Workshops for Staff

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 come and deliver one of these sessions directly to your team? Please tynan.jarrett [at] mcgill.ca (email) us. We will review the request and get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that we will be prioritizing requests for faculty and staff at this time.

See below for our regular offerings.

Accommodating Employees with Disabilities

How do you respond when someone discloses a disability or mental health condition in the workplace? What are the resources available at McGill to address a request for accommodations? How do you decide whether an accommodation request is reasonable? This workshop delves into each of these and other critical topics related to accommodations of employees with disabilities.

At the end of this workshop, staff will be able to:

  • Recognize common accessibility barriers in the workplace
  • Understand and summarize the employer’s duty to accommodate
  • Respond to an employee’s disclosure of a disability or mental health condition
  • Apply strategies to address barriers
  • Recommend appropriate campus resources

Related psychosocial factors: psychological support, organizational culture, clear leadership & expectations, involvement & influence, workload management, engagement, and protection of physical safety.

Fall 2021 schedule coming soon!

Equity Education for Student Affairs Professionals

This series of workshops provides an environment for student affairs professionals to learn about topics related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and how they apply in their roles working with students. This series is designed to follow each other, however there are no prerequisites to attend any of the sessions. Topics discussed will include: unpacking your unconscious biases, microaggressions in student advising, systemic barriers and their impacts on students, and discovering equity resources at McGill. This series will also include case scenarios, and opportunities for interaction with multiple representatives from the Equity Team.

Fall 2021 schedule coming soon!

Equitable Hiring and Promotion

How can the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) be applied through the different career stages of an employee – from the moment a candidate becomes aware of a job posting, during the hiring process, and throughout an employee’s entire time at McGill? This question lies at the heart of this important workshop for all managers.

At the end of this workshop, staff will be able to:

  • Write and disseminate job postings incorporating EDI principles and practices
  • Design and run a fair and inclusive recruitment and selection process
  • Identify and address systemic barriers to retention and promotion

Related psychosocial factors: organizational culture, clear leadership & expectations, civility & respect, engagement, growth & development.

Fall 2021 schedule coming soon!

Gender Diversity and Inclusive Language

Are you interested in creating a workplace that is welcoming and inclusive of 2SLGBTQIA+ people but not sure exactly how to do this? This 2-hour interactive workshop provides a concise introduction to gender diversity and inclusive language. At end of this workshop, staff will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts related to gender and sexual orientation
  • Recognize stereotypes and systemic barriers faced by 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in the workplace
  • Integrate inclusive language into everyday interactions
  • Develop and deploy strategies to ensure your workplace is welcoming and inclusive of 2SLGBTQIA+ people

Related psychosocial factors: psychological support, civility & respect, engagement, psychological protection.

Fall 2021 schedule coming soon!

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 options for reporting and mediation related to 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 Maria Nunez (Harassment and Discrimination Officer; Office for Mediation and Reporting). 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)
  • January 11, 2022:  1:00 pm-2:15 pm (Online)
  • February 9, 2022:  1:00 pm-2:15 pm (Online)

Working in Diverse Teams

What are the benefits to working within a diverse team? Keeping equity in mind, how can one best onboard employees to set them up for success working in the McGill context, notably, with an eye to equity? What are microaggressions, how do they impact a workplace? What steps can be taken to improve our workplace climate for all employees? This workshop engages with each of these questions, which are germane to all of us working at McGill with colleagues of diverse identities, experiences, and backgrounds.

At end of this workshop, staff will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of working as part of a diverse team
  • Onboard new employees in a way that incorporates best practices related to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Understand microaggressions and their impact
  • Apply strategies learned in the workshop to address microaggressions and improve workplace climate in their respective local workplace contexts

Related psychosocial factors: organizational culture, civility & resect, psychological competencies & requirements, growth & development, involvement & influence, engagement, balance, psychological protection.

Fall 2021 schedule coming soon!

Managing Challenging Conversations in the Workplace

Challenging comments and conversations including microaggressions are becoming increasingly common in the workplace. 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 two-hour interactive workshop is designed to address a collective need for effective ways to engage in our working spaces.

By attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand possible impacts of difficult conversations on employee/team experience and well-being
  • Discuss personal experiences and exchange feedback with colleagues
  • Identify and practice applying strategies for managing conversations and responding to microaggressions
  • Support their colleagues in developing skills to engage in respectful and authentic dialogue

Fall 2021 schedule coming soon!


McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

For more information about traditional territory and tips on how to make a land acknowledgement, visit our Land Acknowledgement webpage.


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