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Caste-Based Discrimination Initiative

Caste-Based Discrimination Initiative Virtual Panel Series

A collaboration between the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta

Dalit-Bahujan Feminist Knowledges and Praxis

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
International Women’s Day


The Problem of Caste in the North American University

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Maya Angelou

Courageous Conversations

A University of Calgary speaker series that is part of ongoing awareness programs offered by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. It is designed to spark a national conversation around equity, race, systemic racism and anti-racism. 

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Calendar of EDI year dates

Recognizing human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion

This calendar highlights days that raise awareness about creating a more equitable, inclusive and just society.

This is a living calendar, and members of the community are welcome to reach out with additions and updates or to let us know about any errors. To send an inquiry about the calendar, please email equity@ucalgary.ca.


January 1-30: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

January 4: World Braille Day

January 20-24: United Island Awareness Week

January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day


Feb 1: World Hijab Day

Feb 1: Chinese New Year

Feb 1-28: Black History Month

First full week in Feb: White Cane Week

Feb 11: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Feb 12: Lunar New Year

Feb 14: Missing Women’s Memorial March

Feb 20: World Day of Social Justice

Feb 23: Pink Shirt Day


Mar 1: Self-harm Awareness Day

Mar 8: International Women’s Day

Mar 8-12: United Islam Awareness Week

Mar 13 - Apr 15: Deaf History Month

Mar 20: International Day of La Francophonie

Mar 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Mar 22: World Water Day

Mar 25: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Mar 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility


First Tuesday of Apr: National Caregiver Day 

Apr 2: World Autism Awareness Day

Apr 2 - May 1: (tentative) Ramadan

Apr 7: World Health Day

Apr 14: International Day of Pink

Apr 28: National Day of Mourning

Apr 30: Journey to Freedom Day


May 1-30: Asian Heritage Month

May 5: National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) 

May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 25: Africa Day


June 1-30: Pride Month

June 1-30: National Indigenous History Month

June 2: International Sex Worker’s Day

June 15: International Day of Families

June 19: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

June 20: World Refugee Day

June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23: National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

June 27: Canadian Multiculturalism Day



July 14: Mad Pride Day

July 14: International Non-Binary People’s Day

July 21: Drug Users Remembrance Day


Aug 1: Emancipation Day

Aug 9: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Aug 19: World Humanitarian Day

Aug 31: International Overdose Awareness Day


Sept 10: World Suicide Prevention Day

Sept 21: International Day of Peace

Sept 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation | Orange Shirt Day


Oct 1-31: Islamic History Month Canada

Oct 1-31: Women’s History Month 

Oct 10: World Mental Health Day 

Oct 11: National Coming Out Day

Oct 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

Oct 20: International Pronouns Day

Oct 26: International Intersex Awareness Day


Nov 1-30: Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

Nov 8: Intersex Solidarity Day

Nov 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Nov 25: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Nov 28 - Dec 6: Hanukkah


Dec 1: World AIDS Day

Dec 3: International Day of Disabled Persons

Dec 6: The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Dec 10: Human Rights Day

Dec 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Dec 26 - Jan 1: Kwanzaa

UCalgary EDI News

2023 Journey Update shows that kinship goes beyond human relations

Event marks anniversary of UCalgary’s Indigenous Strategy and renewal of commitment to truth and reconciliation

Former Ghanaian president visits campus, praises UCalgary’s diversity

John Mahama promotes West Africa as a hub for innovation and economic growth

UCalgary's Journey Update reinforces commitment to ‘becoming good relatives’

Join UCalgary Nov. 28 to celebrate progress, foster relationships, and advance truth and reconciliation through education

Women Breakthrough Award winner turns waste into economic opportunities

Atinuke Chineme’s research looks at waste management through a gender lens

Nominations for 2024 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Awards now open

Until Nov. 15, nominate colleagues for their remarkable contributions toward advancing and embedding equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility at UCalgary

OEDI media

CBC radio:

History was made in the US over the weekend. CBC checks in with a political scientist, Dr. Malinda Smith on the historic election of Kamala Harris to Vice President-elect.

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Calgary Herald:

Compelling Calgarians: Dr. Malinda Smith helping the University of Calgary take a bold step as vice-provost of equity, diversity and inclusion. 

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Edmonton Journal:

Political scientist Malinda Smith, now the University of Calgary’s vice-provost of equity, diversity and inclusion, says while COVID-19 has meant people need to be physically distant, it also means more people can join, participate and learn virtually. 

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University Affairs:

Addressing anti-Black racism on campus
One year after a mass reckoning, we examine what universities are doing to address anti-Black racism in their own institutions.

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