Working Group on Principles of Commemoration and Renaming

Dear McGill students,

In response to our changing legal and moral standards, universities and other institutions have confronted calls for change – for instance that they cease commemorating a historical figure whose legacy no longer seems so worthy of celebration or that they change a name, for example that of a scholarship or building. With this broad context in mind, the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) has recently mandated us to co-chair a Working Group on Principles of Commemoration and Renaming. The Working Group will recommend principles to guide the University in responding to calls for change in relation to naming and commemorative practices. The Working Group will convene shortly, with the intention of consulting broadly over the coming months, with the goal of submitting a final report to the Provost at the end of 2018. (The mandate of the Working Group is here.)

The Working Group will include faculty members, staff members, alumni, and members of the Board of Governors. Additionally, we are looking for student representation from the downtown campus and from Macdonald Campus.

Students interested in participating in the Working Group are invited to submit short statements of interest (300 words or less) here. Please submit no later than Friday, 26 January 2018, by 5 p.m.

We anticipate selecting three students to join the Working Group formally (one undergraduate from the downtown campus, one undergraduate from the Macdonald Campus, and one graduate student). Beyond that, the Working Group is mandated to consult widely with students across both our campuses and we will ensure that we hear from as many students as possible.

Best wishes,

Prof. Anja Geitmann, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald Campus)
Prof. Robert Leckey, Dean, Faculty of Law