Creating an inclusive environment on campus takes active and ongoing effort from all of us. CL&E acknowledges that specific student populations including students with disabilities, Indigenous students, and students with families and dependents, all face distinct challenges within higher education.
Whether you're looking for first-year support or searching for ways to get involved in creating a more equitable space, McGill has resources for you. If you're looking for a specific resource that doesn't exist yet, CL&E can offer guidance in how to get started in creating your own, and how to partner with existing student groups for initiatives.
- Students with Disabilities
- Students with Families and Dependents
- Indigenous Students
- LGBTQIA2+ Students
- First Generation Students
- Communities for Racialized Students
- Religious and Spiritual Students
- Francophone Students
Students with Disabilities
- New students are encouraged to book an appointment with an Access Advisor to discuss barriers, resources and potential accommodations for their time at McGill.
- Note-sharing support is a peer-based volunteer note-sharing service that provides accommodation for those students who experience disability-related barriers that affect the ability to take course notes.
- Tutorial Services offers learning strategies and resources to support students in their academic learning.
- The Office for Students with Disabilities offers Access Technology resources to help students with online learning and other area such as Text to Speech support.
Students with Families and Dependents
- Resources to support student parents include the McGill Family Care site, which provides information about various aspects of family care to the entire McGIll community, as well as Student Parents Resources, information on walk-in clinics and McGill Summer Camps.
- The SSMU Daycare is dedicated the overall development and wellness of each child enrolled in their care. The SSMU Childcare Collective is aimed at connecting student parents and caregivers with students interested in volunteering their time with children.
- The McGill Student Parent Network is a private Facebook group hosted by the McGill Family Care Program.
- The Indigenous Initiatives unit at McGill is the central information hub pertaining to different Indigenous programs taking place throughout the McGill Campus.
- The First Peoples’ House helps provide a sense of community for all Indigenous students throughout their time as “McGillians”. The team provides students with academic support, campus support and cultural support, which includes the Indigenous Student Mentorship Program and the Indigenous Education Program.The First Peoples' House Facebook page also actively posts job opportunities and information for students.
- SSMU's Indigenous Student Alliance provides support for the Indigenous students to connect and partner with other university groups and organizations to foster a community of togetherness.
- The McGill Indigenous Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts provides students with a broad interdisciplinary approach to key topics in the historical, social and cultural dimensions of Indigenous life on Turtle Island (North America).
- Indigenous Access McGill is a support program for Indigenous students in the School of Social Work. This group helps the students with the admissions process and academic support throughout their studies.
- The McGill Student Indigenous Studies Journal is a McGill student Facebook support community that explores, shares, and provides learning opportunities for anyone interested in Indigenous Studies and highlights information on the various organizations, events, and ongoing initiatives that are of interest to the indigenous community.
- The Indigenous Law Association is a bilingual club of the McGill Faculty of Law that advocates for the understanding of Indigenous living legal traditions.
- The McGill Aboriginal Health Interest Group Facebook group based in the Faculty of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences who promotes healthy living.
- The Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment is located on MAC campus and is an independent, multi-disciplinary research and education center that address their concerns about the integrity of their traditional food systems.
- Queer McGill offers a social, political, and informational support service. They also organize virtual movie nights, breakfasts, "gaymes" nights, and other social events, advertised on the Queer McGill Facebook page.
- Queer Engineer McGill is a non-profit organization that offer events and spaces for the queer community in McGill Engineering to get together and make connections.
- The Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity - Sub-Committee on Queer People is committed to ensuring equity for queer people at McGill University. They offer events throughout the year.
- The Union for Gender Empowerment (UGE) is a trans positive and anti-racist feminist organization which operates alternative library and CO-OP, as well as hosts events and advocates for social justice issues
- The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies supports research, teaching and outreach activities in gender, sexuality and feminist studies. There is an undergraduate program in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies and they support the Gender and Women’s Studies which offers graduate training in gender studies and feminist theories, methods and research.
- The Shag Shop is McGill’s safer sex & health boutique that offers resources for sexual health information. They sell a variety of condoms, lubricants, toys, and alternative menstrual products.
First Generation Students
- The First Generation Student Support project is aimed at supporting the first generation students throughout their time at McGill.
- The First Generation Welcome Reception and Orientation provides students the opportunity to learn about available resources, strategies for self-care, alumni networking, and peer support.
- 1st Up is an ongoing support group that offers emotional and academic support in a peer-to-peer setting.
Communities for Racialized Students at McGill
- McGill Arab Student Network
- Baltic Students' Society
- Bangladeshi Students' Association
- Black History Month at McGill
- Black Law Students' Association of McGill
- Black Students' Network
- Caribbean Students' Society of McGill
- Chinese Students and Scholars Association
- First Peoples' House
- Hong Kong Student Network
- Indian Students' Association
- SSMU Indigenous Affairs
- Indigenous Student Alliance
- Japanese Student Association of McGill
- McGill African Students' Society
- McGill Armenian Student's Association
- McGill Chinese Students' Society
- McGill Iranian Student Association
- McGill Korean Students' Society
- McGill Malaysian and Singaporean Students' Association
- McGill Sikh Students' Society
- McGill Taiwanese Students' Association
- McGill University Filipino Asian Students' Association
- McGill Vietnamese Students' Association
- McGill International Student Network
- Pakistani Students' Association
- Senate Subcommittee on Racialized and Ethnic Persons
Religious and Spiritual Students
- The McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL) welcomes all students of any faith or religious denomination. They offer multi-faith information, resources, services, and events, free of charge.
- There are various orientation activities like McGill Muslim Frosh, Jewish Frosh, and Fish Frosh which focus primarily on Muslim, Jewish and Christian students respectively.
Visit the Étudiants francophones page of our first-year website.