Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Awards

The University of Calgary’s annual Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Awards recognize and celebrate inspiring students, faculty and staff who are working to advance a more accessible, equitable, diverse, and inclusive university.                          

The EDI Awards recognize outstanding achievement in a practice, event, applied research, policy, program, or other activities that foster equitable, sustainable and measurable change 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.
2021 EDI AWARD WINNERS: Chidera Nwaroh, McNiel-Inyani Keri, Renée Huntley, Mursal Mohamud, Aya Ebdalla, and Dr. William Bridel

2021 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion award winners (left to right): Chidera Nwaroh, McNiel-Inyani Keri, Renée Huntley, Mursal Mohamud, Aya Ebdalla, and Dr. William Bridel

2021 award winners

Read more about the change-makers building a more diverse and inclusive community.

  • 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 including Aya Ebdalla, Chidera Nwawroh, McNeil-Inyani Keri, and Mursal Mohamud of the Cumming School of Medicine 
  • Staff Award: Renée Huntley, Indigenous health program co-ordinator, Cumming School of Medicine 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week

The EDI awards took place during this year's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week, Feb. 1 - 5, 2021.


Key note speaker Dr. Verna St. Denis


Dr. Verna St. Denis will be this year's keynote. She will discuss how critical anti-racist education is as necessary now as it has ever been. Racism against Indigenous people in Canada has inspired my scholarly engagement with critical, integrative anti-racist analysis. In teaching, research, and community engagement,  Indigenous, critical race feminist and anti-colonial scholarship can provide a compass for navigating an ever-shifting racism. 

Dr. St. Denis is a Professor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Integrated Anti-Racist Education program, and supervises graduate students’ research in anti-racist education in the Department of Educational Foundations. She also provides professional in-service for schools and other educational organizations.

Dr. St. Denis is both Cree and Métis. She grew up as a non-status Indian and Métis in parkland Saskatchewan, and is a member of the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation. She received her PhD in Anthropology of Education, with expertise in Social and Cultural Studies, from Stanford University (2002). She holds an MA in Community Development from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (1989), and a B.Ed with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan (1982).

Previous EDI Awards recipients

Image of University of Calgary President, Dr. Ed McCauley and award winners

2020 award winners

Read more about the inspiring students, faculty and staff who were celebrated for making outstanding contributions toward creating an equitable, welcoming and inclusive environment. 

  • Student Award: Jasmine McDermott, mechanical engineering student
  • 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
2019 University of Calgary EDI Awards winners

2019 award winners

Read more about the inaugural diversity awards which recognized students, faculty and staff committed to inclusion.

  • 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