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Safer Spaces: Allies on Campus


Staff, faculty and student leaders who have participated in a Safer Spaces workshop on queer and trans issues are offered the opportunity to become Safer Space Allies at McGill. Being a Safer Space Ally is an important way to contribute to a climate on campus that fosters the acceptance and integration of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Safer Space Allies are people who:

  • Believe that systemic and personal discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity is wrong
  • Do not condone homophobia, transphobia or heterosexist actions in work, study, or living space
  • Try their best to be sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ people on campus and who will respect the privacy of people who contact them
  • Are willing to be compassionate listeners and to refer people who require more information or assistance to appropriate resources, but are not counselors or therapists

    The following people have agreed to be Safer Space Allies at McGill:

    Safer Space Allies


    Name Position Department
    natalie [dot] amar [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Natalie Amar) Communications Director Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
    darin [dot] barney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Darin Barney) Faculty Dept. of Art History and Communications Studies
    eugenio [dot] bolongaro [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Eugenio Bolongaro) Faculty Department of Italian Studies
    shari [dot] brotman [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Shari Brotman) Faculty McGill School of Social Work
    victor [dot] chisholm [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Victor Chisholm) Undergraduate Research Officer Faculty of Science
    marguerite [dot] deslauriers [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Marguerite Deslauriers) Faculty Department of Philosophy
    anurag [dot] dhir [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Anurag Dhir) Community Engagement Coordinator Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE)
    frederic [dot] fovet [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Frederic Fovet) Director Office for Students with Disabilities
    vanessa [dot] franco [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Vanessa Franco) Career Resource Consultant Career Planning Service (CaPS)
    suzanne [dot] gagnon [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Suzanne Gagnon) Faculty Desautels Faculty of Management
    mary [dot] gauthier [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Mary Gauthier) Student Advisor/Assistant to the Chief Academic Advisor Faculty of Science
    miranda [dot] hickman [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Miranda Hickman) Faculty Department of English
    jennifer [dot] ho3 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Jennifer Ho) Ph.D Student Educational and Counselling Psychology
    kate [dot] hooton [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Kate Hooton) Office of Student Teaching Faculty of Education
    michael [dot] hoover [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Michael Hoover) Faculty Educational and Counselling Psychology
    ameliagjones [at] googlemail [dot] com (Amelia Jones) Faculty Department of Art History & Communication Studies
    lynn [dot] kozak [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Lynn Kozak) Faculty Department of History and Classical Studies
    paul [dot] kry [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Paul Kry) Faculty School of Computer Science
    sylvie [dot] lapointe [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sylvie Lapointe) Administrator Student Services, Macdonald Campus
    robert [dot] leckey [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Robert Leckey) Faculty Faculty of Law
    philip [dot] lemieux [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Philip Lemieux)

    Psychologist

    McGill Counselling Services (Pride Team Coordinator)

    becky [dot] lentz [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Becky Lentz) Faculty Department of Art History and Communication Studies
    brian [dot] lewis [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Brian Lewis) Faculty Department of History

    charlene [dot] lewis [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Charlene Lewis-)

    charlene [dot] lewis [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sutherland)

    Accommodations Supervisor Student Housing and Hospitality Services
    abby [dot] lippman [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Abby Lippman) Faculty Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
    vincci [dot] lui [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Vincci Lui) Liaison Librarian Macdonald Campus Library
    jana [dot] luker [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Jana Luker) Executive Director Student Services
    sarah [dot] malik [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sarah Malik) Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Adviser Social Equity and Diversity in Education office
    cindy [dot] mancuso [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Cindy Mancuso) Career Counsellor/Diversity Advisor Career Planning Service (CaPS)
    wai-meng [dot] mak [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Florence Mak) Graduate Student Educational and Counselling Psychology
    lydia [dot] martone [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Lydia Martone) Director Office of the Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance)
    sara [dot] mattigetz [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Sara Mattigetz) Masters Student Educational and Counselling Psychology
    jeffrey [dot] miles [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Jeffrey Miles) Facility Manager Animal Resources Centre
    mitchell [dot] miller [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Mitchell Miller) Student Life Coordinator Office of the Executive Director, Services for Students
    martin [dot] morris [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Martin Morris) Librarian Life Sciences
    vrinda [dot] narain [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Vrinda Narain) Faculty

    Faculty of Law and the IGSF

    julie [dot] prsa [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Julie Prsa) Administrative Assistant Office of the Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance)
    Johanna [dot] Ransmeier [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Johanna Ransmeier) Faculty Department of History
    andrea [dot] reyesayllon [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Andrea Reyes) Graduate Student Educational and Counselling Psychology
    rutledge [at] physics [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Bob Rutledge) Faculty Deparment of Physics
    jacob [dot] sagrans [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Jacob Sagrans) Ph.D Student Schulich School of Music
    natalie [dot] waters [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Natalie Waters) Head Librarian Macdonald Campus Library
    lloyd [dot] whitesell [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Lloyd Whitesell) Faculty Schulich School of Music
    caili [dot] woodyard [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Caili Woodyard) Administrator, Quartier de l'innovation Vice-Principal - Research and International Relations
    jessica [dot] wurster [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Jessica Wurster) Industry Liaison Associate McGill Engineering Student Centre

    It is not assumed that Safer Space Allies are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex or questioning.

    Some allies may choose to display a Safer Spaces poster or button in an easily visible place in their office or place of work.

    Please note: Safer Space Allies have only been appearing on the website since July, 2009. If you have previously attended a Safe Space workshop and would like to be included in this list, please contact tynan [dot] jarrett [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Tynan Jarrett) at the Social Equity and Diversity in Education office (SEDE) for more information.