Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Symposium

Thursday, November 16, 2017
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lister Centre
11613 - 87 Avenue, Edmonton

You are invited to attend a day of lectures and workshops at the inaugural Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Symposium.

The FoMD honours and recognizes diversity as a strength and an opportunity for growth. We believe that a part of our well-being is celebrating who we are, recognizing gaps and celebrating success. This event aims to shed light on different aspects of diversity in our workplace and touch upon diversity and access to health care.

Two lectures and a choice between two concurrent workshops will be offered in both the morning and in the afternoon.

This free event will bring together faculty, staff and learners from the entire university and experts from multiple disciplines.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (seating is limited)

Biographies for Lecturers

Dr. Sheelah McLean has a PhD in Anti-Racist education from the University of Saskatchewan. As an educator, scholar and community organizer, Sheelah's work has focused on research projects and actions that address inequality, particularly focusing on the legacy of oppression experienced by Indigenous Peoples within a white settler society. Sheelah has received many honors for her work in social justice including the University of Saskatchewan's Alumni of Influence Award (2013), and the Carol Gellar Human Rights Award (2015).
Mr. Dan Jelinski is the creative force animating Wisdom Speaks. He is a leading expert in facilitating practical strategies to increase the value of an organization’s training “ROI” (Return on Investment) by increasing the other “ROI”, (Retention of Information). He has enjoyed 25 years in the business and educational training world, helping leaders, supervisors, educators and facilitators embrace strategies to engage their workers and thereby produce sustainable results. Dan is a wisdom weaver, integrating ancient and modern sources to access the positive energy of both action and contemplation.   
Dr. Cara Tannenbaum was appointed the Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2015. She holds a number of distinguished awards including the May Cohen Gender Equity Award, presented by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada to recognize outstanding achievement in improving the gender equity environment in academic medicine in Canada, a YMCA Woman of Distinction Award, and a Knowledge Translation award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Tannenbaum obtained her medical, specialist and research degrees at McGill University. She is a Full Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal, where she holds the Chair in Pharmacology, Health and Aging. Her research focuses on sex and gender differences, and patient education in the area of drug safety. As Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute of Gender and Health, Dr. Tannenbaum works with national and international research communities, funding organisations, industry and stakeholders to identify research priorities, strengthen research capacity, build partnerships and translate research evidence into policy and practice to improve the health of boys, girls, men, women and gender-diverse persons.
André P. Grace, PhD, is Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies (Tier 1) in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. He served as an external reviewer to the Chief Public Health Officer’s Reports Unit on the State of Public Health in Canada for the 2011 and 2012 national reports, which include foci on the comprehensive health, educational, and cultural concerns of sexual and gender minority youth. Dr. Grace’s work advancing the need for greater synchronicity among research, policy, and practice informs his book Growing into Resilience: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2015).

Lecture Descriptions

LECTURE 1: 9:00 - 9:45 am: Anti-racist education: From Theory to Practice with Dr. Sheelah McLean

This keynote address will examine how inequality is produced and maintained through particular narratives that are myths about Canada. These myths come to influence who we think we are and our world view as Canadian citizens. Drawing from my research data, I will examine how Canadians come to understand and explain racism on the prairies, and how this impacts our identity. This lecture is taking place in the Wild Rose Room.

LECTURE 2: 10:00 - 10:45 am: Celebrating Diversity, Celebrating Our Capacity for Connectedness with Dr. Dan Jelenski

Celebrating Diversity is a presentation that explores the creative tension between Diversity (recognition and acceptance that differences exist) and Pluralism (engagement in each other’s lives, so participants are mutually transformed).  This lecture is taking place in the Wild Rose Room.

LECTURE 3: 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Science with Equal Benefits with Dr. Cara Tannenabaum from Toronto

Science with equal benefits implies that parity be achieved across sex and gender strata for university hiring and promotion practices, grant funding success rates, and the applicability of research findings to both men and women. Insights into gender inequities, and strategies to mitigate bias within universities and funding agencies will be presented. Stewardship is required for ensuring that sex and gender considerations be integrated into all aspects of science. To achieve this goal, practical tips and tricks will be discussed for students and faculty to act as change agents within their local settings.  This lecture is taking place in the Wild Rose Room.

LECTURE 4: 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Growing into Resilience: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth and the Comprehensive Health Education Workers Project with Dr. Andre P. Grace

Dr. Grace discusses his resilience typology, which is informed by research on resilience since the 1980s. With understandings of resilience as a concept, construct, process, and outcome still emerging, he examines developing knowledge about stressors, risk taking, asset building, and indicators of thriving. Here he uses an ecological framework that surveys complexities impacting how sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth who also present other differences grow into resilience. Here he considers the Comprehensive Health Education Workers Project (http://chewproject.ca/), an initiative he developed for street-involved, homeless, and other vulnerable SGM youth in inner-city Edmonton.  This lecture is taking place in the Wild Rose Room.

Workshop Descriptions

WORKSHOP 1: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Allyship and Anti-Oppressive Education with Dr. Sheelah McLean

In this workshop participants will examine structures and ideologies that produce and maintain hierarchies across race, class, gender, sexuality and other identity markers. Activities will be incorporated that deepen participant understanding of individual and group privilege and various forms of supremacy. The concluding discussion will focus on identifying potentially oppressive practices in health care organizations and supporting ways to intervene as allies. This workshop will be held in Evergreen room.

WORKSHOP 2: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Refugees and Immigrants: Access to Health Care - what does our research tell us with Dr. Bukola Salami, Dr. Maryam Sharifzadeh-Amin, Dr. Sophie Yohani, Dr. Yvonne Chiu

Canada has the second highest percentage of immigrants in the world at 20.6% of the Canadian population. Alberta has the fastest growing population of immigrants in Canada. Evidence indicates that some immigrant groups (except refugees) arrive in Canada healthier than Canadian born. However, their health declines after a period of time in Canada.  Some factors that contribute to poor health outcomes of immigrants include pre-migration experiences (such as traumatic experience of refugees), the influences of social determinants of health (especially income), lifestyle changes and barriers in access to healthcare.  Drawing on data from Alberta and practice experience with immigrant and refugees, this panel will discuss the challenges to access to health services for immigrants and refugees.  We will specifically focus on access to healthcare for Syrian refugees, access to dental health services, and access to mental health services. We will provide effective tools to bridge access to health services and discuss the role of Multicultural Health Brokers in bridging access to health services.  This workshop will be held in the Alberta room

WORKSHOP 3: 3:00 - 4:00 PM: Celebrating Diversity Workshop with Dr. Dan Jelenski

An experiential micro-workshop that explores the creative tension between Diversity (recognition and acceptance that differences exist) and Pluralism (engagement in each other’s lives, so participants are mutually transformed). This interactive workshop offers a fast-paced, practical, blueprint for building bridges to span the gap between these two inter-related realities. This workshop will be held in the Evergreen room.

WORKSHOP 4:3:00 - 4:00 PM: Racism - A Barrier to Indigenous Health and Health Care with Dr. James Makokis

In this session, participants will gain an understanding on how racism can be a barrier to Indigenous Peoples' health.  Dr Makokis will review findings from a study he led called "They only go there to die: Experiences of Nehiyawak accessing health care in rural Alberta - Results of a Talking Circle." Highlights of the study, combined with real clinical examples will give participants insight into the care received by Cree people within the Alberta Health Care System.  Qualitative experiences of Indigenous Medical Learners during medical school and residency will also be shared.  Participants will have an opportunity to dialogue on how these issues can be addressed within the health care system, and during health professional training programs. This workshop will be held in the Alberta room.

CLOSING REMARKS 4:00 - 4:30 PM in Wild Rose room.