Office of Human Rights and Equity Services
Welcome to the Office of Human Rights & Equity Services (HRES). We work with campus and community partners to ensure that McMaster University is a place where all students, staff and faculty are treated equitably and respectfully in all areas of campus life.
HRES has the following program areas:
For more information, please Contact Us.
Office Closure Wed June 22nd & Thu June 23rd
Please note the Office will be closed on Wednesday, June 22nd and Thursday June 23rd, 2016, as staff will be attending events held off-campus (details of these events below). We apologize for any inconvenience this may create.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC),
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road S., Suite 105, Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1
This FREE one-day event features
Featured speakers include guests from the Ontario Human Rights Commission,
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.
All sessions will be delivered in English.
Register online by June 17, 2016
Please specify your preferred morning and afternoon concurrent sessions
If you need an accommodation
Space is limited, so register early!
Morning plenary: Identifying and overcoming racism and racial discrimination
Learn about the many ways racial discrimination and racial harassment can harm individuals and communities. This session will also equip you with some critical tools to identify and overcome this type of discrimination.
Morning concurrent sessions
Please choose one when you register
C1: Human rights essentials
This introductory session offers a primer on human rights, including an overview of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, the grounds and social areas the Code covers, forms of discrimination, the duty to accommodate, and how Ontario’s human rights system works.
C2: Human rights, mental health disabilities and addictions
The OHRC is in the process of updating its Policy and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate. Learn about new developments in the law regarding disability accommodation in employment, housing and services (including education). Understand your rights and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code; how to design your facilities, policies and procedures inclusively; how to respond appropriately to accommodation requests and how to address complaints related to disability. Note that this session is repeated in the afternoon.
C4: Competing human rights and how to address them
When one right appears to conflict with another, what do we do? In this session, you will learn how to identify when rights are competing, and how to analyze and resolve this conflict. You’ll learn about the OHRC’s Policy on competing human rights, and how to apply its framework to your own scenario. Participants should already have a basic knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Afternoon concurrent sessions
Please choose one when you register
C5: Human rights, gender identity and gender expression
This session features an overview of the OHRC’s Policy on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression. Learn about the two newest grounds of the Human Rights Code, and what the law requires you to do to accommodate people with diverse gender identities and expressions.
C6: Preventing sexual and gender-based harassment
What is sexual and gender-based harassment? Who is affected? How can employers, housing providers, service providers and others address it when it happens? This session is based on the OHRC’s Policy on preventing sexual and gender-based harassment. It will help you identify sexual and gender-based harassment and provide information on how organizations can prevent and respond to it.
C7: Updates on disability and the duty to accommodate
The OHRC is in the process of updating its Policy and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate. Learn about new developments in the law regarding disability accommodation in employment, housing and services (including education). Understand your rights and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code; how to design your facilities, policies and procedures inclusively; how to respond appropriately to accommodation requests and how to address complaints related to disability. Note that this is a repeat of the session delivered in the morning .
C8: Systemic discrimination
Afternoon plenary: Preventing discrimination based on creed
Learn about the OHRC’s new Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed. Explore examples of creed-based discrimination as well as how to accommodate creed beliefs and practices in employment, housing and service contexts.
Human rights town hall (question and answer session)
Closing remarks and evaluation