|Submission Date||Oct. 10, 2014|
University of Alberta
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination
Program Lead-Outreach and Engagement
Office of Sustainability
Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee?:
The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :
The Employment Equity Advisory Committee provides input and guidance regarding the redesign, implementation, and maintenance of the University of Alberta Employment Equity Program. The program will continue to focus on facilitating the University’s ability to recruit, retain, and promote members of equity seeking groups (including but not limited to women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and persons with disabilities).
Members of the committee, including job titles and affiliations :
- Jay Spark, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) (Chair)
- Catherine Anley, Employment Equity Advisor
- Wade King, Safe Disclosure and Human Rights Advisor
- Teddi Doupe, Associate Director, Specialized Support and Disability Services
- Katy Campbell, Dean, Faculty of Extension
- Malinda Smith, AASUA representative
- Rob Griffiths, NASA representative
- Two members at large: One faculty member and one support staff : Ethel Gardner, Associate Professor and Lorie Cinq-Mars
The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity office?:
A brief description of the diversity office:
The Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights (OSDHR) has a mandate to create awareness of human rights and the various processes that are in place to resolve any human rights complaints raised by any staff, faculty members, students and post-doctoral fellows (PDFs). The office delivers training workshops and educational awareness campaigns to ensure human rights principles are integrated into daily campus life.
The Employment Equity Program supports UAlberta in meeting its commitment to fairness and merit in hiring and retention practices to achieve a diverse, respectful and inclusive working, teaching and research environment.
The Employment Equity Advisor offers coaching, consulting, and formal learning opportunities to recruit and retain qualified diverse candidates — including women, especially in non-traditional occupations, Aboriginal people, members of visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.
An important aspect of the Employment Equity Program at the University of Alberta is the opportunity for current employees to participate in outreach activities such as hosting Work Exposure Placements for members of the designated groups.
The identification and removal of barriers that prevent the full participation of faculty and staff once they are at UAlberta is also a key consideration in achieving equity in employment. In addition to workshops and information sessions on valuing and managing diversity in the workplace that the Equity Program offers, assistance with individual equity concerns is provided by a number of units across the institution such as:
The Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights
Human Resource Services
The Institute for Sexual Minorities Studies and Services
Specialized Support and Disability Services
Employment Equity Census Data:
Since the early 1990s, the Employment Equity Program administers the distribution of the Employment Equity Census Questionnaire to all new continuing, operating funded employees to identify the representation of the designated groups as determined by the Employment Equity Act (women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities). The data gathered from the surveys is used to develop statistical reports on the composition of the University’s workforce as one way to report on the University’s progress in achieving equity in employment. More information on the Employment Equity Census Data can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions online in the links provided.
The number of people employed in the diversity office:
The website URL where information about the diversity and equity office is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity coordinator?:
Diversity coordinator’s name:
Diversity coordinator's position title:
A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:
The Employment Equity Advisor offers coaching, consulting, and formal learning opportunities to faculty and staff that hire and manage employees. The emphasis of the workshops and information sessions is focused on recruiting and retaining qualified diverse employees including women, in non-traditional occupations and certain academic disciplines, Aboriginal people, members of visible minorities, and persons with disabilities. The Advisor also manages the collection, storage, and reporting of the university’s workforce equity data. The Employment Equity Advisor collaborates with the Office of Safe Disclosure & Human Rights to co-develop and deliver educational programming on diversity and inclusion in the academy.
The Safe Disclosure and Human Rights Advisor provide intake services and deliver education and awareness activities on matters related to Human Rights, including diversity and inclusion.
The website URL where information about the diversity and equity coordinator is available:
Additional Responsible Parties:
Safe Disclosure and Human Rights
Employment Equity Advisor
Human Resources Services
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.