Equity and Workplace Climate
We are a group of students, staff and faculty working together on initiatives for a more equitable, inclusive and diverse environment in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at McGill University.
Support and Resources
If you are in a crisis and need immediate help/support, here is an infographic with points of contact at a quick glance.
This webpage has been developed for the members of the EPS community. The resources listed on this webpage are divided into categories so that one can access the most relevant one as fast as possible. Some of the links direct you to other McGill websites whereas others might direct you to Quebec/Montreal based organization websites. The resources provided here are not exclusively emergency resources but rather provide you with more information, what to do, etc in case you want to know more about reporting policies within McGill and the rights and responsibilities you have as a student/staff/faculty at McGill. This is also a non-exhaustive list. We will do our best to update this list over time. If there are any changes required or you want certain information to be provided as part of the resource list, please do get in touch with the chair of the EWC Committee.
- EWC Committee, committee working on initiatives for a more equitable, inclusive and diverse environment in the department: Peter Douglas (interim chair)
- Chair of the department: Jeff McKenzie.
- Graduate Program Director, responsible for graduate student academic matters: Yajing Liu.
- Adams Club, graduate students organization responsible for handling graduate students rights and issues: Presidents yessica-elena.salas-navarro [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Jessica Salas) and emily.mick [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Emily Mick).
- Monteregian Society, undergraduate students (EPS/ESYS) society responsible for coordinating departmental academic and social activities: President danielle.richard [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Danielle Richard).
- Director of Undergraduate Studies, responsible for undergraduate student academic affairs: EPS (Jeanne Paquette), ESYS (William Minarik).
Faculty of Science:
- Science Equity and Workplace Climate Committee (SECC), Faculty of Science committee responsible for coordinating and implementing inclusive and equitable initiatives across various Science faculty departments: Nagissa Mahmoudi and meghomita.das [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Meghomita Das.)
McGill Institutional Resources:
General Security & Safety:
- Emergency Numbers for Campus Security: provides locations for public phones that connect you to the McGill Emergency Services. Please call 911 first for ambulance, police, or fire before calling Campus security. Then, call Security Services who will coordinate with emergency responders.
- Night Route Maps: maps that highlight the recommended route for navigation in the McGill campuses during night time.
- SSMU Student Rights: helpful guide for undergraduate students on their rights regarding courses, assessments, and accommodations.
- Graduate Student Handbook (EPS): helpful guidebook for graduate students of EPS covering topics like registration, finances, departmental clubs and other resources.
- Office of Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE): provides confidential, non-judgmental and non-directional support to those who have been impacted by sexual or gender-based violence.
- Sexual Assault Centre Of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS): volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach.
- Sexual Violence Education Program: mandatory online sexual violence education program for the entire McGill Community designed to increase awareness of sexual violence and help shift campus culture to one of respect and consent.
- Gendered & Sexual Violence Resources (Post Graduate Students’ Society): resources available for survivors, supporters & witnesses and additional information about the PGSS Gendered and Sexual Violence Policy.
- Sexual violence resources (Student Society of McGill University): list of information concerning campus sexual violence as well as the McGill and community resources available.
Reporting Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Violence:
- The Office for Mediation and Reporting (OMR): McGill Office responsible for reporting under the Policy on Harassment and Discrimination and the Policy against Sexual Violence. You can book a consultation with the OMR at the link above to discuss the reporting process and/or file a report.
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Resources at McGill:
- Equity at McGill: McGill office responsible for implementing EDI policies across the University.
- EDI In Research: resource page for integrating EDI in research.
- Anti Racism Resources: anti-racism resources with sub links to confront anti-Asian and anti-Black racism within and outside of McGill.
- McGill Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion strategic plan (2020-2025): developed by the equity team in the Office of the Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic). French version linked here.
- The McGill CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan: McGill’s efforts to ensure that prestigious Canada Research Chair positions are awarded equitably.
- McGill Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (EDIC): a joint standing committee of McGill’s Senate and the Board of Governors, constituted under the authority of, and accountable to, these two governance bodies. The EDIC has principal responsibility for reviewing the University’s progress in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and advising on measures required to uphold its EDI commitments.
- Student Census: data from the Student Census allows for better understanding of the composition of McGill’s student body so that McGill can identify and adapt Strategic Enrolment Plan to address identified areas of underrepresentation and to assess our efforts to enroll and support students in line with the Final Report of the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, McGill’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan 2020-2025, and McGill’s Action Plan to Address Anti Black Racism.
- Parental Leave: McGill policies detailing parental leave for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are supported by different funding agencies.
- STEMM Diversity: Student-driven initiative at Redpath Museum to provide diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine fields.
- SSMU Equity complaint form: Form for students to report violations of SSMU Equity policy.
- SSMU Equity Research: Student-led research on best practices in university governance.
- Student Wellness Hub: Provides a range of health services to support student’s mental and physical health. The Hub also offers laboratory services and therapy groups.
- Keep me SAFE: Free, unlimited mental health counselling service that specializes in student mental health support that is available 24/7/365 through the Keep.me SAFE app.
- General resources for Postdocs from PGSS: This document provides a lot of relevant information, including PGSS Health and Dental Plan for postdoctoral fellows. However, these resources are applicable to postdocs who are covered by the PGSS membership. Please check-in with Kristy to know if you are covered under the PGSS membership before using these resources.
- Local Wellness Advisor: Trained mental health clinicians embedded within faculties and services to orient and connect you with appropriate support resources (on-campus or off-campus) for case-to-case situations. Advisors for the Faculty of Science is Fanny Gutierrez-Meyers and for Graduate students is Devon Simpson. For International students, the advisor is Jos Porter and for 2SLGBTQIA+, the advisor is Margot Nossal.
- Peer support center at McGill: Student-run service offered by Students Society of McGill University providing free, one-on-one, confidential, and non-judgmental peer support and resource referral to all McGill students.
Financial Aid Resources:
- McGill Scholarships and Student Aid: Part of McGill Student services that offers resources and advice for money-related matters such as paying for tuition, effective budgeting, and scholarship/aid opportunities.
- EPS Graduate Funding Guidelines: Webpage outlining guidelines for departmental funding of graduate student stipends, including students with internal and external awards.
- Graduate Student Handbook for EPS: This amazing handbook covers all topics that help a graduate student navigate within EPS academically. For a breakdown of the funding package, refer to Section 10 (pp: 26-33) of this handbook.
- Frugal Budget Cheat Sheet: Handy cheat sheet that offers budgeting tips and lists out all the places near McGill campuses that offers discounted/free services for McGill students. Prepared and updated yearly by McGill Scholarships and Student Aid office.
- Graduate Funding (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies): This webpage lists all kinds of additional funding opportunities available to graduates and postdocs at McGill. They also list specific workshops that is tailored to application preparation for some of the larger scholarship programs (NSERC, Vanier, FRQNT).
- Office for Students with Disabilities: Provides support services and accommodations to students with documented disabilities at all levels of study. This office also offers virtual and in-person appointments and accessibility resources for students.
- Ombudsperson: Offers confidential, informal, independent, and impartial dispute resolution services to all members of the student community by providing information, advice, intervention and referrals.
- Office of the Dean of Students: Oversees students’ rights and responsibility, academic integrity, academic advising, student disciplinary process, and student recognition.
- International Student Services: Provides non-academic services and resources to international undergraduate, graduate, visiting and exchange students. They also handle all queries related to the International Health Insurance Plan.
- McGill Abroad: Provides all resources related to travel (student exchange, international fieldwork, conferences, field research, internships, study away programs) for McGill students at all levels of study. Also offers services to students visiting McGill.
Support within the McGill Community:
- Indigenous support: Equity Office at McGill provides all the information and services aimed at supporting Indigenous students at McGill.
- First Peoples’ House: Provides a sense of community and a voice to Indigenous students who have left their home in order to pursue higher education.
- McGill University Sexual Identity Center (MUSIC): Provides specialized mental health care to individuals, couples, and families with sexual orientation and gender identity issues.
- McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL): Provides multi-faith resources and programming for the religious and spiritual well-being of students.
- Black Student’s Network of McGill: Service provided through SSMU that is open to all students offering social and political events by and for Black Students in addition to hosting discussions and providing mentoring and resources.
- Legal Information Clinic at McGill: Non-profit, student-run, bilingual and free legal information service that provides legal information, referrals, and community services to McGill and Montreal communities, with a commitment to meet the needs of marginalized groups. The volunteers do not provide legal advice. They only provide information.
- McGill Student Nightline: A confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental listening service run by McGill students with the aim to provide the community with non-professional support in all kinds of situations, including information, guidance during a crisis, or an empathetic space to share your experiences and emotions. English service only.
Support outside of McGill:
- Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal: Resource center and shelter for First Nations, Inuit & Métis (Aboriginal) women & children. Number: 1-866-403-4688
- SOS Violence Conjugale: Helpline & support center for victims of intimate partner violence. Number: 1-800-363-9010, 24/7 availability
- Nurse Hotline: If you need to consult a nurse for medical emergencies. Number: 811
- Montreal Access Hotline: Allows residents of Montreal to access municipal services. Number: 311
- Face a Face Montreal: Housing resource center. Number: 514-934-4546. Availability: Wed-Fri, 9am-5pm
- Interligne: Concerned with issues of sexual and gender diversity. Number: 1-888-505-1010, 24/7 availability
- Centre pour les victimes d’agression sexuelle de Montreal: Helpline for victims of sexual violence. Number: 1-888-933-9007, 24/7 availability
- Aide aux trans du Québec: Helpline and support center staffed solely by members of the trans identity spectrum. Number: 1-855-909-9038 #1, 24/7 availability
- Suicide Action Montreal: Suicide Prevention Hotline. Number: 1-866-277-3553, 24/7 availability
- Social and Community Information: Connects callers to social and community services near you. Number: 211
- Drugs: Help and Referral: Provides support, information and referrals to anyone worried about their use of drugs, alcohol, and/or medication as well as to their loved ones. Number: 514-527-2626, 24/7 availability