Celebrating inspiring students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff and collaborative teams working to advance a more accessible, equitable, diverse, and inclusive university.  The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OEDI) is pleased to announce the institutional call for nominations to recognize the transformative efforts by University of Calgary students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and teams. The annual awards aim to recognize and appreciate the passion, dedication and campus engagement by individuals and teams to promote and commit to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, community engagement, and living and working environments.

The EDI Awards recognize outstanding achievement in practice, events, applied research, policy, programs, or other activities that foster equitable, sustainable and measurable change, especially for those who traditionally have been under-represented (women, visible/racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+) on campus. The Awards recognize ongoing work or an outstanding accomplishment at a point in time.       

Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • A faculty strategic plan and action program that embeds a commitment to the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • An ongoing action, initiative, or program that helps students from an under-represented group feel welcome and included;
  • A tool or practice that provides accommodations for an equity-seeking group e.g. increased accessibility for people with disabilities, or is designed to address racism;
  • An initiative or action aiming at adapting or changing procedures, policies, or practices to make them fair or more inclusive;
  • Fostering inclusive excellence in achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion goals;
  • Exemplifying leadership in fostering an inclusive campus. 

The call for nominations for the 2024 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Awards is closed.  Winners will be announced soon.

The OEDI invited members of our campus community to submit their nominations for the 2024 awards in the following categories:   

  • Leadership 
  • Faculty, including professors and lectures
  • Undergraduate students 
  • Graduate students
  • Non-management staff
  • Management staff
  • Sessional instructors
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Teams


The EDI Awards recognize outstanding achievement in practice, events, applied research, policy, programs, or other activities that foster equitable, sustainable and measurable change, especially for those who traditionally have been under-represented (women, visible/racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+) on campus. The Awards recognize ongoing work or an outstanding accomplishment at a point in time.     

Dr. Penny Werthner, interim provost and vice-president (academic), will announce the award recipients during the awards ceremony. The ceremony will be hosted by Dr. Malinda Smith, PhD, Vice-Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and Associate Vice-President Research (EDI).  A blessing will be offered from Elder Reg Crowshoe.

Dr. Penny Werthner  Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic) University of Calgary

Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic) 

Dr. Penny Werthner, PhD, became the Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology in 2012 and left the position to become the Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic) in 2022. She is one of Canada’s most distinguished consultants in the field of sport psychology. She has served as a sport psychology consultant for Canada's national and Olympic teams since 1985. She is one of the founding members of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and has been named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity by CAAWS. 

For more than 30 years, she has worked in sport psychology consulting, sport-related management consulting, program management and academic leadership. She came to the University of Calgary after spending 12 years at the University of Ottawa as Director and Associate Dean of the School of Human Kinetics.

Dr. Werthner has written dozens of peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. She currently serves on the editorial board for the International Sport Coaching Journal as well as a reviewer for the journals of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise and Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. She is also a member of the editorial board for the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching. 

She is a founder and past Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, a member of the International Council for Coach Education, an advisor to the Coaching Association of Canada Women in Coaching Program, and a learning facilitator for the National Coaching Certificate Program.

Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President Research (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and professor of political science

Vice Provost and Associate Vice President Research (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and professor of political science.

Dr. Smith holds a PhD in political science from the University of Alberta, an MA, Master of Development Administration, and a BA magna cum laude in political science and criminal justice, from Western Michigan University. She is a co-author of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities (2017), co-editor of the forthcoming book, Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy (UofT Press, 2022), editor of three books on Africa, including Securing Africa: Post-9/11 Discourses on Terrorism (2010),  as well as co-editor of Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics, 6/E under revision with OUP (2022); and States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century (2010).

Dr. Smith serves on several national bodies, including SSHRC Council and Executive, and Statistics Canada’s Immigration and Ethnocultural Committee.

Dr. Smith is a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow and the recipient of  numerous awards and fellowships, including Compelling Calgarians (2021), the Susan S. Northcutt Award from the International Studies Association (2020), 100 Accomplished Black Women Honouree (2020), the Rosalind Smith Professional Award (2020), the ISA-Canada Distinguished Scholar Award (2018-19), the HSBC Community Contributor of the Year Award (2016); and the Equity Award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (2015)

Elder Reg Crowshoe and wife Rose

Reg Crowshoe, is a newly appointed member of the University of Calgary Senate, and a prominent cultural and spiritual leader from Piikuni First Nation in Southern Alberta, where he formerly served as chief.

Dr. Crowshoe has a long standing relationship with the University of Calgary and has generously shared and offered his assistance, ceremonial leadership, and traditional knowledge to students, The Native Centre and other faculties for many years. Dr. Crowshoe is widely recognized for his dedication to Piikuni artifacts, traditions, language, culture, and history, and, like his father the late Dr. Joseph Crowshoe, was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Calgary in 2001.

Dr. Crowshoe is also the founder of the Old Man River Cultural Society, and he authored the book “Akak’stiman, A Blackfoot Framework for Decision-Making and Mediation Processes”, published by University of Calgary Press in 2002. 

Dr. Tonya Callaghan

Tonya Callaghan is an associate professor at the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education. They taught secondary English for over ten years in Canadian and international schools, in rural and urban settings, and in Catholic and non-Catholic systems. Their second monograph, Homophobia in the Hallways: Heterosexism and Transphobia in Canadian Catholic Schools, was published in 2018 with the University of Toronto Press. 

Dr. Callaghan was recognized for their outstanding commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) at the University of Calgary with the 2020 EDI Award. Dr. Callaghan was also honoured with two UCalgary Curriculum Development Awards for designing and coordinating an undergraduate course titled Diversity in Learning and a Master of Education program titled Advancing Healthy & Socially Just Schools & Communities, both of which actively promote EDI principles. 

Their research in the field of EDI explores Catholic resistance to anti-homophobia/transphobia education in both curriculum and educational policy.

The Urgency of Intersectionality for Addressing Systemic Inequities in Higher Learning

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Tonya D. Callaghan, Associate Professor, Werklund School of Education, UCalgary

Presented by The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

In her 2016 TED Talk, The Urgency of Intersectionality, Kimberlé Crenshaw, the African American law professor who coined the term “intersectionality,” observed: "We all know that when there's no name for a problem, you can't see a problem, and when you can't see a problem you pretty much can't solve it.” The problem Crenshaw is talking about here is multiple forms of discrimination based on layers of difference. 

In advance of Dr. Crenshaw’s visit to UCalgary on March 18 and 19 this year, it is important to define what it means to take an intersectional approach when supporting the learning needs of students enrolled in contentious courses that actively address equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) issues. 

The Werklund School of Education’s undergraduate course, Diversity in Learning, has been held up as an EDI exemplar. I will draw from my experience leading this course to discuss ways we can move towards inclusive and equitable teaching practices. I will conclude by overtly addressing the toll such work can take on those of us who actively teach EDI topics and what allies can do to support us.

Following EDI Awards Ceremony

2023 EDI Award winners

  • Student Award: Mr. Tanmoy Newaz, Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial biology student in the Faculty of Science
  • Faculty Award: Dr. Patrina Duhaney, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work
  • Team Award: Psychology Trans Affirming Care Team
    • Dr. Brae Anne McArthur
    • Ms. Michaela Paton
    • Ms. Caroline Luszawski
2023 EDI Award winners

2022 EDI Award winners

  • Student Award: Sarah Ride, Department of Geoscience
  • Faculty Award: Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine 
  • Team Award: Faculty of Social Work Anti-Racism Research Team
    • Sheliza Ladhani, PhD Candidate, Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Social Work
    • Dr. David Este, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Social Work,
    • Dr. Kathleen Sitter, Associate Professor, CRC, Faculty of Social Work
    • Kimberly Van Patten, Project Manager, Faculty of Social Work
    • Dr. Peter Gabor, Professor, Faculty of Social Work; and,
    • Dr. Darren Lund, Professor, Werklund School of Education. We posthumously recognize Dr. Darren Lund for his remarkable contributions as a true champion of human rights and his outstanding effort to advocate for equity for underrepresented and marginalized groups.
  • Staff Award: Alison Barrett, Manager, Community and Social Impact, Schulich School of Engineering
2022 EDI Award winners

Watch the presentation of the awards to the 2022 recipients.


2021 EDI Award winners

2021 EDI Award winners

  • Student Award: Keshia Holloman-Dawson, Faculty of Law
  • Faculty Award: Dr. William Bridel, associate professor, Faculty of Kinesiology 
  • Team Award: Calgary Black Medical Student Association members of the Cumming School of Medicine 
    • Ebdalla Aya
    • Nwawroh Chidera
    • Keri McNeil-Inyani
    • Mohamud Mursal 
  • Staff Award: Renée Huntley, Indigenous health program co-ordinator, Cumming School of Medicine 

2020 EDI Award winners

  • Student Award: Jasmine McDermott, a mechanical engineering student
  • Faculty Award: Dr. Tonya D. Callaghan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Werklund School of Education
  • Staff Award: Pamela Beebe, Indigenous education and protocol specialist
  • Staff Award: Elise Ahenkorah, programs and partnerships specialist, WELab, Hunter Hub
  • Team Award: Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta’s Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative: CV&Me
2020 EDI Award winners

2019 EDI Award Winners

2019 EDI Award winners

  • Staff Award: The Alberta Sexual Assault Course and Conference Planning Team
  • Faculty Award: Schulich School of Engineering Leadership Team
  • Student Award: Laura Fader, Schulich School of Engineering