McGill24: Celebrating the impact of giving

In honour of McGill24, the Faculty of Arts is celebrating the impact of giving and the many #McGillMoments that make us proud. On March 13, we challenge the Arts community to participate in this important campaign. Gifts to the Faculty of Arts will go further than ever before thanks to donor-funded challenges. You can find your cause at mcgill24.ca, and share a McGill moment that makes you proud. In the meantime, here is Dean Antonia Maioni's proudest moment followed by a few #McGillProud highlights from 2018:

A few highlights from 2018 that made us #McGillProud:

  1. The Arts Internship Program- The Faculty of Arts Internship Program enables students to expand their horizons and engage in meaningful collaborations with corporate and community organizations around the world. Its Arts Undergraduate Research Awards Program (ARIA) provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to work directly with faculty members on research projects, enabling them to engage in high-level academic research and to develop and hone their research and analytical skills. Over 30 Arts Students completed the program in 2018, with research topics ranging from linguistics to classical studies, economics and political science.   
  2. The Dean of Arts Development Fund (DADF). Thanks to the generosity of donors, this fund continues to support dozens of projects in the Faculty, year after year. This includes Faculty-led projects, student-run initiatives and some important programs supported by the University administration. Learn more about the DADF, here.
  3. The DADF helped support the University’s first LGBTQ+ History Month. The celebrations were organized by the Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office, with the collaboration of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF), and many other McGill and community partners. LGBTQ+ History Month highlighted the history and achievements of LGBTQ+ communities at McGill University and more broadly in Montréal, Québec, and Canada. 
  4. Interdepartmental activities like the Bravo Gala, McGill’s annual gala celebrating research excellence across the University, including the achievements of several members of the Arts Community. The event gives winners of major provincial, national and international prizes, together with their families, friends and colleagues, an opportunity to gather and celebrate excellence in research and scholarship. Events like this are great opportunities for Faculty members from across the university to connect with each other and get a sense of how strong and excellent the research community at McGill is.
  5. The Single-largest gift in Canadian history and the creation of a flagship graduate scholarship program at McGill University. Arts Alumnus John McCall MacBain, together, with his wife Marcy, have created the McCall MacBain Scholarships, which will provide outstanding students from Canada and internationally with the opportunity to pursue a master’s or professional degree, combined with a world-class enrichment program. In addition to full funding to cover tuition and fees plus a living stipend, scholars will benefit from mentorship and immersive learning experiences including retreats, workshops and internships. It will be the most generous and comprehensive graduate scholarship to exist at this level in Canada.
  6. One of our own was featured on Chatelaine Magazine's Women of the Year list for 2018. Professor Cindy Blackstock, an advocate for Indigenous children's rights, sat in conversation with Kharoll-Ann Souffrant, BSW'17, MSW'19. Blackstock is a Professor at McGill's School of Social Work and the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. A member of the Gitxsan community, she became a well-known activist in 2007 after filing a Human Rights complaint against the federal government for the systemic discrimination Indigenous children face in this country. Advocating for communities and populations is an important mandate of the School of Social Work at McGill. Here is another initiative that is having a real impact on the lives of students: 
  7. With events like Work your BA, the Faculty of Arts is preparing future ready students. The annual series of events run by Career Planning Services in partnership with the Arts Undergraduate Society, is a buffet of events designed to feed Arts students’ career curiosity. From the Non Profit/Public Service Fair, to career panel discussions, to a great roundtable event, WYBA helps students meet and learn from professionals in a wide variety of fields who leveraged their Arts education to achieve high levels of career success.
  8. Graduate Conferences like the McGill Graduate Anthropology Conference are sponsored by DADF. The McGill Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) represents the Anthropology graduate community at McGill. Every year, AGSA organizes a graduate student conference around a theme they find inspiring, playful, and challenging. The conference aims to cultivate an atmosphere where young scholars from around North America (and beyond) can engage these themes in creative ways, gain professional experience, and build lasting connections with one another.
  9. The Max Bell School of Public Policy launched its MPP program! This brand new school founded in 2017, housed in the Faculty of Arts, is committed to the research, teaching, public outreach, and practical advocacy of sound public policy, with each of these four dimensions grounded in a solid understanding of the overall policy process. The founding $10M gift from the Max Bell Foundation inspired generosity from the McGill community at home and abroad. “If the world had a more reasonable set of electoral systems, we might be having less passionate and more constructive conversations about our past and our future.” That’s the context for a $5-million gift from Brown and his wife, Steffanie Diamond Brown, to McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy. The donation is designed to make a major contribution to research and teaching by establishing an endowed Chair in Democratic Studies to promote further scholarship and public outreach, encourage public discussion of key challenges facing the world’s democracies, and contribute to evidence-based policy decision-making. The gift will also support an annual conference in Montreal designed to promote public debate of ideas, alternatives, and data solutions that can improve electoral processes and enhance citizen engagement.
  10. The 2018 Cundill History Prize was awarded to Harvard University professor Maya Jasanoff. Administered by the Faculty of Arts at McGill, the Cundill History Prize recognizes and rewards the best history writing in English. A prize of US$75,000 is awarded annually to the book that embodies historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal. The two runners-up each receive US$10,000. A record number of submissions were received for 2018 and the Faculty expect to attract a large number of submissions from authors around the world once again this year. The Prize was founded by F. Peter Cundill, a distinguished McGill alumnus who had an abiding passion for history and travel. The Prize honours his legacy by encouraging informed public debate through the international dissemination of excellent nonfiction work, which is sustained by McGill in order to expose writers to opportunities and audiences worldwide. “At McGill University, we continue with our ambitious mission for the Cundill History Prize to champion the highest quality historical scholarship produced anywhere in the world. As one of Canada’s most global universities, we are proud to be home to a prize that brings well-researched, well-written history writing to an ever-growing international readership,” said Antonia Maioni, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Submissions are currently open and the Prize will be announcing this years’ distinguished jury at the London Book Fair this week.