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The Equity and Inclusion Office (EIO) works closely with staff, students and faculty members to advance equity and inclusion by promoting an environment of respect, safety, collegiality and openness.

Two Distinct Programs

The Human Rights and Dispute Resolution Program (HRDRP) offers confidential advice, guidance and consultation to students, staff and faculty members on issues related to human rights.

HRDRP is one of four intake offices listed in McMaster's Policy on Discrimination and Harassment: Prevention and Response and the Sexual Violence Policy. It is responsible for facilitating the resolution of concerns and complaints and for investigating formal complaints related to issues of discrimination, harassment and sexual violence.

The Education, Outreach and Support (EOS) engages students, staff and faculty members through education including workshops and special events. The ESP team works closely with on and off campus partners to advance equity and accessibility and to challenge rape culture on campus. EOS also provides support to the President's Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC), the Anti-Violence Network and the McMaster Accessibility Council.

For more information, please contact us.

Events & Workshops

Upcoming workshops and event listings:


Lets Talk About Race! Drop-In: Anti-Black Racism with Dr. Malinda Smith
Feb 25, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 01:30 PM Chester New Hall (CNH), Room 607B,

Racialized, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) students, staff and faculty are invited to a facilitated discussion with Dr. Malinda Smith on Anti-Black Racism in the Academia this Black History Month.

Dr. Malinda Smith's visit to McMaster University
Feb 25, 2019 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM Celebration Hall, Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH),

Please join us for a discussion with Dr. Smith and Dr. Arig al Shaibah, AVP, Equity and Inclusion on equity and diversity in academia.

Multicultural Calendar

Cultural / Religious days across the world

Pride Week 2018

AVP Equity and Inclusion Reflections

Nov 01, 2018

Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Update 2017- 2018

The Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Update 2017-2018 brings together individuals and units across campus working in accessibility and disability inclusion to showcase their hard and inspiring work and to facilitate broader connection to disability and accessibility communities.

Oct 18, 2018

H.E.A.R.T. 2018 Workshop Series

Human Rights, Equity, Accessibility, Respect Toolkit (H.E.A.R.T.) The H.E.A.R.T. workshops are free. Space is limited so registration is required. Complete at least 3 workshops for a Certificate of Attendance.

Sep 24, 2018

Equity and Inclusion at McMaster – New AVP appointed

Arig al Shaibah's appointment to the role has now been approved by both the Senate and the Board of Governors and takes effect April 1.

Mar 26, 2018

A unique model for responding to racism in Hamilton

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, McMaster University, the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion have announced the opening of the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC).

Mar 22, 2018

Programs & Services:

Human Rights and Dispute Resolution

Human Rights and Dispute Resolution

Provides confidential complaint resolution according to the policies on Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence.

Education, Outreach and Support

Education, Outreach and Support

Provides educational opportunities related to harassment, discrimination, anti-oppression, accessibility, accommodation, and other human rights-related issues.



Provides consultation and advice on the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to accessibility within the University’s systems, structures and policies.

Sexual Violence Response Protocol

Sexual Violence Response Protocol

Is a site where survivors of all backgrounds and social identities can find support and information about sexual, intimate partnership or family violence. It's also a place where campus members can find tips on how to provide the best support possible to survivors who disclose experiences of violence.

President's Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC).

President's Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC).

EIO also provides support to the President's Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC).