Students in residence

Our Shared Spaces

Our Shared Spaces

Our Shared Spaces is an educational workshop series run out of the Office of the Dean of Students. It creates spaces in which students are empowered to foster inclusive and equitable living and learning environments on campus. By holding space for respectful dialogue, Our Shared Spaces supports student development and affirms the plurality of student experiences of campus life.

How did Our Shared Spaces start?

Our Shared Spaces began as an initiative put forward by a group of Floor Fellows with the goal of creating spaces for discussion around issues affecting their communities. Over the years and with the support of various community partners, the program has grown into a workshop series on issues of consent, gender, sexuality, race, and Indigenous histories and realities.

What topics are covered during the workshops?

Our Shared Spaces consists of two workshops that take place early in the Fall and Winter semesters. These workshops introduce students to issues related to equity, difference, and power, particularly in the context of gender, sexuality, consent, race, and Indigenous histories and realities.

These workshops are facilitated by a team of highly trained student facilitators and supported by the coordinating team comprised of Eve Finley, Charlene Lewis-Sutherland, and Christelle Tessono.

Who is Our Shared Spaces for?

Our Shared Spaces workshops are run for all students living in residence, as well as for students in the Medical faculty.

Can I request a workshop?

Are you a student group, club, or service looking for someone to facilitate a conversation about integrating equity into your work? Then yes! Email eve.finley [at] with your needs, suggested dates, and questions. Note that, due to the high volume of workshops the Student Equity team facilitates, we are unable to offer workshops outside of our scheduled program during the months of September and January.

Who can I talk to if I have more quesitons about the program?

For questions about Our Shared Spaces, please email Eve Finley, Equity Education Program Manager, at eve.finley [at]


When is my Our Shared Spaces workshop?

To find your next workshop date and information, choose whether you are a student living in residence or a new student in the Faculty of Medicine.

We would like to acknowledge that McGill University is located on land, which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.