Equity, Diversity, Inclusion in Research

The University of Alberta is committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across our research and innovation ecosystem. Incorporating EDI strengthens our research by harnessing a broader range of ideas, skills, expertise, perspectives and disciplines, which further enhances outcomes, impacts and social relevance and better reflects the diverse and globalized world we live and work in, and our responsibilities to the peoples and the lands where we live and work.

The university is proud to be among the first signatories of the Government of Canada's Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada charter. Dimensions Canada is a national program to increase EDI within Canada's post-secondary institutions and the university research ecosystem.

EDI in Research

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in Research resource is designed to assist with the advancement of EDI in research programs across the university. It provides actions, questions, and tools meant to help move EDI from an additive element required by Tri-Council agencies to an integrative element of transformative research.

EDI resource (PDF)

Internal resources

External/funder resources

Additional resources

Indigenous Initiatives in Research

Indigenous Programming & Research

The Office of the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming & Research) facilitates institutional collaboration and communication to support the development and implementation of programs, services and initiatives related to Indigenous engagement. The office works to enable transformative institutional practices that respect and honour Indigenous knowledges across the University of Alberta.

Learn More

Braiding Past, Present and Future: University of Alberta Indigenous Strategic Plan

The Indigenous Strategic Plan reflects an important step in the U of A's commitment to reconciliation in post-secondary education, research and addressing the historical legacy of the residential school system and Canada’s colonial history in a meaningful and lasting way.

Read the Plan

U of A Resources

  • EDI at the University of Alberta
    This site collects a variety of campus information, services, and resources as it relates to EDI. 
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning - EDI Resources
    The Centre for Teaching and Learning EDI site provides resources to help faculty and teaching staff incorporate more inclusive teaching practices.
  • Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples and Place
    A core goal of SKIPP is to weave together much of the excellent research and teaching scholarship already present at the U of A, as well as recognize the long and storied relationships to place that characterize Indigenous ways of being throughout the world.
  • Indigenous Canada 
    A 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Indigenous Canada explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada.
  • University of Alberta Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Strategic Plan
    This strategic plan aims to embed Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity into the culture of the University of Alberta community, from the grassroots to the senior-most levels.
  • Intersections of Gender - A Signature Research Area 
    An academic hub focused on promoting intersectional gender research, supporting interdisciplinary research collaborations, growing inclusive mentorship and teaching, and engaging communities
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning
    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) resources for teaching and learning

External/funder resources

For more resources, download the EDI Resource PDF.

Faculty Leads for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (as of July 2022)

Arts: Carrie Smith, carrie.smith@ualberta.ca

Engineering: Anastasia Elias (Associate Dean Research and Innovation) aelias@ualberta.ca 

FOMD: Helly Goez, goez@ualberta.ca

KSR: Danielle Peers, danielle.peers@ualberta.ca

Rehab Med: Andrea MacLeod, andrea.a.n.macleod@ualberta.ca

Science: Tara McGee, sciedi@ualberta.ca