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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:


Multicultural Calendar

Cultural / Religious days across the world

Accessibility in Employment: Presentation and Discussion

McMaster Faculty and Staff who personally identify with disability-related issues - we invite you to an Accessibility in Employment: Presentation and Discussion on Tuesday, April 26th from 3-4:30pm in Mills Library! RSVP at

Apr 10, 2018

Accessibility and Disability Inclusion at McMaster Update 2017- 2018: Call for Submissions

McMaster students, staff and faculty are invited to submit to the first Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Update - a collection of accessibility-related and disability inclusion initiatives that have been ongoing at McMaster throughout 2017-2018. You're invited to contribute a 100-150 word submission highlighting the accessibility work being carried out in your area by clicking below to our submission form!

Apr 09, 2018

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

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.

Apr 06, 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

We are moving!

The Equity and Inclusion Office is moving to University Hall 104.

Mar 01, 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).