EDI Resources

McMaster University EDI Groups

  • The Promoting Inclusivity in Physics & Astronomy is student-led group dedicated to making the Department of Physics & Astronomy a more inclusive, diverse, and supportive environment.
  • The Equity & Inclusion Office (EIO) is a central resource where expertise is proactively drawn upon by administrators, faculty, staff, and students to advance unit-specific and institutional equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility goals; to enact inclusive excellence principles; and to establish respectful living, learning, and working environments that are free from harassment and discrimination, and sexual violence including through timely and procedurally fair investigative and alternative dispute resolution processes.
  • The President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC) is a central organization that aims to identify and anticipate issues affecting equity-seeking communities (including but not limited to First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities, newcomers and refugees, members of diverse faith communities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ-identified individuals, and women) both within the University and relevant to those seeking access to the University, and advise the President on such issues.

Accessibility Resources

Resources for Indigenous Community Members

Inclusion & Anti-Racism Resources

  • Inclusion & Anti-Racism Education, McMaster provides education and support to students, staff, and faculty members through consultation meetings, workshops, special events, and discussion groups, for example.
  • RESIST: BIPOC Working Group for Graduate Students of Colour is a monthly working group for students of colour to discuss race and racism in the classroom and develop strategies and resources to improve conditions
  • The BIPOC Resilience and Peer Support, available through the Student Wellness Center, is a safe community where Black, Indigenous and People of Colour can share their voices and uplift one another.

Gender & Sexuality Resources

Human Rights and Dispute Resolution

  • The Human Rights & Dispute Resolution Program at McMaster provides consultation to McMaster community members on issues related to human rights; acts as an Intake Office for formal complaints of discrimination, harassment or sexual violence; oversees and, where required, investigates formal complaints lodged under the University’s Discrimination & Harassment Policy and/or the Sexual Violence Policy; and when requested, facilitates resolution of concerns and complaints using alternate dispute resolution practices.
  • The McMaster Ombuds Office works to ensure that all students, staff, and faculty are treated in a fair and equitable manner within the institution. To this end, the Office provides independent, impartial and confidential dispute-resolution advice and assistance on University-related issues to all members of the McMaster community, promotes discussion of institution-wide concerns, and makes recommendations for systemic changes as appropriate.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • The Student Wellness Center is the place on campus to address your wellness needs. We provide a range of counselling options, medical services and wellness programs so that you can get the most out of your McMaster experience, academically and personally!
  • McMaster Wellness Resources is a guide to taking care of yourself and others in university.

Physics Societies

Self-Education Resources 

Accessibility resources and practices

Indigenous culture, history, and education

  • King, T. 2021 The Inconvenient Indian
  • Vowel, C. 2016 Indigenous Wrires
  • Wilson, S. 2008 Research Is Ceremony
  • Cote-Meek, S. 2014 Colonized Classrooms
  • Decolonization is not a metaphor

Indigenous science

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