Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Origins

Led primarily by a determined group of graduate student leaders, our department established a series of monthly conversations that began with the #ShutdownSTEM initiative and its call to reflect on anti-Black racism on June 10, 2020. In that inaugural discussion, a panel of students and faculty members discussed racism; the accounts of the students in particular, were courageous, disturbing, and deeply moving.

This inaugural event and the creation of this committee have been followed by many thought-provoking conversations with members of the department and beyond (including McMaster's Equity and Inclusion Office and other experts external to the department) on a broad range of topics, including:

  • Accessibility
  • Allyship
  • Anti-oppression
  • Anti-racism
  • EDI scholarship
  • Harassment and sexual violence
  • Inclusivity in the classroom
  • Mental health

These conversations have provided a valuable opportunity for the department to engage with challenging topics that shape the daily lives and academic careers of of all, and especially the equity-seeking members of our community. They have already fostered positive change, including the implementation of a graduate-level EDI module, the early stages of the development of an undegraduate-level EDI course, and new scholarship opportunities for equity-seeking students.  The committee hopes to sustain the momentum we have achieved, continuing to strive towards an equitable, inclusive and accessible working and learning environment for all in our community.

 

 

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