Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility
The University of Calgary recognizes the importance of creating and maintaining a welcoming, equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible working, research, teaching, learning and living environment that enables every member of our campus community to thrive. We see this commitment as important to meet the needs of an ever-more-diverse and rapidly changing society and as an opportunity to harness the ideas, knowledge, skills and experiences that people from different backgrounds and perspectives bring to our campuses. Equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility are vital to excellence in all aspects of research practice and design and across the UCalgary research ecosystem. These values, commitments and practices are highlighted in many institutional strategies, including our Eyes High Strategic Plan (2017-2022), Academic Plan (2018-2023), Research Plan (2018-2023) and our Framework for Growth (2021-) that recognize that great cities, and great societies, are anchored by great research universities and commits to applying the framework with “consideration of the effect on efforts towards Indigenous reconciliation and equity, diversity and inclusion.”
Presidential Task Force on EDIA
UCalgary has approved the establishment of a Presidential Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (PTF-EDIA): co-constituting an inspiring, strong, evidence-based EDIA strategy, with the aim of advancing and embedding the university’s commitment to a more equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible campus community.
Between July and December 2022, PTF-EDIA went through institutional governance and consultation with various EDIA stakeholders, including the Deans Council (June 8, 2022), Executive Leadership Team ELT (July 7, 2022), Vice-President Research-Ops (VPR-Ops) (July 23, 2022), General Faculties Council (GFC) (August 31, 2022), Board of Governors (September 17, 2022), GFC Executive (October 6, 2022), the Provost Team, Faculty EDI Leads (FEDI) and the EDI Network. PTF-EDIA was established after months of consultations and input following UCalgary’s governance processes.
The mandate of the Presidential Task Force on EDIA is to undertake consultative and collaborative engagements with the University of Calgary’s (UCalgary) representative bodies and wider university communities, conduct internal and external research and analyze qualitative and quantitative EDI data and relevant materials in order to co-constitute and make recommendations to the president for adoption, an institutional EDIA strategy, action and implementation plan, and relevant systems and processes for monitoring progress, impact and reporting.
Presidential Task Force on EDIA Executive Sponsors
The executive sponsors for the PTF-EDIA are UCalgary’s president and vice-chancellor, the provost and vice-president (academic), and the vice-president (research).
Presidential Task Force Co-Chairs
PTF-EDIA will be led by two co-chairs — the vice-provost and associate vice-president research (equity, diversity and inclusion) and the interim provost and vice-president (academic) — who report to the president and the ELT.
Dr. Malinda S. Smith, PhD
Vice Provost and Associate Vice President Research (EDI)
Dr. Penny Werthner, PhD
Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
Presidential Task Force Membership
The constitution of the PTF-EDIA shall reflect the diversity of UCalgary’s campus communities and the broader community and city in which the university is located. The composition encompasses representatives from our campus governance bodies and associations and is intentional in its inclusion of the voices of members of equity-deserving groups.
At the University of Calgary, strategic planning and processes are designed to engage communities toward a common purpose.
Strategic plans at the University of Calgary use the internal data, external data, consultation and best practices (IECB) framework:
Internal data sources such as existing strategic plans and decisions that have been made to date on the direction of the university.
External data sources include provincial government frameworks, federal strategies and sector-wide planning documents, market analyses, and reviews of the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal forces that drive decision-making.
Consultation with the affected groups both internal to our university campuses and within the broader community.
Best practices as articulated and proven by the global community of scholars and professionals who study strategy, planning, higher education, culture and other related topics.