Diversity and Inclusion

As a School of Public Health, we want all members of our community-staff, students and faculty-to feel that they are valued, and that their strengths are recognized. We want to create a culture of diversity. Started in 2010, the purpose of the School Diversity Initiative is to develop and implement a strategy for promoting a culture of diversity.

As a School of Public Health, we want all members of our community-staff, postdoctoral fellows, students and faculty-to feel that they are valued, and that their strengths are recognized. We want to create a culture of diversity and inclusion.

What is a culture of diversity and inclusion?

A culture of diversity and inclusion fosters and supports an environment where each person is valued, and is confident in contributing insights and skills. It is not simply that differences are tolerated, but that diversity is seen as a source of strength. This type of culture allows organizations to be more innovative, flexible and adaptable, as they benefit from the contributions of all their members.

All students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, benefit professionally, academically and socially in an academic environment that values and promotes diversity and inclusion. They are better prepared to think, live and work in our global society.

Diversity and inclusion is about recognizing, respecting and celebrating the broad range of characteristics and differences among people. These differences include ethnicity, race, language or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, educational background, life experience, family status, faith / religion, socio-economic standing, ability (physical, mental, cognitive), group (or political) affiliation, and individual ways of being and thinking.

According to this view, each person has multiple, and often evolving, cultural identities.

Bringing forward your diversity concerns

There are a number of resources on campus for assistance in bringing forward personal concerns related to differential treatment related to ethnicity, race, language, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, educational background, family status, faith, religion, socio-economic standing, ability (physical, mental, cognitive), or group affiliation.

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta offers several services to assist students with diversity concerns.

Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Office of the Student Ombuds
Additional On-Campus and Off-Campus Resources

School contacts

Students are also encouraged to share their concerns locally using any of the following resources:

Shanthi Johnson, Dean
E: shanthi.johnson@ualberta.ca

Candace Nykiforuk, Associate Dean (Research and Research Programs)
E: candace.nykiforuk@ualberta.ca

Ruth Wolfe, Associate Dean (Professional Programs)
E: ruth.wolfe@ualberta.ca

Diversity Champion Award

The Diversity and Inclusion Action Group presents the Diversity Champion Award to a student, staff, faculty member, adjunct, or postdoctoral fellow who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion within the School of Public Health.

A Diversity Champion may possess one or more of the following qualities:

• Shows leadership by actively promoting and modelling the values and principles of diversity and inclusion throughout the School of Public Health.
• Provides support for the marginalized and is a go-to person when there are questions, issues, or concerns relating to diversity and inclusion.
• Acts as a source of new information on ways to address diversity and inclusion.
• Seeks ways to increase knowledge of diversity and inclusion issues and gain skills for being an advocate.
• Brings to the attention of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Group any issues that need a School-wide approach.

Recipients:

Shelby Yamamoto, Assistant Professor, 2019
Stephanie Montesanti, Assistant Professor, 2018
Stephanie Booth, MPH student, 2017
Jacqueline Noga, MSc student, 2016

Name
Email
Brynn Day
MPH student
baday@ualberta.ca
Lauren Lindsey
MSc student
llindsey@ualberta.ca
Sammy Lowe
MSc Student
salowe@ualberta.ca
Misha Miazga-Rodriguez
MPH Student
miazgaro@ualberta.ca
Brittney Molner
MSc student
molner@ualberta.ca
Heather Nixdorf
MSc student
hnixdorf@ualberta.ca
Michael Paulden
Faculty
paulden@ualberta.ca
Erin Pollock
Staff
Committee Chair
erin.pollock@ualberta.ca

Trenton Smith
Staff

trs@ualberta.ca
Dunsi Strohschein
Adjunct
dunsi.strohschein@ualberta.ca