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Workplace Diversity & Employment Equity

Submitted by cschasny on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:58pm

The University of Calgary strives to create and maintain a positive and productive learning and working environment in which there is respect for the dignity of all persons and fair and equitable treatment of individuals in our diverse community.

The University of Calgary has articulated its commitment to diversity in its strategic direction, Eyes High. One of our foundational commitments states that people are our most valuable asset and that we will hire and retain talented individuals who skilfully provide the institutional support that is critical for individuals and teams of researchers to be leaders in their field. Eyes High gives us a chance to fully acknowledge and strengthen our commitment to Workplace Diversity and Employment Equity. Helping us create a portal to the best minds in the world and capitalize on the wide range of individual personalities and belief systems that already exist at the university. With the Workplace Diversity and the Employment Equity Plan we will build a strong sense of inclusion by promoting intercultural understanding on campus through communication and training, remove barriers through enhanced accessibility and improved processes and community outreach, we will contribute to the strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016.


Workplace Diversity and Employment Equity Committee

The purpose of the committee is to advise the Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) on plans and initiatives to support our commitment to diversity and employment equity. The Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) is the senior official responsible for employment equity at the University of Calgary. The Director, HR Services will chair the Workplace Diversity and Employment Equity Advisory Committee.

The terms of reference of the committee are to:

  • Communicate and promote the implementation of employment equity activities,
  • Assist in the promotion of the workforce survey, the review of employment policies and practices, the consolidation of employment equity activities and the development of a new Workplace Diversity and Employment Equity Plan, and
  • Identify specific needs of designated groups in the University’s workforce

The Committee will consist of one representative of each of the University of Calgary Faculty Association and the Management and Professional Staff Association and two representatives of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Local 52

Additional members representing various university faculties or units and members of the designated groups under employment equity will be appointed by the Chair.

The Committee will also include the Human Resources staff members representing analysts, advisors and partners, workforce administration, and recruitment and retention.