Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 - CALGARY, AB -UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY- Participants in the University of Calgary contingent of the 2019 Pride Parade on September 1, 2019.

Our Mission

The OEDI is committed to establishing an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus that is accessible to all and free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. We strive to remove barriers that have been, and continue to be, encountered by equity seeking groups, including women, Indigenous peoples, visible/racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+.

The OEDI serves as a centralized resource for equity, diversity, and inclusion through resources and education, we will continue to foster a community of change-makers. We will support the development of future leaders to work effectively in a safe community where individuals feel valued for their skills, abilities, and contributions.

EDI Team


Photo of Dr. Malinda Smith, vice-provost (equity, diversity and inclusion)

Dr. Malinda S. Smith, Ph.D.
she/her

Vice-Provost

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Calgary’s Vice-Provost (equity, diversity, and inclusion) is the institution’s primary representative responsible for advising the campus community and the Executive and other Administrative and Academic leaders on issues of human rights, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. The vice-provost (EDI) is the institutional lead in strategic planning processes, ensuring that the University’s strategic initiatives succeed in advancing sustainable EDI goals and objectives. The vice-provost (EDI) works collaboratively with campus units to advance human rights and human dignity and foster equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible learning, research, working environments, a culture of respect, and an institutional environment free from harassment, discrimination and violence.

The vice-provost (EDI) works collaboratively with colleagues and the campus community to promote academic and research activities in human rights, pluralism, and EDI. Drawing on research, promising practices, and personal experience, the vice-provost (EDI) and the OEDI team help enhance EDI literacy, education, and awareness of current, emerging, and promising practices necessary to effect systemic and sustainable change. This work requires engaging with senior leaders, other Vice-Provosts, Deans, Associate Deans, Department Heads, academic and non-academic staff, and students to champion the design and creation of national and local EDI initiatives. This work is carried out within and through existing portfolios and structures and the creation of new processes in order to enhance human rights and equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility on our campuses.

Key Accountabilities

The key accountabilities of the vice-provost (EDI) include serving as the institutional lead on human right and EDI, and the administration and advocacy related to human rights and EDI at UCalgary.

  • Serves as a role model and mentor to motivate and encourage colleagues to enhance UCalgary's reputation for excellence in this area.
  • Participates as a member of the Provost’s Team and the university's Senior Leadership Team.
  • Collaborates with the 14 faculties and cross-campus support services, develops and leads a strong team of faculty and staff who support the development and implementation of frameworks, policies, and initiatives that foster a culture of excellence, innovation, collaboration, engagement, and accountability for EDI initiatives.
  • Pursues strategies that consider individuals, populations with distinct needs, and relevant communities to deliver education using multiple formats, strategies and contexts designed to provide universal access.
  • Contributes to effective, collaborative relations with faculty, staff, and student associations.
  • Reinforces UCalgary's strategic initiatives and works collaboratively with the leads of the initiatives with the intersections between them and EDI.
  • Contributes to and reinforces a strong sense of community and the articulation of a shared vision.
  • Ensures education and response strategies are accessible to all University community members.
  • Supports the development of leadership skills and a culture of inclusiveness and respect within the UCalgary community.
  • Develops and administers frameworks, policies, and programmes that support our EDI objectives.
  • Reviews and assesses existing policies, frameworks and programs on their effective implementation of EDI objectives.
  • Develops and sustains an effective budget and organizational structure that addresses the needs of the University and ensures that EDI efforts are financially sustainable.
  • Maintains close liaison with the University of Calgary community through advisory committees, student groups, and administrative officers and direct consultation, presentations, surveys, reports, and any relevant feedback system. 
  • Ensures compliance with University regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Collaborates with the Vice-Provost (Student Experience) and the Vice-Provost and Dean (Graduate Studies) to achieve diversity enrolment goals at the undergraduate and graduate levels and develop initiatives to improve the student experience.
  • Engages in developing a spectrum of learning opportunities for the campus community on EDI principles, enacting the principles, and ways to overcome barriers to their effective implementation.
  • Acknowledges and appreciates the intersection of social identities, systems of oppression, and the discrimination connected to unequal distributions of power in general and those within university structures, hierarchies, and power relations.
  • Engages the campus community about EDI activities, research, teaching, program development, and partnerships.
  • Builds effective relationships, promotes and serves as a dedicated advocate for EDI within and outside our campus community to a broad spectrum of constituents.
  • Participates in and leads initiatives and projects at the local, regional, national, and international levels, dealing with EDI issues affecting post-secondary institutions.

Equity

Equity as a principle, condition, process, and outcome is rooted in human rights and the inviolability of human dignity. 
 

Diversity

Diversity, difference, or variety is a characteristic of nature, human society, and the academic world. 

 

Inclusion

Inclusion encompasses norms, practices, and actions that promote participation, engagement, empowerment, and a sense of belonging for equity-deserving groups.


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Dimensions EDI

UCalgary is one of 17 Canadian post-secondary institutions selected nationally as a Tri-Agency Dimensions EDI pilot. The UCalgary endorsed the Dimensions Charter on May 30, 2019. Originally announced in the federal budget 2018 as a “made-in-Canada-Athena SWAN” initiative, it has since become a distinctive Canadian vision to expand EDI in the national research ecosystem.

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CRC EDI Action Plan

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) is a federal tri-agency initiative of SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR.  The program includes two types of research chairs: Tier 1 Canadian Research Chairs are tenable for seven years and renewable once, and Tier 2 Canadian Research Chairs are tenable for five years and renewable once.

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