EDI Week 2014

Valuing Diversity - Advancing Equity

Employment Equity Week took place between March 17 and 21, 2014, to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the 21st. Equity at its heart is about removing barriers, biases, and obstacles that impede equal access and opportunity to succeed as students, faculty, and staff in the academy. Diversity is fundamentally about valuing human and institutional differences and recognizing diverse talents to advance institutional excellence with equity.

The week consisted of a variety of opportunities, open to all members of the University community, to raise awareness and skills related to employment equity and diversity. The topics covered will assist us both individually and as a community to create respectful and inclusive work, teaching, learning, and living environments for everyone. For your reference, links to resources are located at the bottom of the session description.

Feedback on the week included appreciation for the opportunity to engage in critical conversations about diversity and equity and the need to continue these discussions on a more regular basis. In addition, participants commented on how powerful and thought provoking the sessions were; it was noted that the events where personal experiences of the presenters and participants were shared made the sessions particularly relevant and insightful. Do not hesitate to contact EmploymentEquity@ualberta.ca with any questions you might have about this initiative or any other employment equity-related programming.

Monday, March 17

Applying Cree Storytelling to Address Contemporary Justice and Governance Issues
Hadley Friedland - PhD candidate, Law
9:00 to 10:00 am, Heritage Lounge, Athabasca Hall

There are longstanding traditions of employing stories as tools for thinking and teaching within most Indigenous societies. This presentation will introduce an innovative research method for respectfully and robustly engaging with both published and orally transmitted Indigenous stories, and share some examples of research outcomes from work with Cree stories. The goal of this method is to build capacity to access, understand and apply the principles found within these stories to contemporary justice and governance issues, within and across Indigenous, academic and professional communities.

View the slides from this presentation: Cree Story Telling (.pdf)

Experiences of Diversity and Equity in the Faculty of Education
Diversity, Equity and Respect Committee, Faculty of Education
10:00 to 12:00 pm, information table and interactive chalkboard will be set-up in Hallway between Education North and South buildings

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop by and learn more about the Faculty of Education Climate Survey currently open to Students and take a moment to respond to a diversity or equity-related question on the chalkboard. This event will also take place at the same time on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Art of Equity: From Inclusion to Innovation
Danielle Peers - PhD candidate, Physical Education
12:00 to 1:00 pm, ECHA 1-152

As our offices, classrooms and communities become more diverse, there can be some discomfort for everyone involved. Each of us may feel anxious about respectful language and actions, unsure about offering or receiving appropriate adaptations, and fearful of restrictions or costs. In this talk, I engage this discomfort head-on. I offer tools for reimagining inclusive processes as co-creative and expansive. Weaving humour, theory and art, I share examples from sporting, academic and artistic worlds. I introduce the transformative potential of these uncomfortable moments: how they can be used to create more engaged, innovative, resilient, and vibrant communities, classrooms and offices.

Mission (Im)possible? Unpacking Diversity Statements and Data from Across Canada
Malinda Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, U of A
Anthony Stewart, Professor, Department of English, Bucknell University
2:30 to 3:30 Tory B38

Join Dr. Smith and Dr. Stewart in this though-provoking session, as Dr. Smith will draw on her SSHRC-funded research to discuss the incongruence between university and organizational diversity statements and diverse equity data across western Canada and nationally.

Keynote: Reflections from a Visitor: On Being Canadian Without Looking Canadian
Anthony Stewart, Professor, Department of English, Bucknell University
Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Dr. Katy Campbell, Dean, Faculty of Extension, U of A
6:00 pm 2-490 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA)
Reception to follow (Equi-tea Multicultural Catering)

ASL Interpretation will be provided

According to Anthony Stewart, Canada's next major challenge is to ask itself the difficult questions necessary to become a truly inclusive society. Having lived all of his life in Canada, until a move to the United States in August 2013, and having completed a new manuscript on the experience of living in Canada and always feeling like a visitor to the country, Stewart offers some thoughts on why he makes this assertion.

View resources from this presentation:

Keynote Slides (.pdf)
Keynote Text (.pdf)
Keynote Speaker: Anthony Stewart

Anthony Stewart, Professor of English at Bucknell UniversityAnthony Stewart is Professor of English at Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He has published articles on Ralph Ellison, Percival Everett, August Wilson, and on representations of the African American male athlete, and is the author of two books: George Orwell, Doubleness, and the Value of Decency (Routledge, 2003), and You Must Be a Basketball Player: Rethinking Integration in the University (Fernwood, 2009). He has another book coming out with Fernwood this Fall, entitled Visitor: My Life In Canada, and is currently at work on a a critical book on the fiction of Percival Everett's work, tentatively titled Approximate Gestures: The Infinity of the Between in Percival Everett's Fiction.

Tuesday, March 18

WinSETT (Personal) Leadership Program
Margaret-Ann Armour, Associate Dean Diversity, Faculty of Science
10:30 to 11:30 am, ECHA 2-150

Dr. Armour will provide an introduction to the WinSETT Leadership Program for women in science, engineering, trades and technology fields. It is anticipated that the first module in the program will be offered on campus in 2014. For more information about WinSETT, visit http://www.ccwestt.org/WinSETT/tabid/56/Default.aspx

Diversity in the classroom: Using Universal Design for Learning to Benefit all Students
Kim Peacock and Natasja Saranchuk - Centre for Teaching and Learning
12:00 to 1:00 pm, 217/219 Telus Centre

How can you continue to improve your students' learning in an environment that is growing in diversity? Come and learn strategies to equally engage ALL learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles and techniques that focus on increasing accessibility to course material for all students. The philosophy of UDL is that all students benefit when they are given multiple ways of taking in new information, representing what they know and engaging with learning materials. Using the three basic principles of UDL, we will show you how to create an environment that ensures students with a wide range of abilities can succeed in your classroom. This session will provide you with the tools to set clear goals, provide multiple opportunities for students to engage in learning, and assess progress often.

View slides from this presentation: UDL Presentation (.pdf)

Wednesday, March 19

Friends of OSP Gala Breakfast - by invitation only
Catherine Anley, Employment Equity Advisor, Human Resource Services
7:30 to 8:30 am, The Westin Hotel

Catherine is inviting a number of guests to join her at the second annual gala breakfast and fundraiser. Participants will become aware of how On Site Placement (OSP) supports persons with disability in securing and maintaining employment.

The Experience of TS in Schools and in the Workplace
Alan Jeans, M.Ed. Candidate, Faculty of Education, U of A
12:05 to 12:50 pm, Arts Based Research (ABR) Studio, 4-104 Education North

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by tics: involuntary, rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations that occur repeatedly in the same way. Since many people with TS have yet to be diagnosed, there are no absolute figures. Recent epidemiological studies suggest that the figure may be one in one hundred when those with chronic and transient tics are included in the count. During this session, Alan will introduce the opportunity to participate in the Trek for Tourette, hosted by the Tourette Syndrome Foundation, Edmonton Chapter. The Trek will occur on March 30, 2014 at 2 pm at Rundle Park (2909 113 Avenue, Edmonton).

For more information visit: http://www.tourette.ca/.

Human Rights and Employment Equity Considerations in Recruitment
Catherine Anley, Employment Equity Advisor
2:00 to 3:30 pm 2-51 University Terrace

The principles of human rights and equity in employment are foundational to the University's value of diversity and inclusion and are highlighted in both Dare to Discover and Dare to Deliver. Participants in this session will be introduced to human rights and employment equity provincial and federal legislation and UofA policy to assist them in meeting the University's legal and ethical responsibility to ensure all applicants are treated fairly. Practical examples and scenarios relevant to administrative and faculty recruitment will be used to facilitate discussion. Previous participants may want to consider attending as new scenarios will be used.

View slides from the presentation: Human Rights & Employment Equity in Recruitment (.pdf)

Thursday, March 20

Managing Diversity in the Classroom
Wade King, Safe Disclosure & Human Rights
Catherine Anley, Employment Equity
Sponsored by: The Centre for Teaching and Learning
10:00 to 11:30 am, ECHA L1 420

Do you ever wonder how inclusive your classroom is for students from other cultures? Do you ever feel challenged facilitating a respectful, inclusive, and collegial discussion in the classroom? Different cultural orientations can impact communication and engagement. Join us to learn more about diversity and inclusion in the classroom. Practical examples and scenarios will be used to facilitate discussion.

View slides from this presentation: Managing Diversity in Classroom (.pdf)

Truth and Reconciliation Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jodi Stonehouse
Commissioner Dr. Wilton Littlechild,
Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson,
Dr. Ian Mosby,
Dr. James Daschuk,
Dr. Keavy Martin,
Tanya Koppo

Sponsored by: Faculty of Native Studies and UofA Council on Aboriginal Initiatives
3:00 to 5:00 pm, Maple Leaf Room, Lister Conference Centre

The University of Alberta is hosting events in preparation for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) National Event in Edmonton from March 27 to 30, 2014 at the Shaw Conference Centre. Visit www.ualberta.ca/trc for information on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and for details on the University's Panel Discussion on March 20 and other sessions hosted by the Faculty of Native Studies.

Friday, March 21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Chair's Panel: Leadership for Diversity with Equity
Moderator: Malinda Smith, Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), Political Science
Laura Beard, Chair, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts,
Florence Glanfield, Chair, Secondary Education, Faculty of Education,
Lili Liu, Chair, Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
12:00 to 1:00, 217/219 Telus Centre

What does inclusion in the Academy look like? The Panelists will bring their reflections, as it relates to their individual departments, on our Keynote Dr. Anthony Stewart's assertion that Canada's next major challenge, and indeed the University's is to ask itself the difficult questions necessary to become a truly inclusive society. What are the difficult questions they are asking their departments and faculties and what are the answers?

Impostor Syndrome Panel
Margaret-Ann Armour - Associate Dean (Diversity), Faculty of Science, U of A
Eleni Stroulia - Professor, Department of Computing Science, U of A
Noreen Hoskins - Manager/Entrepreneur Skills Development, TEC Edmonton
Jessica Vandenberghe - P.Eng, M.Sc. Director of Outreach and Product Services, APEGA
Jackie Foord - CEO, YWCA Edmonton

Sponsored by: Ada's Team - Computing Science Women's Network and the Academic Women's Association (AWA)
3:00 to 6:00 pm CCIS L1-160

ASL interpretation and childcare provided.

Impostor Syndrome is where, despite external evidence, someone may feel like a fraud, or attribute their success to luck. Impostor Syndrome commonly affects women and other underrepresented minorities. Join us to hear five successful women talk about their experiences in Academia and Industry. Visit the Impostor Panel event webpage for more details.