Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Events


The 2021 EDI symposium will take the form of a longitudinal series of events in collaboration with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre. This series of lunch-time talks on racism and anti-racism will be added to as events are confirmed.


Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT

While trauma is often seen as the result of discrete events or episodes, it is increasingly clear that trauma is best conceptualized as an event or set of circumstances that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. With the current COVID-19 health crisis and the increased prevalence of social movements focused on addressing racial inequality and social justice issues, it is necessary to broaden our collective understanding of trauma to include the experiences of individuals overwhelmed by global grief, systemic racism, and discrimination, among others. Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is being championed in the delivery of social services, education, health care and other areas with the goal of understanding and attending to the needs of individuals impacted by trauma. Organizations educating the next generation of health professionals, should be aware that trauma impacts not just patients and client populations, but also learners and staff alike. By adopting the guiding principles of TIC: safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment; educational institutions take the brave step to uncloak hidden curricula, bias, and discrimination and help create within their systems a culture of compassion wellbeing, equity, and social justice. EVENT POSTER

Speaker: Sophia Parks, MA, Registered Psychologist, Office of Advocacy & Wellbeing, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

Ms. Sophia C. Parks is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Her branch of psychology is clinical/ counselling and professional activities include interventions (counselling), general assessment, consultation, and supervision. Sophia currently counsels undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate learners in the FoMD, Office of Advocacy and Wellbeing. She also co-chairs consultation groups regarding supervision of psychology graduate students and Provisional Psychologists. Sophia is passionate about bringing trauma-informed care to organizations. She has previously worked for inner-city agencies counselling adults struggling with addictions, homelessness, and complex trauma. She has also worked for agencies who support newcomers to Canada and survivors of sexual violence.

Presentation via Zoom Pre-registration not required. Join Here



Past 2020/2021 Symposium Events:

Indigenization, Reconciliation, and Decolonization in Science

Speaker: Kim TallBear
October 8, 2020

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

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

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

Speaker: Yasmeen Abu-Laban
December 10, 2020

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

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

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

Speaker: Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika
February 18, 2021

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

Speaker: Dr. Onyenyechukwu Nnorom
April 15, 2021

Anti-Indigenous Racism in Health Systems

Speaker: Wayne Clark
May 27, 2021

EDI 2019

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

EDI 2018

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

EDI 2017

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Symposium