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The Suggestion Box

Our suggestion box was inspired by Glenda Vanderleeuw, an alum of McMaster University's School of Social Work, who created arts- and text-based anonymous box for students of colour to give suggestions for enhancing and improving education and interpersonal dynamics within the school of social work. We are looking to extend this as a campus-wide initiative that looks to capture and keep confidential the anonymous suggestions, needs, and concerns of the student of colour body at McMaster University. If you have: 

  • suggestions for the school in handling conflict resolution, 
  • anecdotes to inform school policy and procedure, 
  • course development and curriculum development, 
  • Need for student groups, 
  • Suggestions for interpersonal communication and affairs, 
  • A call for specific resources needed on campus for students of colour, 
  • suggestions for resources to be added to our list for BIPOC students, 
  • and other nuanced feedback,

Then this suggestion box is for you!  

The suggestion box will be monitored by the developers of the website (Renata Hall and Madison Brockbank) to collect and synthesize the collective suggestions brought forth by BIPIOC students to inform faculty, appropriate departments, and pedagogical conversations and needs. The suggestion box will be used to advocate, yearly, for services, resources, and other needs identified by the BIPOC community at Mac. Submissions that are written and art-based are welcome. 

DISCLAIMER: This suggestion box is not to:

  • be used as a tool for therapy if experiencing discrimination or racism on campus, 
  • to hold identifying information and stories, 
  • Express racist and discriminatory comments, rhetoric, or ideas (these comments will be collected and reported if found) 
  • and is not for service suggestion or follow-up on individual concerns, if needed. 

Should you need resources or guidance around these areas, please explore the conflict resolution, therapy, and resources tabs on this page for further information and navigation. Website developers will not be “responding” to suggestions on an individual basis. 

For feeback please visit our Suggestion Box

Peer Support Groups and Caucus Groups

On-Campus:

Please visit: https://msumcmaster.ca/clubs/clubs-directory/ for more details about BIPOC groups, other clubs of interest, contact information, and how to join, if interested! Here is a shortlist to consider: 

  • United in Colour(UIC)
  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association
  • Armenian Student’s Association
  • Association fo Koren-Canadian Scientists and Engineers (AKCSE) at McMaster
  • Black Aspiring Physicians of McMaster Association
  • Black Students Association and the Black Mentorship Program
  • BlackSpace 
  • Bollywood at Mac 
  • Canadian Black Nurses Alliance McMaster (CBNA McMaster)
  • Desi Students at McMaster
  • Empowerment Squared 
  • Filipino McMaster Student Association 
  • Gaana at Mac 
  • Hamilton Chinese Christian Fellowship 
  • HanVoice McMaster 
  • Hispanic and Portuguese Club 
  • Iraqi Students’ Association 
  • Korean Culture and Language Club (KCLC)  
  • Law Aspiring Black Students (L.A.B.S) 
  • MacAfricans 
  • MacGEET
  • McMaster Afghan Students Association 
  • McMaster Ahlul-Bayt Islamic Society (MAIS) 
  • McMaster Association of West Indian Students 
  • McMaster Bengali Student Association 
  • McMaster Chinese Catholic Community 
  • McMaster Chinese News Network 
  • McMaster Chinese Student’s Association 
  • McMaster Culture Connect 
  • McMaster Egyptian Students Association 
  • McMaster French Club 
  • McMaster Gujarati Students Association 
  • McMaster Hillel 
  • McMaster Hindu Students Association 
  • McMaster Indian Association 
  • McMaster Indigenous Health Movements
  • McMaster Iranian Student Association 
  • McMaster Ismaili Student Association
  • McMaster Japanese Connection 
  • McMaster Korean Pop Culture Club 
  • McMaster Korean Christian Fellowship 
  • McMaster Malayalee Students Association 
  • McMaster Muslins for Peace and Justice 
  • McMaster Punjabi Association 
  • McMaster School of Bhangra 
  • McMaster Sikh Student’s Association 
  • McMaster Sri Lankan Association 
  • McMaster Taiwanese Student Society 
  • McMaster Tamil Student’s Association (MacTSA) 
  • McMaster Vietnamese Students Association 
  • Middle Eastern Student’s Association 
  • Muslin Students Association 
  • Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) 
  • Pakistani Students Association 
  • Project ACNC (Accessible Care for New Canadians) 
  • Queer and Trans Colour Club 
  • True Vision Ghana McMaster

Within the Hamilton Community and Surrounding Areas

In the Community:

Conflict resolution pathways within the school

Being armed with resources and pathways to addressing instances of racism, discrimination, and harm in the classroom or on school grounds is a necessary tool for students of colour.

Unfortunately, some will go through their entire University experience unheard and with issues unresolved. Having pathways to formalized school support is necessary in addressing your concerns in the moment as a safeguard/buffer to racial trauma, but also brings to light the cyclicality and recurring nature of harmful experiences on campus. Here are some resources that may assist: 

  • EIO https://equity.mcmaster.ca/
    • The Equity and Inclusion office at McMaster is a phenomenal resource for students of colour that include Human rights and dispute resolutions, inclusion and anti-racism education, accessibility programming, sexual violence and prevention response programming. They are also equipped with guides on how to respond to early, reporting and resolutions around instances of harm and human rights violations of campus. The McMaster Univeristy Discrimination and Harasment policy would be particularly beneifical to students of colour who need assistance in navigating dispute and complaint resolutions and decisions in regards to dicriminitive experiences on campus. Please see the dispute and complaint resolution tab for more. 
  • Ombuds https://www.mcmaster.ca/ombuds/
    • The ombuds office is a great resource for general information and referrals, assisting in the resolution of individual complaints and assists in conducting investigations and making systemic recommendations as appropriate; comprised of several committee members, the ombuds office contributes the development of policies, procedures, and participates in educational initiatives on fair decision making. 
    • The Ombuds office typically handles academic concerns such as appeals and petitions, examinations, academic dishonesty, or research misconduct, withdrawal or reinstatements, course rules or management, a supervisor or instructor. They also assist with non-academic concerns such as behavioural or professional codes of conduct, on-campus employment, residence life, financial matters, clubs and associations, and quality of services. 
    • For students of colour they are a great resource for student appeal procedures, academic accommodations, review codes of conduct, and understanding international student services. The ombud can explain policies and procedures and how they affect you, objectively review your situation, help develop options, and assist in pursuing resolutions; they would be a beneficial consulting step before engaging in a dispute complaint resolution process with the EIO. 
  • Dispute/Complaint resolution 

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