Jan. 23, 2020

Five activities you won't want to miss during Diversity Days

Celebrate diversity and inclusion with free events on campus Jan. 28-30
Diversity Days

Diversity Days runs Jan. 28 to 30.

The Office of Diversity and Protected Disclosure (ODEPD) is hosting its annual Diversity Days, featuring 24 workshops, events, speakers, interactive elements and resources for the university community.

Diversity Days led by ODEPD showcase the commitment and efforts of the university’s departments and units in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus through various workshops and events. Diversity Days run Jan. 28 to 30.

While all the activities have something to offer, here are five activities you do not want to miss:

Indigenous 101: Language, land and context
What do you really know about Indigenous communities? Who told you that and why?
Re-examine the stories we have heard about Indigenous Peoples, where those stories came from and learn about context for language, place and space when working with Indigenous Peoples on campus.

Jan. 28, 3 – 4:30 p.m.  RSVP 

GEEK talk: Race and gender in pop culture
This session is dedicated to the passionate discussion of race and gender in popular culture and how these shared stories serve to mirror our culture, beliefs, struggles and values.
Jan. 29, 12 1:30 p.m.  RSVP

Diverse-abilities session
Drop in for an interactive session consisting of simulated exercises designed to mimic the various barriers that persons with disabilities may experience in the workplace and everyday life. Each simulation is designed to heighten awareness of disabilities, demonstrate assistive technology, and provide an opportunity to increase communication and awareness about disabilities at work and everyday life.
Jan. 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more

Photo exhibit
Kwento’t Litrato (Stories and Photographs) is a collaborative photo-documentary project created by members of the migrant community in Alberta. We hope to share our diverse stories of success, struggle and everything in between, as members of the Filipino migrant community in Alberta.
Panel: Jan. 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Exhibit: Jan. 29

Publicly political by Janis Irwin
Janis Irwin is an outspoken and zealous advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ community and other marginalized groups. As the only openly queer person currently working within the Alberta Legislature as an NDP MLA in the Edmonton area, she has worked tirelessly to protect and promote the rights of others in the public sphere. Come hear her speak about how she became involved in politics, how being part of the queer community has impacted her political career, and how to best stand up for the rights of others in every day life.
Jan. 30, 12 – 1 p.m. Learn more

For the full schedule of activities for Diversity Days, visit the ODEPD website. Diversity Days is a collaboration between multiple groups and individuals on our campus, which highlights a shared commitment to inclusion and is supported by the Office of the President, as well as over 20 units and faculties.