Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We at the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases would like to affirm that collectively, we strongly denounce harassment, bullying, discrimination and violence in all forms.

As an Institute, we value diversity of all kinds, including race, ethnicity, colour, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, and disability, and seek to promote the success and well-being of all our members. Thus, we are dedicated to creating a safe, secure, inclusive, positive, and supportive environment for all trainees, faculty, and staff. 

The University of Calgary has official procedures for reporting acts of harassment and violence that rely on individuals trained in such matters. Relevant resources can be found on the Cumming School of Medicine’s OPED website, the University of Calgary’s Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Support website, and the University of Calgary’s PDRI Office website. Resources that may be of particular interest are the University of Calgary’s official harassment policyworkplace violence policysexual and gender-based violence policy, and procedure for protected disclosure. We encourage any member of the Snyder Institute - faculty, trainee or staff - to employ these resources if they have observed or been a victim of acts of harassment, bullying, discrimination, and/or violence. Those who wish to make an anonymous report can do so by calling the Phone Confidence Line at 1.800.661.9675, by emailing disclose@ucalgary.ca, or by contacting Shirley Voyna Wilson, Protected Disclosure Advisor at wsvoyna@ucalgary.ca or 403.220.4086. 

To complement the resources listed above, the Snyder Institute Trainee Committee and the Operations Committee will be discussing the role and value of identifying a Snyder Institute member who could work to implement the best practices of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) and wellness within the Institute, recognizing that such an individual would be limited in their ability to act on issues within the governance, policies and procedures of the Cumming School of Medicine and the University of Calgary. We will update you with further information in the coming weeks. 

We encourage you all to discuss these issues and to take the opportunity to think about how our work environment and work practices can be improved. Furthermore, I urge you to evaluate and remove any items from your workspaces that could be considered offensive. 

The health and well-being of Snyder members, trainees and staff are of utmost importance. If you have an issue that you would like to discuss openly, please feel free to reach out to Snyder Institute Director, Dr. Derek McKay (dmckay@ucalgary.ca), or Snyder Institute Co-Director, Dr. Nathan Peters (ncpeters@ucalgary.ca).