The Office of the Dean of Students stands against discrimination and oppression in all its forms, notably anti-Black racism. Our mission is to enhance, improve and promote students’ academic and personal success. We recognize that success is not possible if we do not acknowledge and create strategies to dismantle the systemic discrimination and racism that persists across many institutions, including our own.
We stand in solidarity with communities of colour, both in Montreal and around the world, as we all work to support each other in the fight to end racism in all its forms. In order to uphold McGill’s principles of equity and inclusiveness, we will be using the suite of questions developed by McGill’s Equity Office to question our norms and guide our anti-racism work.
Regardless of how you process and experience these moments, know that you are not alone. For Black students, Faculty and staff, McGill’s Equity Office has curated a living list of self-care resources; for those wishing to learn more, especially if you are approaching the conversation from a position of privilege, this list also includes anti-racism resources for education and action. These are starting points for a larger conversation that is happening at McGill and beyond.
Principal Fortier has tasked the Provost to work in consultation with the community to develop a plan for McGill to advance its work in connection with anti-Black racism. This plan will include specific actions, targets and timelines, and the accompanying allocation of resources. You can read the full announcement here, and read the Principal’s statement on Addressing Systemic Racism here. In the Office of the Dean of Students, we are ready to work with this plan to learn, to listen, and to change for the better.
Anti-Black Racism and Mental Health Resources.
McGill University Resources:
Anti-Black Racism Resources complied by Equity at McGill
Student Wellness Hub https://www.mcgill.ca/wellness-hub/access-care/access-virtual-services