and Film Studies.

  • Human Library: "A Place for All of Us"
    Location: Rutherford Library
    Time: 3pm-6pm
    Catalogue of Books
    Walk in's welcome, but to ensure your spot as a reader, sign up now to read a book!

    The Human Library is sponsored by the Global Education Program (University of Alberta International), the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office (Human Resource Services), the Canadian Mental Health Association Edmonton Region student group, and University of Alberta Libraries.

    A Human Library is a space where visitors can speak one-on-one or in very small groups to “people on loan” or human “books”. The “books” are individuals from various demographics who have experienced stereotyping or prejudice or who have undergone a life experience that is often mischaracterized or misunderstood. The goal of the Library is to create a place where students, staff and community members can explore diverse perspectives, challenge stereotypes and reaffirm human dignity through respectful conversations with human “books”.

    Here is what some participants from our previous Human Libraries had to say:
    “It is an extraordinary opportunity to be able to engage people in this way. I loved the interactive nature.”
    “You cannot help but be changed if you participated”
    “I thoroughly enjoyed how engaging and open the conversations were”