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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 Program (HRP) offers confidential advice, guidance and consultation to students, staff and faculty members on issues related to human rights.

HRP 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 Equity Services Program (ESP) 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. ESP 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:


Challenging Anti-Semitism and Engaging in Allyship
Oct 18, 2018 from 09:30 AM to 07:00 PM Refer to each event description,

Do you care about justice and community on campus? Are you interested in thinking about your own role as an ally? This workshop, by renowned equity trainer Yavilah McCoy will focus on skill-building and methodologies for allyship across difference, including a special emphasis on anti-Semitism – how it works (differently from other kinds of oppression), how to recognize it, and how to stand in support of your fellow Jewish students experiencing it. When we are able to support each other in the face of discrimination, we together raise up our community.

Tarana Burke, #metoo Founder, in Hamilton
Oct 30, 2018 TBC,

Mark Your Calendars! McMaster University, Mohawk College and SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre – Hamilton & Area) announce #metoo Founder, Tarana Burke in Hamilton! Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Multicultural Calendar

Cultural / Religious days across the world

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:

Dispute Resolution/Human Rights

Dispute Resolution/Human Rights

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

Equity Services Program

Equity Services Program

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).