Social Responsibility

It is important to become aware and engaged in the university and broader community.  Take responsibility for the impact that you and your research has on the environment and those around you. Contribute to the McGill, Montreal, Canadian and global community with the skills you learn. SKILLSETS offers workshops to help you broaden your understanding of the roles that culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, and other individual and group characteristics play in academic and research settings. In particular, we partner with McGill’s SEDE (Social Equity and Diversity Education) office, who present the Safer Spaces Workshop series. 


Safer Spaces: Understanding Discrimination

Do you have questions about working and studying in    cross-cultural environments? Explore key terms and myths surrounding diversity in this highly interactive workshop designed for the McGill context.

Safer Spaces: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Want to understand the concepts and language of sexual and gender diversity? This workshop, designed for staff and students, will use media, solo learning and group work to help participants get a better grasp on issues and ideas surrounding gender identity and diversity at McGill.


Safer Spaces: Race and Cultural Identity

Do you know what issues exist surrounding race and culture at McGill? Learn how to best foster diversity-receptive cultural attitudes and maintain a culturally respectful space on campus. Participants will have the opportunity to work through cases of discrimination most frequently encountered on campus.


Safer Spaces: Disability, Access and Universal Design

Wonder what challenges face people with disabilities on campus? Want to know how you can help improve universal access? Learn the statistics and barriers to universal access at McGill today and re-examine your preconceive notions about disability in higher education. You will also have the opportunity to examine case studies; identifying obstacles to inclusion and brainstorming ways in which to eliminate these.


Safer Spaces: Aboriginal Perspectives

This workshop examines, from multiple perspectives, questions related to the inclusion of Indigenous peoples on our campuses.  The workshop provides historical and contemporary information about laws and policies, demographics, and cultural and economic realities.  Participants will have the opportunity to apply new ideas and awareness, and build skills, by working through practical scenarios drawn from everyday work and life at McGill.

McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.