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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) and Madness/Distress, Eugenics, Discrimination & Saneism (MEDS)

  • First Nations, Métis & Inuit Priorities (FNMI)

  • Interfaith Issues 

  • Gender and Sexualities (GS)

  • Priorities & Planning (P&P)

  • Race Racialization & Racism (R3)

Accessibility, Disability & Ableism (ADA) and Madness/Distress, Eugenics, Discrimination & Saneism (MEDS)

The Accessibility, Disability & Ableism Working Group endeavours 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

Brittany Allan, Convenor
 
In response to ongoing conversations on campus around the barriers to inclusion faced by persons experiencing mental health variances, the Madness/Distress, Eugenics, Discrimination & Saneism (MEDS) 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: 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:

Andrew (Andy) Crowell Convener

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.  
 

Gender and Sexualities (GS)

This newly-forming working group will discuss and address issues of relevance to equity-seeking groups working for greater justice related to gender and sexuality, including women and LGBTQ2SI+ community members. Membership for the working group is currently open, so please contact us if you’d like to become a member.

Working Group Conveners: 
Dr. Amber Dean
Nealob Kakar
Drew McLean

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. Arig al Shaibah, (PACBIC Co-Chair), Convener

Dr. Eugenia Zuroski, (PACBIC Co-Chair), Convener

 

 

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

 

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