Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada

Dimensions Pilot Program

The University of Calgary is proud to have endorsed the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada charter, and to have been selected to be part of the Dimensions pilot program.

Dimensions recognizes that a multiplicity of perspectives, lived experiences and the overall complexity of diverse individuals foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity within the post-secondary sector. This program takes a multidimensional approach to equity, diversity and inclusion to achieve a future research community where all can thrive.


UCalgary Dimensions leadership

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 Kirsten Exall.

Chair: Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

Bruce Evelyn, Vice-Provost (Planning and Resource Allocation)

Dr. Michael Hart, Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)

Dr. Florentine Strzelczyk, Deputy Provost

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

Lorna Very, Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

Kirsten Exall, Director, Research Services Office

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

Malinda Smith Vice-Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Florentine Strzelczyk Deputy Provost  Robert Thompson Associate Vice-President (Research) Marcello Tonelli Associate Vice-President (Research)    Penny Pexman Associate Vice-President (Research) Michael Hart Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) Steve Vamosi Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Faculty of Science Pamela Chu Associate Dean, Professionalism, Equity and Diversity, CSM Qiao Sun Senior Associate Dean, Diversity and Equity Sherry Weaver Haskayne School of Business Colleen Kawalilak Werklund School of Education  Lorna Very Executive Director, VPR  - MAPS representative  Kirsten Exall Director, Institutional Programs, RSO  Lindsay Lucas AUPE representative  Bruce Evelyn Vice-Provost  (Planning and Resource Allocation) Ellen Perrault Dean, Faculty of Social Work Ashley Connect-Benoit GSA representative  Stephanie Kedzior Postdoc representative  Maureen Duffy Faculty of Law Manpreet Sahota Undergraduate student representative  Aniela Dela Cruz Faculty of Nursing John Brown Dean, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Tuan Trang Faculty of Veterinary Medicine  Jeny Mathews-Thusoo Community Member - City of Calgary (Program Lead, Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary) Laleh Behjat Schulich School of Engineering Jan Braun Cumming School of Medicine Belinda Heyne Faculty of Science William Yimbo Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure Donna-Marie McCafferty         Cumming School of Medicine/FGS Gregor Wolbring Cumming School of Medicine Melanee Thomas Faculty of Arts Keeta Gladue Student and Enrolment Services, Writing Symbols Lodge Nicole Wheeler Human Resources Carla Bertsch Sexual Violence Support Advocate Garrett Beatty  International Student Advisor, Intercultural Programs Sandy Hershcovis Haskayne School of Business Pamela Hyde Specialist, Marketing and Communications Nazia Viceer EDI Advisor, VPR Office Patrina Duhaney Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, Lethbridge Campus Jonah Secreti Student   Lynda Gwilliam Executive Director, Facilities Francine Smith Professor, CMS Carley L'Hirondelle Human Resources Johanne Tottle Director, Student Accessibility Services Malinda Smith Vice-Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Nanako Furyama Women's Resource Centre Jeffrey Horvath Student/Community Member Andrew Szeto Campus Mental Health Strategy Kome Odoko Student Support Case Management Coordinator Le Ha Lewis Director, Research Accounting Kristin Davick Manager - Residence Life Jennifer Adams Schulich School of Engineering faculty member, and CRC chair for Creativity William Rosehart Schulich School of Engineering

Canada Research Chairs Program

The University of Calgary is committed to meeting the requirements of the Canada Research Chairs Program Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. These principles help us overcome structural, social and cultural barriers to create an empowering, inclusive, respectful and safe environment that values the diversity and dignity of every person.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure

The University of Calgary established the Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure in February 2014 to advance the core values of collaboration, communication, support and excellence which underlie the university's strategic direction, Eyes High.

News and Highlights

Nov 17: Courageous Conversations Webinar

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Join us as Canadian and Australian scholars present on, and engage in, a timely dialogue unpacking the emotions around racism, anti-racism and unpack concepts like “white fragility” and the “white possessive.” 


Inaugural diversity awards recognize students, faculty and staff committed to inclusion

For the third year running, hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure (ODEPD) with partners across campus, Diversity Days has been a time to celebrate the different voices we have in our UCalgary community and to learn about the challenges groups face as we work together to foster an inclusive campus. 

Students, faculty and staff invited to explore gender equity, and LGBTQ2S+ inclusivity

Have you ever wondered what happens in a Women’s Studies class, or how to support the career success of international students in our campus community? The Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure is inviting you to join the discussion at a series of Diversity Lunch and Learns scheduled over the next few weeks.  

Dr. Malinda Smith

Dr. Malinda Smith appointed vice-provost (equity, diversity and inclusion)

Dr. Malinda Smith has been appointed vice-provost (equity, diversity and inclusion), effective Aug. 1, 2020.

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Progress towards gender equity on campus

Progress towards gender equity on campus

The University of Calgary and the University of Calgary Faculty Association (TUCFA) recently concluded a joint gender equity salary review.

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Lana Wells' research identified the need for funding to create a network of pro-feminist men from coast to coast to coast

Federal funding reflects Social Work researcher’s approach to calling ‘men in’

A federal announcement Aug. 16 by Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) Minister, Hon. Maryam Monsef, outlined the importance of involving and mobilizing men and boys in the fight for gender equality and to stop gender-based violence.

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Directions help ensure fair, accurate, inclusive coverage of LGBTQ2S+ community

UCalgary guidelines updated for communicating about gender and sexual diversity

Language, like society itself, evolves. In the public realm, the terms used to define demographic groups grow and change, and it is essential for public institutions to acknowledge this shift in terminology by adjusting their language to meet these societal shifts.

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72 per cent of faculty have obtained at least one international degree

Schulich School of Engineering: highest rate of diversity among faculties

Cambridge, Harvard and Yale graduates are coming to the University of Calgary to further their world-class research and teaching, according to a new study.

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Appointment was effective March 1, 2019

Dr. Pamela Chu appointed Associate Dean, Professionalism, Equity and Diversity

The Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Pamela Chu, MD, as the new Associate Dean, Professionalism, Equity and Diversity. The appointment was effective Mar. 1, 2019. Pamela is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a cross-appointment in the Department of Oncology. She is a member of the section of Gynecologic Oncology, Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone.

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Exacting standards, flexible minds

Exacting standards, flexible minds

That’s what engineering is all about in 2019, and it’s a message the Schulich School of Engineering once again carried with them as honoured participants in the annual Calgary Pride Parade as part of the University of Calgary’s enthusiastic 13-faculty turnout.

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Network provides framework for actively engaging older adults at the community and university level

UCalgary joins Age-Friendly University global network

By joining the Age-Friendly University Network, UCalgary has committed to follow a set of core principles, including encouraging older adults’ participation in all aspects of university life, ensuring that the university's research agenda is informed by the needs of an aging society, and enhancing older adults’ access to a university’s range of health, wellness, and arts programs.

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Werklund School researchers turn to educators to learn best practices for creating safe and inclusive schools

Supporting vulnerable youth in K-12 schools

While Bill 24 succeeded in ensuring Alberta schools must allow the establishment of Gay Straight Alliances at the request of students, Werklund School of Education researchers Andrew Luceno and Vanessa Vegter caution that this does not mean educators and administrators can abdicate their responsibility to create respectful and welcoming learning environments.

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