Goal 8 - Institutional Stewardship Initiatives


Institutional Stewardship Initiatives

Adaptation Resilience Training

Each year, the Adaptation Resilience Training program provides 30+ recent graduates from across Alberta with an eight month, paid internship working to prepare Alberta for the impacts of climate change. This program gives recent students workplace experience that will help them continue to work in the climate adaptation field.

Alberta’s Employment Standards Act

The University of Alberta adheres to the province of Alberta's Employment Standard Rules, which outlines laws against child labour, forced labour and modern slavery. Similarly, the University of Alberta supports the Government of Alberta’s Human Trafficking Action Plan, which aims to combat human trafficking and protect at-risk individuals from being trafficked in Alberta. The university also supports the Government of Canada’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.

Arts Work Experience

Arts Work Experience (AWE) is an accredited co-operative education program offering career-advancing, paid work experience to undergrads in the Faculty of Arts. AWE is flexible, with many program options allowing students to complete four, eight, 12 or 16 months of work with one of over 200 employer partners in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Career Integrated Learning

Career integrated learning helps faculty members identify the employability skills that are practiced in their courses. Faculty members add a “skills” section to their syllabuses, helping to increase students’ awareness of the sought-after competencies taught in their courses. Career integrated learning does not require faculty members to change their course curriculums; rather, it works with existing curricula to identify the skills practiced. Through presentations by the Career Centre and an end-of-term reflective activity, students become more aware of their employability skills.

Discrimination, Harassment and Duty to Accommodate Policy

Since 2012, the University of Alberta’s Discrimination, Harassment and Duty to Accommodate Policy has helped foster a respectful work environment that supports dignity and equity for all members of the university community. The policy prohibits all discrimination or harassment and commits to the duty to accommodate individuals based on protected grounds.

Duty of Fair Representation

The Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) and the Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA) represent non-academic and academic staff, respectively, at the University of Alberta, providing fair representation for staff in accordance with the Alberta Labour Relations Board

No Forced Labour, Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Child Labour

The University of Alberta is committed to no forced labour, no modern slavery, no human trafficking and no child labour in accordance with Canadian Trafficking Legislation and the Government of Alberta Human Trafficking Action Plan.

Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights

The University of Alberta is committed to providing a safe work, study and living environment for all staff, students, faculty and members of our volunteer community. To ensure the university meets this commitment, the university created the Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights (OSDHR) to support students, faculty and staff at the University of Alberta. The Office provides a confidential, neutral and safe space for members of the university community to speak in confidence about concerns including, but not limited to: discrimination and harassment, ethical concerns, health and safety violations, financial mismanagement, and other concerns (wrongdoing/misconduct).