Diversity Initiative

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, 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 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.

  • What is the School Diversity Initiative?

    Started in 2010, under the leadership of (former) associate professor Sarah Bowen, the purpose of the School Diversity Initiative is to develop and implement a strategy for promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion within the School.

    The School is committed to incorporating diversity planning into School policy and procedures, and into all School-wide initiatives.

  • School Diversity and Inclusion Action Group

    At Faculty Council in March 2014, the dean put forward a motion to form a new diversity action group which was approved. Chaired by School staff member Emma Wilkins, the Diversity and Inclusion Action Group consists of students, staff and faculty whose aim is to turn theory into action.

    Its role is to build on previous work undertaken on diversity and inclusion, advise the dean on issues of diversity and inclusion and advocate on diversity and inclusion as an issue within the School and student body. The group runs diversity and inclusion related training workshops and celebratory events for student, faculty, and staff. It also can identify people who can provide safe spaces and act as a referral service for issues of exclusion and cultural incompetency.

  • 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
    •   Employment Equity
    •   Student Ombudservice
    •   Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Guidelines for Students
    •   Additional On-Campus and Off-Campus Resources

    School contacts

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

    Kue Young, Dean
    E: kue.young@ualberta.ca 

    Faith Davis, Vice-Dean
    E: faith.davis@ualberta.ca

    Jeff Johnson, Associate Dean (Education)
    E: jeff.johnson@ualberta.ca

    Kim Raine, Associate Dean (Research)
    E: kim.raine@ualberta.ca

    Diversity and Inclusion Action Group

    You may contact a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Group (listed below) that you are most comfortable speaking with.

    Safe spaces resource person

    A Safe Spaces Resource Person provides a supportive place for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered students, or those questioning their sexual identity. Within the School of Public Health, you may contact:     

    Emma Wilkins
    E: emma.wilkins@ualberta.ca

  • Diversity Champion Award

    Each term, 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:

    Jacqueline Noga, MSc student, Fall 2016

    Nominations:

    Nominations are being accepted for the Winter 2017 Diversity Champion Award until Friday, April 7.

    Nomination form.

Name

Email 
Student Representatives 
Ima Anugom
Ima Anugom ima.anugom@ualberta.ca

Stephanie Booth smbooth@ualberta.ca
  Alexandra Kanters kanters@ualberta.ca
Hannah Mercader
Hannah Mercader mercader@ualberta.ca

Daniel O'Brien dcobrien@ualberta.ca
Staff Representatives
Karyn Gibbons
Karyn Gibbons karyn.gibbons@ualberta.ca

Emma Wilkins
Committee Chair
emma.wilkins@ualberta.ca
Faculty Representative

Michael Paulden paulden@ualberta.ca

 

If you have any diversity concerns or general inquiries, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Action Group at digroup@ualberta.ca. You may also directly e-mail in confidence one of the student, staff, or faculty representatives listed above.