Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at UCalgary Law

A hand swirled with many different colours of paint

UCalgary Law's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee was formed in August 2020 to work to increase and improve equity, equality, diversity and inclusion at the law school, and in the Faculty’s interactions with the legal profession. We will do this by:

1. Supporting and aligning with the University of Calgary’s Eyes High Strategy and the Human Resources’ Respect in the Workplace Program, and with the mandate of the University of Calgary’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure. 

2. Developing and implementing a statement of commitment and policies that promote equality, equity, diversity, inclusion and respect. 

3. Requiring that all Faculty of Law policies and governance (e.g., admissions policy, curriculum review, budget policy, hiring, promotion and merit, awards and honours, retention, and strategic planning) be reviewed through an EDI lens. 

4. Supporting faculty, staff and students who may be subject to discrimination, harassment, or inequality on a range of grounds (e.g., sex, race, Indigeneity, religion, disability, sexual/gender identity, or an intersection amongst these grounds). 

  • The Committee will provide both proactive supports (e.g., education, speaking initiatives, mentorship), and timely support when issues arise (e.g., issue statements of support or solidarity). 

  • The Committee will provide support for student groups aimed at EDI issues. 

5. Supporting EDI training and workshops for faculty, staff and students, including anti-racism/oppression training, sessions for professors/instructors on how to deal with EDI issues in the classroom. 

6. Supporting faculty to integrate EDI into their research, and their teaching and learning. 

7. Liaising with the Faculty of Law’s Indigenous Strategy and Student Support Committee. 

8. Disavowing discrimination in all of its forms, and amplifying diverse and different voices where appropriate.  

9. Addressing bullying and retaliation with respect to discrimination within the Faculty of Law and promoting a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect.  

The Committee is made up of faculty members, staff and current students, and meets on a monthly basis.

UCalgary EDI Award

Second-year student wins EDI award

Second-year student Keshia Holloman-Dawson won the 2021 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award for her work with the Black Law Students Association.

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Upcoming EDI Events

Feb. 26 | 12 p.m.

Black History Month: UDocs and Visual Legal Advocacy

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Feb. 26 | 2 p.m.

Black History Month: What are you doing to become an anti-racist?

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March 23 | 12 p.m.

Justice for Soli: Justice, mental health and segregation

Presented by Yusuf Faqiri, founder of the Justice for Soli campaign

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David Isilebo

Just go for it says Black Law Students Association volunteer

David Isilebo enriched by experiences and supportive atmosphere at UCalgary Faculty of Law

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Clockwise from top left: Keshia Holloman-Dawson, Kevin Lee, Shay Klein, Madyson Schmidt

UCalgary Law moot team makes history

Students compete in Isaac Moot for first time, exploring Charter of Rights issues in the collection of race-based data during pandemic

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Keshia Holloman-Dawson

Public service mindset fuels law student's desire to push for positive change

President of Black Law Students' Association knew being silent was not an option

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Mikail Osman

Law school an opportunity to combine student's interests

Stint working with high-risk youth opens Mikail Osman's eyes to new possibilities

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Mirabelle Harris-Eze

Plight of kidnapped Nigerian girls galvanizes law student into taking action

Mirabelle Harris-Eze will be the first in her family to practise law in Canada

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Senait Yohannes

Helping family members and others inspires legal career

Law student Senait Yohannes finds a role model in Canada's first Black woman lawyer

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Resources and Links

Student Legal Assistance (SLA) is a pro-bono legal clinic that provides legal information and representation to low-income residents
of Calgary and the surrounding area. 

The Public Interest Law Clinic engages in legislative reform and strategic litigation to help our public interest clients influence the direction of public law and policy.

If you’ve been audited or reassessed by the Canada Revenue Agency and don’t agree with the result, the Tax Court Assistance Program (TCAP) may be able to help. The program is designed to help low-income Calgarians with tax dispute resolution. 

The BSAP is an optional opportunity for applicants who self identify as being of Black African descent, or multi-racial students identifying with their Black ancestry that provides space and visibility for Black applicants to speak about their lived experience and the barriers they have overcome.  

The Faculty of Law acknowledges and respects the rich diversity of our learners, their communities, their aspirations, and their cultures and traditions. Our Indigenous admissions review process works to ensure equitable access and the successful participation of Indigenous learners.

We are offering a free LSAT preparation course for high potential, low-income undergraduate students and recent university grads. The program, which runs from May to August, will prepare students to write the September LSAT and to apply to a law school in the Fall admissions cycle.