Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.54
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Catherine Anley
Employment Equity Advisor
Human Resource Services
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Has the institution engaged in a structured assessment process during the previous three years to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus?:

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

Equity, diversity and inclusion are now key components of the institutional strategic plan, "For the Public Good"; there has been an equity services review, there is a healthy campus strategy development initiative, the Employment Equity Statement went through a year long consultation process and then a 6 month governance approval process; the institution newly developed sexual violence policy that is currently going through the governance process. The discrimination, harassment, and duty to accommodate policy has been updated.

This is a continuation of the efforts that started in 1994 when the Board of Governors, our highest decision making body, approved Opening Doors: A Plan for Employment Equity at the University of Alberta. Since its’ adoption this plan has been influencing equity and decision making on campus.

Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of faculty, staff, administrators and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success (e.g. graduation/success and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity (e.g. pay and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs and initiatives:

The results of the Employment Equity Census Questionnaire are used to provide internal stakeholders and the Federal Contractors Program with quantitative data on the University’s progress in achieving a representative workforce.

Statistical reports on the composition of the university’s workforce assist with the recruitment process. The reports can be university-wide or tailored to the needs of each individual unit, department, or faculty. Only aggregate data are reported to ensure confidentiality.

Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

Assessments results are shared with the campus community through presentations by the employment equity adviser.

The Employment Equity Assistant also provides advice to administrators and supervisors on fair and equitable hiring practices and offers training sessions on how to use this data and attain equity in recruitment. The focus of these sessions is on helping recruiters become familiar with human rights and employment equity considerations to help them meet the challenge of fairly choosing new employees and to avoid legal liabilities.

Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary:

The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:


Catherine Anley
Employment Equity Advisor
Human Resource Services
Topic: Employment Equity Program Census

Wade King
Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights
Topic: Human Rights Case Tracking

Sascha Jansz
Project Planner: Certification & Metrics
Office of Sustainability

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