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UCalgary named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

Creating a welcoming and inclusive work and learning environment for our university family
March 28, 2017
During Diversity Week 2017 at the University of Calgary, the Native Centre hosted Blanket Exercise, an interactive learning experience. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

During Diversity Week 2017 at the University of Calgary, the Native Centre hosted Blanket Exercise, an interactive learning experience. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary 

For the first time, the University of Calgary has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2017, a program that recognizes organizations across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.

"Diversity, equity and inclusion are things that we deeply value at the University of Calgary, as they are integral to the wellness of our campus community. When we hear diverse, unique voices at the table, we make better decisions," says Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dru Marshall. "We are honoured to be included alongside other top employers in Canada who are committed to creating welcoming and inclusive spaces."

Canada’s Best Diversity Employers recognized the University of Calgary for successfully implementing a number of diversity initiatives, including programs for five groups: women; members of visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual (LGBT+) peoples.

The university continues to build on its progress and make great strides towards becoming a more inclusive institution. From hiring more Indigenous scholars and writing the inaugural Indigenous Strategy, to consultation on the new sexual violence policy, and dedicated resources to diversity, equity and inclusion programming and committees, there are a number of options for the campus community.

Visit the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers website for full list of recognized Canadian employers.

Diversity Week 2017

In 2014, the university established the Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure (ODEPD) to handle both individual and systemic issues.

From March 20-24, 2017 the university hosted its first Diversity Week on campus — an initiative to celebrate diversity and inclusion on UCalgary campuses through a variety of events, open to all community members. It was one of the first major public events spearheaded by ODEPD.

The week included talks, panels, workshops, film screenings, and more, providing a foundation for critical and constructive conversations about issues in our society today. Topics such as peacebuilding in the South Sudan; queer identity; women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; challenges to peoples with disabilities and Indigenous perspectives, pushed participants to think differently. 

"When we asked our university community about what they would like to see on campus in relation to diversity and inclusion, many spoke of the need for a week to come together to have more information and respectful dialogue about a number of issues," says Valerie Pruegger, PhD and director of ODEPD. "Diversity Week has been a great success mainly due to the hard work of all of our partners across our campuses, including Qatar. We have led events that have been provocative, educational, and fun and we hope that we have given people ideas about how each of us can be involved in the fight to dismantle discrimination wherever we see it, both individually and systemically."

Diversity Week was a collaboration between multiple groups at the university to highlight our shared commitment to inclusion and to spark conversations about inclusion and equity in the 21st Century. For more information on the ODEPD, visit their website.

Resources for the campus

If you are feeling harassed or threatened, you can confidentially contact the ODEPD at 403-220-4086 or visit the office in the Administration Building, room 116. All members of the university community can also contact Confidence Line, an external service that allows individuals to anonymously report sensitive issues in the workplace, at 1-800-661-9675.