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. 

What is a culture of diversity and inclusion?

A culture of diversity fosters and supports an environment where each person is valued, and is confident in contributing his/her 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 recognize, respect and celebrate a broad range of characteristics and differences among people. These differences include ethnicity, race, language or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, educational background, 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 and Inclusion Initiative?

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

    In its early development, students were consulted to prepare a report that was shared with the School community. A Diversity Working Group met to further explore issues identified. This group was reconstituted in 2014 and is now called the Diversity and Inclusion Action Group. A Student Diversity Working Group was also formed and an action plan, including the creation of a diversity climate survey, was developed.

    Principles of this action plan include: a) responsiveness to the priority concerns of students, staff and faculty of the School, and b) interventions based on evidence. The School is committed to incorporating diversity planning into School policy and procedures, and into all School-wide initiatives, such as curriculum review.

  • School Diversity and Inclusion Action Group

    Chaired by Emma Wilkins, this group consists of interested 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 also provides advice on diversity competencies for courses and the curriculum, develops and evaluates training programs and events for student, faculty, instructors 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. 

    Faculty, staff, and students at the School of Public Health can visit the School Intranet to stay up-to-date with group activities and access information, tools, and resources.
  • 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 Advisor: catherine.anley@ualberta.ca
    •  Student Ombudservice
    •  Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Guidelines for Students

    School administration

    Students are reminded that there are established processes for addressing concerns of all students, normally through the Office of the Vice-Dean:

    Faith Davis, vice-dean
    E: faith.davis@ualberta.ca

    School contacts

    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 below.

    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

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
     
Staff Representatives
Karyn Gibbons
Karyn Gibbons karyn.gibbons@ualberta.ca

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

Yan Yuan yan.yuan@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.