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Working Groups

Much of PACBIC's work is carried out by its working groups. In 2016 - 2017, nine working groups will meet to do the work of inclusion and equity on campus. The PACBIC working groups are open to all members of the campus community, even to those who are not PACBIC members. For more information or to join a working group, please contact the group's convener or the staff support listed on each group's page. Alternatively, you can contact us for more information.

PACBIC 2018 - 2019 Working Groups:

  • Accessibility, Disability & Ableism (ADA)
  • First Nations, Métis & Inuit Priorities (FNMI)
  • Interfaith Issues 
  • LGBTQ+
  • Madness/Distress, Eugenics, Discrimination & Saneism (MEDS)
  • Priorities & Planning (P&P)
  • Race Racialization & Racism (R3)
  • Violence Against Women/Gender Based Violence (VAW/GBV) 

Accessibility, Disability & Ableism

The Accessibility, Disability & Ableism Working Group endeavors to identify and recommend to the University, through PACBIC, the prevention and removal of barriers that persons with disabilities encounter on the main campus and other McMaster sites as well as through programs, policies, practices, and services provided by the University.   The Accessibility, Disability & Ableism Working Group strives to raise awareness, identify issues and propose strategies that enhance inclusion through the promotion of accessibility and accommodation of the various constituent members of the campus community.

For more information or to join the working group, please contact:
 
, Convener

Resources:

 

For more information or to join the working group, please contact: Anne Pottier, Convener

First Nations, Métis & Inuit Priorities

For more information please contact:
 

Interfaith Issues

The Interfaith Issues Working Group identifies and recommends to the University, through PACBIC, initiatives and actions related to emerging interfaith issues on campus. It engages with campus partners to identify ways to diversify food choices available at a reasonable cost to meet the religious/spiritual and Indigenous dietary needs of McMaster staff, student and faculty members. The Interfaith Issues Working Group has a long-term goal of establishing a permanent interfaith/spirituality gathering place on campus

For more information or to join the working group, please contact:
 
Vilma RossiResource Person from the Equity and Inclusion Office

Events

Food Justice:  A Panel Discussion

Watch it here: https://youtu.be/koVQKMc-_lg?list=PLUnV7X02cbxqhEXkxoQ4bvvmeI4WrN1fJ

Date: April 19 2016
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Location: Gilmour Hall, Room 111, McMaster University

  • Moderated by:  Nishan Zewge-Abubaker, Director, MSA Diversity Services (Right)
  • With: Dr. Ameil Joseph (Assistant Professor, Social Work); Chris Roberts (Director, Hospitality Services); Ben Buckler (Incoming President, McMaster Hillel) Josh Dockstator (Indigenous Student Counsellor) (Right to Left)

Policy on Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances (RISO)

The Interfaith Issues Working Group worked with an ad hoc committee comprised of staff, faculty and students to develop a Policy on Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances (RISO) found here. The Policy is effective September 1, 2015.  
 

LGBTQ+ Working Group

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 future meetings of this group, or to be kept informed of projects and events, please contact Dr. Suzanne Mills, Working Group Convener at smills@mcmaster.ca or Meaghan Ross, Resource Person, at .

Meeting Notes

November 23rd, 2016

Power point presentation that includes the meeting agenda, some LGBTQ+ groups and resources at McMaster, current events, etc. available here:  November 23rd Meeting Power Point Slideshow.

Madness/Distress, Eugenics, Discrimination & Sanism (MEDS)

In response to ongoing conversations on campus around the barriers to inclusion faced by persons experiencing mental health variances, this working group will:
  • identify, anticipate, and proactively address issues affecting the equity-seeking communities of consumer/survivors of the psychiatric system, Mad people, and people with mental health disabilities both within the University and relevant to those seeking access to the University and advise PACBIC on such issues.
  • provide a forum for discussion, reflection and learning on issues of inclusion and equity in mental health, Mad Positivity, Anti-Saneism, and community-building, including community-building among Mad peers on campus.
  • provide advice to PACBIC on the planning and development of policies and programs related to or impacting mental health from the lens of "building an inclusive community with a shared purpose", both within the University and the broader McMaster community.
     
For more information or to join the working group, please contact:
 
, Convener

Priorities & Planning

Priorities & Planning (P&P) functions as a coordinating and steering committee of PACBIC.  It usually meets once a month between October and May, approximately ten days in advance of the general PACBIC meetings.  P&P is responsible for executive and administrative decisions including planning PACBIC meeting agendas, anticipating emerging issues and working group activities, determining how best to channel PACBIC recommendations/ concerns / questions into the university’s infrastructure,  preparation of the annual report, oversight of the budget and approval of funding requests for PACBIC sponsorship or support. From time to time, P&P convenes small ad hoc groups to respond to particular or emerging issues or to explore how best to take them up.  Membership includes all Working Group Conveners. 

Dr. Ameil Joseph (PACBIC Chair), Convener

, Resource Person from the Equity and Inclusion Office

Convener Orientation Package

The PACBIC Working Group Convener Orientation Package will be available in June, 2016. The package provides information on meetings, working with resource persons designated from the Equity and Inclusion Office, funding for working group activities and other information related to conveners' roles responsibilities. 

Race Racialization and Racism

In response to ongoing conversations on campus around intersectional forms of racism, and barriers to inclusion faced by diverse groups of people of colour, Indigenous, Métis, First Nations and Inuit communities, PACBIC formed an Anti-Racism Working Group in March 2015.  

This working group objectives are to:

  • work with McMaster’s diverse communities of colour, Indigenous, First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) communities to identify and address issues affecting these communities both within the University, and in the broader McMaster community.  
  • provide subject matter expertise on issues related to racism and anti-racism, as well as increase awareness about the differential impact of racism on diverse communities.
  • provide advice to PACBIC on the planning and development of policies, and programs related to anti-racism.  The working group will develop concrete anti-racism strategies using an intersectional lens focused on "building an inclusive community with a shared purpose", within the University, and the broader McMaster and Hamilton communities.

 

For more information or to join the working group, please contact:

Rodrigo Narro Perez and Dr. Juliet Daniel, Co-Conveners
Dr. Daniel Coleman, Faculty Support

Khadijeh RakieResource Person from the Equity and Inclusion Office

Events

LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE! DROP-INS:


Date
: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm 
Location: L.R. Wilson, Room 2001
Theme: Race at McMaster
Facilitator: Rodrigo Narro Perez, PhD Student and R3 Co-Convener and Khadijeh Rakie, Equity and Inclusion Educator

Racialized/BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) students, staff and faculty are invited to a facilitated Halloween-related discussion about the misrepresentation of cultures in the media and elsewhere.

*Pizza, snacks and beverages will be provided!
For more information visit: pacbic.mcmaster.ca/r3

Hosted by Race, Racism and Racialization (R3) PACBIC Working Group and the Equity and Inclusion Office.
This initiative is supported by McMaster University’s President and Vice-Chancellor’s Fund.

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Violence Against Women/Gender Based Violence

The Violence Against Women/Gender Based Violence Working Group's mandate is:

  • To provide expertise and analysis to PACBIC in order that it may advise the President and Provost on issues related to violence against women/gender-based violence.
  • To increase awareness at McMaster University about violence against women/gender-based violence and how different groups are impacted differentially as a result of social location, intersecting identities and/or a history of colonization.
  • To support the implementation of reports and recommendations related to violence against women/gender-based violence including the “It’s Time To End Violence Against Women on Campus” Project Recommendations (June, 2014) and the “McMaster Engineering Redsuits and Welcome Week Culture” Report (April 2014).
  • To support efforts by other campus groups including the Anti-Violence Network, the McMaster Student Union (MSU), MSU Women and Gender Equity Network (WGEN) and the Student Wellness Centre in developing and implementing violence awareness and prevention initiatives.
  • To respond to future incidents of violence against women/gender-based violence on campus.
  • To act as a centralized campus hub on violence against women/gender-based violence in order to identify emerging issues, encourage research efforts and share promising practices on issues related to violence against women/gender-based violence.

 

For more information or to join the working group, please contact:

Meaghan RossResource Person from the Equity and Inclusion Office

Contact Meaghan Ross, Resource Person from the Equity and Inclusion Office