Workshops, Education & Events

Inclusive education, programming and spaces

The Office of Campus Equity & Meaningful Inclusion (CEMI) offers workshops, education, and other learning opportunities.  We make every effort to design learning experiences that meet participant objectives.  

To discuss learning needs, or to find out how CEMI can create customized training to meet your group or department’s unique needs, please contact Stephanie Stone at

Unless noted otherwise, workshops are free, but participants must register at least 1 day in advance.  All our workshops are open to all students and employees of the MRU community.

  • Workshops

    This event is provided by CARYA and CEMI

    Your voice matters!
    Have your or someone you know experienced cyberbullying, dating violence, assault, domestic violence or other forms of crime?  We want to hear from you to understand the impact of crime in Calgary.  Learn what help is available in the community.

    Friday, Sept 28 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (free breakfast available)
    EL1270 - Vis Lounge RLLC


    With support from the Government of Alberta and Status of Women Canada the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) developed First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™.

    This training is intended to build the capacity of professionals, paraprofessionals and community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Survivors who receive safe and supportive responses to disclosures of sexual violence are more likely to reach out for help from medical and counselling services and/ or report to police.

    First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™ is a comprehensive two day training, inclusive of the full continuum of sexual violence and across the lifespan.

    Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25 & 26 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


    Sexual violence is a pervasive problem within society that has far reaching impacts for many.  Often when someone experiences sexual assault, the first person that they will disclose to is a person who they know and trust. This workshop is designed to give participants with the knowledge, 
skills and tools necessary to understand trauma and effectively respond when someone discloses a sexual assault.

    Participants will come out of this workshop with:
        •    An enhanced understanding of the roots of sexual violence
        •    Knowledge about trauma and the impact of sexual violence
        •    Information about resources available
        •    Tools on how to respond to disclosures of sexual assault

    Tuesday, Oct. 30 - 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

    C201F (inside CEMI office)

    This workshop will allow you to gain an understanding of your rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act and Mount Royal's Human Rights Policy.

    MRU is committed to fostering a learning and working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment.

    You will understand your legally protected rights on campus and in the wider community through this engaging talk by exploring real-life examples of typical situations that a student or employee may encounter. Finally, you will learn about the independent and confidential services provided by the Human Rights Advisor and how it may benefit you.

    Tuesday, Nov. 13 - 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.


    Facilitated by Jill Thompson

    This workshop will explore two "taboo" subjects: sexuality and religion. We will discuss how these two are related, how they're different, and how this impacts consent culture. We will also explore how we can begin challenging a new narrative of an inclusive and healthy sexuality within Christian traditions. This is an inclusive space for people from all or no religious traditions, backgrounds, and experiences, sexual and gender identities, and abilities. If you're human, you're welcome and wanted.

    Jill Thompson is a registered psychologist and sexual health educator. Jill has a background working with vulnerably populations, spent five years in youth ministry, and loves talking all things sexuality and faith. She is currently working in private practice and contract faculty at MRU (CSSW and WGST). When she is not working, Jill is hiking in the mountains or eating brunch.

    Monday, Oct. 22 - 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Meditation Centre - W201

    Dedicated spaces

Womyn, Women and Womxn at MRU

An opportunity for womyn, women and womxn at MRU to come together in a dedicated space to connect, share experiences, discuss whatever, eat lunch, just chill and belong.

Mondays 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
CEMI Multipurpose Room (C201F)

Community of Colour

An opportunity for those at MRU who identify as people of colour to come together in community and speak about lived experiences, campus life, social justice and more.
Tuesdays Noon - 2:30 p.m. & Thursdays 10:00  a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
CEMI Multipurpose Room (C201F)

Employee Pride Centre

Employee Pride Centre

Wednesdays 4:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m & Fridays Noon - 3:00 p.m.
CEMI Multipurpose Room (C201F)

Community of dialogues

Community of Colour - facilitated

An opportunity for those in at MRU who identify as people of colour to come together in community and speak about lived experiences, campus life, social justice and more.  Facilitated by Khaula Bhutta.

Facilitated Sessions
Tuesday, Sept. 18 - 4 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16 - 4 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 20 - 4 p.m. - 5:50 p.m

CEMI Multipurpose Room (C201F)

Community of Newcomers - facilitated

An opportunity for newcomers at MRU to come together in community and share their experiences, advice and questions related to being new to Canada or even the area. Facilitated by Khaula Bhutta.

Every last Thursday of the month - noon - 2:00 p.m. (light refreshments will be provided)
CEMI Multipurpose Room (C201F)