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Mission Statement

The Department Diversity and Equity Committee is an advisory committee to the Chair of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education. The committee is comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, contract faculty, and faculty members. We seek to create and nurture an inclusive work and study environment for the DISE community and to promote diversity and equity in curriculum, teaching, research, student admissions, learning experiences, staffing, and general culture.  We seek to identify and change existing systemic and structural barriers to equity within the department and the larger educational communities within which we work. Our mandate is to develop and distribute tools and to recommend ways in which the department could implement strategies to:

(i) Help education undergraduate and graduate students navigate diversity issues and concerns in their stages and learning experiences

(ii) Prepare teacher candidates who are sensitive to and able to work effectively and meaningfully with diverse student populations

(iii) Support our colleagues in fostering inclusive classrooms

(iv) Ensure marginalized students and colleagues feel represented and supported in our department

(v) Build relationships with community groups, schools and organizations

(vi) Foster dialogues and awareness about diversity, equity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression in education and community and capacity building

We meet monthly, and students or staff/faculty who would like to discuss an issue of diversity or equity in the department are invited to contact us.
               (lil.han [at] mail.mcgill.ca)


Hiring Motion

Given the McGill Employment Equity Policy includes a commitment to:

  • fulfilling its mission within an institutional environment that embraces diversity; respecting the equal dignity and worth of all who participate in the life, work and mission of the University;
  • developing policies, programs, practices and traditions that facilitate the full participation and advancement of members of historically disadvantaged groups in Canada (Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities whose mother tongue is neither English nor French, persons with disabilities, women, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities) (hereafter, “designated groups”) by eliminating direct, indirect and systemic discrimination;

and, in furtherance of these objectives, will:

  • seek to increase the range of applicants for all academic, administrative and support staff positions to reflect the diversity of the pool of potential candidates with appropriate qualifications from designated groups;
  • ensure that, where candidates do not differ in merit, employment decisions are guided by the University’s policy on employment equity;

We propose:

  1. That the following language be included in ALL future tenure track academic position announcements:
    A strong asset will be an intimate knowledge of and connection to marginalized communities, inviting applicants to become part of a diversifying faculty.
  2. That this asset be one of the search committee's criteria for reviewing and assessing the strengths of each application.

Safe Space Statement

As part of the process of clearly signaling the department's commitment to creating a pedagogic space for continuing anti-oppression work, DEDC is proposing a safe space statement that would become a mandatory component of all graduate and undergraduate course syllabi in the department:

We are committed to nurturing a space where students, teaching assistants, lecturers, and professors can all engage in the exchange of ideas and dialogue, without fear of being made to feel unwelcome or unsafe on account of biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race/ethnicity, religion, linguistic and cultural background, age, physical or mental ability, or any other aspect integral to one's personhood. We therefore recognize our responsibility, both individual and collective, to strive to establish and maintain an environment wherein all interactions are based on empathy and mutual respect for the person, acknowledging differences of perspectives, free from judgment, censure, and/or stigma.

We envision this statement as a catalyst for both an initial and ongoing classroom conversation about this commitment to creating anti-oppressive teaching and learning environments.

Resources at McGill

Where can I learn more about and/or get involved in promoting issues of equity and diversity on campus?

The McGill Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office provides information, education and training to all areas of the University in order to cultivate a respectful, diverse and supportive campus.
3610 McTavish, Suite 12

equity.diversity [at] mcgill.ca (email)
SEDE website

The SSMU Equity Commissioner can be reached by equity.com [at] ssmu.mcgill.ca (email). The mandate of the Student Equity Committee is to confront historical and current inequities at McGill through active engagement and public education in agreement with the Student Society of McGill University’s policy on equality and social justice.

The PGSS Equity Officer can be reached by equity.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca (email).

The EGSS (Education Graduate Students’ Society) has a VP Equity and Diversity position, and a Diversity and Equity in Education Exchange space on their website.

Is there somewhere on campus especially for Indigenous students?

First Peoples' House is dedicated to promoting and supporting the success and well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. Services include Aboriginal Community outreach coordination, accommodation, a mentoring program, a resource center, food program, visits by elders and guest speakers and community celebrations.

First Peoples’ House is located at 3505 Peel Street
Telephone: 514.398.3217
firstpeopleshouse [at] mcgill.ca (email)
First Peoples' House website

See also the services and events offered at the Native Friendship Center of Montreal.

Are there student groups organized around various causes and identities?

Here is a list of student groups and associations affiliated with SSMU.

Where can I find information for students with (dis)abilities?

The McGill Office for Students with Disabilities can be reached at: 514.398.6009. The Office is located in the Redpath Library Building (3459 McTavish Street), Suite RS56. For more information visit their website.

Please note that if your class or seminar is scheduled in a difficult or inaccessible location, you should inform the OSD office and they will arrange for the class to be moved to an accessible room.

Where can I find gender-neutral washrooms at McGill?

Since 2007 the University has committed to “the existence of at least one gender-neutral washroom in every newly constructed building on campus, and preferably one on every floor of every newly constructed building, where possible.”

A list of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus can be found here.

The Education Building has a gender-neutral bathroom located in the basement, room B-136.

Where can I learn more about and/or get involved in promoting issues of social justice on campus and in Montreal?

QPIRG McGill, the Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill, is a non-profit, student-run organization that conducts research, education, and action on environmental and social justice issues at McGill University and in the Montreal community. With such a broad mandate, QPIRG brings together a wide range of activists interested in many different issues.

QPIRG-McGill is opposed to all forms of discrimination on the basis of class, gender, race, sexual orientation, and dis/ability.

The QPIRG McGill office is located at 3647 University Street.
Telephone: 514.398.7432
qpirg [at] ssmu.mcgill.ca (email)
QPIRG website

Is there somewhere on campus where I can find affordable healthy food and/ or get involved with others concerned about food politics and security?

The Midnight Kitchen is a non-profit, volunteer and worker-run food collective dedicated to providing affordable, healthy food to as many people as possible. Based out of McGill University in Montreal, they provide free/by donation vegan lunches 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, at 12:30 in the Shatner Building (3480 McTavish) on the downtown campus. For more information visit the MK blog.

McGill’s Organic Campus is dedicated to bringing local organic fruits and vegetables to the community at affordable prices as well as education on healthy and sustainable food practices. For more information visit their blog.

Campus Crops is a collective at McGill that works on urban agriculture initiatives throughout the year. Their goal is to grow food on campus and provide students and community members with space and opportunities to learn by doing. For more information visit their blog.

Is there somewhere on campus where students can receive support related to experiences of sexual assault?

SACOMSS, the Sexual Assault Centre of the SSMU, is a volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach. SACOMSS offers crisis intervention, support groups, advocacy and outreach; information and referrals; as well as sexual assault sensitivity training to McGill and Montreal groups. All SACOMSS services are open to the public and free of charge.

Shatner Building (3480 McTavish), B-27 (basement)
Telephone: 514.398.8500
main [at] sacomss.org (email)
SACOMSS website with full list of contacts

Where can I receive help/advice if I have been or am being harassed or discriminated against?

The McGill Policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Discrimination Prohibited by Law

Harassment reporting forms

The A-Branch of SACOMSS supports McGill students, staff, and faculty in navigating McGill's Policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited by Law, advocating on their behalf to ensure their rights are respected and needs are addressed. More information

The mandate of the McGill Ombudsperson is “to intervene at the beginning of the complaint process, and to attempt to resolve issues informally before they proceed to more formal processes.” More information

The McGill Charter of Student Rights

The Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 

How can I find a job?

The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) assists students in their career development and search for permanent, part-time, and summer jobs, as well as internships, by providing workshops, individual advising, a comprehensive job posting service, and an extensive Career Resource Centre. For more information visit the CaPS website.

YES Montreal (Youth Employment Services) is a non-profit organization providing a wide variety of English-language support services to help Quebecers (ages 16-35 yrs.) find employment and start businesses. YES employment support services are also open to artists of all ages.

The YES offices are located at 666 Sherbrooke St. W., suite 700
Telephone: 514.878.9788
YES website

What about the rights of workers? Are McGill employees unionized?

MUNACA-PSAC represents various non-academic workers at McGill such as secretaries, administrative assistants, clerks, and technicians.

The MUNACA office is located at 3483 Peel Street.
Telephone: 514.398.6565
info [at] munaca.com (email)
MUNACA website

AMUSE (PSAC), the Association of McGill University Support Employees, is a labour union that represents ‘casual’ or ‘temporary’ employees at McGill. This includes both students and non-students in part-time and full-time positions.

The AMUSE Office is located at 2015 Drummond Street, suite 901.
Telephone: 514.282.9555
communications.amuse [at] gmail.com (email)
AMUSE website

AMURE (PSAC), the Association of McGill University Research Employees, comprises research associates and research assistants working at McGill. AMURE is in the stages of constructing the union. For more information visit the AMURE website.

AGSEM (FNEEQ-CSN), the Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill, consists of three units, representing Teaching Assistants (Unit 1), Exam Invigilators (Unit 2), and Course Lecturers and Instructors (Unit 3).

The AGSEM Offices are located at 3479 Peel Street on the 3rd floor.
Telephone: 514.398.2582
mail [at] agsem-aeedem.ca (email)
AGSEM website

Note: Professors teaching at McGill are not currently represented by a union.

The Quebec Act Respecting Labour Standards applies to ALL employees.


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