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:
HRES also provides support to the President's Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC).
- The Human Rights Program which provides confidential complaint resolution according to the University’s Sexual Harassment, Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Policies.
- The Equity Services Program which provides educational opportunities related to harassment, discrimination, anti-oppression, accessibility, accommodation, and other human rights-related issues.
- AccessMAC, which provides consultation and advice on the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to accessibility within the University’s systems, structures and policies.
For more information, please Contact Us.
HRES is Hiring!
The Human Rights & Equity Services Office (HRES) is seeking an exceptional professional to fill the role of Senior Human Rights Officer (SHRO), with specialized expertise in discrimination and harassment issues, accessibility and accommodation, and general harassment.
For more details and to apply please click here
Challenging Islamophobia on Campus
McMaster University’s Office of Human Rights & Equity Services (HRES) presents:
CHALLENGING ISLAMOPHOBIA ON CAMPUS Workshop
Facilitated by Khadijeh Rakie and Raihanna Hirji-Khalfan
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: MUSC (Student Centre) Room 224.
RSVP: Please register at email@example.com
*For all staff, students and faculty who want to learn more about Islamophobia.
For more information or accommodation requests: 905 525 9140 ext. 27581 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wen-Do Women's Self Defence Courses for Muslim-Identified Women:
Wen-Do teaches ways to de-escalate situations, draw in bystanders in the face of hateful attacks, and help build a safer community. This series of self-defence workshops is for Muslim-identified women who feel threatened by Islamophobia.
Facilitator: Arij Elmi
On-Campus 3-Hour Introductory Course
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: MUSC, CIBC Hall, Room 319
RSVP: Space is limited please register early at email@example.com
Off-Campus 2-Day Course
Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 & Sunday, April 3, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Location: YWCA Hamilton, 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton, L8P 3C1
RSVP: Space is limited please register at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, accessibility measures, dietary restrictions and child-minding requests: 905 525 9140 ext. 27581 or email@example.com
RISO Fact Sheets for Instructors and Students
The PACBIC Interfaith Issues Working Group worked with an ad hoc committee comprised of staff, faculty and students to develop a Policy on Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances (RISO) found here. The Policy is effective September 1, 2015.
Sexual Violence Response Coordinator
Meaghan Ross has joined the Office of Human Rights & Equity Services as the new Sexual Violence Response Coordinator. In this role, Meaghan will coordinate a comprehensive survivor-centred response protocol to disclosures of sexual and gender-based violence. She will also respond to individual disclosures of sexual, intimate relationship and family violence, and will work closely with the campus community to implement a wide-range of campus-based education and prevention initiatives.
Meaghan joins McMaster University with more than six years’ experience in project management, including the coordination of a two-year project on this campus entitled, "It's Time to End Violence Against Women on Campus" funded by the Status of Women Canada. She brings experience as a crisis counsellor, public educator, sessional lecturer and course instructor, as well as in-depth knowledge of the Hamilton and McMaster communities.
Meaghan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University in Social Work/Labour Studies, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Globalization Studies from McMaster's Institute of Globalization and the Human Condition.
She will be located in the Office of Human Rights & Equity Services, 2nd Floor, MUSC (Student Centre), Room 212, and can be reached at Extension 20909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perspectives on Peace
Human Rights & Equity Services is collaborating on the Perspectives on Peace campaign. Perspectives on Peace is a yearlong campaign running during 2015/16 aimed at fostering creative dialogues around global issues with an emphasis on peace and conflict resolution. It will specifically focus on root causes of conflict and productive strategies towards transformation. To learn more about the campaign, please click here.