We are always looking for new members to welcome to our committee. Please contact the Chair of the subcommittee, lynn [dot] kozak [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Professor Lynn Kozak), for more information.
Student representative from PGSS
Student representative from Macdonald Campus
Student representatives from Queer McGill
Faculty and Staff
Department of History
Department of English
Department of Geography
Lynn Kozak (CHAIR)
Department of History and Classical Studies
Yves Winter (Department of Political Science)
Martin Morris (Life Sciences Library)
Administrative & Support Staff representative(s)
McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF)
Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator, IGSF
Social Equity and Diversity in Education Office
Greg Ko (Outlaw)
Fraser Hall (Queer McGill)
Heather Collins (Project Interaction)
Mark Sward (Queer McGill)
Aubrey Trask (Queer McGill)
Ren Haskett(Queer McGill)
Brendan Sullivan (Queer McGill)
Katrin Head (Project Interaction)
Martin Lennox (PGSS)
Brody Giambrone(Trans/Gender Alliance)
Telyn Kusalik (PGSS)
Samantha Cook (Queer McGill)
Chiara Klaiman (Queer McGill)
Timothy Schwinghamer (PGSS)
Elizabeth Groeneveld (Faculty Lecturer and Chair, Women's Studies Program)
Robert Leckey (Faculty of Law)
Eugenio Bolongaro (Department of Italian Studies)
Ken Borris (Department of English)
Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen (IGSF)
Olivia Jensen (Earth and Planetary Sciences)
Aiyyana Maracle (IGSF)
Vaughn Thomassin (Faculty of Science)
Cy-Thea Sand (IGSF)
Shari Brotman (School of Social Work)
Nathan Smith (Educational and Counselling Psychology)
Gregg Blachford (Student Services)
Jennifer Bracewell (Student Equity Commissioner)
Cindy Mancuso (Career & Placement Services)
Donald Boisvert (Community representative)
Michael Hoover (Educational and Counselling Psychology Resident)
Jacob Sagrans is the graduate student representative to the Subcommittee on Queer People. He is a PhD student in musicology at McGill's Schulich School of Music, where he researches the performance and reception histories of Renaissance and Baroque music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, where he was also active as a queer student leader. Jacob is also a member of the Post-Graduate Students' Society Equity Committee. His recent and ongoing equity projects include: proposing administrative response procedures for bias-motivated incidents at McGill; increasing graduate student involvement in equity-related student clubs; and working on increasing the inclusivity of the Subcommittee. Outside McGill, Jacob is active as a choral singer and amateur ballet dancer.
Lynn Kozak is an assistant professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies, working in the Classics programme with a specialisation in Ancient Greek literature. Lynn has been involved with the Queer Equity Subcommittee since her arrival at McGill in 2010, and is grateful for the chance to participate in efforts to make McGill a more diverse place.
Mike Lubetsky is in the joint Law/MBA program, concentrating in finance, and has represented the PGSS on the Committee since 2005. He did his undergraduate studies in religion at Princeton University, and then spent ten years overseas working as a high-school teacher, investment researcher, and foreign service officer. He currently serves on a number of Senate and PGSS committees, captains the McGill Law Bridge Club, and swims with À Contre Courant, Montréal's gay and lesbian aquatic team.
James Wallace is pursuing his PhD in the Department of History at McGill. His past work has examined the relationship between sexuality and social space in Britain and he is currently broadening his research to examine the role that print media played in furthering debate on social topics, including sexuality. He has been actively involved for the past several years with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in their ongoing effort to catalogue the personal histories of queer people across Canada. James is excited to be working with both the Safe Space Program and Queer Equity Subcommittee and the continuing effort to promote diversity at McGill.
Brian Lewis is an Associate Professor of History. He is a Brit and a new Canadian, and specializes in 18th-20th century British history, with a developing interest in the history of sexuality. As well as British history, he teaches courses on the World Wars, on nationalism, and on the history of sexuality (HIST 433: British Queer History and HIST 347: History and Sexuality II). He was the first openly gay Chair of the History Department (2002-7), helped establish the Interdisciplinary Minor in Sexual Diversity Studies, and is currently the Chair of the SDS Advisory Committee. His work includes books on the middle classes of 19th century Lancashire mill towns and on the soap magnate, William Hesketh Lever, and articles on the gay sex diaries of Sir Roger Casement, humanitarian and Irish nationalist. His current project is entitled "Queering Britain: Sexual and Criminal Inversion from Wilde to Wolfenden," with the main focus on the diaries and other papers of George Cecil Ives (1867-1950), a pioneer of "gay rights" in Britain.
Ken Borris is Professor of English Literature, Canadian, and specializes in Renaissance nondramatic literature; early modern European cultural history, both material and intellectual, 1450-1650; and the European history of same-sexuality during that period. He teaches courses in those areas, including Representations of Same-Sex Desire in Early Modern Europe, usually offered as ENGL 354 (but sometimes under other numbers). His publications in the field of same-sexual historiography include Same-Sex Desire in the English Renaissance: A Sourcebook (Routledge, 2004); the forthcoming co-edited volume of essays, The Sciences of Homosexuality in Early Modern Europe (Routledge, 2007); and another such co-edited collection, The Affectionate Shepherd: Celebrating Richard Barnfield (Associated University Presses, 2001). Around 1595, while living in London, Barnfield precociously published what have been called "the most openly homosexual poems of the English Renaissance" in his early twenties, including a sequence of love sonnets to Ganymede.
Robert Leckey teaches contractual obligations and family law, and he conducts research in family law, administrative law, and constitutional law. After studying English literature, he worked in research and government relations in the financial services industry. He obtained degrees in common law and civil law from McGill University in 2002, receiving the Principal David Johnston Gold Medal. He also served as editor in chief of the McGill Law Journal. Next he clerked for Justice Michel Bastarache of the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2003 to 2006, he undertook doctoral studies in law at the University of Toronto as a Trudeau scholar. His dissertation, which received the Alan Marks Medal for best graduate thesis in 2006, connects the development of a legal methodology of contextualism in family law and administrative law with feminist political theory. It will be published, as Contextual Subjects: Family, State, and Relational Theory, by University of Toronto Press in 2008. In 2005-2006, he worked as a visiting scholar at the Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM). He has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2003 and is a member of the Legal Issues Committee of Egale Canada. Professor Leckey joined the Faculty of Law in July 2006.
Gregg Blachford has worked professionally in education first as a college teacher and then as a career advisor. He started at McGill in 1992 and is now the Director of the Career and Placement Service (CAPS). His gay activism has been influenced by his participation in early Gay Liberation Front activities and has been kept afloat over the years through involvement in community and educational activities based on helping young people come to terms with their sexuality. He currently volunteers at Montreal's Gay Line. His two worlds overlap most recently through the development of "Careers and Queers" workshops at CAPS which look at how being queer influences our career choices and how we deal with coming out at work.
Jennifer Drouin is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alabama and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the McGill English department with the Making Publics project. Her PhD dissertation (McGill 2005) focused on nationalist and gendered and queer discourses in Québécois adaptations of Shakespeare. Her most recent queer article is "Cross-Dressing, Drag, and Passing: Slippages in Shakespearean Comedy" in Shakespeare Re-Dressed: Cross-Gender Casting in Contemporary Performance (Ed. James C. Bulman, Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2008). In 2002, she founded the Queer Grad Caucus at McGill.
Olivia (née Oliver) Jensen: Professor of Geophysics, Earth and Planetary Sciences. Olivia joined McGill's Faculty of Engineering more than 30 years ago. Now, as professor in the Faculty of Science, her introductory course, Terrestrial Planets (EPS 200), is taken by almost 1000 students each year. Her activism politic is simple: Out! No apologies!
Marlo Turner Ritchie graduated from McGill with a BA (Humanistics Major, Applied Linguistics Minor) in 2002. She was active on campus with Queer McGill and Queer Line and facilitated a group for Trans and gender questioning youth at McGill over six years ago. Marlo went on to Co-coordinate Project 10 in Montreal where she co-organized a provincial conference entitled “Out in School.” Marlo has worked with and for the Trans communities in Montreal, helping to get Project MAX off the ground and being involved with events such as the Trans Day of Remembrance and the Transsexual Day of Pride. She is now the Executive Director of Head & Hands, a community organization that has served youth from 12-25 for over 30 years. She is proud to be a bi-dyke and is grateful for her experience working with the amazing people who have supported the Subcommittee on Queer People over the years.
Fraser Hall graduated from McGill in 2001 with a BSc in Biology and in 2002 from the School of Social Work's BSW program. He was involved with the Subcommittee from 2000 to 2002 as a representative from Queer McGill. During his time at McGill, Fraser acted as Co-facilitator for the Bisexual Discussion Group, Queer McGill's Discussion Groups Coordinator, Administrator of Queer McGill, and Co-coordinator of Queer Line. Currently Fraser is working on a graduate degree at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he is continuing his committment to queer activism as a member of the school's Diversity and Equity Committee. His research and practice interests include activism among older people, the mistreatment of older people, seniors and caregiving issues, and social work in hospital emergency departments.
Heather Collins recently relocated to Montreal from the West Coast. She has a BA in Anthropology (UVic) and is now a student in the McGill School of Social Work. Heather joins the Queer Equity subcommittee as a representative for Project Interaction. She is also a co-facilitator of Queer McGill's women's discussion group. Heather's social work interests include substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and Queer issues.
Amir Baradaran is completing his International Development Studies degree at McGill University and an honours’ thesis on sexuality in the Middle East. He has occupied leading roles in Quebec’s student movement, Iranian diasporic cultural and artistic institutions, and different Queer organizations, including Egale Canada, where he co-founded the newly created national 2-Spirited and Queers of Colours Caucus. Amir has also received the distinguished 2003 Iranian Canadian Activist award from the Iranian Women’s Association of Montreal. In his recently finished internship with the United Nations (UNDGO) in New York, he was part of a team of four people whose task was to produce the Synthesis Report of the Resident Coordinator Annual Reports.
Mark Sward is a third-year Political Science and Linguistics student and the Political Coordinator of Queer McGill. He hopes that with his involvement in the committee he can help Queer McGill and other queer organizations on campus unite to overcome the problems that queer people still face at our university, especially the undergraduate population. He has no doubt that we can make a significant difference for the queer community at McGill with the help of a cooperative and open administration.
Katrin Head has a B.A. in Human Relations from Concordia and is currently a student in the Bachelor of Social Work program at McGill. She joins the Queer equity subcommittee as a representative for Project Interaction, a referral and counselling service for the Queer community and their friends and family, which is located in the McGill School of Social Work. She will be co-facilitating the Queer McGill Women's discussion group this year and will also be involved with Bi-Unité Montréal which is a community organization which provides information, resources and support for bi-sexual people."
Martin Lennox has relocated to Montreal to pursue a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, after having studied and worked abroad in the UK and Denmark. He has previously been involved in a wide range of student organizations and projects, most recently with the Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) and the graduate student society in his department. Aside from his research, he is interested in issues surrounding representation and equality in student governance, and in developing projects to increase student participation in, and access to, opportunities and services offered both within and outside of the university community.
Broden Giambrone is currently working on his BA in Sociology and Anthropology at McGill University. He is a co-founder of the Trans/Gender Alliance and has been involved with a variety of groups, including the Chest Surgery Collective of Montreal, Queer McGill and the Equity Committee at McGill. He looks forward to working with the committee on issues that relate to Transgender, Trans(s)exual, Gender Variant, Two Spirit and Queer students at McGill.
Ali Di Paolo is a student in the masters of social work program at McGill, which she is thoroughly enjoying. Currently, she has a field placement at Project Interaction, a referral and counselling service for the Queer community and their friends and family, located in the McGill School of Social Work. She is also newly involved in the Allies program, which involves demystifying queer issues in high schools through the use of workshops. She and Heather, another subcommittee member, work together to co-facilitate the Queer McGill Women's discussion group.
Liz Meyer is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Faculty of Education. She is studying issues of queer youth in secondary schools and has been actively working on various levels of this issue for the past 10 years as a high school teacher and coach as well as with community organizations in the U.S. (Lesbian Avengers, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, [GLSEN] and Parents, Friends, and Family of Lesbians and Gays [P-FLAG]) Most recently she sat on the President's Commission for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns at the University of New Hampshire and is excited to be involved here at McGill University.
Katie Gibson is pursuing a joint Law/MBA degree at McGill, graduating in May 2007. She is representing Outlaw, the Faculty of Law's organization for GLBT and allied students. Katie studied anthropology at Harvard University and then worked for a number of U.S. non-profit organizations, most recently as Deputy Director of an international advocacy NGO focused on reproductive health. Since returning to Canada, she has been involved with the Centre for Research and Action on Race Relations, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Band Council of the Cree Nation of Mistissini, and Uniterra. Upon graduation, Katie will clerk at the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Michael Hoover is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, specializing in psycholinguistics and developing bilingual education programs for aboriginal / indigenous communities in Canada and Latin America. Born in the States, he lived in Britain, Canada, Mexico before the age of 12 and studied in New Orleans, Madrid, New York, Salzburg and Colorado before ending up in Montreal. His research in aboriginal education has led him to work in Mexico, Peru and Bolivia. He has been a (very out gay) Residence Director since 1990, in charge of 220 mainly first-year McGill students at McConnell Residence Hall, where he instituted queer positive training for all residence floor fellows and dons. His work in the Montreal community has mainly been with ACCM (AIDS Community Care Montreal), where he has volunteered as an AIDS buddy and served on the Board of Directors. He is a representative from Residences on the committee.
Sean Waugh is a third year dual-degree undergraduate student in the Schulich School of Music and Faculty of Arts majoring in Vocal Performance and Linguistics. Sean currently sits as a student senator in the University Senate, and on the SSMU Legislative Council as a Senate representative. Sean, who has experience sitting on numerous committees and councils in the University governance, is very excited to be a part of the Queer Equity Subcommittee membership for 06-07.
Cy-Thea Sand works at the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women (MCRTW). She has an extensive background in writing, publishing and teaching and a Masters degree (English) from the University of Otago in New Zealand. Cy-Thea edits the MCRTW Newsletter, develops internships for the Women's Studies Program and co-ordinates women and leadership workshops. Cy-Thea teaches WMST 200, Introduction to Women's Studies, Summer Session.
Shari Brotman is Assistant Professor at the McGill School of Social Work. She has worked extensively, as an educator, researcher and practitioner in the fields of gerontological social work (access to care; caregiving; gender, race, class, sexual orientation and disability issues in aging) and anti-oppression social work (focusing primarily on the incorporation of feminist, anti-racist and gay-positive models in social work education and practice). Her primary areas of research and writing include access to service among marginalized communities, social justice initiatives in health and social work responses to gay, lesbian, bisexual and Two-Spirit people. Dr. Brotman is currently the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in the Interdisciplinary Field of Aging, McGill University, coordinator of Project Interaction, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit Initiative of the McGill School of Social Work and past chairperson of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Women’s Caucus.