Equity Diversity and Inclusion

The School of Information Studies Equity Committee was formed in September 2019 to promote and advocate for diversity, inclusion, and social equity within the School. A student-led initiative, the committee aims to engage with the School’s students, staff, and faculty to identify opportunities for improvement within the school with regards to equity, inclusion and diversity and to take action towards improving those areas. The proposal, which led to the creation of the Committee, can be viewed here: PDF icon SIS Equity Committee Proposal

Committee Structure

The committee is co-chaired by a faculty member and a student, with members from the faculty and student body, as well as alumni. Student representatives are elected during the MISSA elections in September. 

Members Roles
Prof. Karyn Moffatt Faculty Co-Chair
Cheng Yin Zhu Student Co-Chair, MISt II Student Rep
Tsion Mariam Sisaye MISt I Student Rep
Rudi Aker MISt I Student Rep
Prof. Ilja Frissen Faculty Rep


If you have a question or concern related to EDI, please email the chairs at edi.sis [at] mcgill.ca. If you prefer, you may also reach out to any of the members individually, who can relay your concern to the group confidentially.

Committee Work

Each year, the Committee chooses projects to work on for the year. These projects include organising social events to foster inclusion within the SIS community, arranging workshops on topics related to EDI, and working towards a more equitable and inclusive environment where all SIS students, staff and faculty are respected, supported, and can thrive and succeed. The Committee also holds school-wide forums to report back on its work. In 2019, the Committee developed an online questionnaire, which will be administered biennially. Aggregated and anonymised results from the 2019 questionnaire can be viewed here: PDF icon Equity Committee Survey Results - 2019

Indigenous Student Librarian Program

The Indigenous Student Librarian Program offers the opportunity for an indigenous student to work part-time as a student librarian (or archivist) at Concordia Library, while pursuing a master’s degree in information studies at either McGill or Université de Montréal. This initiative, led by Concordia University Library, is a partnership between three universities: Concordia, McGill University, and Université de Montréal.

For information about eligibility and how to apply, please see: https://www.mcgill.ca/sis/programs/mist/indigenous-student-librarian-program

Master of Information Studies Fellowship for Black Students

The McGill Library and the McGill School of Information Studies (SIS) are teaming up to provide a fellowship program for Black students to complete the two-year Master of Information Studies (MISt) at McGill. The MISt is the advanced degree required for most professional librarian positions. Two fellowship positions are available.

For information about eligibility and how to apply, please see: https://www.mcgill.ca/sis/programs/mist/master-information-studies-fellowship-black-students



McGill has resources for that may be of use for students, faculty, and staff. You can see a complete list of Equity Resources here: https://www.mcgill.ca/equity/resources

The SIS Equity Committee maintains its own list of resources here: File EDI Recourse List


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 recognise and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet.

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