Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Events


The EDI events listed on this page are presented in collaboration with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre (JDHEC). This series of lunch-time talks on various topics will be added to this page as events are confirmed. To see the listing of upcoming events, and archived events, please visit the JDHEC page


Ableism and the Tyranny of Autonomy

Thursday, April 25, 2024
12:00 - 13:00 MST
Register for Zoom 

Speaker: Heidi Janz, PhD, Associate Adjunct Professor John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta

At the end of this Health Ethics Seminar, participants will be able to:
- Understand the link between ableism and the biomedical paradigm of disability.
- Recognize potential epistemic connections between the privileging of autonomy as the cardinal ethical principle governing medicine and the prevalence of ableism within the healthcare system.
- Apply a disability ethics lens, with a focus on relational autonomy, to the practices of medicine and bioethics in order to mitigate the harmful effects of an overemphasis on autonomy within a medical system that is plagued by ableism.

PAST EVENTS 2020-2023:

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are Fundamental Research Skills

Speaker: Shannon Ruzycki, MD, MPH, FRCPC
January 18, 2024

Transgender Bioethics and CRISPR Gene Editing

Speaker: Florence Ashley, BCL/JD, LLM (Bioeth), SJD
November 30, 2023

Pandemic Necropolitics: Vulnerability, Resilience, and the Crisis of
Marginalization in the Liberal Democratic State

Speaker: Ubaka Ogbogu, LLB, BL, LLM, SJD 
November 02, 2023

Ethics, Autopsy & the Community

Speaker: Khaldoon Aljerian, MD, MHSc, FCAP, FRCPC
October 05, 2023

Advancing Positive Medical Student Academic Learning Environment to Enhance Student Well-Being

Speaker: Jackie Gruber, BA, MSc.
February 17, 2022

Moving toward anti-racism practice in medicine

Speakers: Natasha Johnson, MD and Kassia Johnson, MD
January 20, 2022

THE TIES THAT BIND: Law, Inequality and COVID-19 in the Caring Professions

Speaker: Irehobhude O. Iyioha, PhD
December 9, 2021

How Our Brain Sees Races

Speaker: Kunimasa Suzuki, PhD
November 25, 2021

BE POLITE: Why Bystander Interventions Matter

Speakers: Samina Ali & Debrah Wirtzfeld
October 14, 2021

SCIENTIFIC FRAGILITY AND ITS REMEDIES: Embolding Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society Research and Training

Speaker: Jessica Kolopenuk
September 23, 2021

Trauma-Informed Care in Medical Education and Clinical Practice: Creating Space for Courageous Conversations

Speaker: Sophia Parks
June 24, 2021

Anti-Indigenous Racism in Health Systems

Speaker: Wayne Clark
May 27, 2021

(in)Tolerance & Pain: Brown Skin, White Coats & Microaggressions

Speaker: Onyenyechukwu Nnorom
April 15, 2021

Listening to Communities: A Grassroots Approach to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Migrant Communities

Speaker: Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika
February 18, 2021

FIGHTING for a HAND to HOLD: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada

Speakers: Samir Shaheen-Hussain & Teyohá:te Brant
January 7, 2021

Thoughts and Lessons on Anti-Racist Praxis in Diverse Professions and Organizations

Speaker: Yasmeen Abu-Laban
December 10, 2020

Social Determinants of Health and Racism: Health Disparities of Immigrant Children

Speakers: Dr. Bukola (Oladunni) Salami & Dr. Bonnieca Islam
November 12, 2020


Indigenization, Reconciliation, and Decolonization in Science

Speaker: Kim TallBear
October 8, 2020


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