Initiatives

The Provost's Faculty Mentorship Network

Set to launch in summer 2021, the Provost’s Faculty Mentorship Network will be an important source of guidance and support to all pre-tenure professors. Mentors who are part of this network are outstanding teachers and researchers who have experience as institutional leaders at McGill. As their profiles show mentors possess a range of strengths and capacities that will contribute to guiding and advising junior colleagues.

All pre-tenure faculty are eligible to participate in the mentorship program. Information about how to be matched with a mentor within the Network, and about what participation as a mentee, see our Becoming a Mentee page.

Applications for the Provost's Faculty Mentorship Network will be accepted starting May 2021.

Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism 2020-2025

I am pleased to share McGill’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism.

This Plan was developed further to a mandate that our Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Suzanne Fortier, gave to me on 30 June 2020.

I am grateful to the many members of the McGill community who provided input and ideas that were crucial to this Action Plan. I especially wish to recognize and thank the Dr. Kenneth Melville McGill Black Faculty Caucus, the Black Students’ Network, the McGill Black Alumni Association, and the Subcommittee for Racialized and Ethnic Persons.

This Action Plan sets out a series of bold and concrete actions that we will implement over the coming years. Work on the Action Plan begins immediately. Through this work, we will deepen and strengthen our commitment to addressing systemic racism, especially anti-Black racism, with a view to building a more inclusive and justice campus community for all.

Sincerely,

Professor Christopher Manfredi

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

Université McGill Plan de lutte contre le racisme anti-noir 2020-2025

Chers membres de la communauté mcgilloise,

J’ai le plaisir de vous présenter le Plan de lutte contre le racisme anti-noir de l’Université McGill.

Ce Plan est le résultat du mandat que notre principale et vice-chancelière, Suzanne Fortier, m’a donné le 30 juin 2020.

En nous transmettant leurs opinions et leurs idées, de nombreux McGillois ont apporté une précieuse contribution au Plan, et je leur en suis reconnaissant. Je tiens à remercier tout particulièrement le Comité professoral noir Dr-Kenneth-Melville, le Réseau des étudiants noirs, l’Association des diplômés noirs de McGill et le Sous-comité mixte sur l’équité pour les personnes racisées et de minorités ethniques.

Le Plan présente les mesures audacieuses et concrètes qui seront prises dès maintenant et au cours des prochaines années. Nous mettrons tout en œuvre afin de réaffirmer avec force notre volonté de combattre le racisme systémique, et plus particulièrement le racisme anti-noir, pour ainsi bâtir une communauté universitaire plus inclusive et équitable pour tous.

Cordialement,

Professeur Christopher Manfredi

Vice-principal exécutif et vice-principal aux études

Provostial Research Scholars in Institutional Histories, Slavery, and Colonialism

Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, Professor Christopher Manfredi, has establishd the Provostial Research Scholars in Institutional Histories, Slavery, and Colonialism, as one important way in which McGill is seeking to develop a critical understanding of its past.


Meet the postdoctoral researchers appointed as the McGill Provostial Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Institutional Histories, Slavery and Colonialism

Joana Joachim

Earned her PhD in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University with Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson. Her research interests include Black feminist art histories, Black Canadian studies and Canadian slavery studies.

Photo cred: Ève Lafontaine

More on Joana Joachim bio

McGill Reporter: Using historical research to advance anti-racist and decolonial work in contemporary society

 

Melissa N. Shaw

Currently completing her PhD in History at Queen’s University (to be defended in the fall of 2020). Her dissertation entitled, “Blackness and British ‘Fair Play’: Burgeoning Black  Social Activism in Ontario and its Responses to the Canadian Colour Line, 1919-1939,” explores the symbiotic relationship between anti-Black racisms in Canada and the rise of Black Canadian socio-political activism in Ontario.

More on Melissa N. Shaw bio

McGill Reporter: Postdoctoral fellows to study slavery and colonialism


As McGill prepares for its Bicentennial, the University community looks forward to celebrating 200 years of innovation and excellence. But an institution with a history stretching back to the 19th century will have blemishes mixed in with momentous achievements. Like many storied universities – McGill is reflecting critically on some troubling elements of its past by confronting its historical connection to the transatlantic slave trade and colonialism.


 

Working Group on Indigeneity in Infrastructure Planning and Development (WGIIPD)

The 2019 McGill Master Plan will address the need and opportunity to include Indigenous representation on the University’s campuses: “Specifically, the plan seeks to recognize and respect the specific and diverse cultural practices of Indigenous members of the community by providing interior and exterior spaces that serve their needs.”

The Working Group will submit its final report by 31 March 2021.

Working Group on Online Programs

McGill University’s Strategic Academic Plan, implemented in 2017, includes an explicit commitment “to accelerate the development and delivery of online degree programs and professional masters programs, with the goal of implementing five online programs in five years.”

The Working Group on Online Programs is tasked with recommending a strategy for achieving this goal and means to ensure that McGill develops a sustainable framework for a new online presence and the further incorporation of digital tools (where desirable) into existing programs.

Review of the Student Life and Learning Portfolio

With the approaching conclusion of the term of appointment of the second Deputy Provost, the University will undertake a review of the organizational structure of the Student Life and Learning portfolio with particular respect to internal coherence, the relationship of SLL priorities and responsibilities to other units within the University, and responsiveness to student needs and concerns.

Working Group on Principles of Commemoration and Renaming

The Working Group on Principles of Commemoration and Renaming is tasked with undertaking an examination of McGill’s relationship (past and current) with underrepresented groups, in the context of a broad-reaching reflection of our institutional history, with a view to recommending a set of principles by which the University may be guided in its decision-making with respect to any future commemorative or renaming initiative.
(Version française.)

   

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