Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Human Rights

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Finding belonging at ULethbridge

We firmly believe that the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging are vital for the vibrancy and success of our university and our duty as a post-secondary institution is to ensure these values are infused throughout all that we do. The Office of Human Resources works closely and collaboratively with the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to ensure that these values are imbedded in our programs and services.

Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Our commitment as an institution to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is about creating safe and inclusive spaces for all experiences, stories and identities. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are key strategic priorities for the University of Lethbridge. It is important that all members of the University community feel a true sense of belonging. The EDI team is located within the President's Office.

The responsibilities of the EDI team are:

  1. To provide strategic leadership, guidance and direction for EDI matters at the University of Lethbridge
  2. To support the development of Senior Leadership capacity
  3. To serve as a centralized subject matter expert on EDI and Human Rights issues
  4. To provide EDI consulting services and supports to the University community
  5. To report on EDI-aggregated metrics


As a team, the Office of EDI aspires to be a part of the change, to lead by example and build a legacy at the University of Lethbridge we can all be proud of.

The following key definitions guide our work in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging:


Fair treatment, access, opportunities and advancement. It is about creating space to fully engage individuals.


The unique ways in which all individuals are different be it based on race, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, disability, family or marital status or socioeconomic status.


Ensuring fair and equitable access to power and having a voice in the decision-making process.


Having an authentic sense of inclusion where an individual feels psychologically safe, seen, valued and respected.


Human Rights in the Workplace

Human rights are rights we have simply for existing as humans. In Alberta, human rights are protected by the Alberta Human Rights Act. The Act prohibits discrimination in specific protected areas and grounds. In the workplace, the Act deals with issues related to:

  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Disability, illness, and injury
  • Termination of employment
  • Job advertisements and applications
  • Pregnancy and parenting
  • Trade unions and associations
  • Duty to accommodate at work

Protected grounds under the Act include:

  • Race and colour
  • Ancestry and place of origin
  • Religious beliefs
  • Gender - including pregnancy, sexual harassment, gender identity, and gender expression
  • Sexual orientation
  • Physical and mental disabilities
  • Marital status and family status
  • Source of income

Human Rights in the Workplace Resources

Internal Resources

External Resources

Alberta Human Rights Commission

The Alberta Human Rights Commission is responsible for carrying out work under the Alberta Human Rights Act, including protecting human rights.

John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

John Humphrey Centre works to advance dignity, freedom, justice, and security through collaborative relationships and transformative education on peace and human rights.

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre

The Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre seeks to promote respect for civil liberties and human rights in Alberta through research and education to contribute to a more just and inclusive community.