Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2016
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STARS v2.1

McGill University
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ria Rombough
Associate Director, Residence Life
Residences and Student Housing
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Anti-Oppression Programme

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The ‘Anti-Oppression Programme’ Project sought to establish a new dialogue and standards for acceptable practices of social, human and institutional sustainability in issues that new students at McGill Residences face such as race, religion, culture, mental health and coping. The programme, which was led by coordinator Emily Yee Clare, developed workshops and resources for students and staff in Residences and within the McGill Community.

Previously, to help students, a single mandatory 3-hour workshop – ‘Rez Project’ - which covered topics like gender, sexual identity and sexual assault was offered every September; however it was limited in time and scope. The objective of developing the ‘Anti-Oppression Programming Project’ was to expand on the existing anti-oppression training for all residence students through collaboration with existing McGill groups such as the Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office, Student Services, SSMU Equity, and other anti-oppression units at McGill.

McGill's Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) provided the resources to employ Emily Yee Clare as coordinator of these efforts. Clare’s focus was the development of new modules of Rez Project which addressed social, human and institutional sustainability in issues that new students face such as race, religion, culture, mental health and coping, as well as the materials to support these modules for subsequent years. These modules constitute mandatory anti-oppression training sessions specifically tailored for Rez Life staff and other larger workshops for residents during both fall and winter residence move-in. Finally, a residence Equity Policy and a 3-year timeline for implementation and review of the project was developed. Existing anti-oppression resources for residence students and staff were compiled and improved upon and community stakeholder groups such as OSD, SSMU, QPIRG, Student Housing and Hospitality Services were consulted.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Diversity & Affordability
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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