Equity and Diversity

The Cumming School of Medicine strives to recruit and retain students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of the community we serve.

We are committed

  • to fostering a culture of inclusion, respectful of differences in perspectives and life experiences.
  • to the principle that every member of our academic community has a personal obligation and a shared responsibility to help create an environment that is equitable and free from discrimination.

How diverse are we?

The 2016 Federal Government Census shows that Alberta's population has the third highest proportion of visible minorities (23.5%) in Canada, after British Columbia (30.3%) and Ontario (29.5%).  

Of those identifying as a visible minority in the Calgary Metropolitan Area, the top three groups are: South Asian (26.5%), Chinese (19.3%) and Filipino (15.2%). Indigenous peoples who self-identified in the 2016 Federal Government Census in Canada account for 4.9% of the total population of Canada; 6.5% of the Alberta population and 3.1% of the Calgary population.


Diversity Statement

Vision

The Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) welcomes and encourages diversity in its composition, research, education, service and community engagement; individually and collectively among students, faculty members and academic and educational leadership.

Statement

The CSM diversity and inclusion statement applies to students, faculty, staff and all stakeholders who interact with the school. It is informed by the principles of social justice and responsibility, equity and inclusivity. The statement fully embraces the school's values of excellence, collaboration, engagement and respect through diversity and inclusion.

We will:

  • Promote diversity of the CSM’s composition by considering not only education, skill sets and work experience, but also dimensions of and not limited to: sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic, demographic, ethnicity, geographic and religion. We also promote diversity through specifically addressing equity for designated groups who have traditionally experienced societal and workplace discrimination; women, people from the Canadian Indigenous community, visible minorities, and people with disabilities.
  • Foster a culture of inclusion, respectful of differences in perspective and life experience. This includes incorporating traditional knowledge practices and world views as well as evidence-based practices when available to overcome social, structural and cultural barriers to an inclusive culture amongst students, faculty, academic and educational leadership.
  • Ensure equitable processes by redefining recruitment and retention practices to ensure diversity in our ideas, curricula and merit practices to support the excellence fully endorsed by the University of Calgary’s Energizing Eyes High strategy for research, education and community engagement and its additional commitment to student experience and campus culture. 
  • Uphold principles of social justice through the full participation of diverse people in all aspects of the CSM.

Indigenous Health Dialogue

In 2015, the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) launched an Indigenous Health Dialogue (IHD) to create new opportunities and programs, develop best practices, and facilitate the development of critical institutional policies and process within the school. 

Learn more about the opportunities and programs

ii' taa' poh' to' p

(a place to rejuvenate and re-energize during a journey)

Beginning a journey of transformation and renewal, the University of Calgary unveiled its Indigenous Strategy to the campus and broader community on November 16, 2017.  

Learn more about the journey

Faith & Spirituality Centre

The University of Calgary Faith & Spirituality Centre  seeks to cultivate a pluralistic community by encouraging cultural and religious literacy, community building, and social change as an integral part of the student experience.      

Connect with the centre

Equity Guidelines for Search & Selection Committees

As search committees gather to ensure that the broadest group of potential applicants apply, that the best decisions are made for the future of their departments and institutes, and as institutions in general move towards being more inclusive and diverse, the following guidelines are provided to help committees think about how best to move forward on issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity.


Policies, Operating Standards & Guidelines

The policies and practices in place to achieve mission-appropriate diversity outcomes are guided by the University of Calgary, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, and by the principles and operating standards established by the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM). 


Professional Standards for Faculty Members and Learners

establishes the rights and responsibilities of all faculty members and learners at the CSM. 

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Mentorship Policy and Program Workbook

establishes the philosophy and values of the program, terms of reference, program responsibilities, roles of the mentor and mentorship awards. A mentorship workbook is included.

Download the workbook

Employment Equity Policy

establishes the terms under which the University of Calgary implements employment equity under the Government of Canada Federal Contractors Program.  

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Appointment and Reappointment of Deans

ensures consistency in the recruitment, appointment and reappointment of deans at UCalgary.

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The Canadian Association of University Teachers

is committed to securing equity for members of marginalized groups disproportionately excluded from full participation in the academy.

Read the CAUT Policy Statement