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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.


Why You Should Become a Member of PACBIC

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

Meeting Schedule 2017-18

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

  • Friday, October 20th, 2017: 9:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday, November 30th, 2017: 9:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday, January 25th, 2018: 9:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday, February 15th, 2018: 9:30am-11:30am
  • Tuesday, March 27th, 2018: 9:30am-11:30am
  • Friday, April 20th, 2018: 10:00am-12:00pm - CIBC Hall
  • Thursday, May 31st, 2018: 9:30am-11:30am

All PACBIC meetings take place in Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall Room 111

To receive the meeting schedule, agendas and reminders please join the PACBIC email distribution list, by contacting

Questions? Contact us!