Network

EDI Committees and Networks


Dr. Malinda Smith

Chair

Dr. Malinda Smith
Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
 

Dr. Aylin Atilla

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Aylin Atilla is an associate professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.  She was born in Montreal to immigrant parents. Still, She grew up around the world – Morocco, India, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then known as Zaire) until her family moved back to Canada and came to Medicine Hat in Alberta.   She pursued her undergraduate degree (BS - Cornell University) and graduate degrees (VMD - University of Pennsylvania, MS - Auburn University) and small animal veterinary surgery specialization in the United States.   

She worked in private practice before coming to the University of Calgary.  She teaches in all years of the veterinary curriculum and sees clinical cases in our DVLC partner clinics, and engages in clinical and educational research. She is a member of the Indigenous priority group and co-chair of the Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Task Force at the UCVM. 

Dr. Kristin Baetz, Dean of Science

Faculty of Science

Dr. Baetz holds a PhD (2000) from the University of Toronto in medical genetics and microbiology and a BSc Honours (1995) from Queen’s University in biochemistry. She currently sits on the board of Research Canada, a national, broadly based alliance dedicated to advancing health research through collaborative advocacy and is the former president of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, whose mandate is to advance and promote molecular biosciences in Canada. 

Dr. Baetz has served extensively as both reviewer and chair at many funding agencies, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In 2017, the CIHR College of Reviewers recognized her as an outstanding reviewer. 

She is passionate about science and delivering future-focused programs that will allow our graduates to not just participate in but drive the transformation of the Calgary and Alberta economy. Her guiding principle is that innovation and excellence are built on collaboration and diversity. She has a long-standing commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenous engagement and looks forward to continuing her advocacy and reconciliation journey at UCalgary.

Dr. William Bridel

Faculty of Kinesiology

Dr. William Bridel specializes in sociocultural aspects of the sport, physical activity, and the body. Current projects include investigations of LGBTQI2S+ inclusion in sport and inclusion and safe sport policy. He is also interested in sport-related pain and injury, with a recent focus on athletes’ experiences of sport-related concussions.

Dr. Pamela Chu

Cumming School of Medicine

Dr. Pamela Chu, MD, has been the associate dean of Professionalism, Equity and Diversity at the Cumming School of Medicine since 2019. Dr. Chu is a Gynecologic Oncologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a cross-appointment in Oncology.

Dr. Chu has spearheaded many EDI initiatives within the Cumming School of Medicine, including educational sessions, policy development, curriculum review, and a faculty EDI award.

Dr. Añiela dela Cruz

Faculty of Nursing

Dr. Añiela dela Cruz holds a PhD in Nursing and an MSc in Health Promotion Studies (University of Alberta). She has over 20 years of professional experience in community and public health, health policy development, and health and program evaluation research. In her career, Añiela has worked with Alberta communities, provincial and federal government stakeholders, and non-government organizations focusing on areas of public health such as HIV/AIDS, chronic disease prevention, prenatal nutrition, and child and youth health promotion and illness prevention. She has worked extensively with diverse in Alberta and across Canada, including women, children, people living with HIV, marginalized immigrants, First Nations communities, urban Indigenous communities, and urban and rural populations.

Currently, Añiela chairs the Newcomer, HIV, Immigration, treatment Engagement and Stigma in Canada (NewHITES) Community-Based Research Team.  The team comprises community leaders, people living with HIV, government, AIDS Service Organizations (ASO), and community-based and academic-based researchers working together towards health and social equities within the intersections of HIV, stigma, migration and settlement.

Catherine Hamel

School of Architecture Planning and Landscape

Catherine Hamel’s interests are in the role of the designed environment as an instrument of change. Critical of exploitation, her focus is on the potential of productive modification. Her work focuses on forced displacement and the role of the built environment in mitigating adaptation. The themes investigated to date include identity and estrangement in post-war reconstruction and exile, architecture and justice, memory in the scarred body, and voicing political experiences in public space.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, a city of hope and despair, she grew up in a space where the built and natural environment was never a neutral bystander. The outcome is a comfort in being poured back and forth between different cultures, projected sides, and languages.  An adjustment of perspective is never received as one of disregard. It is an adaptation and a necessary resilience. This fluctuation trains one’s attitude to focus and select what each context offers rather than reject what falls outside the habitual framework to stay in the prescribed and familiar.

Colleen Kawalilak

Werklund School of Education

Colleen Kawalilak, PhD, full professor and associate dean (international) in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, provides leadership in establishing sustained and reciprocal international partnerships and advancing internationalization at home (IaH) and in curricula (IoC). 

Colleen’s research, teaching, and graduate supervision span formal and informal adult learning in culturally diverse work and learning contexts; the power of dialogue; global engagement; advancing intercultural capacity to foster inclusive and diverse work and learning communities; lifelong learning; and relational epistemologies to inform teaching and learning.

Professor Jennifer Koshan

Faculty of Law

Jennifer Koshan is a professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. Her research and teaching focus on equality, human rights, and legal responses to interpersonal violence. She is the Principal Investigator on a cross-Canada research project on domestic violence and access to justice funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Access to Justice Fund. This project has resulted in several publications, most recently an eBook on domestic violence laws across Canada, available on Can LII.

She is also Chair of the Law Faculty’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 

Dean Aoife Mac Namara

Faculty of Arts

Dr. Aoife Mac Namara, PhD, was appointed dean of the Faculty of Arts on July 1, 2022.

Dr. Aoife Mac Namara’s decades of experience in academia — as a student, researcher, teacher and leader — span Canada and the globe, giving her a deep understanding of the complexities of university culture at home and abroad. She recently served as the president of NSCAD University in Halifax and, before that, as dean of Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology and as dean of Emily Carr University’s Audain Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice. In London, England, Dr. Mac Namara served as director of Contemporary Art at the University of the Arts (Wimbledon College of Art) and as director of Programmes: Art and Design at Middlesex University.

Originally trained as an artist herself, Dr. Mac Namara holds a doctorate in art, design and the built environment from the University of Ulster in Belfast, pursued a doctorate in art education at Concordia University, and holds a master’s degree in the social history of art from the University of Leeds. In addition, she has a master’s in fine art from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

Dr. Mac Namara is a dedicated champion for entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary collaboration, institutional transparency, decolonization and reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion. As president of NSCAD, she led the institution’s COVID-19 response and transition to remote learning and working — the success of which was recognized by the province’s post-secondary community and used as a model for developing Nova Scotia’s higher-education sector’s reopening framework. During this time, she also led the development of an anti-racist action plan for NSCAD, which received overwhelming cross-university support. Her reconciliation and anti-racism efforts include helping to secure support for the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery, a first-of-its-kind research hub, and, as part of SFU’s Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, advocating for changes to university policies to be more inclusive of Indigenous pedagogies.

As dean of UCalgary’s Faculty of Arts, she is committed to building meaningful relationships between the faculty — and the university as a whole — and its constituents, including students, staff, faculty, community members, industry, government and donors.

Dr. Donna-Marie McCafferty

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Dr. McCafferty is responsible for awards and scholarships made available to graduate students through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. These include the Killam and Vanier awards and Tri-Council scholarships offered through the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Graduate Awards Competition.

Dr. McCafferty is the FGS representative on the Associate Deans Research Committee, serves as the liaison with the Vice President Research office, and co-chairs the FGS EDI committee with Jaya Dixit (Graduate Academic and Intl. Specialist). 

Dr. Hieu Ngo

Faculty of Social Work

Hieu Van Ngo, PhD 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 GLBTQ+ members. 

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

Dr. Fouzia Usman

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Fouzia Usman, PhD, has spent the last ten years immersed in EDI as a researcher, educator, and consultant in an educational context.  Her educational development experience spans the K-12 and postsecondary contexts. Identifying as an "Anti-Oppression" educator herself, Fouzia has taught several courses in the Werklund School of Education, focusing on diversity for learning and learning theories. Fouzia’s doctoral research focused on inclusion within Dubai’s educational system, whereby she guided to reshaping of administrators’ and policymakers’ perceptions of inclusion practices for students with specific learning needs. She brings important international experience to the TI, working for the Higher Education Department for the Government of Dubai, supporting large-scale projects related to student engagement and satisfaction, and quality assurance processes across Dubai’s entire post-secondary sector. Within the community, Fouzia currently serves as a Calgary Police Services Anti-Racism Action committee member.

As an educational development consultant at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Fouzia works to advance EDI initiatives across the university’s teaching and learning communities. She works with individuals and groups on incorporating EDI values and principles, including anti-racism practices, in postsecondary teaching and learning contexts. She also provides support as an academic staff member by facilitating programs related to the Taylor Institute’s Certificates in University Teaching and Learning. Fouzia is one of the primary contacts for inquiries related to EDI in teaching and learning and is excited to collaborate with members of the campus community to take this work forward. Fouzia is interested in promoting anti-oppression pedagogical practices at the postsecondary level. Her research interests include decolonizing curriculum, anti-oppression pedagogy, equity and inclusivity in teaching and learning, and intercultural competency among faculty members.

Sherry Weaver

Haskayne School of Business

Sherry is a senior instructor and associate dean (undergraduate) at the Haskayne School of Business. She has been a faculty member in the Operations and Supply Chain Management area since 1999. She participated in doctoral studies at the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering (CRHE), University of Toronto. She has her CPIM designation as well as degrees in Business and Education. Before joining Haskayne, Sherry worked in government services, energy, transportation, education and the healthcare industries. Sherry taught for the Calgary Board of Education and University of Toronto Schools before joining Haskayne.

Sherry has been in various administrative roles at Haskayne for over the past decade as Assistant Dean Student Leadership and Associate Dean Teaching & Learning before her recent position. Sherry serves as a co-chair for various committees across campus, including GFC Calendar and Curriculum Subcommittee, HSB Undergraduate Review Committee and the HSB EDI Committee.

Dr. Svetlana Yanushkevich

Schulich School of Engineering

Svetlana Yanushkevich, PhD, is the associate dean (equity, diversity and inclusion, and research) at the Schulich School of Engineering. She is also a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Software Engineering and holds a Dr. Habilitated in Tech. Sci. from the Technical University of Warsaw (1999).

She joined the University of Calgary in 2001. Svetlana founded (2003) and directs the Biometric Technologies Laboratory at the University of Calgary. She and her team conduct research in machine learning and probabilistic reasoning, biometric data processing, and biometric-enabled decision support systems for security and healthcare applications. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE and co-chairs the Biometric Taskforce in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts’ Equity and Diversity Committee works to fulfill the Faculty’s commitment to build a genuinely diverse community in our Faculty and deliberately seek ways to increase equity and diversity in all of its facets. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities and backgrounds.

The committee engages in activities that:

  • Promote an inclusive institutional climate that reflects, respects and celebrates diversity.
  • Raise awareness of discrimination and unconscious bias among Faculty, students and staff.
  • Support members of the Faculty of Arts who experience discrimination at the University.
  • Ensure training opportunities for mentoring faculty toward tenure and promotion throughout their careers.
  • Provide resources for effective inclusive pedagogies that support the learning of all students.
  • Create awareness and a shared sense of responsibility among Faculty, staff and students to promote a learning and working culture that values equity, diversity and inclusion.

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Equity Diversity and Inclusion in Arts

Virginia Tumasz, Chair - Vice Dean
Pallavi Banerjee, Vice-chair

Five Committee Members elected by Faculty Council (2-year term):

  • Pallavi Banerjee (to 2022-06-30), Sociology
  • Tinu Ruparell (to 2023-06-30), Classics and Religion
  • Faye Halpern (to 2022-06-30), English
  • Mél Hogan (to 2023-06-30), Communication, Media and Film
  • Saulesh Yessenova (to 2023-06-30), Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Members Appointed by the Chair (2-year term):
  • Joe Kadi (to 2022-06-30), Women's Studies Program, Philosophy
  • Ozouf Senamin Amedegnato (to 2022-06-30), SLLLC

Two Staff Members (one from AUPE and one from MaPS; 2-year term):

  • Shelley Wind, MaPS (F2021) Constantina Caldis Roberts, AUPE (to 2022-06-30)
  • Kate Innanen, MaPS (W2022)

One Graduate Student chosen by the Graduate Students’ Association (1-year term):

  • Jessica Ruffolo, SLLLC (to 2022-06-30)
  • One Undergraduate Student chosen by the Students’ Union (1-year term): Sofía Huarte Aguilar, SCPA (to 2022-04-30)

The events of 25 May 2020 catalyzed an unprecedented international mobilization focused on urgent issues of racism and discrimination. While the death of George Floyd galvanized a global sense of outrage, it also highlighted a necessity for change that has a long, complex and deeply troubling history. To face and address these dynamics, we are currently working on a range of initiatives with the objectives of community consultation, self-education, and concrete short-, medium- and long-term action.

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization | SCPA Committee

Bruce Barton, Professor and SCPA Director: Committee Co-Chair
Adam Patrick Bell – Associate Professor, Music and Committee Co-Chair

  • Rod Squance – Associate Professor and Music Division Lead
  • Joelle Welling – Senior Instructor, Music
  • Marie France Forcier, Associate Professor and Dance Division Lead
  • Michelle Moss – Associate Professor, Dance
  • Melanie Kloetzel – Professor, Dance
  • Christine Brubaker – Associate Professor and Drama Division Lead
  • Clement Martini – Professor, Drama
  • Mary Lou Mendyk – Manager, Department Operations
  • Abir Bachir – Venue Business Administrator
  • Constantina Caldis Roberts – Academic Programs Specialist: Scheduling & Community Engagement
  • Cabri Boechler - Dance Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Allison Wenniger – Drama Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Filip Vujanovic - Music Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Oshadhee Satarasingh: Graduate Student and Peer-Support Network Co-ordinator
  • Cassie Holmes – Graduate Student Representative, Drama
  • Crystal Tan – Graduate Student Representative, Music
  • Jason Young – Graduate Student Representative, Music

Cumming School of Medicine

CME Commitment to EDI

The Office of CME&PD is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in developing and delivering evidence-based educational and assessment activities. We will foster an EDI culture by recognizing and respecting all individuals' unique qualities and attributes, including learners, the scientific planning committee, faculty and staff. We will create positive and inclusive learning, working and social environments where individuals’ different perspectives are welcomed and valued. 

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The Hotchkiss Brain Institute's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee makes policy and practices recommendations to HBI leadership on producing an equitable workplace for all faculty, trainees and staff that emphasizes diversity, inclusion, and quality of life.

In addition, the Committee plans to develop an Indigenous inclusion plan that provides training opportunities, community engagement, and targeted recruitment.

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    1. Hotchkiss Brain Institute - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

      Dr. Stephanie Borgland (chair)

      School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

      The student association and leadership team of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape (SAPL) condemn systemic racism, bigotry, discrimination, hate and abuse of power. To those who have been and are being harmed by these actions, we are here to listen, support and effect change.

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      1. SAPL and the Student Association

        • John Brown, SAPL, Dean                               
        • Dimitri Giannoulis, SAPLSA, President
        • Jason Johnson, SAPL, Associate Dean Architecture
        • Catherine Hamel, SAPL,  Associate Dean Architecture (Incoming)
        • Emily Kaing, SAPL SA, Vice - President Internal
        • Komal Patel, SAPL SA, Vice-President Academic
        • Rachel Smigelski, SAPL SA, Vice-President External
        • Josh Taron, SAPL, Associate Dean Research and Innovation
        • Mary Ellen Tyler, SAPL, Associate Dean Planning and Landscape Architecture

      Faculty of Graduate Studies

      The GSA is committed to advocating on behalf of equity-seeking groups, including women, Indigenous peoples, racialized individuals, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+. The GSA EDI committee will work to amplify the voices of oppressed groups, bring awareness to issues, and improve equity, diversity, and inclusion within the GSA itself.

      GSA Actions to Address EDI Issues

      • Learning about racism and anti-racism among the members of the GSA Board, Staff, and Senior Leadership Team
      • Bringing diverse voices to decision-making tables
      • Amplifying the voices of oppressed groups through statements, stories, and resources
      • Building EDI into the GSA strategic plan
      • Forming and building the EDI Committee

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      1. GSA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

        • Evangelina Natynczyk
        • Emily Wuerch
        • Meghdad Ghias
        • Jamie Anderson
        • Olaitan Oyekunle
        • Pia Silvia Rozario
        • Selina Robson
        • Hanieh Kiani Amiri
        • Diana Changirwa
        • Nilufer Hasanova
        • Abimbola Madonna Orukpe
        • Mojtaba Rostami
        • Anu Shah
        • Akindele Tawoju
        • Cassidy Da Silva
        • Randip Dhaliwal
        • Andrew Kemle
        • Radhika Velappan
        • Karina Silvana Hincapie Martinez
        • Sarah Hasan
        • Alex Paquette
        • Tanille Shandro
        • Danielle Abbott
        • Lina Girgis
        • Thao Nguyen
        • Shannon Jakel

      Haskayne School of Business

      In 2020 the first-ever Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Haskayne School of Business was formed. This committee is led by Dr. Sandy Hershcovis and Dr. Sherry Weaver, tasked with creating the very first EDI strategy for the school. Comprised of faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds, the committee meets regularly to explore what EDI means to Haskayne and how we’ll strive toward fostering a more welcoming environment for equity-deserving individuals in our community.

      Faculty of Kinesiology

      The Faculty of Kinesiology recognizes that diverse faculty, staff, students and alumni benefit and enrich the work, teaching, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and broader community. Therefore, we are committed to removing constructed barriers that continue to negatively impact equity-deserving groups, including women, Indigenous and racialized people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI2S+ individuals, people of different sizes, individuals from across social classes, and all their intersections.

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      Meet some EDI Faculty of Kinesiology committee members working together to create an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our team is chaired by Dr. William Bridel, Associate Dean (Academic) and Khushi Arora, Undergraduate Student.

      Get to know the Faculty of Kinesiology’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee

      Faculty of Law

      UCalgary Law's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee was formed in August 2020 to work to increase and improve equity, equality, diversity and inclusion at the law school and in the Faculty’s interactions with the legal profession.

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      1. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at UCalgary Law Committee

        2021-2022)

        Jennifer Koshan, Professor, Chair
        Evaristus Oshionebo, Professor, Interim Chair

        • Maureen Duffy, Associate Professor
        • Lisa Silver, Associate Professor
        • Anna-Maria Hubert, Assistant Professor
        • Catherine Valestuk, Assistant Dean, Recruiting & Admissions
        • Ali Abel, Manager, Marketing & Communications
        • Andrew Showalter, Coordinator, Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation
        • Candace Rissley, 3L student, Gender & Equality Law Association
        • Emma Arnold-Fyfe, 2L student, OUTLaw
        • Keshia Holloman-Dawson, 3L student, Black Law Students Association
        • Austin Nguyen, 3L student, Diversity & Law Society
        • Joelle Schock, 2L student, Indigenous Law Students Association
        • Carter Lindsay, 2L student, VP Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Society of Law Students
        • Li (Grace) Tan, graduate student representative

      Faculty of Nursing

      We have a long history of promoting social justice through our professional work. We abide by a code of ethics, upholding principles of justice, safeguarding human rights, equity, fairness and promoting the public good. It is our ethical responsibility to not discriminate based on a person's ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social status, health status or any other attribute. We also respect Indigenous Peoples' special history and interests (CNA, 2017, p. 15).

      All UCalgary Nursing students, faculty and staff must stand in solidarity to support an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment. We also commit to working together to continue thriving within our strengths as a diverse community.

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      Schulich School of Engineering

      Diversity is a critical driver of innovation and leads to more robust problem‐solving and creativity in engineering design. The Schulich School of Engineering is committed to advancing diversity and supporting a positive learning experience for all, including female and Indigenous students. 

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      Faculty of Science

      1. Diversity and Equity Committee

        Department Representatives

        Our Mission is to provide a platform to promote inclusive dialogue, build community, and learn about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) tools that can be used in our daily work.

        • Casey Hubert, Biological Sciences
        • Belinda Heyne, Chemistry
        • Helen He, Computer Science
        • Jennifer Cuthbertson, Geoscience
        • Deniz Sezer, Mathematics and Statistics
        • Claudia Gomes da Rocha, Physics and Astronomy
        • Rebecca Frederick, Graduate Student 
        • Chaten Jessel, Undergraduate Student
        • Ana Carolina Lima, Post Doc
        • Jagos Radovic, AUPE Staff Member
        • Vacant, MaPS Staff Member       
      2. EDI Department Leader

        • Constance Finney, Biological Sciences
        • Belinda Heyne, Chemistry
        • Helen He, Computer Science
        • Jennifer Cuthbertson, Geoscience
        • Mark Bauer, Mathematics & Statistics
        • Jo-Anne Brown, Physics & Astronomy
      1. Science Wellness (SWELL) Committee

        Belinda Heyne (Chair), Associate Professor, Chemistry

        • Ashley Causton, Senior Instructor, Chemistry
        • Eric Donovan, Professor, Physics and Astronomy
        • Lies Thompson, Manager, Undergraduate Science Centre
        • Postdoctoral Fellow, TBC
        • Marissa Clapson, Graduate Student, Chemistry

        The goal of this committee is to foster the improvement of equity within the Department of Biological Sciences by:

        1. Providing support for individuals to report incidents of inequity to the Faculty/University.
        2. Providing education and raising awareness to the Department of Biological Sciences about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) related issues and concerns.
        3. Making suggestions to the departmental leadership about how to improve EDI practices within Biological Sciences.

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        1. Equity Committee, Department of Biological Sciences

          Constance Finney (she/her), Chair

          Staff member

          Graduate student representatives

          Undergraduate student representatives

        Faculty of Social Work

        We intend to foster an inclusive, thriving and equitable environment for our students, non-academic and academic staff, and community members. We take the stand that equity does not mean sameness in the treatment of people but rather requires measures and accommodations for diverse life experiences and circumstances to ensure that no one of a particular social group is disadvantaged, underrepresented or overlooked in all aspects of our work. 

        We intend to address systemic inequities and compounded disadvantages due to the intersectionality of social locations, particularly for those who are members of racialized communities, Indigenous peoples, Black peoples, persons with disabilities, migrant groups (including refugees and immigrants), 2SLGBTQ+ communities, linguistic minorities as well as those who have experienced socioeconomic, caregiving, religious, political, and/or cultural barriers to their education and employment. 

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        Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

        As part of UCVM’s commitment to creating a safe, diverse, and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff to learn and grow and to move us forward on this journey, the WIDE (Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity) Task Force was struck in early 2021. Co-chaired by Aylin Atilla and Saskia de Jong, the task force held a series of meetings and retreats with a working group to determine recommendations for UCVM’s Leadership Council.  

        • The Vision: to ensure a safe, effective, and inclusive working and learning environment and culture across the UCVM community.
        • Mandate: to identify the major issues of concern, investigate root causes and recommend solutions.

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        1. WIDE Task Force

          Dr. Aylin Atilla, Associate Professor, Co-chair
          Dr. Holly Sparks, student, Co-chair

          • Amy Warren
          • Anna Wenman
          • Ashley Smolley
          • Caroline Beninger
          • Catherine Wagg
          • Chantal McMillan
          • Deborah Yee
          • Doug Doyle-Baker
          • Filip Rakic
          • Holly Sparks
          • Karen Liljebjelke
          • Lizzie Tamas
          • Madeline Kapiczowski
          • Nancy Ngo
          • Olivia Hee
          • Patrick Whelan
          • Priyanka Mangat
          • Razieh Eshraghi Samani
          • Safira Teja
          • Saskia de Jong
          • Stephanie Hawes
          • Tahir Ali
          • Tuan Trang

        Werklund School of Education

        Werklund researchers are fostering more diverse learning communities through addressing challenges in and outside of schools and sharing the voices of the students, teachers, school psychologists and counselling psychologists working to eradicate conditions that have historically marginalized vulnerable populations.

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        1. Researchers in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

          • Jac J.W. Andrews
          • Tonya Callaghan
          • Patricia Danyluk
          • Jose Domene
          • Karlee Fellner
          • Dianne Gereluk
          • Shibao Guo
          • Yan Guo
          • Janet Elizabeth Groen
          • Aubrey Hanson
          • Kaela Jubas
          • Colleen Kawalilak
          • Michael Kehler
          • Gregory Lowan-Trudeau
          • Yvonne Poitras Pratt
          • David Scott
          • Erin Spring
          • Shirley Steinberg
          • Elisa Vandenborn-Lacerda
          • Kaori Wada
          • Rahat Zaidi

          Research interests

          • Anti-oppression education
          • Diversity
          • Gender studies
          • Human rights
          • Social justice and equity in education

        Dr. Malinda Smith

        Chair, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and Professor of Political Science

        Dr. Amy Dambrowitz

        University Registrar, Office of the Registrar

        Mr. Bruce Evelyn

        Vice-Provost (Planning and Resource Allocation)

        Dr. Michael Hart

        Vice-Provost and AVP Research (Indigenous Engagement)

        Ms. Jacqueline Lambert

        Senior Institutional Analyst, Office of Institutional Analysis

        Ms. Carley L'Hirondelle

        Specialist, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources

        Dr. Tolulope (Tolu) Sajobi

        Academic Director - EDI Data Research, Analysis, and Strategy, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

        Ms. Jennifer Sinclair

        Coordinator, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy, Legal Services

        Ms. Nicole Wheeler

        Manager, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources

          Title Faculty/Department
        Malinda Smith, Chair Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and Professor of Political Science Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
        Adam Bell Associate Professor School of Creative and Performing Arts
        Adam Murry Assistant Professor Department of Psychology
        Alexandra Giancarlo Assistant Professor Faculty of Kinesiology
        Alison Barrett Manager - Community & Social Impact Schulich School of Engineering
        Andrea Freeman Department Head + Associate Professor Department of Geography
        Andrew Szeto Director, Campus Mental Health Strategy, and Associate Professor Department of Psychology
        Arvind Magesan Professor Department of Economics
        Bruce Barton Professor + Director - SCPA School of Creative and Performing Arts
        Carla Bertsch Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Support Student and Enrolment Services
        Carley L'Hirondelle Specialist - Talent Acquisition Human Resources
        Charles Tepperman Associate Professor + Department Head Department of Communication, Media and Film
        Cheryl Jessamine Coordinator Corporate and Foundation Relations
        Cora Voyageur Professor Department of Sociology
        Daniel Voth Academic Director - Int Indg St + Associate Professor Department of Political Science
        Dawn Johnston Teaching Professor Department of Communication, Media and Film
        Deinera Exner Adjunct Associate Professor Social Work
        Elena Di Martino Professor Gender and Diversity Committee, Schulich School of Engineering
        Elizabeth Henderson Associate Director, Community Engagement Haskayne School of Business
        Enrica Dall’Ara Interim Associate Dean, Academic Planning and Landscape Architecture
        Garrett Beatty International Student Advisor - Intercultural Programs Student and Enrolment Services
        Grace Kebegele Student Faculty of Law
        Gregor Wolbring Professor Community Health Sciences
        Heather Burns Team Lead - Talent Development Human Resources
        Hieu Ngo Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Academic Director, (EDI and Anti-Racism Policy and Strategy) Faculty of Social Work, OEDI
        Joe Kadi Senior Instructor Department of Philosophy
        Kamala Patel Professor, Member Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases - Cell Signalling and Structure
        Keeta Gladue Indigenous Student Program Advisor Writing Symbols Lodge
        Kent Spiers Doctoral Student Anthropology and Archaeology
        Kimberly Marie Van Patten Project Manager Social Work
        Kristin von Ranson Professor, Clinical Psychology Program Psychology
        Lara L. Nixon Associate Professor Cumming School of Medicine
        Lauren Remple Dimensions Program Manager Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
        Leeann Hilsen Instructor, Associate Director, Field Education Faculty of Social Work
        Lianne Tomfohr Associate Professor Department of Psychology
        Lisa Gieg Associate Professor Biological Sciences
        Lucija Muehlenbachs Associate Professor Department of Economics
        Lynden F. J. Crowshoe Associate Professor Family Medicine
        Mairi Babey Program Coordinator Cumming School of Medicine
        Marie Andree Bergeron Professor Faculty of Arts
        Marina Gavrilova Associate Professor Computer Science
        Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle Research Associate Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
        Nanako Furuyama Manager - Peer Support & Outreach (for Faith & Spirituality Centre - Health Promotion & Outreach - and Women’s Resource Centre) Student and Enrolment Services
        Nancy Janovicek Associate Professor Department of History
        Nicole Wheeler Manager - Talent Acquisition Human Resources
        Pallavi Banerjee Associate Professor Department of Sociology
        Patrina Duhaney Assistant Professor Faculty of Social Work
        Rachel Schmidt Professor Department of Classics and Religion
        Richard Zach Professor Department of Philosophy
        Sandy Hershcovis Professor, Associate Dean, Future Fund Professor in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Haskayne School of Business
        Sarah Ashton Pluralistic Engagement Coordinator Faith & Spirituality Centre
        Saulesh Yessenova Associate Professor Anthropology and Archaeology
        Shelly Russell-Mayhew Professor, Program Chair, Registered Psychologist Werklund School of Education
        Shirley Voyna Wilson Protected Disclosure AdvisorSenior Protected Disclosure Ad Protected Disclosure and Research Integrity Office (PDRI Office)
        Susan Franceschet Professor Department of Political Science
        Susan Skone Associate Vice-President (Research) VP Research Office
        Suzette Mayr Professor Department of English
        Svetlana Yanushkevich Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Associate Dean, Research (Faculty Research & Scholarship), Professor Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Software Engineering
        Tao Dong Tier II Canada Research Chair in Molecular Ecology, Associate Professor, Adjunct Professor Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
        Tonya Callaghan Associate Professor Werklund School of Education
        William Bridel Associate Professor, Associate Dean (Academic) Faculty of Kinesiology
        William Yimbo  Senior Advisor, EDI Literacy, Education, and Training Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

        Dimensions EDI Executive Committee

        Dr. Kirsten Exall, Director, Research Services Office

        Dr. Kirsten Exall

        Director, Institution Programs, Research Services

        Pamela Hyde, Senior Specialist, Strategic Marketing and Communications, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

        Ms. Pamela Hyde

        Senior Specialist, Strategic Marketing and Communications, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

        Lauren Remple, Dimensions Program Manager

        Ms. Lauren Remple

        Dimensions Program Manager

        Dr. Robert I. Thompson, Associate Vice-President (Research)

        Dr. Robert I. Thompson

        Associate Vice-President (Research)


        Dimensions EDI Steering Committee

        UCalgary has appointed an executive committee and a steering committee to accomplish the requirements of the Dimension pilot program. If you are interested in joining the Dimensions Steering Committee, please contact Lauren Remple.

        • Chair - Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
        • Mr. Adnan Ahmed, Office of Institutional Analysis
        • Dr. Andrew Szeto, Student and Enrolment Services, Psychology - Faculty of Arts
        • Dr. Aniela Dela Cruz, Faculty of Nursing
        • Dr.  Aruna Srivastava, English - Faculty of Arts
        • Ms. Ashley Connect-Benoit, Faculty of Nursing
        • Dr. Belinda Heyne, Chemistry - Faculty of Science
        • Dr. Bill Rosehart, Electrical and Software Engineering - Schulich School of Engineering
        • Mr. Bruce Evelyn, Office of Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
        • Ms. Carla Bertsch, Student and Enrolment Services
        • Ms. Carley L'Hirondelle, Human Resources
        • Dr. Cheryl Dueck, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Culture - Faculty of Arts
        • Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, Werklund School of Education, Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Adult Learning, Faculty of Education
        • Dr. David Nicholas, Faculty of Social Work
        • Dr. Donna-Marie McCafferty, Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology - Cumming School of Medicine
        • Dr. Ellen Perrault, Faculty of Social Work
        • Ms. Fayo Abdi
        • Dr. Francine Smith, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Physiology and Pharmacology - Cumming School of Medicine
        • Mr. Garrett Beatty, Student and Enrolment Services
        • Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Community Health Sciences - Cumming School of Medicine
        • Ms. Heather Burns, Human Resources
        • Dr. Hieu Ngo, Faculty of Social Work, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
        • Ms. Jacqueline Lambert, Office of Institutional Analysis
        • Dr. Jan Braun, Cumming School of Medicine
        • Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura, Office of Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Office of the Vice-President (Research)
        • Dr. Janice Braun, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - Cumming School of Medicine
        • Ms. Jaya Dixit, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
        • Mr. Jeffrey Horvath, Tsuut’ina Nation High School 
        • Ms. Jenn Ksionzena, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
        • Dr. Jennifer Adams, Chemistry - Faculty of Science
        • Ms. Jeny Matthews-Thusoo, City of Calgary 
        • Dr. Johanne Tottle, Student and Enrolment Services
        • Dr. John Brown, School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape
        • Mr. Jonah Secreti, Senate Representative
        • Ms. Keeta Gladue, Writing Symbols Lodge
        • Dr. Kirsten Exall, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
        • Ms. Kome Odoko, Student and Enrolment Services
        • Dr. Laleh Behjat, Electrical and Computer Engineering - Schulich School of Engineering
        • Ms. Lauren Remple, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
        • Ms. Lauren Stoffregen, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
        • Ms. Le Ha Lewis, Research Accounting, Associate Vice-President (Finance)
        • Ms. Liliana Gonzalez, Student and Enrolment Services
        •  Lindsay Lucas (no longer at university), AUPE representative 
        • Ms. Lorna Very, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
        • Ms. Lynda Gwilliam, Facilities
        • Ms. Mairi Babey, Office of Professionalism, Equity, and Diversity, Cumming School of Medicine
        • Dr. Marcello Tonelli, Department of Medicine
        • Dr. Maureen Duffy, Faculty of Law
        • Dr. Melanee Thomas, Faculty of Arts
        • Dr. Michael Hart, Office of Indigenous Engagement, Office of Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
        • Ms. Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
        • Ms. Nanako Furuyama, Peer Support & Outreach (for Faith & Spirituality Centre - Health Promotion & Outreach - and Women’s Resource Centre)
        • Ms. Nicole Wheeler, Human Resources
        • Dr. Pamela Chu, Cumming School of Medicine and Tom Baker Cancer Center
        • Ms. Pamela Hyde, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
        • Dr. Patrina Duhaney, Faculty of Social Work 
        • Dr. Penny Pexman, Faculty of Arts
        • Ms. Pragya Chopra, Faculty Rep - Science
        • Dr. Qiao Sun, Schulich School of Engineering
        • Dr. Regine King, Faculty of Social Work
        • Ms. Renzo Pereyra, Students’ Union at UCalgary
        • Dr. Robert Thompson, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
        • Dr. Sandy Hershcovis, Haskayne School of Business
        • Ms. Sarah Ashton, Student and Enrolment Services
        • Dr. Sevan Beukian, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
        • Ms. Sherry Weaver, Haskayne School of Business 
        • Dr. Susan Skone, Office of the Vice-President (Research)
        • Dr. Svetlana Yanushkevich, Electrical and Software Engineering - Schulich School of Engineering
        • Dr. Tara L. Beattie, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - Cumming School of Medicine
        • Ms. Temitope Oluleye, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre (ACLRC)
        • Dr. Tolulope Sajobi, Cumming School of Medicine
        • Dr. Tuan Trang, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Cumming School of Medicine
        • Dr. William Yimbo, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
        • Mr. Yared Belayneh, United Way of Calgary

        Equitable and Parallel Paths Working Group

        The Equitable and Parallel Paths Working Groups in the Dimensions EDI Canada pilot program at the University of Calgary supports the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the research ecosystem by identifying barriers and obstacles to the full participation of members of the five equity-deserving groups: Indigenous People, LGBTQ2+, persons with disabilities, visible/racialized minorities, and women. Indigenous Peoples are one of the Equitable Pathways Working Groups, and their work intersects with and is shaped by the University's Indigenous strategy, ii' taa'poh'to'p and Parallel Paths. There are also two other groups examining the language of EDI and EDI data.

        Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Indigenous Engagement are foundational commitments and practices at the University of Calgary. We must weave these commitments and practices throughout the research ecosystem.

        Co-Chair, Jacqueline Lambert, Senior Analyst, Office of Institutional Analysis

        Co-Chair, Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

        Mairi Babey, Cumming School of Medicine

        Dr. Laleh Behjat, Schulich School of Engineering

        Dr. Kirsten Exall, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

        Jeffrey Horvath, Tsuut’ina Nation High School 

        Carley L'Hirondelle, Human Resources

        Nazia Viceer, Faculty of Nursing

        Nicole Wheeler, Human Resources

        Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Cumming School of Medicine

        Dr. Svetlana Yanushkevich, Schulich School of Engineering

        Dr. Sevan Beukian, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

         

        Co-Chair, Dr. Michael Hart, Office of Indigenous Engagement, Office of Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

        Co-Chair, Jenn Ksionzena, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

        Assad Ali Bik, Student

        Dr. Tara L. Beattie, Cumming School of Medicine

        Bruce Evelyn, Office of Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

        Jeffrey Horvath, Tsuut’ina Nation High School 

        Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, Werklund School of Education

        Dahlia Khajeei, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

        Dr. Aruna Srivastava, Faculty of Arts

        Sherry Weaver, Haskayne School of Business 

        Co-Chair, Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

        Co-Chair, Dr. Virginia Tumasz, Vice Dean, Faculty of Arts

        Dr. Jennifer Adams, Faculty of Science

        Assad Ali Bik, Student

        Mairi Babey, Cumming School of Medicine

        Jaya Dixit, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

        Dr. Donna-Marie McCafferty, Cumming School of Medicine

        Kome Odoko, Student and Enrolment Services

        Dr. Francine Smith, Cumming School of Medicine

        Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Cumming School of Medicine

         

         

        Co-Chair, Dr. Aruna Srivistava, Faculty of Arts

        Co-Chair, Dr. Hieu Ngo, Faculty of Social Work, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

        Sarah Ashton, Student and Enrolment Services

        Carla Bertsch,  Student and Enrolment Services

        Heather Burns, Human Resources

        Cameron Carley, Student

        Dr. Kirsten Exall, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

        Dahlia Khajeei, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

        Lauren Stoffregen, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

         

        Co-Chair, Dr. Aruna Srivistava, Faculty of Arts

        Co-Chair, Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Cumming School of Medicine

        Dr. Kirsten Exall, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

        Dr. David Nicholas, Faculty of Social Work

        Brenda McDermott, Student and Enrolment Services

        Renzo Pereyra, Students’ Union at UCalgary

        Lauren Remple, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

        Dr. Johanne Tottle, Student and Enrolment Services

        Co-Chair, Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

        Co-Chair, Dr. Pallavi Banerjee, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

        Fayo Abdi, Arts Representative

        Dr. Jennifer Adams, Faculty of Science

        Garrett Beatty, Student and Enrolment Services

        Dr. Aniela Dela Cruz, Faculty of Nursing

        Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre

        Liliana Gonzalez, Student and Enrolment Services

        Le Ha Lewis, Research Accounting, Associate Vice-President (Finance)

        Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, Werklund School of Education

        Dr. Regine King, Faculty of Social Work

        Dr. Hieu Ngo, Faculty of Social Work, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

        Temitope Oluleye, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre

        Dr. Aruna Srivistava, Faculty of Arts, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

        Dr. Qiao Sun, Schulich School of Engineering

        Dr. Tuan Trang, Cumming School of Medicine

        Nicole Wheeler, Human Resources

        Co-Chair, Dr. Francine Smith, Professor, Cumming School of Medicine

        Co-Chair, Dr. Laleh Behjat, Professor, NSERC Chair for Women in Science, Schulich School of Engineering

        Carla Bertsch, Student and Enrolment Services

        Dr. Jan Braun

        Pragya Chopra, Faculty Rep - Science

        Keeta Gladue, Writing Symbols Lodge

        Dr. Belinda Heyne, Faculty of Science

        Carley L'Hirondelle, Human Resources

        Alysia Wright, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

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