Safer Spaces Workshops
The SEDE Equity Educational Advisors are committed to providing interactive and engaging learning environments where participants and facilitators address challenging topics openly and honestly.
SEDE, in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services, First Peoples' House, and the Office for Students with Disabilities offers Safer Spaces, a regular schedule of training for staff, faculty, and graduate students.
Please use the links below to register for the Safer Spaces Workshops. Please click on the date you prefer and select that date when registering. Once you have registered, you will immediately receive a confirmation email to the email address that you provided on the form.
Understanding Discrimination: frameworks and first steps for implementing equity in professional practice
Designed specifically for the McGill context, this workshop will expose the participant to a number of concepts related to equity and discrimination. During this session, participants will examine ways that unconscious or unintended bias can work its way into everyday interactions; they will analyze culture and identity to understand how bias forms, and how it impacts relationships; and they will work through practical scenarios to develop language, responses, and strategies for addressing inequality and subtle bias in the office and classroom settings.
Disability, Access, and Universal Design
This workshop is designed and delivered by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD).
This interactive workshop for faculty, staff and graduate students, will provide an overview of the fast changing notions of disability, impairment and access. A series of interactive tasks structured around recent statistics concerning disability on campus will lead the participants to re-examine certain preconceptions about the nature of disabilities in higher education, the models for services and best designs for universal access. Using case studies and discussion, participants will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of emerging notions of disability, to identify obstacles to inclusion, and to begin a personal reflection as to how best facilitate universal access as members of the McGill community.
Race and Cultural Identity
Participants will have the opportunity to examine how race and culture affect daily life in the McGill community. This workshop addresses the challenges of fostering diversity-receptive cultural attitudes, reducing structural barriers in University life, and building and maintaining respectful spaces for interpersonal engagement. Through case studies, participants will have the chance to practice identifying and responding to the types of discrimination most commonly encountered in campus life.
Indigenous Perspectives (formerly Aboriginal Perspectives)
This workshop was originally developed by the First Peoples’ House. It has been adapted and is now delivered by the Indigenous Education Advisor at SEDE.
This workshop examines, from multiple perspectives, issues related to the inclusion of Indigenous peoples on our campuses. The workshop provides historical and contemporary information about laws and policies, demographics, and cultural and economic realities. Participants will have the opportunity to apply new ideas and awareness, and build skills, by working through practical scenarios drawn from everyday work and life at McGill.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
This workshop is based on the Safe Space workshop first designed and implemented by the McGill Equity Subcommittee on Queer People. Participants in this workshop may choose to participate in our Safer Spaces Allies program.
An interactive workshop for faculty, staff, and graduate students, this session provides a concise introduction to sexual and gender diversity. Using a combination of multimedia, individual learning and interactive group work, participants will gain an understanding of the concepts, language, and issues most relevant to the current McGill community.
Consent and Sexual Assault – Raising Awareness
This workshop is designed and delivered by the Liaison Officer (Harm Reduction) in the Office of the Dean of Students.
During this interactive workshop for faculty, staff and graduate students, participants will become familiar with the extent of the problem of sexual assault in the community and will have the opportunity to examine the different impacts sexual violence can have on an individual. By defining consent and sexual assault, and by debunking commonly held myths and misconceptions about sexual assault, participants will gain a better understanding of how these misconceptions can hinder our ability to provide support to people affected by sexual violence. In turn, the workshop will also provide participants with the necessary tools and information to effectively respond to and support disclosures of sexual violence using interactive small group scenarios, media analysis and videos.