Workshops for Faculty

The Equity Team in the Office of the Provost is committed to providing interactive and engaging learning environments where participants and facilitators address challenging topics openly and honestly.

Interested in having us deliver one of the sessions listed below to your Department? Please tynan.jarrett [at] mcgill.ca (write us).

Accessible by Design: Access in the Classroom

This workshop offers practical tips for increasing accessibility in teaching that instructors can implement while planning their courses. The session is designed to increase participants’ awareness of barriers that students experience in the classroom, and show how instructors can facilitate and promote equitable access to learning. Instructors will discover that planning with accessibility in mind does not solely benefit students with disabilities, but provides supports for a diversity of learners.

By attending this workshop, instructors will be able to:

  • Identify barriers that students with disabilities experience in various instructional settings (e.g. lectures, conference, discussions, exams)
  • Analyze sample case studies, and identify opportunities to enhance accessibility
  • Locate available tools and resources to support accessibility at McGill

 

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • January 24, 2022: 9:30 am-11:30 am (Online)

 

 

 

Accessible by Design: Access in a Field Course

What does an inclusive and accessible field course look like? This workshop highlights how disability-related barriers may show up in field contexts in contrast to a traditional classroom setting. By learning creative ways to address accessibility issues from the outset, instructors will be able to promote equitable access within their respective disciplines for students with disabilities, increase their awareness of barriers that students experience, and facilitate access in a field course setting.

By attending this workshop, instructors will be able to:

  • Identify barriers that students with disabilities may experience in fieldwork
  • Discuss different types of field activities and identify opportunities to enhance accessibility
  • Develop responses to frequently asked questions that students with disabilities may have before choosing to participate in their field course

 

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • Wed. March 23rd, 9:30 am to 11:30 am (Online)

Challenging Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Conversations

Challenging EDI comments and conversations are common in classrooms and beyond. How do you respond when they arise in yours? Are you interested in developing your skills and toolkit of resources when it comes to navigating these difficult moments? This 2.5 hour interactive workshop is designed to address a collective need for effective ways to navigate these tensions. By attending this workshop, instructors will be able to:

  • Understand the tools, models, and approaches to navigate challenging EDI conversations
  • Identify and practice applying strategies for managing conversations and responding to tensions that arise, including mircroaggressions
  • Discuss personal experiences and exchange feedback with colleagues

 

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • Thurs., February 10, 2022: 2 pm-4:30 pm (Online)

Gender Diversity and Inclusive Language: Creating space for 2SLGBTQIA+ communities in the classroom

Are you interested in creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of 2SLGBTQIA+ people but not sure exactly how to do this? This two-hour interactive workshop provides an introduction to gender diversity and inclusive language. By attending this workshop, instructors will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts related to gender and sexual orientation
  • Recognize stereotypes and systemic barriers faced by 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in the learning environment
  • Integrate inclusive language into everyday interactions with students and colleagues
  • Develop and deploy strategies for creating a more welcoming and inclusive classroom for 2SLGBTQIA+ students

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • Tue December 7, 2021: 2:00 pm-4:00pm (Online)
  • Wed. February 9, 2022: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm (Online)

Anti-Racism in Teaching Practice

How does race and racism impact learning spaces? What is our role as educators in shaping the learning environment? This 2.5 hour interactive workshop will explore how understanding racism and integrating an anti-racist practice can shift the culture of a classroom or institution. By attending this workshop, instructors will be able to:

  • Reflect on their own racial identity and experience
  • Understand definitions of racism and anti-racism
  • Identify ways that racism manifests in the teaching space
  • Explore strategies for strengthening an anti-racist practice

 

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • October 18, 2021: 2:00 pm-4:30 pm (Online) 
  • November 4, 2021: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm (Online)
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022: 2:30 pm-4:30 pm (Online)
  • Monday, March 14, 2022: 1 pm-3:30 pm (Online)

Inclusive Facilitation Workshop

What is inclusive facilitation and how can it enhance the learning experience? How can principles of anti-oppression inform how we communicate and connect to each other? This 2.5 hour interactive workshop will explore our top ten tips for inclusive facilitation and support participants in developing their skills as facilitators in and out of the classroom. By attending this workshop, instructors will be able to:

  • Understand the impacts of power dynamics in learning spaces
  • Recognize existing and potential barriers in learning spaces
  • Identify and integrate strategies for inclusive facilitation

 

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • November 23, 2021: 9:30 am-12:00 pm (Online)
  • Thursday, Jan 27, 2022: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm (Online)

Equity in the Academic Search Process

This is a two hour mandatory training for members of academic search committees. Topics covered include:

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) imperatives in the Canadian academy;
  • Understanding obligations and objectives under Quebec legislation and McGill's employment equity policy;
  • Strategic and active recruitment techniques to establish a diverse and excellent applicant pool;
  • Strategies and tools for enhancing equity in the review process

This training is based on peer-reviewed literature and participants will have access upon request to supplemental information with material relevant to the field in which their search is being conducted.

Please note that faculty serving on search committees need to refresh their training every three years.

 

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • September 14, 2021: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Online)
  • October 12, 2021: 9 am - 10:30 am (Online)
  • October 29, 2021: 2 pm - 3:30 pm (Online)
  • November 19, 2021: 10 am - 11:30 am (Online)
  • December 8, 2021: 9:30 am - 11:00 am (Online)
     
  • January 11, 2022: 9 am - 10:30 am (Online)
  • February 2, 2022: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (Online)
  • March 7, 2022: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Online)
  • March 31, 2022: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Online)
  • April 25, 2022: 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Online)
  • May 19, 2022: 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Online)

EDI in Research and Grant Proposals

This workshop is for faculty and researchers who want to know more about how to implement EDI strategies and practices in their research projects and grant applications. It will provide an overview of a framework for thinking about EDI in research and knowledge production and then connect that to different areas of research proposals, including research content and design, methodology, HQP training, and knowledge dissemination. By attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to think about EDI as part of their research projects
  • Identify useful EDI practices in their research projects and proposals
  • Identify internal and external resources available to them to develop their EDI plans in research

 

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • January 17, 2022: 1-2pm (Online)

  • February 15, 2022: 11 am-12 pm (Online)

  • March 24, 2022: 2 pm-3 pm (Online)

  • April 22, 2022: 11 am - 12 pm (Online)

  • May 10, 2022: 2 pm-3 pm (Online)

Putting EDI in Practice: Developing Your EDI Plans for Research Teams

This 2 hour Intermediate level workshop is for faculty PIs who would like help with drafting an outline of their EDI plan for their research teams. The workshop will address EDI in three common areas addressed in Tri-Agency grant applications: team composition, HQP training and creating an inclusive team environment. We will discuss key questions for faculty to consider and share examples of EDI practices based on previous grant applications. Participants will be given time to reflect and write a draft outline of EDI practices they can put in place in their research teams and contexts, followed by informal discussion and exchange with each other. This workshop will be most beneficial to those who have already thought about EDI principles and issues in their disciplines and fields but would like help translating that into concrete practices they can put in place in their research teams. Participants are asked to come prepared to write, to participate in discussion and to work collaboratively with their colleagues in this workshop. There is a limit of 20 participants in the session. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify useful EDI practices in their research projects and grant proposals
  • Have a draft outline of their EDI plans for further polishing and revision

 

View the workshop date below and register:

June 2, 2022, 1-3pm (Online)

Aug 24, 2022, 9-11am (Online)

Mentoring Relationships With a Focus on Equity

What is mentoring and why does it matter? This workshop offers an introduction to mentoring with a focus on equity. Challenges and strategies in developing and maintaining effective mentoring relationships are discussed. Models for building successful mentoring relationships are outlined.

By attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key barriers experienced by equity group members in accessing and benefiting from mentorships
  • Build knowledge of the skills needed to establish and maintain respectful and inclusive mentoring relationships
  • Locate internal and external resources to support the development of mentorships

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • Thurs. January 20, 2022: 10 am-12 pm (Online)
  • Wed., March 9, 2022: 2 pm-4 pm (Online)

Engaging with EDI Skepticism and Resistance

Advancing EDI goals in a large organization is a tough proposition. Those at the forefront of EDI efforts can feel challenged on all fronts. For some, EDI efforts are moving too far, too quick. For others, they fail to address meaningfully the historic and ongoing injustices within institutions of higher education. Working within this space fraught with skepticism and resistance can be a challenge.

 The goal of this workshop is to examine whether it is possible to embrace skepticism about and resistance to EDI so as to enrich intellectual discussions on the topic and galvanize the energy needed to effect positive change in this realm. The workshop will examine how we can identify, understand, and engage constructively with EDI skepticism and resistance, how to harness the energy arising from critiques of EDI, and how to know when resistance might generate individual or structural harm, and how to address that.

Facilitator: Angela Campbell

This workshop is open to both staff and faculty.

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • January 13th, 2022: 1 pm-2:30 pm (Online)
  • February 25th, 2022: 10:30 am-12:00 pm (Online)
  • April 4th, 2022: 9 am-10:30 am (Online)

Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Violence: McGill Policies, Reporting, and Support 

This session is open to staff and faculty. It will provide information on McGill's Policy on Harassment and Discrimination and McGill’s Policy against Sexual Violence and resources as well as explore how to respond to disclosures and how to formally report discrimination, sexual violence and/or harassment. Participants will apply what they’ve learned via discussion of case studies. The workshop will be led by Sinead Hunt (Associate Director; Office for Mediation and Reporting) and the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE). This session will be conducted online via Zoom. Please let us know by emailing omr [at] mcgill.ca if you have any accessibility needs that we can work to accommodate.

View the 2021-2022 workshop dates below and register.

  • October 27, 2021: 1:00 pm-2:15 pm (Online)
  • February 9, 2022:  3:00 pm-4:15 pm (Online)
  • March 22, 2022: 1:00 pm-2:15 pm (Online)

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