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.

Our mandate

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  • Collaborate with UCalgary’s 14 faculties and cross-campus support services to develop and implement frameworks, policies, and initiatives that foster an institutional culture of engagement, excellence, innovation, and accountability in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA).
  • Develop and administer an integrated institutional strategic plan to continue building an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible campus community.
  • Develop a spectrum of learning opportunities for the campus community on equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility (EDIA).
  • Develop and collaborate with campus units to cultivate Equitable Pathways at UCalgary for the federally designated groups (FDGs), including women, Indigenous peoples, visible/racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, as well as LGBTQ2S+
  • Engage the campus community about EDI via research, teaching and learning, program development, and partnerships.
  • Contribute to the development of an equitable and inclusive leadership skillset, and a campus culture of respect for diversity within the university and the broader community.
  • Support the development of future leaders able to work effectively in an equitable, diverse, inclusive, accessible and pluralistic society by acquiring equity, anti-racism, and intercultural competence.
  • Provide a central repository for equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and decolonial resources and to link related initiatives/programs across campus.
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of the best, new, and promising EDIA trends, and the potential for UCalgary.
  • Develop and disseminate institutional EDI and diversity data reports for university leaders and the broader campus community.  
  • Contribute to fostering a community of change makers.

Our Services

Request a workshop

Educational workshops and presentations are offered by request to various groups on campus, including classrooms, clubs, employee groups, departments and faculties. Presentations are tailored to specific subjects or areas of concern. 

Contact william.yimbo@ucalgary.ca >>

Report an incident

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.

Contact the Office of Protected Disclosure and Research Integrity >>


Learn more about the Office of EDI's advocacy initiatives, including ongoing campaigns.

Learn more about our advocacy >>

EDI Events

Find recorded webinars and upcoming events to attend. 

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Our team

Photo of Dr. Malinda Smith

Vice Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)

Professor, Political Science, Faculty of Arts

Email: malinda.smith@ucalgary.ca

Dr. Malinda S. Smith


Inaugural Vice Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), and a professor of political science at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Malinda S. Smith took up the inaugural position of Vice-Provost EDI in August 2020. Previously, Dr. Smith was a full professor of political science and Provost Fellow EDI at the University of Alberta and Past President of the International Studies Association-Canada. Recently, Dr. Smith served as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which released its final report, Igniting Change, on March 8, 2021. 

Dr. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a 2021 Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from Simon Fraser University. In addition, she was named a Compelling Calgarian in 2021, one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian women in 2020. Furthermore, she received the 2020 Susan S. Northcutt Award from the Women’s Caucus of the International Studies Association and the 2020 Rosalind Smith Professional Award from the National Black Coalition of Canada-Edmonton. 

  • Chair, Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (FEDI) Leads 
  • Chair, EDI Network 
  • Chair, EDI Data Group 
  • Chair, Dimensions EDI Executive 
  • Chair, Dimensions EDI Steering Committee 
  • 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.

Varun Agarwal

Executive Assistant, Vice Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (EDI) and also Vice-Provost International

Email: varun.agarwal@ucalgary.ca

Varun Agarwal


Varun joins the Provost Office Support Team from Dalhousie University where he was the Senior Executive Assistant, Projects and Program Coordinator, for the Office of Equity and Inclusion. 

Prior to joining Dalhousie, Varun served as the Executive Assistant and Program Coordinator for Inclusion & Diversity in the Talent & Organizational Effectiveness department at TD Canada Trust, where he had worked in various roles since 2013.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Entrepreneurship and Small Business) from Delhi University, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business Management from Centennial College, and is currently enrolled in the Inclusion and Diversity Certificate through the Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion. 

Tracy E. Garrick

Office Administrator Coordinator 

Email: tracy.garrick@ucalgary.ca

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


Tracy is an Office Administrative Coordinator in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She holds a BA in Business Administration and Project Management and certificates Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership and Indigenous Cultural Awareness and Competency Training. 

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, collaborating with stakeholders across Alberta, 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 a safe space to learn, work and play. 

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

Dr. William Yimbo

Senior Advisor, Education Specialist

(403) 220-4405

Email: william.yimbo@ucalgary.ca

Dr. William Yimbo


William Yimbo is a Senior Advisor, Education Specialist 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.


Dahlia Khajeei

Senior Advisor, Institutional Analysis

Email: dahlia.khajeei1@ucalgary.ca 

Dahlia Khajeei, BSc, MPH, Ph.D. Candidate


Dahlia is a Senior Advisor, Institutional Analysis, in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences in 2010 from the University of Alberta and her Master’s in Public Health in 2014 from the University of Saskatchewan. She finished her degree at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. She currently is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Jose Arocha. Dahlia’s research focuses on immigrant mothers' health literacy and numeracy by examining comprehension as a situated, sociocultural practice. Adopting methods from cognitive science, her research on health literacy and numeracy views information processing for its tight relationship between thought and the world and loose relationship between language and thought.

Dahlia has over a decade of experience in healthcare systems across western Canada (BC, AB, SK). Her specialties include health information management governance, health program planning, data integrity and quality, and evaluation. Dahlia is also a Lecturer and Subject Matter Expert at Conestoga College and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Her professional endeavours include PROSCI’s Change Management certification, AIIM’s Enterprise Content Management certification, and the Centre for Teaching Excellence’s Certificate in University Teaching.

In her spare time, Dahlia mentors female scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, navigating the transition from high school to university. In addition, Dahlia is a strong advocate for the health and educational equity of visible minority populations in Canada.

Mariana Barney

Senior Communications Strategist


Mariana Barney


Mariana is a Senior Communications Specialist in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Graphic Design in 2010 from the University of Monterrey in Mexico, where she graduated Cum Laude. With 12+ years of experience in Communications and Marketing, both in the public and private sectors, she has helped organizations set communication and marketing strategies, policies, and goals; focusing on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Mariana is a proud member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and co-founder/ board member of several non-for-profit organizations focused on Gender and Sexual Diversity in Alberta and Nunavut. She received an Equity and Inclusion Champion of the Year nomination in 2017 from Cochrane City Council and was featured the same year by Telus Storyhive in their campaign “Why I love: Her Life Out” series. Mariana is dedicated, both personally and professionally, to supporting equal rights, counselling, education, and housing for LGBTQ2S+, Women, POC and Indigenous communities. Being a queer Immigrant with English as a Second Language, Mariana understands the direct impact on individuals when there is a lack of inclusivity and diversity within organizations.

In her spare time, Mariana is an active human rights activist, participating in different rallies advocating for women’s rights, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and has volunteered with groups, such as the Nunavut Black History Society: BLM Committee, providing support and advisement for the promotion and marketing of the organization’s events and activities. 

Dr. Hieu Ngo

EDI and Anti-Racism Policy and Strategy

Email: hngo@ucalgary.ca


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.  

Aruna Srivastava

Academic Director - Race, Disability and Decolonization

Email: asrivast@ucalgary.ca

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. Fiona Nelson

Academic Director

Email: nelsonf@ucalgary.ca

Dr. Fiona Nelson

Fiona Nelson is Department Head, and Associate Professor, in Sociology. She has been at the University of Calgary since 2001 where, after several years as the Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program (since renamed Gender and Sexuality Studies), she joined the Sociology Department in 2010. She completed a BA (Hons) and MA in Sociology at UCalgary and a PhD in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Her scholarship and teaching have focused primarily on gender, sexuality, families, intersectional inequalities and social change activism. She is also passionate about research methodologies and designed a course in feminist research methods that she taught for several years. She served five years on the CFREB which kept her informed about some of the amazing research being undertaken at the University of Calgary.

Trained in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, her published work has been based on qualitative research. She is the author of two books, one on lesbian motherhood and one on the social spaces occupied by new mothers. She is also the author of a number of articles on the above topics, and a range of other topics, including a critical gender analysis of the immediate impact of 9/11 on the pedagogy of Women’s Studies and, most recently, a cultural/narrative analysis of the “dead girl” subgenre of young adult literature. All of her work is informed by a critical gender analysis and she is committed to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.   

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