Meet the Educators

Shanice Yarde, Meryem Benslimane, and Janelle Kasperksi: SEDE's Equity Educational Advisors. From left to right: Shanice Yarde, Meryem Benslimane, and Janelle Kasperksi: SEDE's Equity Educational Advisors.

There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives. - Audre Lorde 

*Please note: Our Equity Education Advisors are now working in different areas of the Office of the Provost. Shanice and Meryem are working with Sinead Hunt: the Senior Equity and Inclusion Officer, and Janelle is working with Kakwiranó:ron Cook: the Special Advisor to the Provost on Indigenous Success. Please contact them directly according to the kind of inquiry you have.

Learn a little bit more about them below in order to get an idea of who you might want to contact should you be looking for special advising or consultations for your department, office, or student group.  


meryem.benslimane [at] (Meryem Benslimane) - Equity Education Advisor (Gender Equity and LGBTQ+ Education)

Meryem Benslimane has worked for many years in academia and with both community (with LGBTQ+ refugees and migrants) and international organizations such as UN Women. Her academic background is in International Studies (Political Science and Law) at University of Montreal.

Being a Moroccan-Canadian, woman, migrant herself, she has a special interest in human rights, more specifically migrants and refugees rights, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, equity and social justice, as well as water law.

meryem.benslimane [at] (Contact Meryem Benslimane.)


shanice.yarde [at] (Shanice Yarde) - Equity Education Advisor (Anti-Oppression & Anti-Racism)

Shanice Yarde is a Black feminist educator, facilitator, and writer. Since moving to Montreal/Tio'tia:ke in 2009, Shanice has invested herself in her local community and has spent significant time building relationships with organizations and individuals, doing education work and providing support. She started working at SEDE in 2016 and came to McGill excited to make an impact. Shanice is passionate about building community and strives to create shared learning spaces where everyone can make impactful social change.

She is especially interested in exploring and facilitating education on the following topics: anti-racism, anti-oppression, feminism, sexual health, consent and rape culture, and mental health and wellness.  

shanice.yarde [at] (Contact Shanice Yarde.)


janelle.kasperski [at] (Janelle Kasperski) - Indigenous Education Advisor

Janelle Kasperski is a Nisga’a woman from Laxgalts’ap (pronounced: lah-gal-tsap)/Greenville, B.C. Her educational background is in criminology and First Nations studies from Simon Fraser University(SFU). She was a board member of the First Nations Student Association and an active voice within the SFU community. She has worked on university wide steering committees, networked with senior administrators and contributed her voice to and planning of Aboriginal initiatives on campus. She has many years of work experience in various levels of Aboriginal run non-profit organizations, large corporations and event planning.

Janelle has always had a passion for cultural empowerment and building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities through education and capacity building.

janelle.kasperski [at] (Contact Janelle Kasperski.)


For inquiries regarding Employment Equity, please contact tynan.jarrett [at] (Tynan Jarrett) or carly.breger [at] (Carly Breger).

For inquiries regarding McGill’s Policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Discrimination Prohibited by Law, please contact sinead.hunt [at] (Sinead Hunt)

Land Acknowledgment

Map of Montreal

McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respects the Kanien’keha:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.* 

Recognizing the history of where you stand is important, and becoming increasingly common practice when hosting events and activities across Canada.

Here are a few tips to remember if you want to make a land acknowledgment before a class presentation, in a written document, or when hosting an event. 


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