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President's Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC)

The President's Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC)

PACBIC aims to:

  • Identify and anticipate issues affecting equity-seeking communities both within the University and relevant to those seeking access to the University, and to advise the President on such issues;
  • Provide a forum for discussion, reflection and learning on issues of inclusion, equity and community-building and, in keeping with the spirit of the University, create spaces for respectful debate on important social issues;
  • Provide advice to the President on the planning and development of policies and programs related to “building an inclusive community with a shared purpose” (the third strategic goal of Refining Directions), both within the University and the broader McMaster community; 
  • Meet with the President at least once a year to discuss PACBIC’s work and progress;
  • Provide reports and make recommendations for action to the President, the University Planning Committee (UPC) and other relevant University bodies in order to channel advice through the University structure and thus sustain a University culture that advances equity and inclusion.


PACBIC 2015-2016 Annual Report Released

Once a year PACBIC releases an annual report to the McMaster Community.  To view a copy of our 2015-2016 Annual Report please click here (PDF version). 

Meeting Schedule 2016-17

  • Friday, October 21, 2016: 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2016: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Friday, December 16, 2016: 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017: 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017: 9:30am - 11:30am 
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017: 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017: 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017: 9:30am - 11:30am

Please note that all members of the campus community are welcome to attend PACBIC meetings and participate in the working groups.  Questions? Contact us!

Announcement: New LGBTQ+ Working Group at McMaster

The President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC) is pleased to announce a new working group that will address systemic issues that impact LGBTQ+ at McMaster University.

LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty members, and their allies, are invited to join this volunteer committee.

To attend the first meeting of this group, or to be kept informed of future projects and events, please contact Michelle Poirier, resource person, at

Why You Should Become a Member of PACBIC

Dr. Ameil Joseph was recently interviewed by CFMU 93.3 about why you should become a member of PACBIC: