Mentoring Initiative

DISE will be piloting a new mentoring initiative starting January, 2017. If you are interested in either being a mentor or in being mentored, please contact us and we will do our best to connect you with another DISE graduate student. Contact Erin Reid at


DISE Equity & Diversity Committee

In October 2013 the DISE Equity and Diversity Committee was formed, to pursue issues of equity and diversity in the Dept. of Integrated Studies in Education.

The committee has been tasked with the responsibility of exploring, and proposing concrete strategies for improving, what have been identified as issues of concern and importance to the department in a series of reports, including the 2009 FEDEC Report to previous Dean Perrault, the faculty Undergraduate Program Revisioning Report (2010), the Principal’s Task Force on Diversity, Excellence, and Community Engagement (2011), and, most recently, the Report on Diversity and Equity in the Faculty of Education (2013) authored by Rosalind Hampton, VP of Diversity and Equity, EGSS.

The Committee is chaired by Professor Bronwen Low.

Two motions put forward by the committee and passed by the department are posted below for your information. Please contact Professor Low for further information.

 Motion re. hiring policy, passed Nov. 19th 2013

Given that the Mcgill Employment Equity Policy includes a commitment to:

  • fulfilling its mission within an institutional environment that embraces diversity; respecting the equal dignity and worth of all who participate in the life, work and mission of the University;

 • developing policies, programs, practices and traditions that facilitate the full participationand advancement of members of historically disadvantaged groups in Canada (indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities whose mother tongue is neither English nor French, persons with disabilities, women, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities) (hereafter, “designated groups”) by eliminating direct, indirect and systemic discrimination;

 and, in furtherance of these objectives, will:

 • seek to increase the range of applicants for all academic, administrative and support staff positions to reflect the diversity of the pool of potential candidates with appropriate qualifications from designated groups;

 • ensure that, where candidates do not differ in merit, employment decisions are guided by the University’s policy on employment equity;

 We propose:

1) that the following language be included in ALL future tenure track academic position announcements:

 “A strong asset will be an intimate knowledge of and connection to marginalized communities, inviting applicants to become part of a diversifying faculty.”

 2) That this asset be one of the search committee’s criteria for reviewing and assessing the strengths of each application.

“Safe Space Statement” Motion, passed January 21st, 2014.

As part of the process of clearly signaling the department’s commitment to creating a pedagogic space for continuing anti-oppression work, DEDC is proposing a safe space statement that would become a mandatory component of all graduate and undergraduate course syllabi in the department:

 We are committed to nurturing a space where students, teaching assistants, lecturers, and professors can all engage in the exchange of ideas and dialogue, without fear of being made to feel unwelcome or unsafe on account of biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race/ethnicity, religion, linguistic and cultural background, age, physical or mental ability, or any other aspect integral to one’s personhood. We therefore recognize our responsibility, both individual and collective, to strive to establish and maintain an environment wherein all interactions are based on empathy and mutual respect for the person, acknowledging differences of perspectives, free from judgment, censure, and/or stigma.

 We envision this statement as a catalyst for both an initial and ongoing classroom conversation about this commitment to creating anti-oppressive teaching and learning environments.

Upcoming presentations by Education students

DISETalks! is a forum for all members of the DISE community to come together and share their work and pedagogy.

ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE OPEN TO ANYBODY WHO IS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING and are held in room 233 of the Education Building, 3700 McTavish


Wednesday February 12th, 2014 12pm- 1:30pm

Alice Chan

Does religious literacy minimize bullying? A comparative research on the mandatory

religious literacy curriculum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Modesto, California

Wednesday February 26th, 2014 12pm- 1:30pm

Stephen Peters

Studying Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relationship building in the

intercultural speaking event: Proposed research and initial findings

Wednesday March 12th, 2014 4pm- 5:30pm

Nassim Noroozi

Counteracting Epistemic Totalitarianism and Weakening Mental Rigidities: The

Emancipatory Nature of Wonderment

Wednesday March 26th, 2014 4pm- 5:30pm

Pierre Lubin

More of the Same Haitian Schools Means Much More Mess for Haiti

Wednesday April 9th, 2014 12pm- 1:30pm

Lerona Dana Lewis

Student evaluations, a site of workplace micro-aggression: A metasynthesis of Qualitative Research

Town Hall on McGill’s Restructuring Plan

Town Hall on McGill’s Restructuring Plan
The McGill Administration is planning to restructure support staff in 14 departments. Join us for a larger conversation between stakeholders on the second week of the Winter semester. We hope to listen to staff, faculty and students in order to promote awareness and build solidarity in our efforts to stop the forced relocation of our departmental staff. The meeting will run on January 14 from 17:35-19:25 in Arts W-215. All are welcome. There will be an open discussion period in addition to designated time for speakers from the diverse groups affected by the restructuring. Our open letter was published in the McGill Daily on Nov. 25th. You can still support this letter by adding your signature–see the updates section the SOS-McGill website for more info: