Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in KNES

Join the UCalgary community to celebrate our shared commitment to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive campus.


Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Faculty of Kinesiology

The University of Calgary is committed to providing a campus that respects and promotes human rights, personal dignity, civility, and the health and safety of all members of our campus community.

Similarly, in our faculty, we want all our staff and students to feel they are an integral part of the Kinesiology community. We want to achieve this by acknowledging and understanding differences in experiences, whether through race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, gender identity and expression, sexuality, ability, social class, size, and intersections. Our mission is to work together to foster an inclusive culture where everyone can contribute to university life, knowledge, and growth. 

Our Vision & Commitment

The Faculty of Kinesiology recognizes that diverse faculty, staff, students and alumni benefit and enrich the work, teaching, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and broader community. Therefore, we are committed to removing constructed barriers that continue to negatively impact equity-deserving groups, including women, Indigenous and racialized people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI2S+ individuals, people of different sizes, individuals from across social classes, and all their intersections.

Informed by campus-wide strategies and policies such as ii'taa'poh'to'p (Indigenous strategy), anti-racism initiatives, the campus mental health strategy, and safe, barrier-free workplace policies, we are committed to the creation and maintenance of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive faculty that is accessible to all and free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. We follow the words of educator and advocate Dr. George Dei, who wrote: "Inclusion is not about bringing people into what already exists; it is making a new space, a better space for everyone."

What's Happening in March

Find out what's happening during March. From workshops to seminars, training and exercises. Join the Faculty of Kinesiology and work together to share our commitment to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive campus.

KNES Spotlight

A monthly look at Faculty of Kinesiology students focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion.

2024 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award

Dr. Carolyn Emery, Kinesiology researcher and professor, won a 2024 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Award. She won the award for her research in injury and concussion prevention in youth sports, with a focus on rehabilitation and youth-adapted physical activity and parasport. Her goal is to keep youth in the sports they love.  

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Beyond the Game: Advancing EDI in Sports Science

Morgan Rogers, a dedicated PhD student within our faculty, is at the forefront of integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) into the realm of sports and kinesiology. Under the co-supervision of Dr. Cari Din and Dr. Penny Werthner, Rogers' research focuses on two transformative programs: a leadership development initiative for adolescent girls from equity-denied groups, hosted by Canadian Tire Jumpstart, and a project working with Hoop Queens, a semi-professional basketball league empowering Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) women.

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Investigating the Physical Activity Experiences of Black Women Living in Alberta

Sarah Ajao is an undergraduate student in the Kinesiology faculty. She delves into the physical activity experiences of Black women in Alberta. Her study includes a diverse range of Black women, from recent immigrants to Canadian-identifying individuals, aiming to uncover unique experiences often overlooked in research.

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

A wonderfully animated video about equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

What's is EDI All About?

Find out what being a part of equity, diversity, and inclusion is all about.

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

The first step to making the workplace Bias-free is to create self-awareness.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

We are committed to valuing and celebrating diversity, and to advancing equality and inclusive practice in all our activities.

Dr. William Bridel

Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology