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About the Office of EDI

We are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus that is accessible to all and free from harassment, bullying and discrimination.

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OEDI delivers workshops on various diversity and inclusion topics to student, faculty and staff. Literacy and education are crucial mechanisms used to ignite change and foster inclusion. The impact of training and education depends on community members' understanding and committing to life-long learning, practicing mindfulness and taking responsibility for building an inclusive university.

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If you need to discuss an issue of protected disclosure or other concern, contact the Protected Disclosure Advisor, who is available to all members of the university community and serves as a central, confidential resource.

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Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

Professor, Political Science, Faculty of Arts


Twitter: @MalindaSmith 

Dr. Malinda S. Smith


Vice-Provost, Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion), and a professor of political science at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Smith holds a PhD in political science from the University of Alberta, an MA, MDA, and a BA magna cum laude in political science and criminal justice, from Western Michigan University. 

She is a co-author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books, including:

Dr. Smith serves on several national bodies, including SSHRC Council and Executive, Statistics Canada’s Immigration and Ethnocultural Statistics Advisory Committee, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) External EDI Advisory Board.

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

  • Chair, Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (FEDI) Leads 
  • Chair, EDI Network 
  • Chair, EDI Data Group 
  • Chair, Dimensions EDI Executive 
  • Chair, Dimensions EDI Steering Committee
  • Co-Chair, Academic Staff Criteria and Processes Handbook Working Group (ASCP), GFC
  • Provost Team 
  • Vice President Research – Operations  
  • Extended Deans Council 
  • Deconstructing the EDI Acronym with Dr. Malinda Smith. Ideas-Idees Blog. June 3, 2021. Read more. 
  • Igniting Change: Final Report and Recommendations on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID) (Malinda Smith, Chair), Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, March 8, 2021. Read more.
  • Racial Equity Leadership in Covid Times, UAffairs Magazine, Feb, 25, 2021. Read more.
  • More training, education needed to fight systemic racism in public institutions, say Black scholars at U of A. October 2020. UAlberta News  Read more. 
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion are at the core of Dr. Malinda Smith's research. October 2020. RonFanFair  Read more. 
  • Beyond a Single Story: Black Lives and Hidden Figures in the Canadian Academy. Ideas-Idees Blog, February 18, 2020. Read more.

Dr. Sevan Beukian (she/elle/ան/هي)

OEDI Director (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility)


Dr. Sevan Beukian


Dr. Sevan Beukian joined the University of Calgary after serving as the Senior Executive Advisor on Anti-Racism and Intersectionality at the City of Edmonton, where she focused on implementing the Anti-Racism Strategy. She has also worked in provincial and municipal governments to incorporate GBA+, anti-racism and intersectionality into policies, programmes, and systems change.

Her experience has spanned over a decade in teaching, research, and public policy across government, university, non-profit and community-based work. Her approach combines (non-western) intersectional feminism, queer theory, anti-racism, trauma-informed approach, and anti-oppressive framework with a strong commitment to reconciliation and decolonization. 

Dr. Beukian holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut. Her current research focuses on how trauma and memory shape national identity discourses. It examines the impact of intergenerational traumatic memories (of genocide) and post-war experiences on national identity constructions, focusing on the Canadian and Armenian contexts. Dr. Beukian's publications have appeared in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Armenian Review, Routledge, Demeter Press, and Palgrave Macmillan, among others. 

Dr. Ghada Sfeir (she/her/elle)

Senior Advisor Anti-Racism and Racial Equity


Dr. Ghada Sfeir


Dr. Ghada Sfeir holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Her research interests focus on Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism, Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Decolonization, Anti-Racism, and Global Citizenship Education. Using the cosmopolitan lens, which entails the “equal moral worth” of every individual across all categories of difference, Dr. Sfeir advocates for implementing the fundamentals of EDI and anti-racism to identify and remove systemic barriers facing underrepresented and racialized groups educationally, socially, and politically.

In her previous role at Concordia University, Montreal, she taught her graduate and undergraduate courses from a social justice perspective. She has recently co-edited the International Journal of Talent Development and Creativity (2022) special issue to promote cosmopolitan pathways for Canada’s growing diversity from coast to coast to coast and beyond. Her advocacy is not limited to her publications and teaching from a social justice perspective but also includes various academic initiatives to advance collective public understanding of the principles of justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and decolonization.

Tracy E. Garrick

Office Administrator Coordinator 


Tracy E. Garrick, B.B.A., PMP


Tracy is an Office Administrative Coordinator in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She holds two BAs,  Business Administration and Project Management. She is certified in Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership, Indigenous Cultural Awareness and Competency, and Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP™). 

Tracy has worked at Mount Royal University for 15 years, supporting Wellness Services (50%) and The Office of Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion (50%). During her career at MRU, she had helped design and collaborate with stakeholders across Alberta and Canada a charter for the Healthy Campus Alberta community of practice - the first of its kind collaborative body that focuses on supporting mental health and well-being in Alberta campuses. 

She also supported the design and implementation of MRU's Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Framework and updated policies, including Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Accommodation and Sexual Violence Response and Awareness. This work removed barriers for marginalized individuals to have safe learning, work and play space. 

Tracy's latest work has been as a Project Manager supporting several humanitarian refugee projects.

Dr. Jennifer Adams

Academic Director - EDI in Research and Black Futures Strategy


Dr. Jennifer Adams


Jennifer D. Adams is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair of Creativity and Science and Associate Professor at The University of Calgary, Department of Chemistry, and affiliated with the Werklund School of Education.

She is the PI of the Creativity, Equity and STEM Lab, where she and her team research equity in STEM teaching and learning environments, emphasizing identity-affirming, anti-deficit, and justice-oriented approaches. In addition, she is in leadership on several national projects, including “Securing Black Futures,” which seeks to increase the visibility and support the flourishing of Black students in STEM and the Canadian Black Scientists Network, where she is involved with a national data collection project about Black students’ STEM experiences, serves the steering committee as a co-leader on STEM education Pathways and Postsecondary projects and is the PI of the STEM Beyond Borders initiative that will examine research, policy and practice in Canada and the United States around equity and justice in STEM education and careers for Black students.

Dr. Adams was recognized by the Calgary Black Chambers with an award for Black Achievement in STEM. In addition, she is an NSF Early CAREER award winner. She has served on the executive board of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching and on advisories for NSF-funded grant projects that focus on racial and gender equity in STEM. She also serves on the editorial board for Cultural Studies in Science Education, Journal of Research in Science Education and International Journal of Informal Science and Environmental Learning. Her prior appointments include Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, the American Museum of Natural History, and The New York City Department of Education.

Dr. Hieu Ngo

Academic Director - EDI and Anti-Racism Policy and Strategy



Dr. Hieu Ngo


Hieu Van Ngo is associate dean (teaching and learning) and associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work. As a person with intersecting identities, he has lived with and confronted many inequities facing immigrants, racialized people and LGBTQ2S+ members. 

Hieu has been involved in anti-racist and equity work since 1997. To date, he has led over 15 collaborative initiatives that address systemic discrimination in education, health, and justice.  

Dr. Tolu Sajobi

Academic Director - EDI Data Research, Analysis, and Strategy


Dr. Tolulope (Tolu) Sajobi


Dr. Sajobi is an associate professor and biostatistician in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary. He completed his undergraduate degree (First Class Honors) in Statistics from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), a Masters's degree in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Windsor, and a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Sajobi is the Director of the Person-Centered Methods & Analytics Research Lab, through which he leads a methods research program that focuses on (1) measurement and analysis of behavioural/patient-reported outcomes, (2) design and analysis of randomized controlled trials, and (3) predictive analytics. He has received peer-reviewed research funds worth more than $26million as a principal investigator and co-investigator/lead statistician and has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

As a biostatistician, Dr. Sajobi is a seasoned collaborator and statistical leader on several national and international health research projects. He received the 2018 Avenue Magazine’s Calgary Top 40 under 40 award.

Aruna Srivastava

Academic Director - Race, Disability and Decolonization


Dr. Aruna Srivastava


Aruna Srivastava is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and is affiliated with the International Indigenous Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts. Over her years at the University of Calgary, she has engaged in research and teaching in race, racism and anti-racism, decolonization, Indigenous peoples in global contexts, the politics of reconciliation, disability and chronic illness. She has worked particularly on pedagogies related to these fields.

She has held various leadership positions and been an advisor to the Faculty of Graduate Studies on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, focussing especially on Indigenous initiatives; Aruna has worked for many years in Calgary as an anti-racism educator and consultant.

Dr. William Yimbo

Senior Advisor, EDI Literacy, Education, and Training

(403) 220-4405


Dr. William Yimbo


William Yimbo is a Senior Advisor, EDI Literacy, Education, and Training in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a graduate diploma in International Relations from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands, an MA in Public Affairs, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota, USA.

As a Senior Advisor, Dr. Yimbo develops and delivers equity, diversity, and inclusion workshops to staff, faculty, and students across the university. He previously worked as a diversity advisor in immigration and settlement services. In this role, he delivered diversity education and advocated for equity and inclusivity in government services for Canada’s newcomer communities.

Dr. Yimbo has an extensive career background and experience in public and foreign policy administration in Kenya, Africa.


Emily English (they/them)

Accessibility Consultant


Emily English


Emily is a recent graduate from the Faculty of Kinesiology, obtaining their Bachelor’s of Kinesiology with a minor in Sociology. They are primarily interested in how the University of Calgary can work towards disability justice by deconstructing ableist practices and attitudes. They’re also interested in how academic access for students with disabilities can be facilitated through policy, programmatic support, financial assistance, and research. 

Our location

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is located at:

AD116, Administration Building
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4


In 2019 the University of Calgary created the position of Vice Provost Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to oversee a new Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The OEDI builds on and extends the work of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure (ODEPD), which was established in February 2014 to advance the core values that underlie the university's strategic direction, Eyes High.

Designed to deal with both individual and systemic issues, the OEDI reports to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Traditional Lands Acknowledgement

Our office is located on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.  Learn more