We can all help build an inclusive campus!

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A message from Campus Life & Engagement, the one office dedicated to new McGill students. 


Hey Campus Life & Engage,


Happy Monday from all of us here at Campus Life & Engagement! Today we want to introduce you to some of the resources, services, groups, and clubs that aim to support and educate McGill’s diverse student body.


Creating an inclusive environment on campus takes active and ongoing effort from all of us. At McGill, you can access support resources, student-led networks, events, and opportunities that address the needs of different student groups. Building a community is an integral part of the graduate student experience – and we want to help you find yours.



Specific student populations


There are a variety of networks and resources for specific student populations to support you throughout your journey at McGill. They offer support services, educational resources, and opportunities to connect with peers and mentors. Check out this webpage for a list of resources for:

  • Students with disabilities
  • Students with families and dependents
  • Students who face financial difficulties
  • Indigenous students
  • Off-campus and commuter students
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ students
  • Racialized students
  • Religious and spiritual students
  • International students
  • Francophone students

Equity at McGill 


McGill is committed to championing equity and inclusion in our classrooms, workspaces, and campuses.

The equity team is located in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) and collaborates with many other offices on campus to ensure that equity is a key consideration that the University and its stakeholders consider in their decision-making. They help organize events throughout the academic year, such as Black History Month and Queer History Month. They also have a robust list of resources, support services and networks for different groups on campus, as well as a living list of anti-racism education and self-care resourcesCheck out their website for more information.




McGill has policies in place to protect students. It is important to know your rights, so we encourage you to familiarize yourself with these documents. You can also consult equity related policies and reports at McGill.


Graduate students can access policy information and resources on registration and degree progress, research progress tracking, supervision, and more on the GPS website.



Want to learn more about how to create inclusive communities at McGill? Here are some resources to get you started:

  • Emerging Leaders Program: This program hosts a suite of leadership development workshops that can equip you with the skills to build a more inclusive campus.
  • Advocacy Committees: Give back and contribute to building an inclusive campus through involvement. These committees can lead to direct impacts on inclusion at McGill.


Attend our New Webinar: Fostering Inclusive Communities - August 11 & 12

What is anti-oppression? What is anti-racism? What is netiquette? How can I leverage my curiosity to create more inclusive communities? In this webinar, participants will learn about terminology related to equity centered education. They will then use that knowledge, as well as their previous experiences, to discuss how they can help create inclusive virtual communities.



When it comes to ensuring that our campus is inclusive of diversity, we're stronger when we learn together. We are all a part of the McGill community and we all have a responsibility to ensure every member of our community is valued and respected.


Resources are available for all students facing barriers to equity in the university environment, and we encourage students from populations who face distinct challenges to seek support throughout their time at McGill. Specific student populations often face distinct challenges in the university environment, but it's important to remember that there is help available.


If you have any questions, whether about these resources or any other aspect of your first year at McGill, don't hesitate to email firstyear@mcgill.ca. Have a great week!





Gilbert Lin

New Student Advisor, Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services


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