Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity

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All voices are needed when we pursue the diverse ideas, knowledges, and perspectives that allow us to serve the public good.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity at the Faculty

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is dedicated to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity and is reviewing all faculty procedures, curriculum, admissions, teaching practices, and hiring, as well as consulting with students, staff, alumni, and greater university counterparts to facilitate plans of action to ensure the Faculty is actively anti-racist, equal, diverse, and inclusive.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ravina Sanghera-Grewal, Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Student Services or Dr. Ken Cor, Assistant Dean of Assessment at: ravina@ualberta.ca and m.ken.cor@ualberta.ca.

EDI at the University of Alberta

At the University of Alberta we are dedicated to achieving a more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive environment for all who work, learn, and live within our community - an environment characterized by a fundamental shared commitment to respectful engagement and human dignity. We value academic freedom, and welcome and support a diversity of perspectives. Learn more about EDI at the University of Alberta.

Committee Members

Standing Committee Members

Chair & EDI UofA Liaison: Assistant Dean, Student Services and Operations, Dr. Ravina Sanghera
Vice Chair & EDI UofA Liaison: Assistant Dean, Assessment and Accreditation, Dr. Ken Cor
Assistant Dean, Professional Programs, Dr. Jil Hall
Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Arno Siraki
Director of Administration, Michelle Maccagno
Communications: Development and Alumni Engagement Officer, Ellen Doty
Faculty Indigenous Liaison: Graduate Studies Coordinator, Diseray Schamehorn

Additional Members (typically a two-year term for faculty and staff, and a one-year term for students)
Faculty Member Volunteers: Dr. Lisa Guirguis, Dr. Tony Kiang, Dr. Khaled Barakat
Staff Member Volunteers: Stuart Drozd, Anjela Dela Cruz

Student Members
Undergraduate Students (PharmD): Cassidy Philips (first year), Kevin Lin (second year), Savanpreet Pandher (third year), Garrick Chan (fourth year)
Graduate Student: Christina Saed
PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists Students: Alyssa Aco and Betty Dube
APSA President: Anthony Kapelke
BPSA Representative: Tobi Obatusin

EDI Resources

Teaching Resources
Research Resources
    • Attend EDI presentations and other events in the Faculty of Science in the Faculty of Science, elsewhere on campus, and beyond.
    • Complete free EDI training - from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and hollaback. The Government of Canada provides online unconscious bias training and a GBA+ course. There are also some excellent EDI podcasts available!
    • Devote time in research group/lab meetings to conversations about EDI readings and events.
    • Review EDI literature in research group/lab meetings. Lisa Willis has prepared a list of EDI resources. The Biology Graduate Students’ Association has also prepared a list of EDI resources, which is available here.
    • Prepare a research group/lab manual or code of conduct which incorporates EDI principles. Here is an example from Chris Sturdy’s lab in the Psychology department.
    • Researchers who support EDI can promote their support on their research group website.
Reading List

Black Lives Matter YEG Book List

Anti-Racist Reading List from King County Library

Anti-Racist Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi from Chicago Public Library

Anti-Racist Education from the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation

26 Children's Books to Support Conversation on Race

Because Black Lives Matter, a Collection of Anti-Racist Reading Lists

Posts from the Read It Real Good blog that include diverse children's books

Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness

27 books to help you talk to your kids about racism.

Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race.

A list of Podcast Suggestions

100 best Black films of the 21st century

Best Black movies of the last 30 years

Local Black-Owned Businesses

A Different Booklist: A Canadian multicultural bookstore specializing in literature from the African and Caribbean diaspora and the global south.

The Green House is an eatery on U of A campus at 8623 112 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1K8.

Black-Owned Restaurants in Edmonton: A Twitter thread

100+ Black-owned etsy shops

Safety at Protests

If you choose to attend a protest, please listen to and respect the organizers' guidelines; they are the experts. Wear a mask, bring hand sanitizer, wear gloves, bring signs with no sticks. Practice social distancing as much as possible once you are there (and use that hand sanitizer!) Also recommended: bring water, snacks, earplugs, washcloths, bandages, & potentially eye wash formula (like water or saline).

Please also do not take or post photos or videos of protesters' faces or other identifying traits, especially Black protesters; these could be used to negatively identify protesters in the future. If you do want to take photos, use boxes to remove identifying features and then take a screenshot of the photo. This screenshot will remove any metadata from the original photo.

Indigenous Resources + Support

Indian Residential School Survivors 24 hr Crisis Line 1 (866) 925-4419 if you require further emotional support or assistance.

Additional Health Support Information 

Emotional, cultural and professional support services are also available to Survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program. Services can be accessed on an individual, family or group basis.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador: 1-866-414-8111

Quebec: 1-877-583-2965

Ontario: 1-888-301-6426

Manitoba: 1-866-818-3505

Saskatchewan: 1-866-250-1529

Alberta: 1-888-495-6588

British Columbia: 1-877-477-0775

Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut: 1-800-464-8106

The Unforgotten: Indigenous Film