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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility

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McMaster's EDI Strategy

Inclusion – all are welcomed and valued

Diversity – all the ways we differ

Equity – all having the opportunities to fully participate

Access – of any and all abilities

Below are IDEA resources broken down into subcategories of BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, and Accessibility

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McMaster Equity & Inclusion Office Learn More

The Equity and Inclusion Office (EIO) is a central resource where expertise is proactively drawn upon by administrators, faculty, staff, and students: to advance unit-specific and institutional equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility goals; to enact inclusive excellence principles; and to establish respectful living, learning, and working environments that are free from harassment and discrimination, and sexual violence including through timely and procedurally fair investigative and alternative dispute resolution processes.

BIPOC Resources 

BIPOC refers to Black, Indigenous, and other people of colour and aims to emphasize the historic oppression of Black and Indigenous people.

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Black Youth Helpline Learn More

Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools.


Healing in Colour Learn More

A directory of BIPOC therapists who are committed to supporting BIPOC in all our intersections. By helping to connect the community in this way, we aim to revitalize a legacy of healing, liberation work and resiliency practices that have been lost/taken.

De dwa da dehs nye>s (Aboriginal Health Centre) Learn More

De dwa da dehs nye>s provides programming in 7 areas: health care, health promotion, Our Health Counts, advocacy services, children’s programs, mental health programming and traditional healing to the Indigenous community of Hamilton, Brantford and Niagara.

Hope for Wellness (Indigenous Hotline) Learn More

Hope for Wellness offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.


Talk 4 Healing Learn More

Indigenous women can get help, support and resources 24/7, with services in 14 languages.

  • Culturally sensitive crisis counselling, advice and support
  • Personalized information and referrals
  • Acceptance of Aboriginal women’s issues in a non-judgemental way
  • Help to find the path to personal healing
  • Scheduled telephone counselling sessions


Racial Stress and Self-Care Learn More

This website is a tool tip which includes information for parents about how race-related stress may affect your relationship with your child and also strategies to deal with racial stress personally and practice self-care.

Sustaining Ourselves When Confronting Violence Learn More

A podcast with Kandace Montgomery and Miski Noor of Black Visions Collective in Minneapolis took time to share about the 18-day police station occupation that followed the police murder of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis in 2015, and how healing, escalation, and direct action need to go hand-in-hand.

Healing in Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter Healing Justice and Direct Action Learn More

This toolkit was created to collate, condense and share the lessons learned in ensuring that our direct actions are centered on healing justice. This toolkit is a beta version; it will develop in real time as we continue to uncover the implications for healing justice.

Liberate Meditation App Learn More

Meditation app created by and for BIPOC. Use this app to explore meditations and talks designed for the Black experience.

Available in the App Store. 

Grief is a direct impact of racism: eight ways to support yourself Learn More

Written by Roberta K. Timothy, this article discusses how self and community care is critical to combating the effects of racism and intersectional violence, including eight self-care tips to support you and your loved ones on this cyclical healing journey.

The Unplug Collective Learn More

The Unplug Collective is a platform for Black women and gender-expansive people to share their story about their mental health and body image.

Indigenous Student Services Learn More

Explore the Indigenous Student Services site to discover support and opportunities available for all Indigenous Students at McMaster.

Naseeha Learn More

Provides immediate, anonymous and confidential support over the phone and text from 12-9, 7-days a week; also offers culturally-sensitive educational program to raise awareness against mental health stigma.


2SLGBTQ+ Resources

2SLGBTQ+ is an acronym used to identify two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and is a community that acts as a safe space for every gender and sexual identity.

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Speqtrum Hamilton Learn More

This site is intended for members of Hamilton’s LGBTQ+ community, families and friends. It showcases important resources for community support with information about faith, health, law, and parenting for queer youth and families.

LGBT Youthline Learn More

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.


Trans Lifeline Learn More

Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.


Rainbow Health Ontario Service Provider Directory Learn More

Rainbow Health Ontario Service Provider Directory is designed to help you find health and social service providers who have expressed commitment to providing competent and welcoming care to LGBT2SQ people in Ontario.

Pride Community Centre Learn More

PCC is a student-run service provided by the MSU that aims to challenge oppressive social attitudes and norms, patriarchy, homo/trans/bi/lesbophobia, and the like, at the systemic level.

PCC provides a contact point for McMaster students that may identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or any of the other diverse identities that make up our community.

Pronouns Matter Learn More is a practical resource dedicated to the empowering and inclusive use of personal pronouns in the English language. This website will help you understand why and how to use the pronouns someone goes by. In particular, we are focusing on pronouns used to refer to a singular human in the third person.

This website presents one set of perspectives on ways to use personal pronouns in an empowering and inclusive way. You may find that there are many other perspectives, resources, and tools, and we encourage you to seek those out, compare, and decide for yourself the best ways you can be more inclusive and empowering for all, and how that that can match to your own personality, ways of communicating, and cultural or organizational context.

accessibility resources

Accessibility resources aim for those of any and all abilities to have equitable and equal opportunities.

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Student Accessibility Services Learn More

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides academic accommodation assistance and related supports to students with disabilities at McMaster. SAS is available to assist students transitioning from high school, other post secondary institutions, undergraduate, continuing and graduate students.

Disability and Health Promotion Learn More

Although “people with disabilities” sometimes refers to a single population, this is a diverse group of people with a wide range of needs. Two people with the same type of disability can be affected in very different ways. Some disabilities may be hidden or not easy to see.

This website provides information about mental health amongst those with disabilities.

MSU Maccess Learn More

Provides peer support by trained volunteers with lived experiences with any of the following: disability, chronic illness, mental illness, madness, mental health concerns, neurodivergence, and additional identities that are part of the larger disability rights movement. 

Organizing in a Pandemic: Disability Justice Wisdom Learn More

This episode shares stories and insights from disability justice organizers that all of us can learn from and apply to organizing in our current conditions.