How McGill’s Leaders #InspireInclusion

Friday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, marking the achievements of women and serving as a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

This year’s theme is Inspire Inclusion – a message exemplified by McGill’s female leaders. At the moment, 10 of McGill’s 14 deans are women; three are the first to ever to lead their Faculty.

Their thoughts on the women who inspire them, the progress that’s been made, and the barriers that have yet to be broken.

Published on: 8 Mar 2024

Dr. Suning Wang Award celebrates academic staff who exemplify the highest standards in teaching, training, and mentoring.


The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) has announced that Nancy Heath, PhD, Distinguished James McGill Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill, has been selected as the winner of the 2023 Dr. Suning Wang Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship.

Published on: 1 Feb 2024

The International Day of Education (January 24) is celebrated annually as a day dedicated to highlighting the crucial role educators play in inspiring new generations and in healing our world. Education is of utmost importance for the development of both individuals and societies. It is an integral part of shaping one’s character and strengths, fostering respect for the rights of others, and instilling a desire for knowledge and excellence.

Published on: 24 Jan 2024

Karen Gazith PhD, faculty member in the department of Education and Counselling Psychology has written a new book titled The Power of Effective Reading Instruction: How neuroscience informs instruction across all grades and disciplines.

Published on: 22 Jan 2024

On December 19, 2023, McGill University announced it is launching a $3,000 Canada Award to offset tuition increases for Canadian undergraduate students from outside Quebec in certain disciplines. Approximately 80% of new Canadian students from outside Quebec coming to McGill will be eligible for the new award.

Published on: 18 Jan 2024

Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, Professor Emeritus, ECP, was recently featured in an article on the dangers of giving children lottery tickets as gifts by

“With the growing social acceptability and opportunities available for gambling on an international level, it is important to remember that even young people may experience gambling-related problems,” said Dr. Derevensky.

Published on: 5 Dec 2023

Steven Shaw, ECP, spoke to Andrew Carter on CJAD800 about the effect of the teacher strikes on children and what can be done about it.

Worried about your kid’s studies during teacher strike? Listen to the interview to learn what you can do.

Published on: 1 Dec 2023

This research study conducted by an Inuit researcher explores how colonized Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities decolonized their ESL education. Notably, the examination reveals a significant absence of studies addressing this issue within the Inuit context. Recognizing this gap, the researcher develops a framework for decolonization based on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Inuit traditional knowledge.

Classified as: call for submissions
Published on: 28 Nov 2023

The goal of this course is to critically examine developmental theory, with a specific focus on cognitive development, from historical, empirical, cultural perspectives. In all discussions, we will emphasize universal and inclusive developmental approaches and strengths-based narratives for understanding the complex transactions among individuals and the multi-layered environmental systems in which they develop.  The challenges of incorporating issues of culture, context, and individual differences will all be addressed.

Published on: 10 Nov 2023

EDPE 595-001/002:  Seminar in Special Topics 1

Topic: Indigenous Education: Ethical and Relational Practices for Equity and Reconciliation

Published on: 7 Nov 2023

The Pathy Foundation Fellowship is an intensive 12-month experiential learning opportunity for graduating students to lead a self-directed project in a community they have a meaningful connection with. Fellows are provided with comprehensive training, personal and professional development coaching, up to $40,000 in funding, and wrap-around supports to design, plan, and implement an innovative project in their community.

Published on: 6 Nov 2023

Many parents experience stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms throughout their lives, particularly during times of transition, such as pregnancy and children’s entry into school. Studies have generally found that high levels of anxiety and depression in parents are linked to poorer behavioural and cognitive outcomes in children.

Published on: 2 Nov 2023

The DAIR Research Team is recruiting students who are interested in taking part in the Mindful Coping Project.

They have developed an online mindfulness program for students’ mental health and wellbeing and want your feedback on it!

Participants will receive free mindfulness tools and be entered in various raffles for chances to win cash prizes of 100$ for their participation.

Classified as: call for submissions
Published on: 30 Oct 2023

Dear members of the McGill community,

On October 13, the Government of Quebec announced plans to change the funding model related to university tuition. While we begin to assess the implications of the news, I want to provide some initial perspective.

What the Quebec Government announced:

  • Tuition fees for Canadian students from outside of Quebec would increase from $8,992 to around $17,000. Current students would have five years to complete their program of study under the existing tuition structure.
  • The funding model for universities regarding international students would change, with the Government clawing back more money from tuition fees than is currently the case.
  • These two changes would apply to undergraduate programs and non-research and professional master’s programs.
  • Much of the tuition that students pay to McGill would be returned to the Government and reallocated to francophone universities in Quebec, but the University would receive government grants to partially support the cost of teaching.
  • The tuition changes would apply to students beginning their studies in fall 2024.

Impacts on McGill and next steps:

These measures, if implemented, would have serious consequences. I have mobilized the senior administration, Board members and teams across the University to demonstrate the concrete negative effects these measures would have on McGill, on the higher education sector, and on the whole of Quebec society. Our focus is to work with government and our partners to reverse these impacts.

More information is needed before we can confirm the financial effects these measures would have on McGill. In the meantime, I ask those responsible for spending to be prudent, while continuing to be ambitious in advancing the University’s mission.

It goes without saying that these measures could affect the recruitment of prospective Canadian students from outside Quebec, as it will cost less to study elsewhere in Canada for many programs. Although McGill distinguished itself again last week as Canada’s top Medical Doctoral university, a near-doubling of tuition will make many think twice about their academic choices in fall 2024 and beyond.

The make-up of McGill’s student body is unique in Canada. Half of our students are from Quebec, 30 percent are international students, and the remaining 20 percent come from the rest of Canada. This diversity of origin and perspectives is part of McGill’s unique character – its DNA. We must protect this richness of community.

These measures threaten the University’s capacity to be a positive force for our home. Quebec boasts 19 distinguished universities, each playing a distinct role to meet the diverse needs of our population.

We need to ensure everyone realizes the incredible contributions that McGill makes, not just to Montreal but throughout every region of Quebec. And among McGill’s strongest assets is its tremendous power to attract and retain the highly skilled people who contribute so significantly to Quebec’s economy and society.

The power of an open Quebec society:

We are concerned that, in the government’s announcement, prospective students from outside Quebec may hear the message that they are not welcome – despite Montreal’s reputation as a global education destination, and the extraordinary contributions of students and alumni within Quebec.

We are stronger when our doors are open – when we attract the brightest minds from Canada and the world, enticing and equipping them to build fulfilling, productive lives here. They have so much to share with Montreal and Quebec.

And likewise, we Quebecers have so much to share with them: the cultural richness of la métropole; the strength of Quebec innovation and identity; the power of our made-in-Quebec ideas. When we close our doors, we compromise not only our values, but our future.

McGillians care deeply about their University, and I know that this announcement is concerning for many of us. We will engage government and partners to address these proposals, seeking ways to strengthen all universities for the good of Quebec.


Deep Saini
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
McGill University

Published on: 16 Oct 2023
McGill's Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor issued this statement reflecting on the outbreak of war in the Middle East and its effect on our McGill community:

Dear members of the McGill community,

I have watched with horror the immense suffering and loss of human life that Hamas caused through its heinous terrorist attack on Israel. This act, and the continuing violence in Israel and Gaza, have created profound distress within McGill. I have personally witnessed the grief and anxiety that so many members of our community are currently experiencing.

Published on: 13 Oct 2023


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