Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

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The University of Calgary is a progressive, forward-looking institution where diverse perspectives and ways of understanding allow us to find innovative, creative ways to benefit our community and our world.  Equity practices support us in reflecting diversity and inclusion in our people and in our teaching and research. These principles are at the heart of everything we do and how we approach our work.

Our institutional strategy, Eyes High, starts with a statement that positions the University of Calgary as "a global intellectual hub." As such, a global perspective, free of discrimination and intolerance, is essential to our success. Closer to home, our Indigenous Strategy reflects our commitment to truth and reconciliation.

Partnerships and interdisciplinarity are at the core of all our work, whether it's on-campus, in the community, or on the other side of the world. We recognize that we all benefit from people working together toward shared goals, and that bringing together people with unique skills and backgrounds results in better outcomes. The collaborative relationships that we rely on are the result of respectful engagement and appreciation for the whole person.

When you join our university family, we want you to be yourself — to bring your own unique ideas, perspectives, skills, talents and experiences to the table. We know that people do their best work when they feel empowered and free to be themselves. We also know that we're a stronger and more dynamic institution when the different voices of our community come together on issues and decisions. We don't just welcome diverse perspectives and approaches — we need them to achieve our goals.

This is a place based on ideas, expertise and discovery, which means our people are our biggest assets. The wellness of our people is a top priority for us, as people can't do their best work when they're not at their best. We make every effort to ensure that everyone in our campus community feels safe, respected, empowered and supported in their work.

In order to ensure we actually deliver on our commitments to diversity and inclusion, we've developed institutional strategies to target areas of focus, as well as resources and spaces accessible to everyone in our community.

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Top Diversity Employer

Recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021).

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Office of Indigenous Engagement

The Office of Indigenous Engagement and ii' taa'poh'to'p guide UCalgary on its path of transformation, and communicate its commitment and responsibility for truth and reconciliation.

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Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

A dedicated resource that handles individual and institutional issues, and works to ensure a welcoming space for students, faculty and staff through advanced education, research and counsel.

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Indigenous Strategy

Called "ii' taa'poh'to'p," signifies "a place to rejuvenate and re-energize during a journey." Launched in 2017,  ii’taa’poh’to’p guides the University of Calgary on its path to truth and reconciliation.

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Workplace Diversity and Employment Equity Strategy

To re-affirm the University of Calgary’s commitment to workplace diversity and employment equity and to create a framework for future progress.

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Writing Symbols Lodge

Academic, personal, and cultural support services and programs for prospective and current First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, as well as a welcoming, supportive learning environment for the whole campus community.

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Canada Research Chairs Program Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

We are committed to meeting the requirements of the Canada Research Chairs Program Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion inform our commitment to learning, research excellence and our community.

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Indigenous Research Support Team

A pilot project launched within Research Services to better support and strengthen Indigenous-related research capacity at the University of Calgary

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Mental Health Strategy

Outlines our commitment to the importance of the mental health and well-being of our university family.

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Indigenous People and Working at UCalgary

UCalgary is working to provide opportunities for Indigenous people to grow their careers and become an employer of choice for Indigenous people.

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Women's Resource Centre

Dedicated to achieving gender equality to support an inclusive campus environment.

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Staff Wellness

Programs, resources and services to promote, support, and sustain the health and wellness of faculty and staff.

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The Q Centre

A safe, comfortable and inviting space for our LGBTQA+ community, featuring a library, peer support services, and program coordinators and volunteers who plan events and direct clients to relevant resources.

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