The Launch of the Rainbow
JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People Co-Chairs
- Michael David Miller, Assistant Librarian
Liaison Librarian for LGBTQ+ Studies, French Literature and Economics
Humanities and Social Sciences Library, McGill University Library and Archives
- Lynn Kozak, Associate Professor
Department of History, Faculty of Arts
On sabbatic leave
The Launch of the Rainbow | l'Envoi de l'arc-en-ciel
McGill University's Lavender Celebrations for graduation LGBTQ+ students.
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Idea of the Launch of the Rainbow
The JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People, the Office of the Associate Provost for Policies, Procedures and Equity, the Office Dean of Students and the Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) is hosting McGill University's first lavender graduation event titled the Launch of the Rainbow event.
The Launch of the Rainbow will honour the achievements and contributions of McGill University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Pansexual, Questioning, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary and Asexual students.
The concept of an LGBTQ+ graduation, Lavender Graduation or Rainbow Graduation was implemented in 1995 by the then director of the University of Michigan's LGBT Campus Resource Center, Dr. Ronni Sanlo. The Human Rights Campaign maintains a list of 166 universities in the United States of America that offer a Lavender Graduation to its LGBTQ+ students.
Recognizing the importance of intersectionality, the Subcommittee on Queer People is committed to an organizing process and event that foregrounds the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ people who are most marginalized, both in society and within LGBTQ+ communities, including LGBTQ+ people who are racialized, indigenous, black, trans, women, non-binary, and persons with disabilities.
Why is this important?
Celebrate the achievements of graduating LGBTQ+ students
Empower historically marginalized populations
Reinforce the idea of community at McGill before leaving McGill
Highlight the work that Academics and Staff that have contributed to the support and advancement of the LGBTQ+ community on and beyond campus
Highlight research conducted at McGill on LGBTQ+ topics and issues
Raise awareness to LGBTQ+ issues on campus or in the greater community
Who should attend?
All LGBTQ+ graduating undergraduate, graduate and School of Continuing Studies students are welcome to attend this event with friends and families.
LGBTQ+ academics and staff
Ally professors, librarians, university administrators, university staff, and ally students to attend and show their support for students they have supported and worked with as they begin new chapters in their lives.
Subcommittee on Queer People | Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity
About the JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People
The Subcommittee on Queer People is a subcommittee of the Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity (JBSCE) comprised of a group of individuals from all colours of the rainbow — lesbian, gay, bi, trans*, two-spirit, and straight — committed to ensuring equity for queer people on campus.
Our committee is composed of academics (professors and librarians), staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and members of Montréal's larger academic community.
We have existed as an official subcommittee of the McGill Joint Senate-Board Committee on Equity since 2002, prior to which we were a "Task Force" on queer issues.
We meet once a month to discuss new ways of providing equity and improving queer life on campus.
The McGill Equity Subcommittee on Queer People is a subcommittee of the McGill Joint Senate-Board Committee on Equity that addresses issues of representation, inclusion and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two-spirited, intersex, asexual, and queer students, staff and academics (professors and librarians) at McGill University with respect to academic and non-academic life on campus.
We are one of six subcommittees; along with the subcommittees on Aboriginals, Disability, Race, Women, and Family we report directly to the Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity (JBSCE). Our mandate as an advisory body is to make recommendations to Senate for changes and improvements which need to be implemented on campus in order to ensure equity for all members of McGill's community.
The McGill University Library generously supports the teaching, research, and learning of McGill students and professors interested in Queer studies through developing and providing collections and services. The Research Guide for LGBTQ Studies is your central launch portal for journals, books, films, databases, archival materials, etc. in LGBTQ Studies. You may also contact the Liaison Librarian for LGBTQ Studies, michael.david.miller [at] mcgill.ca (Michael David MILLER), for additional information regarding collections and services available at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library.
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Terms of Reference
The JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People is established under the authority of, and is accountable to the Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity (JBSCE). It shall function as stipulated in these terms of reference.
The JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People shall consist of 5 to 10 members, selected as follows.
Chair, Elected member of the Academic or Support Staff (two-year commitment)
Vice-Chair, Elected member of the Academic or Support Staff (two-year commitment)
Queer McGill Student Representative - ex officio
Queer Grad Club Student Representative - ex officio
SEDE Equity Advisor - ex officio
Five members-at-large from the McGill community.
The Chair and Vice-Chair of the JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People shall be appointed by Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity (JBSCE), normally, on the recommendation of the JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People.
The JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People assists the Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity in advising the Board of Governors and the Senate … (please refer to the terms of the JBSCE)
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People shall advocate for representation, inclusion and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two-spirited, intersex, asexual and queer students, staff and academic personnel at McGill University with respect to academic and non-academic life on campus.
3) General Provisions
Frequency of meetings
The JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People shall meet eight times (typically once a month) during the regular school year with additional meetings scheduled as needed.
The goals and expectations are to:
report to the JBSCE on a regular basis, and within a reasonable time following a Subcommittee meeting;
review the subcommittee terms of reference minimally once every five years and recommend any changes to the JBSCE;
produce an annual report of activities and policy work for the Chair of the JBSCE and the JBSCE;
provide recommendations to the JBSCE on university policy concerning 2SLGBTQ+ academics, staff and students;
maintain a forum for McGill academics, staff and students to discuss and propose solutions to 2SLGBTQ+ issues in academic and non-academic life at McGill University.
4) Member Terms and Responsibilities
Responsibilities of the Chair and Vice-Chair
The Chair and the Vice-Chair will:
set meeting dates, book meeting rooms and circulate agendas;
ensure that diverse experiences and perspectives of all members are treated respectfully;
report on activities and events to the JBSCE Chair and the JBSCE annually.
The Vice-Chair, in their second year, will take over as Chair of the Subcommittee and, when necessary, will step in as Acting-Chair in the absence of the Chair. This role is a two-year commitment.
Role of Subcommittee Members
Subcommittee members should be prepared to share their expertise and judgment on planned activities.
Members are expected to contribute by:
identifying opportunities for 2SLGBTQ+ engagement on campus and in our greater community;
making informed recommendations on the direction and activities of the subcommittee;
sharing knowledge on 2SLGBTQ+ activities and issues with the university and greater community;
contributing to policy revisions and recommendations;
participating in any additional Queer Subcommittee projects.
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