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Department of Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences 186 
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
+1 (403) 220-5261
+1 (403) 289-9311 (Fax)
biorecep@ucalgary.ca

Equity Issues Committee

  • Lisa Gieg (Chair)
  • Ken Ng (Biochemistry)
  • Ed Yeung (Integrative Cell Biology)
  • Jana Vamosi (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)
  • Fran Cusack (Support Staff)
  • Laureen Clement (Support Staff)
  • Ramya Singh (Graduate Student)
  • Junaid Qazi (PDF)

Mandate

The mandate of the EIC is to help ensure equal opportunity for all members of the Department, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff. To this end, the EIC collects and distributes information pertinent to the Department and identifies initiatives that may improve the work environment for all members. The EIC is concerned about any group whose identity might influence individuals’ opportunities to succeed in their careers.

The EIC is always open to ideas and concerns related to equity and diversity issues within Biological Sciences.  Please contact the Chair (lmgieg@ucalgary.ca) if you wish the EIC to look into any topic related to equity and diversity. 

Committee Reports

  • State of the Department report 2010 (pdf)
  • Accommodation of Disabilities: Resources Available and Required June 2011 (pdf)
  • Postdoctoral Fellows by Gender in Biological Sciences (June 2012) (pdf)

Equity and Diversity Resource Links

Weblinks to a variety of resources related to equity and diversity for students, postdocs, staff, and faculty are provided below.

 

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Protected Disclosure The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Protected Disclosure (ODEPD) serves as a centralized resource to all members of the university community in order to provide training and awareness regarding issues of equity and diversity.  The ODEPD also functions as the central point of contact for dealing with protected disclosures, including those concerned with alleged breaches of research integrity.  This website will also provide you with strategies for dealing with discrimination and harassment and provide information on making or responding to a claim.
Student Success Centre The Student Success Centre provides many programs and services to help ensure the success of all undergraduate students at the University of Calgary.  In addition to academic, career and personal counselling, they offer special programs and workshops that help students develop academic and leadership skills.
Student Ombudsman The Student Ombudsman provides a key advocacy resource for all students at the University of Calgary by providing a confidential, safe place for students to discuss concerns they have regarding interpersonal conflicts, academic and non-academic concerns, as well as many other problems.  The Ombuds website describes the role of the ombudsman, contact information and information about appeals and grade reappraisals specific to each Faculty at the University.
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) The Canadian Association of University Teachers's Equity and Diversity Council is a standing committee that advises the CAUT Council. It has four working groups: Academic Staff with Disabilities Working Group, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered, Queer and 2-Spirited Academic Staff Working Group, Racialized Academic Staff Working Group and Women Academic Staff Working Group. A link to the issues and campaigns within CAUP, including Equity-related issues, can be found here: http://www.caut.ca/issues-and-campaigns/equity
Faculty Association “It is the role of the Faculty Association …. to ensure individual faculty members have equal access to justice, and that proper policies and procedures are in place to ensure that this goal is achieved. A ‘fair environment’ that discourages favouritism and protects faculty members from arbitrary decisions is the essential foundation of an intellectually independent and open university.” The Faculty Association website provides a general overview of faculty employment at the University of Calgary and also includes hiring issues of Sessional Lecturers (http://www.tucfa.com/?page_id=131).
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees The AUPE local 52 is the union that represents staff at the University of Calgary. The mission statement can be found at www.ucalgary.ca/local52. The Rules of Conduct of the AUPE are found at www.ucalgary.ca/local52/node/37 , in which equity issues are addressed. Fair and equitable treatment of everyone is expected. The Statement of Principles of Conduct includes 7 points that include items pertinent to equity. These principles apply to the University community, not just staff or AUPE members. (Below) The AUPE center is located in Science A , Rm 128.
Women’s Advancement Office (Science and Engineering) The mission of the Women's Advancement Office in the Schulich School of Engineering and the Faculty of Science is to create an inclusive and supportive environment for faculty, postdocs, and students, thereby contributing proactively to the broad needs of our diverse society.
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
The Teaching & Learning Centre’s experts can help you take an innovative approach to your teaching.  Whether you’re a faculty member, postdoctoral fellow or graduate student, you can take your instructional skills and knowledge to the next level.
Student Accessibility Services The mission of Student Accessibility Services is to work collaboratively and innovatively with the campus community to create an accessible, equitable and supportive learning and living environment that enhances each student's academic and personal development.
Woman's Resource Centre The vision of the Women's Resource Centre is to achieve equality at the University of Calgary and to create a more inclusive campus environment.  Their website identifies and promotes upcoming equity-related activities and has links to several other support groups interested in equity issues including the Latin American Support Organization, the Women Guiding Women–Mentorship & Leadership Training Program and the New Friends & Neighbourhood Group.  They offer many programs targeted at promoting equity through their three pillars of work: Wellness, Leadership and Diversity.
The Native Centre “The mandate of The Native Centre at the University of Calgary is to provide a culturally appropriate environment that encourages and supports the success of Aboriginal students in their pursuit of knowledge and higher education.”  It works in collaboration with The First Nations Student Association which strives to eliminate the stereotypes of Aboriginal people inherent in Canadian society.
WISE: Women in Science and Engineering WISE is a University of Calgary student organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging women who are interested or engaged in science or engineering careers.
Graduate Students' Association The University of Calgary Graduate Students' Association represents the collective interests, but not individual opinions, of graduate students to governing bodies of the university, all levels of government and the surrounding community of Calgary. They provide many services such as employer relations, transition programs, and teaching assistantships.
Postdoctoral Program The Postdoctoral Program has resources for potential and current postdocs including a postdoc handbook. Resources for faculty members include those on hiring postdocs, being good mentors, writing good reference letters. There is also a Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary. http://www.ucalgary.ca/pdac/
Academic Women's Assocation The mandate of the University of Calgary's Academic Women's Association (AWA) is to support academic women, through advocacy and raising awareness of women's issues in collaboration with other women-centred organizations on campus. The AWA seeks to advance career development from earliest stages to post-career.
Q Center

The Q Centre is a resource centre for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) communities here on campus. This sexual and gender diversity centre provides a safe space for those who need it while also offering resources, peer support, and volunteer opportunities.  

SU Wellness Centre

The SU Wellness Centre feels that we all have a role to play in creating a healthy campus community, which is about working collaboratively to create a campus environment where students, faculty, and staff feel empowered to support each other and participate actively in maintaining their own health and wellbeing.  With a student-centered approach, the Wellness Centre offers comprehensive, holistic, and accessible programs and services to foster all dimensions of wellness