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Equity Services Program

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.

Here’s a sampling of some of the areas of work that we are focused on:

Customized and By-Request Workshops 

  • ESP is pleased to meet with students, staff and faculty members in order to design and deliver customized workshops that meet your group’s needs and concerns.
  • Contact us to arrange training

Positive Space Programming

  • The McMaster Positive Space Program is a university-wide initiative offered through the Office of Human Rights & Equity Services and is available to members of the campus community who are interested in creating welcoming spaces that are free of all oppressive behaviours including harassment and discrimination based on gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. 
  • The Program provides a way for interested campus members to show their support for LGBTQ campus and community members by displaying a Positive Space tent-card or poster.
  • Displaying a Positive Space tent-card or poster indicates that you have completed the Positive Space Program and that you are committed to creating inclusive and respectful working, learning and living spaces for LGBTQ campus members. 
  • For more information, click here.

H.E.A.R.T Certificate Program

  • E.A.R.T. stands for Human Rights, Equity, Accessibility, Respect Toolkit. The HEART Certificate Program consists of a series of 6 workshops offered to the campus community at pre-scheduled times.
  • Participants may attend 1 workshop or all 6. In order to receive a HEART Certificate, participants must complete a minimum of 3 workshops.
  • Workshops are free and open to all members of the McMaster community; however, registration is required.
  • To register, please email
  • For more information, click here.

Equity Consultations

  • ESP researches and shares “promising practices” related to accessibility, equity and human rights.
  • We are always excited to hear from campus members who are willing to share their “promising practices” with us so that we can pass along suggestions to other event organizers on campus.
  • Contact us if you have any issues or concerns related to equity or if you want to discuss how to make your campus event more accessible and inclusive.