Safer Spaces Workshops

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Equity Educational Advisors are committed to providing interactive and engaging learning environments where participants and facilitators address challenging topics openly and honestly.

In collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services, First Peoples' House, and the Office for Students with Disabilities, we offer Safer Spaces: a regular schedule of training for staff, faculty, and graduate students.




Participants who have completed all of the Safer Spaces workshops can request a program certificate demonstrating their commitment. For more information about this,equity.diversity [at] ( e-mail us)

If you feel that your colleagues or peers would benefit from these trainings, and would like to suggest/organize something for your office/department exclusively, our advisors are open to creating special Made to Measure workshops to suit your needs.

Please use the links below to register for the Safer Spaces Workshops. Click on the date you prefer and select that date when registering. Once you have registered, you will immediately receive a confirmation email to the email address that you provided on the form.


Schedule for the Winter Semester 2019

Understanding Discrimination (1st session)
Monday, January 21st, 9:30am - 12pm

Disability, Access, and Universal Design
Tuesday, January 29th, 9:30am - 12pm

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Thursday, March 14th, 1:30pm - 4pm

How to Respond to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
Tuesday, March 12th, 9:30am - 12pm

Indigenous Perspectives
Wednesday, February 6th, 1:30pm - 4pm

Race and Cultural Identity 
Friday, March 22nd, 9:30am - 12pm

Understanding Discrimination

Designed specifically for the McGill context, this workshop will expose the participant to a number of concepts related to equity and discrimination. During this session, participants will examine ways that unconscious or unintended bias can work its way into everyday interactions; they will analyze culture and identity to understand how bias forms, and how it impacts relationships; and they will work through practical scenarios to develop language, responses, and strategies for addressing inequality and subtle bias in the office and classroom settings.

Location: MS 74 McLennan Library Building- 3459 Rue McTavish



Disability, Access, and Universal Design

This workshop is designed and delivered by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD).

This interactive workshop for faculty, staff and graduate students, will provide an overview of the fast changing notions of disability, impairment and access.  A series of interactive tasks structured around recent statistics concerning disability on campus will lead the participants to re-examine certain preconceptions about the nature of disabilities in higher education, the models for services and best designs for universal access.  Using case studies and discussion, participants will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of emerging notions of disability, to identify obstacles to inclusion, and to begin a personal reflection as to how best facilitate universal access as members of the McGill community.

Location: MS 74 McLennan Library Building- 3459 Rue McTavish


Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

An interactive workshop for faculty, staff and graduate students, this session provides a concise introduction to sexual and gender diversity. Through case studies and discussion, participants will gain an understanding of the main concepts and language related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. They will also learn to recognize some of the stereotypes and systemic barriers faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the McGill Community and in Montreal, and how to act as agents of change to create spaces welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQ+ people.  

Location: MS 74 McLennan Library Building- 3459 Rue McTavish


How to Respond to and Support Disclosures of Sexual Violence

This workshop is designed and delivered by the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education. 

During this interactive workshop, participants learn about the prevalence of sexual violence in university settings and beyond, and the various impacts that sexual violence can have on individuals. You will learn how to respond to and support people affected by sexual violence by using appropriate tools and approaches. Participants will then practice these tools and methods they have learned through group activities and case scenarios. The workshop will also explore key terms and discuss common myths and misconceptions about sexual violence that may affect one's ability to effectively respond to and support disclosures. Participants will also learn about the many different support resources available on campus and in the community.

Location: MS 74 McLennan Library Building- 3459 Rue McTavish


Indigenous Perspectives

This workshop was originally developed by the First Peoples’ House.  It has been adapted and is now delivered by the Indigenous Education Advisor at SEDE.

This workshop examines, from multiple perspectives, issues related to the inclusion of Indigenous peoples on our campuses.  The workshop provides historical and contemporary information about laws and policies, demographics, and cultural and economic realities.  Participants will have the opportunity to apply new ideas and awareness, and build skills, by working through practical scenarios drawn from everyday work and life at McGill.

Location: MS 74 McLennan Library Building- 3459 Rue McTavish


Race and Cultural Identity

Participants will have the opportunity to examine how race and culture affect daily life in the McGill community. This workshop addresses the challenges of fostering diversity-receptive cultural attitudes, reducing structural barriers in University life, and building and maintaining respectful spaces for interpersonal engagement. Through case studies, participants will have the chance to practice identifying and responding to the types of discrimination most commonly encountered in campus life.

Location: MS 74 McLennan Library Building- 3459 Rue McTavish



Land Acknowledgment

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

Recognizing the history of where you stand is important, and becoming increasingly common practice when hosting events and activities across Canada.

Here are a few tips to remember if you want to make a land acknowledgment before a class presentation, in a written document, or when hosting an event. 


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