Think about where and how you learn best. What kind of space helps you feel comfortable enough to discuss, challenge or ask questions? Most likely, it’s somewhere you feel that you belong, are welcomed and safe.
Equitable and inclusive learning environments don’t happen by accident. They are an outcome of instructors who have taken the time to create and nurture diverse and accessible spaces and understand that without these elements, it’s harder for students to truly excel.
The Award for Inclusive Excellence aims to recognize those educators who are doing this necessary work, launched in response to the completion of the Research and Teaching Awards: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The award is offered at the individual, team and unit levels to educators who demonstrate the University of Calgary’s commitment to achieving equitable and accessible learning environments and experiences.
“Equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility are vital to the achievement of excellence in all areas of post-secondary education, and especially within the teaching and learning environment,” says Dr. Malinda Smith, vice-provost and associate vice-president (equity, diversity, and inclusion).
“In our increasingly diverse learning environments, this award celebrates individuals who have helped to deepen learning, enhance critical thinking, spark creativity, and fuel innovation so that all members of the campus community can flourish.”
The University of Calgary recognizes the important relationship between the pursuit of inclusive excellence and creating and maintaining accessible, equitable and inclusive teaching and learning environments. Teaching and learning is at the centre of this shift, as it is foundational to a post-secondary campus shaped by sociocultural diversity, first-in-family students, and those from across Alberta, Canada, and worldwide.
“There are truly remarkable educators at the University of Calgary working hard to create spaces where everybody can thrive, and ensure their curriculum includes diverse perspectives. It’s important that, as a community, we recognize and amplify this work,” says Dr. Leslie Reid, vice-provost (teaching and learning).
To nominate a colleague for the Award for Inclusive Excellence, review the nomination package items on the support resources web page. Nominees must also submit a written statement that reflects their beliefs and values around equity, diversity and inclusion and how they have applied it into their teaching practice. Visit the Inclusive Excellence Award support web page for sample EDI statements, upcoming consultation opportunities and other self-directed resources.