Increase your confidence in your academic skills by taking part in one of our Academic Skills workshops. Through our workshops, we tackle note-taking, the writing process, study strategies, time management, and more so that you leave feeling more secure about the skills you need to succeed at university.
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Accessible Workplace Accommodation Training
Please join the Equity and Inclusion Office and Human Resources Services to learn more about McMaster’s Workplace Accommodation process, as well as the potential barriers employees with disabilities might experience in accessing accommodations at the University.
This workshop will present guidelines on processes and resources related to disability or medical workplace accommodation and the duty to accommodate.
Consultation and advice on the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to accessibility within the University’s systems, structures and policies guided by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)
Delivery of public education centred around themes of accessibility, disability inclusion, and the AODA
Coordination of the Employee Accessibility Network; a network of staff and faculty at McMaster who self-identify with disability and or medical accommodations
Contact for various disability-related groups and activities on campus
Achieving Leadership Through Integrated Teamwork, Unity, Dedication and Empowerment (ALTITUDE)
Achieving Leadership Through Integrated Teamwork, Unity, Dedication and Empowerment
Educate participants about group dynamics, the role and expectations of a leader and how members of a team/group can function most effectively – empowering individuals and groups through the use of adventure programming, team building and leadership development initiatives.
Every individual’s experience at ALTITUDE is framed by the concept of “Challenge by Choice”, where participants choose their own level of contribution, challenge and involvement in an empowering environment of group support and achievement.
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Airport Welcome Program (International Students)
The Student Success Centre partnered with the City of Hamilton, Mohawk College and Columbia International College to provide one month’s worth of welcomes for all international students coming to Hamilton to study.
Staff and student volunteers are positioned outside Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport, ready to support international students arriving throughout the month of August.
This program provides incoming international students with a warm welcome, direction on how to get to Hamilton, and to answer any questions students may have.
The Alpine Tower creates the ideal setting for fostering teambuilding, improving communication, and developing self-esteem. Visually dramatic, our most popular design series provides Universal Access for persons of all abilities. Both designs offer high and low challenge course elements accommodating 8 to 36 participants. Each design offers a tremendous variety of challenges and group initiatives, which prompts groups to return again and again for more teambuilding experiences.
• Annual event (held in September)
• Provides McMaster community to learn about indigenous culture and give local First Nations students insight into Post-Secondary life
• Open to all and features dance, traditional cuisine and talks from the ISP
• Collaboration between McMaster University, City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion
• Address discrimination and harassment based on race and hate incidents
• Capture statistics, provide support, information and referrals to those impacted by racism and race-related oppression and violence
• Makes available a range of education workshops and resources to the broader Hamilton Community
• Staff person employed by the EIO
• Located downtown Hamilton (140 King St. E)
Take a journey into asking: Who am I? How do I strip away the layers and uncover the original me? What would it look like for me to live authentically in a world that isn’t always supportive of my true self? How can I motivate myself with kindness? A chance to find support with other travellers on the path who are asking similar questions. Deepen your understanding of who you really are and wake up to your authentic self within the pressures of student life as you:
Experience mindfulness and self-care practices
Try reflective exercises to explore “Who am I?”
Learn to treat yourself with kindness and respect
Grow your courage to be yourself and let go of comparison
Learn how to stick to habits that support you in living fully alive
Discover how to hear your own voice more clearly
The course includes weekly 50 minute workshops with interactive group exercises, creative reflections, self-awareness and mindfulness practices to try at home, and a meeting with a staff coach. You will be guided in practicing daily mindfulness exercises in your own time and submit a short weekly reflection about your experiences of these exercises. A completion certificate will be granted for participating in the full 5 weeks and staff coaching session.
The Sobi Bike Share Program provides bicycles around the city for people to use as an easy, affordable and sustainable method for commuting. With five bike stations (hubs) on campus, the McMaster Students Centre bike hub is the most used in the City of Hamilton. Students, Faculty and Staff are all able to purchase a discounted membership which provides access to the bikes located at the hubs on campus.
A six week group for those struggling with Binge Eating Disorder or Bulimia. Participants will learn about the causes and symptoms of disordered eating. Weekly tracking and monitoring of physical and psychological aspects of the disorder will help participants discover how to identify their specific triggers. Individualized coping mechanisms will be developed to manage behaviours. Screening interview required.
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Buddy Program (International Students)
You have now completed high school and you are about to start your University journey. You can’t wait to make new friends, explore the new campus, and be an independent university student!
The transition from high school to university can be difficult.
Whether this is your first time in Canada or you completed high school in Canada as an international student, we strongly encourage you to participate in our Buddy Program. It is a great opportunity to meet other fellow first year students, and be paired with an upper year student who can give you advice and help you on your first-year journey at McMaster University!
Health, Safety Risk Management purchases insurance and manages claims for the University, with the exception of employee benefit insurance which is managed through Human Resources, and student benefit insurance which is managed through the Students’ Union and the Graduate Student Association.
Exists to build capacity of students to support and enhance student wellbeing. The program will provide orientation to promote effective use of student health and wellness services, resources, and promising practices by student leaders in student groups.
a place for student groups to build connections for sharing best practices across student communities and provide better support for student leaders who are already assuming some or many of these responsibilities in their respective unit
Hospitality Services recognizes that takeout containers and packaging contribute to a large percentage of our waste as they travel from restaurant to landfill
This program is one of Hospitality Services sustainability initiatives incorporating two parts:
Reusable Mugs– Bring your reusable coffee mug to any of our locations on campus to receive a $.10 discount and save a takeout coffee cup from going to a landfill
Eco-Takeout Containers– By participating in our green container program, you can take your meal to-go in a reusable container. All meal purchases made with a green container at participating restaurants will receive a $0.25 discount. You can participate in the program for an unlimited number of meals for $5.00
Composting is a test project or organic waste collection on campus. The project is starting within 5 buildings on campus (3 residences and 2 libraries). Current composting will be shipped off-site but the goal is to have on-site composting for the 2019-2020 year.
David Braley Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Centre
• Open to all McMaster students, staff, faculty and community
• 6000 square foot facility which features a salt-water hydrotherapy pool with underwater treadmill
• Services include:
o Access to sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons
o Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
o Message Therapy
o Chiropractic & Active Release Therapy
o Registered Dietitian
o Custom Orthotics
o Custom Bracing
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Designing Canada: The Masterclass (One Day Conference)
This conference exposes students to issues, as speakers contributing to public policy, healthcare, the economy, education, democracy and technology work through light case studies, based on their own career experiences
The conference is open to McMaster students, and to a limited number of students from outside of McMaster
Designing Canada is a collaboration between the Wilson Leadership Scholar Award and the Socrates Project, and is being piloted with the support of campus partners
In a supportive small-group environment, participants will learn helpful ways to cope with periods of intense emotional distress. The group will focus on understanding painful emotional experiences and developing concrete strategies to prevent, decrease or manage painful life experiences.
Our goal is to help employees with work and life changes due to illnesses and disability. Employee Health Services administers the University’s disability benefits programs including the Salary Continuance Plan, the Sick Leave benefit, and WSIB benefits. EHS offers a confidential program designed to support employees that require a leave of absence due to illness or non-occupational injury. Further detail on these programs is provided below.
McMaster is avoiding the disposal of waste in landfills by using a number of bin locations to recycle old electronics. Electronics contain harmful chemicals such as lead and mercury, and are often expensive to dispose of in a responsible manner. There are multiple designated locations on campus where electronics such as printers, telephones, and computers can be dropped off.
Electronics Collection Day:
In addition to various collection locations on campus, Facility Services and the Sustainability Office hosted an electric waste collection day. The Facility Services Trucking department, UTS, Office of Sustainability and Greentec are involved in making this event successful.
Collection, reuse and recycling of batteries has become an important area of focus. Batteries contain harmful chemicals, such as cadmium, mercury and lead, and are costly to dispose of responsibly. The battery recycling program has been initiated in collaboration with Energy management and Sustainability Division, Grounds and Environmental & Occupational Health Support Services at McMaster.
Old Toner Recycling:
McMaster is committed to recycling or reusing printer cartridges through its old toner and ink cartridges recycling program on campus. Old toner and ink cartridges are very harmful to the environment in so many ways.
The Education, Outreach and Support Program engages students, staff and faculty members through education including worships and special events. The ESP team works closely with on and off campus partners to advance equity and accessibility and to challenge rape culture on campus.
EOS also provides support to the President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC), the Anti-Violence Network and the McMaster Accessibility Council.
• Every year, ISP has the privilege of hosting an Elder in Residence.
• This person comes to ISP weekly and does crafts with students, provides advice, or lends a supportive ear if you need it.
• Whether you are enrolled the Indigenous Studies Program Degree or another program on campus you are always welcome to participate in the Elder in Residence Program.
• Elder in residence has their own room in ISP space
• Offer services such as informal counselling, mentorship and teaching craft making
McMaster is now home to 13 electric vehicles and nine charging stations. Last year, in collaboration with Parking Services, the Office of Sustainability surveyed faculty and staff to gauge interest and knowledge of electric vehicles.
The response rate was positive and using the results, we worked collaboratively with Parking Services to develop a policy on electric vehicle usage on campus.
This year, 4 additional EVC’s were installed in from of the Hatch Centre. There are also plans to install 2 additional EVC’s in the Peter George Living and Learning Centre upon its completion.
Funded through the McMaster Student Union, EFRT is a student-volunteered certified emergency medical response team. They provide emergency medical services on campus (average response time of 3-5 minutes). EFRT operated 24/7 during the Fall and Winter terms, summer hours are 9-5. EFRT does not operate during Thanksgiving, Easter, holiday breaks and reading weeks. Responders are trained Red Cross Emergency Medical Responders and have additional Mental Health First Aid Certifications. More senior responders are further trained in International Trauma Life Support (ITLS).
the EFAP program is comprehensive in nature and provides supports and resources on topics from child and eldercare, financial planing, legal advice, dietitians, counselling (in a variety of modalities), and so much more
Employee Career Services supports and empowers employees with strategies to achieve personal and professional potential. Employee Career Services offers one-on-one coaching as well as team sessions and workshops. These services will provide employees with the professional training needed to improve interviewing, self-marketing, and networking skill set. From leadership coaching to retirement planning.
• Inspired by community building efforts of students with disabilities
• In response to provincial accessibility legislation
• Meetings include peer support, consultation and strategizing related to accommodations, equity, career advancement, negotiating disclosure, and policies
Free, full-day courses are available for faculty and staff in financial literacy and retirement planning. These programs are facilitated through a financial education expert from Employee Financial Well-being. The courses are offered quarterly.
We believe that employees are our greatest asset and aim to support and enable a safe, engaging and rewarding work culture. We hope to enrich the employee experience, leading to purposeful, productive, meaningful work.
The annual Ice Cream Social and Employee Services Fair is a great way for faculty and staff to learn more about the many events and services offered at McMaster. This is an awesome opportunity to meet co-workers while enjoying some ice cream and lots of free SWAG!
The Employment Equity Facilitator Program, overseen by the Employment Equity Specialist (Human Resource Services) and supported by the Equity and Inclusion Office, has been established to train, support and coordinate a decentralized McMaster faculty members and staff hiring managers who will facilitate the advancement of institutional and Faculty/Departmental employment equity priorities and goals, including the development and implementation of employment equity plans as outlined in McMaster’s Employment Equity Framework and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The Employment Equity Handbook acts as a resource to further educate employers on topics such as: discrimination, systematic barriers, and racialized communities.
Environmental & Occupational Health Support Services (EOHSS)
EOHSS is a team of health, safety and risk management specialists committed to supporting the University’s commitment to creativity, innovation, and excellence, and strives to achieve these standards in the areas of environmental and occupational health, safety, loss prevention and mitigation.
Equitable Recruitment & Search/Selection Committee Training
This interactive workshop will provide guidelines and best practices for equitable recruitment and selection processes and outcomes.
The training is 2 Hours in duration, and facilitated by subject matter experts in Human Resources (May-Marie Duwai-Sowa, Employment Equity Specialist and/or Brad Coughlan, Talent & Recruitment Strategist).
• Winter maintenance – discontinuation of use of rock salt
• Cleaning products are all environmentally friendly
• Campus golf carts have all moved to electric
• Grey water harvesting (ETB) for use outside
The Feather Family Climbing Wall is 30 feet wide and 36 feet high, and offers members an opportunity to reach new heights in fitness. The climbing wall caters to all skill levels, with a variety of routes to offer different levels of difficulty for beginners and experts alike.
• McMaster MD Alumni write letters of encouragement to first year medical students
• Students are encouraged to get in touch with their writer sometimes resulting in a long-term mentorship relationship
Fire alarm systems are tested every month – ring – stop – ring again and you are not required to leave the building. If ringing persists, it is a REAL alarm and you must leave the building. Failure to do so is a finable violation of the Residence Code of Conduct (RCC).
To read the Fire Emergency Procedures, click the link below.
The FCC space is where individuals can come in to pick up whatever food or hygiene items they require. We hope to empower our partners through personal choice and self-service. Our space is open Monday-Friday from 10:30am-2:30pm, and we have volunteers present to help and answer questions if needed. In having a physical space, we hope to increase our campus presence and de-stigmatize issues surrounding food banks. Note: we open half an hour prior to the opening of Bridge’s Cafe, should any FCC partners choose to access our space during a lower-traffic time of day.
• Series of fun and interactive classes for students
• Offer experience in how to cook healthy, affordable and delicious meals
• Provides food literacy training resulting in confidence and empowerment with food; joy and meaning through food; and equity and sustainability
• Provides students with free access to healthy food option
• Removes one less barrier to access food for to students facing food insecurity
• Brings students into the space where conversations can be held on wellness and nutrition
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Good Food Box (GFB)
The Good Food Box Program provides students with access to purchasing fresh, Ontario-grown, seasonal produce at a fraction of what it would cost in a grocery store. Students can place an order through our website from the 10th to the 25th of the preceding month (i.e. to order a December GFB, the order must be placed between November 10th-25th).
GFBs contain produce retailing at upwards of $30.
Costs: $12 for FCC partners, and $15 for Community Members
Community Members refers to students, staff, faculty, and Hamilton community members that are not partners
*FCC Partners are individuals who access our service for emergency food support, and have signed up with a unique ID code.
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The Biology Greenhouse is a teaching and research facility in the Department of Biology. While many plants are grown in the short term for research studies, the permanent collection is used in plant biology classes offered by the Biology Department and for outreach to local schools and the public. The Greenhouse, with its 780 square meters under glass, houses a richly diverse collection of live plants encompassing in excess of 217 species in 150 genera from over 77 plant families. The plant collection contains bamboo, insect-eating cobra plants, a chocolate tree, a coffee tree, a palm tree, sugarcane, cycads, bananas and more!
The entrance to the Greenhouse is located on the Hamilton Hall side of the building.
To take a virtual tour, or to learn more about how to visit the Greenhouse, click the link below.
This drop in style group is a collaboration between Student Wellness and Open Circle for students who are experiencing grief or loss. This group will provide a safe and confidential space for sharing experiences of grief while respecting each other’s questions, feelings, viewpoints, or spirituality as it relates to each person’s healing process. This group will include reflective sharing and inquiry, expressive arts, mindfulness and self-compassion based exercises.
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Health & Safety
• Campus Services Joint Health and Safety Committee meet monthly to discuss health and safety concerns
• Identify any safety related issues that need to be addressed
• Recommendations may include building improvements, procedure implementation, training requirements, policies and programs
• Campus first-aid kits
• Defibrillator’s on campus
• Provide health and safety training
• Risk Management and job hazard analysis
The responsibilities of managers, supervisors and workers are clearly outlined in RMM 102 Occupational Health and Safety Act and provided in the Due Diligence safety training which is a requirement for all managers.
Registration for training occurs in Mosaic. One business day after registration training is available in Avenue to Learn.
In the month of October, wellness initiatives are presented to McMaster employees, with the theme varying every year. Past themes have involved financial wellness, nutrition, and teamwork. Health education as well as opportunities to participate in wellness activities are available throughout the month.
High level and intensity training area equipped with Olympic lifting platforms, squat racks and Pneumatic powered Keiser cable units. Also, a large section of dumbbells, kettlebells, power block units and speed and agility equipment.
Hospitality Services accommodates dietary restrictions and lifestyle preferences across its food service locations on campus. This includes Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Friendly, Halal, and varied source of plant-based & meat proteins
For the provision of individual allergen restricted diets, it is recommended to book a meeting with Hospitality Service’s Wellness & Sustainability Manager.
Hospitality Services recognizes that our daily actions and decisions not only impact our customers, but the environment as a whole. Our goal is to infuse sustainability initiatives into our everyday operations and in doing so, we will provide students with responsible leaderships and guidance to help enhance their own environmental stewardship.
To see a list of all the sustainable initiatives of Hospitality Services, click the link below
The Healthy Workplace Committee provides information and opportunities to participate in various monthly wellness topics. These topics are presented in the form of an event, newsletter, or lunch and learn. An example of topics could included Workplace Communication, Outdoor Wellness, or Community Involvement, among others. Workshops are facilitated by McMaster and community professionals.
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Human Rights and Equity Fundamentals Training
In our efforts to fulfill McMaster University’s commitment to building a culture of inclusivity and one that advances employment equity, Human Resources Services and the Equity and Inclusion Office, in collaboration with various campus partners, are pleased to present the Human Rights and Equity Fundamentals Training as a foundational learning program for contextualizing equity, diversity, and inclusion at McMaster University.
The training is highly encouraged for chairs, directors, hiring managers, and supervisors to facilitate greater understanding of human rights and equity fundamentals.
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iCent App (International Students)
iCent, a new international student app for first-year international undergraduate and graduate students, geared towards providing students with information related to their basic settling needs and immigration; and the Ignite Program, a program for first-year international students living in residence.
Human Resources Services, in collaboration with the Equity and Inclusion Office, the Indigenous Studies Program, and the Faculty of Social Sciences, is pleased to present a workshop on Indigenous Cultural Competency. This interactive and informative session will provide a comprehensive overview of Indigenous People’s demographics and worldviews, contributions and resilience, Indigenous Women, and workplace impact as it relates to students, staff and faculty.
• The Indigenous Health Interest Group (formerly Aboriginal Health Interest Group) is led by medical students across all years, united by their motivation to work towards promoting Indigenous health and well-being.
• IHIG works towards educating fellow students by hosting numerous events throughout the school year, as well as collaborating with the ISHS office and students from other health science faculties on initiatives in Indigenous health.
• The Local Officers of Indigenous Health under the Canadian Federation of Medical Students is run under IHIG, as well as the Indigenous Health Curriculum Action Group.
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Indigenous Students Health Sciences (ISHA) Mentorship Program
• Indigenous students are recruited from all areas of Faculty of Health Sciences to serve as mentors
• Mentors are trained (mentor the mentors)
• Mentors are residents, undergraduate/graduate/professional students, faculty and researchers
Indigenous Students Health Sciences (ISHS) Offices and Student Space
• Resource lending library
• Safe space student lounge
• New space is currently being renovated in MDCL
• New space will allow for administrative staff, faculty, elders and students to be in a comfortable and culturally appropriate space together
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Indigenous Water Quality Improvement Project
• Project working with two distinct communities, Six Nations of the Grand River (Ontario) and Lubicon Cree Nation of Little Buffalo (northern Alberta), to capture the range of water challenges in Indigenous communities.
• The project will use an innovative research framework to facilitate sharing and integration of contemporary science and Indigenous and Local Knowledge to monitor source waters with continuous environmental sensors, investigate the cause of health issues related to contaminated water, and develop appropriate place-based solutions.
• The Outcome: The co-creation of sensors, data analysis and culturally relevant tools will build long-term and sustained community capacity to address current and future uncertainties in water quality. Many other Indigenous communities across Canada will stand to benefit from the knowledge, experience, and expertise gained from this project.
At McMaster, our purpose is the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge. The Inspiring from Within Employee Development Conference gives university employees the opportunity to develop both professionally and personally through the learning of various topics
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International Students Summer Webinar Series
Join us for our summer webinar series to learn everything you need to know about getting ready for university life in Canada. This series is an opportunity to connect with our international student success team to learn about:
Where to live, studying in Canada, health insurance, making friends, school and classes and more! All webinars will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and get answers.
Please note: Each webinar is offered multiple times to accommodate different schedules/time zones. All times listed are in Eastern Time. If you are unable to attend a webinar, a recording will be made available at a future date.
• A chance to play for everyone – sport leagues, tournaments, fun and friendship for all abilities.
• No tryouts, no coaches, no cuts. If you want to play, you can play!
• Teams and Free Agents register for the sports of their choice and can expect to play one game per week.
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ISHS Elder and Knowledge Keepers in-Residence Program
• Students are prioritized but the Elders & Knowledge Keepers are open for all McMaster
• Elders and Knowledge Keepers are at all three FHS sites (Hamilton, Waterloo, and Niagara)
• Increases awareness and understanding of history, Indigenous knowledge, and current lived experiences for all students by providing students as well as staff and faculty access to Elders who are actively engaged in their communities and culture.
• Elders offer different services from cultural guidance and counselling services to Indigenous knowledge teachings
McMaster University is committed to providing a system for proper management of all hazardous materials which includes acquisition, storage, handling, use and disposal. Specific programs as well as training modules have been developed for hazardous materials and we are constantly reviewing, improving and adding to our programs and training. McMaster is serious about ensuring everyone understands the hazards these materials pose to both people and the environment and that everyone works appropriately with them. McMaster takes a pro-active approach to protecting both people and the environment and will only work with hazardous disposal companies that show a commitment to protecting the environment.
A community-based event open to everyone, where individuals can drop by to share a bowl of hot, vegan soup at zero-cost. This event is meant to provide individuals with the space to take a break and recharge during their busy day. We also hope to provide the opportunity to share more about the FCC and its programs, and start discussions about food insecurity and student hunger on campus. We ask that individuals bring re-usable containers should they choose to take their soup to-go!
An anonymous and confidential method of accessing support from the FCC space. Orders can be placed online through our lockers of Love survey using an unique ID code and e-mail* of their choice (*E-mail accounts do not have to be McMaster affiliated), and their package of food and/or hygiene items will be delivered to an undisclosed locker on campus for pickup within 2 days. Individuals will be notified of the locker location and combination via e-mail when the order is ready for pickup. This initiative runs throughout the year.
Meal Plan options are available for Students, Staff and Faculty. You can use your Mac Express Meal Plan to pay for purchases at all Hospitality Services locations including off-campus restaurant partners
All meal plan options include a discount on purchases at all Hospitality Services locations
• Student run farmer’s market
• Provide students, faculty and staff access to fresh local produce
• Operates June – October
• During school year they host events to promote seasonal, sustainable eating
MAC HALO- McMaster University Health Facilitation Workshop
MAC HALO is a group that offers interdisciplinary presentations to health-related topics requested by the community fit to the relevance of society & demographic of our audiences. Our goal is to promote health and wellbeing both in the McMaster and Hamilton community and spread awareness about current and prevalent health issues by providing support, workshops, presentations and resources. We cater to individuals from all walks of life, socioeconomic status and educational backgrounds in order to empower all: women, men, children, youth & Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+ and many more. Through our engaging, accessible and interactive workshops we play a central role in promoting health and education and shed light on the available resources for staff, faculty and students in McMaster and the greater community. (Sister club to She’s The First McMaster)
Exclusively for first-year off-campus students, Mac/One is designed to help with the social and academic transition to university life.
By joining Mac/One, you’ll be connected to fellow students with similar passions and interests through our Living Learning Community (LLC) events, have a home base on campus to relax and study with access to a designated residence building, and get extra academic support with drop-in professional tutoring in our Residence Academic Centres.
• In the month of April, a fitness and well-being challenge is presented to McMaster employees. Themes have included step counting, healthy minute tracking, and goal setting. The ultimate goal of the MACtive program is to build healthy habits among McMaster employees.
Participants learn about the connection between worrying and generalized anxiety. Weekly experiential exercises will be used to challenge thoughts, manage worries, and provide a greater sense of calm to mind and body.
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McMaster Indigenous Graduate Students (MIGS)
• formed to support Indigenous graduate students who are attending McMaster University and to create opportunities for scholarly dialogue and collaboration regarding their research interests and shared common experiences related to graduate-level education.
• Takes incoming exchange and occurs over 4 days and 3 nights during the start of the school year
• This program provides an alternative welcome week experience for exchange students to get to know their new country, campus and community as well as meet other exchange students that will be here during the year
• Students travel to Algonquin Provincial Park where they go on a canoeing trip
Implemented in 2012 with the help of community organizations, Teaching and Community garden provides space for the McMaster community to learn about growing food and sustainability, develop gardening skills and awareness of local produce.
In its sixth year, the garden saw many varieties of plants, vegetables and herbs flourishing and feeding the McMaster community.
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McMaster University Indigenous Education Council
• the primary body with responsibility for promoting and advocating for the advancement of Indigenous education at McMaster, championing the needs of Indigenous students, staff and faculty members, and providing advice and support to the University on all Indigenous matters.
• include representatives from the University’s senior administration to ensure a direct link to the governing bodies
The McMaster Work Program gives students who demonstrate financial need the opportunity to work on campus and earn money while they study. Work program applications are available on Mosaic. Opportunities are for both fall/winter and summer employment.
• Student volunteers work with Hamilton and Six Nations Youth to encourage activity and fitness
• Partnership with Ti-Cats
• Ti-Cats have also committed tickets to home games for youth (30 Hamilton / 30 Six Nations)
This group will focus on developing a better understanding of depression, and learning evidence-based skills to change patterns that trigger depression symptoms. This group will be appropriate for those with mild to moderate symptoms of depression. Pre-group meeting with facilitator required.
At McMaster University we are committed to providing mental health and well-being education and training to the McMaster community to support mental health literacy, and help individuals lead healthier lives in and outside of the workplace.
As part of this ongoing commitment, the University is offering Mental Health First Aid training to help faculty and staff recognize individuals in distress, provide help and support positive mental health.
Mental Health Supports for Employees and Their Families
Below you will find supports and resources that will help you and your family get the most out of life. The links provided will enable you to broaden your resources for tackling everyday problems and help you learn how to enhance your mental well-being.
Mental well-being is the ability to cope with the day to day stresses of life, work productively, interact positively with others and realize our own potential. Below are resources and initiatives available to support your mental well-being, both at work and home.
Mindfulness meditation is about learning to pay attention to the present moment. The benefits of developing mindfulness include a reduction in stress and anxiety, improved concentration, and a clearer understanding of how one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors affect one another and contribute to both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.
• Provide advocacy and awareness
• Race, ethnicity, culture, faith and indigenous affairs
• Plan, support and promote events
• Advocate for inclusive environment
• Operate free event space in Bridges Café
• Hold “conversations” to bring awareness (ie. My culture is not your costume)
• Provide anti-oppressive practice training to MSU volunteers or other groups when requested
The Food Collective Centre is McMaster’s on-campus food bank and food security resource. We are a service run by students dedicated to ensuring that food is always accessible to support food insecure individuals. Our goals also include cultivating stronger food systems in the McMaster and surrounding community, and advocating for systems to better accommodate and support students.
• Mentorship program provided to 1st year students
• Weekly sessions, social events, workshops, and online resources
• Sessions are run with about 8 first year students paired with 2 senior students
• Sessions include topics such as orientation to university life, nutrition and mental health
Each November, free, weekly lunch-hour workshops are available for staff and faculty. Topics may include savings strategies, teaching your children about finances, retirement planning, fraud prevention, etc. Workshops are facilitated by local experts from Certified Professional Accountants of Canada or the Credit Counselling Society. Weekly newsletters are available during the month as well.
• Explore and engage with our surrounding area
• Discover local waterfalls, valleys and wetlands
• Hold events such as nature walks
• Website also provides educational information and links to McMaster courses related to nature
• Information on safety, wildlife and benefits of nature
Health and Safety Responsibilities for Managers, Supervisors and Workers are clearly outlined in RMM #102 Occupational Health and Safety Act. More information can be obtained for managers and supervisors by attending Due Diligence training.
This element speaks to responsibilities as well as accountability of all parties to include contractors and visitors.
A visitor’s log is to be used within restricted areas of the workplace i.e. facility services shops, hospitality kitchens, nuclear reactor and level 2 and 3 labs. All visitors who are temporarily entering the workplace and may be admitted to areas generally off limits to the public need to be signed in and out using the visitor’s log found in the appendix of RMM 102.
The visitor is on business but is not under contract. This program also discusses non-routine work and the need to refresh training.
Jointly-funded by McMaster University and the McMaster Students Union, the Ombuds Office is a free service dedicated to promoting fair practices and policies, and assisting students, staff and faculty in the just and equitable resolution of University-related disputes.
A diverse and consensus-based community for McMaster students where we value, respect, and learn from each other
Creating forums to discuss life, spiritual and societal issues
Linking McMaster students to volunteer together in weekly groups throughout Hamilton
Funded and resourced by Student Open Circles, a local not-for-profit, which mentors and empowers McMaster students from diverse backgrounds in personal and spiritual reflection, community service, and leadership development.
Open Circle provides regular workshops and events each year to support: Diversity and Inclusion, Positive Mental Health Support, Sustained Community Engagement combined with peer support and reflection, and Leadership Development. Examples of events include:
Weekly Volunteer Groups (Community Volunteer Circles) – volunteer weekly with other McMaster students in Hamilton and reflect for 15 min. after each volunteer session on your experiences.
Astronomical Reflections Planetarium Show: integrating mindfulness practice with exploring science and its discoveries
Stress Management Week
What’s Soul Got To Do With It? Panel: panelists from a diversity of faith and spiritual perspectives share their personal journey
Open Circle retreats provide opportunity to get away and gain perspective while renewing your body, mind, and spirit. With diverse participants and a broad range of activities, reconnect with yourself and reflect on your experiences with others who are asking similar questions.
January Weekend Retreat:
Reconnect to your authentic self through a weekend retreat filled with opportunities to reconnect with yourself and get back in touch with your center. Awaken to your life as you uncover where you are now in your story and reflect on where your story is taking you. Engage in contemplation and community through hiking, reflective exercises, creative arts, meditation, and cooking and sharing meals. Listen to the authenticity of who you are, and let that truth emerge into your daily living.
Spring Volunteer Retreat:
Grow with nature by giving back through activities such as planting a garden, rebuilding a board walk, cleaning up garbage, cutting back undergrowth on nature trails, raking, and other tasks. Connect with other participants through activities such as hiking, reflective exercises, creative arts, meditation, and sharing meals. Apart from community building, connect with your inner self and reflect on your place in the cycles of life.
With donations through the Student Life Enhancement Fund, the Outdoor Activity Space was installed at the north end of the Mona Campbell Track in August of 2015. This space features outdoor benches, parallel bars, a boulder rock and rope bridge that enable the user to perform various activities at any fitness level.
ParticipACTION is a challenge to all McMaster employees to get up and get morning, in order to make Hamilton “Canada’s Most Active Community”. The McMaster Healthy Workplace Committee offers events at various campus locations for those who wish to participate, such as Learn to Salsa, Kickboxing 101, Karate Lessons and Library Fitness Circuits.
• Counselling services
• Experienced counselors will meet with the student to assess their needs
• May include individual and / or group programs
• Partner with community programs and organizations
• Crisis / urgent appointments are available (usually within 24 hours)
This 8 week group will help participants break free from generalized anxiety, worrying and over-thinking. This group will eclectically pull strategies from cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavioural therapy and self-compassion therapy. Participants will be given the tools to work toward “peace of mind”.
8 week closed group beginning September 25.
Must complete screening appointment.
For more information or to register, email Brittany Vincze at email@example.com
Pee4Pizza is a free, confidential STI testing day on campus. All STI testing will be handled by Hamilton Public Health and will not be linked to your student record in any way. Student ID cards will not be used for registration.
It’s important to get tested at least once a year if you are sexually active. Making STI tests part of your routine healthcare is a great way to stay healthy. It should be normal as going to the dentist!
To make it easier for you, we’re bringing Hamilton Public Health to campus.
It’s As Easy As 1-2-Pee-4-5
(1) A nurse will give you a small plastic container
(2) Take the container into the bathroom
(Pee) Pee into it to the indicated line
(4) Return the container to the nurse and get a slice of pizza
(5) The container will be sent to the lab for testing
The urine sample will be used to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea in your penis or vagina, since these are the most common STIs in this age group and in Hamilton. If you test positive, you’ll receive a call from Public Health for options for in-person treatment in a private space on campus.
Washrooms on the 3rd floor of MUSC will be gender-neutral for the day. An accessible washroom is available on the 3rd floor, and gendered washrooms will be available on the 2nd floor.
If you have any questions about this event, please email Wil (Wellness Educator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t Make this Day?
Here are other options for STI tests:
Student Wellness Centre: open Monday-Friday year-round, call 905-525-9140 ext. 27700 or visit MUSC B101 to book an appointment
The Personal Discovery Course is a four week self-development series free from cost, stress, and exams. Explore personal values: Who am I? What gives my life meaning? Where do I want to go? What do I want to get out of my life, look back and be glad that I did it? How can I make a difference? Create your own life mission statement.
The course includes a weekly 1 hour workshop with discussion, staff coach (at least one meeting with coach), weekly personal reflection activities, and additional resources. A completion certificate will be granted for participating in the full 4 weeks and staff coaching session. Weekly meeting time for group workshops is set based on participants’ schedules.
Personal Discovery Course- Graduate Students (Open Circle)
Self-development series free from cost, stress, and research. Explore personal values: Who am I? What gives my life meaning? Where do I want to go? What do I want to get out of my life, look back and be glad that I did it? How can I make a difference? Create your own life mission statement. Course will include four 1.5 hour workshops with interactive group exercises, community support of other graduate students, Personal Discovery coach (at least one meeting with staff coach), and personal reflection exercises for every session.
Employee Health Services (“EHS”) manages the disability benefits, the return to work process and employment accommodation needs of employees of McMaster University (the “University”). In order to provide these services to you, EHS collects, uses, maintains and, in some cases, discloses certain personal health information.
You have the right to know how EHS collects, uses, maintains and discloses the personal health information in our possession. Personal health information includes identifying information about you relating to your physical or mental health, including your medical history, the provision of health care to you, and payments or eligibility for health care. You have a right to expect that, to the best of our ability, the personal health information held by us remains confidential and secure.
This document informs you of our ongoing commitment to privacy and tells you the ways we ensure that the privacy of your personal health information is protected. Our ongoing commitment to the protection of your personal health information is reflected in the following ten principles.
Having a healthy body means we are able to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviours have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine check ups, a balanced diet, exercise, sleep, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal physical well being.
• Contact point for students that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer – within the LGBTQ2SI+ Community
• Educational programming
• Access to resources (books, DVDs)
• Peer support
• Assist in helping if students want to report incidents of discrimination
At McMaster, we understand that an individual’s personal and professional life cannot always be distinctly compartmentalized. It’s extremely difficult to balance work and family life and we strive to build a sense of community among co-workers by creating opportunities for employees’ families to come together in and outside of the office. Events like spirit days, holiday celebrations, sporting events and family outings help employees decompress.
• 10-week psychoeducational-process group aimed to support queer and trans students in learning about how to cultivate resilience through experiential exercises and group discussion in a queer-trans affirming space.
Real-time energy data is collected throughout campus and provides information about energy consumption and how it is impacted by building design, weather and individual behaviours.
A really Simple Syndication (RSS) fed is connected to each building on campus, and collects information about energy consumption. This information is then communicated to the greater McMaster community through electronic display screens located throughout campus.
The objective is to provide education and knowledge about McMaster’s sustainability efforts and progress and encourage changes in behaviour and participation towards sustainability among the campus community.
Since September 2018, Housing & Conference Services has been conducting a pilot project in three residence buildings to divert organic waste from the landfill. McKay, Edwards and Whidden Halls have all been equipped with a three-stream waste system that allows co-mingle recycling, organic waste and garbage to be sorted across the residence halls.
The results thus far: We partnered with Busch Systems to conduct a waste audit comparing diversion rates of organic waste and recycling from the garbage in buildings with two (garbage and recycling) and three-stream (garbage, recycling, organic waste) systems.
An inclusive, respectful, and safe place to explore mindfulness practices, creative expression, and participate in open discussions
A judgement free space where everyone is welcomed to share or pass
Drop in with no commitment required
You do not need to sign up or be part of Open Circle to attend a Reflection Circle
Each week includes:
Opening quotation to set the tone for the activity and reflection
Introductions and brief, no-pressure icebreaker activity
Check-in about how your week has been so far
15-20-minute practice that relates to a different theme each week
Time for reflection and discussion
Body, Mind Spirit Circle:
A supportive space for sharing about our journeys, questions, and ideas about spirituality and authentic healthy living. Whether you are looking to explore your spirituality or following a specific spiritual path we can learn from each other in an atmosphere of respect and openness. Try out practices for holistic living such as meditation, creative expression, journaling, hiking.
Join us to learn about meditation and supporting each other in becoming more mindful. Each week begins with a check-in about our experience of the past week, then a meditation practice is introduced and guided for 15-20 minutes of practice, followed by an opportunity to discuss any questions or insights. Each week we explore a different mindfulness practice including breath awareness, guided imagery, artistic expression, and other activities that the group wishes to learn together. No experience necessary – whether you are new to meditation or already engaging in regular reflection, having the support of a group can help to strengthen your practice.
A supportive space for sparking the flame of your creative fire.
Experience guided creative practices (visual, written, or other) while reflecting with a theme. Let go of what you think you “should” create, following your inner knowing while practicing letting go of the outcome. You might be surprised by what you create. No artistic experience needed.
Movement Meditation Circle (MONTHLY):
A safe space for authentic and free-flowing movement. Journey via music and guided movement meditation inward towards your own truth, then outward to discover how to bring this new glimpse of yourself into daily life. Join us in the deeply liberating practice of shedding imposed expectations about how you should move and instead listening to the wisdom of your own body and allowing it to guide you in your own way of moving and perhaps dancing. No experience needed, just a willingness to move and let go into the moment.
• Water fountains on campus are being retrofitted to be able to fill water bottles
• Over 100 fountains have been retrofitted
• 6-10 fountains to be retrofitted each year
• Decreases the number of single-use plastic bottles (estimated elimination of 2M water bottles per year)
• Water fountains on campus are being retrofitted to be able to fill water bottles
• Over 100 fountains have been retrofitted
• 6-10 fountains to be retrofitted each year
• Decreases the number of single-use plastic bottles (estimated elimination of 2M water bottles per year)
The contributions of employees and their presence in the workplace are essential to the achievement of the University’s goals. The University recognizes that accommodations may be required to assist employees in their reintegration to the workplace.
The Employee Health Services Consultants within Employee Health Services work in a collaborative framework with the workplace parties to facilitate the return to work process. For additional information on the return to work process, roles and responsibilities please refer to the University’s Return to Work Program.
We want everyone to feel safe and secure in our residence communities. As such, there are several building features, safety initiatives, and campus partnerships in place to ensure that residents can comfortably enjoy their residence experience, but safety is everyone’s responsibility. We encourage our students to help us identify preventative measures to keep our communities safe and to follow the outlined safety best practices found in the link below.
Open Circle’s resource staff are available for spiritual companioning, an opportunity to take regular time out of your daily pace for reflective space and conversation. A spiritual companion is someone who listens in a supportive and resourceful way, acting as a sounding board as you discover your own truth and sift through your experiences to find meaning. Possible topics of exploration are values, self-awareness, life choices, mindfulness practices, spiritual practices and beliefs, “what am I going to do with my life?” etc.
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides academic accommodation assistance and related supports to students with disabilities at McMaster. SAS is available to assist students transitioning from high school, other post secondary institutions, undergraduate, continuing and graduate students. Browse the website of programs and services for more information about how we can help.
• Confidential peer support
• Confidential / anonymous pregnancy testing
• Lending library for health related resources
• Offer support for physical / sexual health (will make referrals)
• Space for peer to peer support
The Student Support and Case Management Office (SSCM) provides support to students throughout their time at University, providing resources to manage issues as well as crisis prevention and intervention for students who may be experiencing difficulty on campus.
The SSCM has two primary, often-intersecting areas of focus:
Administering the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities (the Code); and
Providing support to students through Case Management services.
In addition, the SSCM is one of the University’s four Intake Office to receive and investigate complaints under McMaster’s Sexual Violence Policy (SVP) and Discrimination and Harassment Policy (D&H) – in the instance where the respondent is a student.
Supports students with Autism or other neuro-diverse needs as needed. These supports are complimentary to assistive technology, learning strategies, academic accommodations, test and exam administration, transition and so forth.
Assistance can be related to a variety of needs such as, but not solely, interpersonal relationships, communication, navigating the campus and local communities, accessing resources on or off campus, and so forth.
Student Wellness and Education Lower Lounge (SWELL)
• SWELL is located in the McMaster University Student Centre basement and is open for all students
• Lounge is an area for calm and a resource centre where students can relax, enjoy a tea, pick up resources, study and chat with friends
• Free condoms available
• Seasonal affective disorder lightbox
A multi-day event run throughout the Fall and Winter exam periods. We provide multiple rooms for students to study, as well as drinks and snacks for students throughout the night. It can be tough to find (healthy) food on campus after-hours, so we hope to provide students with an alternative to vending machines or going hungry.
On January 1, 2018, McMaster University will adopt a 100% tobacco and smoke-free campus. Several university
areas are already smoke-free and have been for many years. These include university buildings and vehicles as
well as public spaces such as sport fields and related structures. Hospitals and hospital grounds, where many
employees and students work and learn, are also already 100% smoke-free. The expansion to a tobacco and smoke
free campus is the University’s ongoing effort to support a healthy, productive, respectful environment in which to
work, learn, and live.
The transition to university can be just as challenging for parents, family members and guardians, as it is for your incoming first-year student. As the student in your life prepares for post-secondary education and living away from home, our Housing & Conference Services team is prepared to support them through this exciting time. Take a look at the information below to find out more about how we can all work together to ensure a great first year away from home.
• Take time to unplug and recharge with art and acoustic music
• Students are encouraged to put down all electronic devices and strike up conversations
• Weekly activities such as origami, gratitude cards and rock painting
• Special events such as dog therapy and snack making
The Art of Seeing is a visual literacy program developed by the McMaster University Department of Family Medicine and the McMaster Museum of Art in partnership to enhance and support professional competency in observation, communication and compassion.
Learning to look at visual art is a means to a better understanding of ourselves and others. Program participants will develop skills to enhance and support professional and personal growth with an emphasis on wellness, resilience and humanistic leadership. Research has shown that these traits can be learned by way of viewing art in an art gallery. Art is one way to tell our stories as it helps us understand how we fit into our cultures, communities and workplaces.
The Art of Seeing program has been offered to McMaster residents, faculty staff, community leaders and business at several Ontario sites. The program is tailored to suit each group’s needs in terms of content, length of program, and specific location, and range from a half-day workshop to a six-week course. These sessions can be hosted in a single location or presented a t a variety of cultural institutions.
With so much talk of toxic masculinity, what does healthy masculinity look like? This program for male students will explore topics such as mental health, ally-ship, and dating as they relate to men today through conversations over breakfast.
• Fitness Centre located on campus
• Membership is included for full-time students (as part of tuition)
• Includes access to top-of-the-line equipment, fitness and cycling classes
• Even features a climbing wall for thrill seekers
• Certified personal trainers always on site
• Access to Personal Training Certification courses
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Thrive Week (January)
McMaster is committed to enhancing mental health and well-being for all of our community members by supporting health and sustainable workplaces and learning environments. Thrive is not just a week of activities but it is also a mindset. Thrive all year long with strategies, skills and resources to help you prosper and flourish. Past events include Mental Health First Aid, Employee and Family Assistance Program, and National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and safety in the Workplace training.
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Timeless: Intergenerational Program
As Canada’s population is aging, there is an important opportunity to leverage the wisdom and strength of those who have contributed substantially to the social and economic fabric of our country. One way to ensure that these contributions are recognized long into the future is by providing opportunities to facilitate knowledge sharing with younger generations. This program is the result of a study led by MIRA to understand the necessary considerations for designing and developing a physical space and programming to enable interactions between university students and older adults.
Older adults aged 65 and over that are able to commit 1-2 hours a month to visiting the University campus.
The TMG Day of Service is an initiative organized by a group of McMaster TMG volunteers. The purpose of this initiative is to deepen the understanding of the McMaster community towards the complex issues facing Hamilton. It aims to assist in the efforts of community agencies to improve the quality and conditions of their clients lives. It strengthens the service-oriented and collaborative culture among TMG employees and helps identify how this knowledge can inform our work as a university.
An 8-week group therapy opportunity for female-identified individuals who have experienced sexual violence, intimate partner/domestic violence or childhood sexual abuse. The group will provide a safe, supportive environment for those whose recovery process could benefit from connecting with others and supporting one another. Pre-group meeting with facilitator required.
For more information or to register, email Christine Jackiw (MA, MEd) at email@example.com.
Whether it’s a fully drafted assignment, essay outline, or even scrap pieces of notes that don’t fully make sense just yet, we offer writing assistance that can help you achieve your writing goals. Meet with one of our trained Writing Advisors to speak about a writing assignment or your academic writing questions.
Reasons to visit the Undergrad Writing Centre:
You are great at writing, but want to be mentored by upper-year and graduate students who are at the top of their class.
You struggle to get started with writing assignments and feel stressed-out while working on them.
You are always getting the same feedback from TAs and instructors, but don’t know what their input means.
You want someone to talk to about the stuff you’re working on.
Writing Advisors cannot proofread, edit or write your work for you. They can, however, identify areas of improvement and teach you to correct your own work.
• a series of drop-in sessions and a 10 week closed group to support students to identify and enhance their practice of resilience in their current context and beyond.
• The drop-in sessions provide low barrier support for students to increase their awareness of their own resilience; while the 10 week closed group will support students to enrich their practice of resilience in ways that are accessible and meaningful to them.
For students who perform experiential learning (unpaid) activities at a third party business or institution for academic credit. The Ministry of Training,Colleges and Universities (MTCU) is Ontario’s publicly funded Colleges and Universities (Training Agencies) for students participating in unpaid work placements. MTCU manages students unpaid work placements in accordance with Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) policy and procedures as well as with MTCU guidelines.
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Walk in Nature Days (WIND)
• Walk in Nature Series. Each week you can get outside and leave your worries behind by getting into nature with others in a positive, mutually supportive environment. No experience, sign-up or skills required, just you and your hiking/walking shoes.
Develop and implement programs and staff SWC booths, facilitate workshops, develop educational material, write newsletter articles, collaborate with other campus groups, host large-scale events and awareness weeks, create bulletin board or displays for fairs
• Group classes and education sessions are offered to help you develop skills to manage your mental health concerns. Our groups provide an opportunity to learn and practice effective coping skills in a confidential and comfortable environment.
• The groups offered through our counselling services. You will be expected to fill out an intake form and attend sessions as indicated by the facilitator. Groups often have recommended readings or between sessions activities. Any questions can be directed to the facilitator. Repeat attendance is welcomed.
WellTrack is a self-help interactive therapy application that can be used to monitor your mental wellness and track your progress. The application includes guided therapy for stress, anxiety, and depression as well as general relaxation techniques including a virtual Zen room. Information gathered in this app can be securely shared with your counsellor if you choose to do so. McMaster has an account with WellTrack so that you can use its services free of charge.
An art based drop in group for individuals who are interested in expanding their understanding of self. The focus of this group is to learn and embrace parts of your personality that are outside of your awareness or just beginning to emerge into your awareness.
Valued at up to $25 000, the WLSA is a leadership development and career launcher program that complements your studies
It involves about 15 hours/month- less than a TA or RAship – and includes experiential learning opportunities
The award program is open to incoming and current McMaster graduate students at all levels whose research and interests relate to democracy, the economy, education, healthcare, the impacts of technology, or public policy in a Canadian context
Further information and full eligibility requirements are available at:
WGEN is the MSU Women + Gender Equity Network, a peer support driven service that caters to women, trans folk, people who identify outside the gender binary, and all survivors of sexual and gender-based violence of all gender identities. WGEN provides a safe(r) space on campus in MUSC 204, it acts as a place for people to go and feel safe, talk about articles and issues in the media, make friends, and bond through common experiences. The space also has a physical library with a number of resources available for the McMaster community to use.
Along with facilitating our safe(r) space, we hold social events to build community, workshops to educate all folks, and programs and campaigns to advocate and educate on behalf of and with the groups we were created to support.
Women + Gender Equity Network (WGEN) Individual Groups
WGEN offers individual support bookings through the school year. Individual support sessions involve scheduling a time to have a private peer support session with one of our executives in MUSC 204.
If you are interested in booking an individual peer support session, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with a general sense of your availability. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Please note that there is no need to disclose why you are booking this session.
WGEN has a library with a large range of genres and titles available as well as Content Warnings and Trigger Warnings for each book in the inventory. This is a great resource within the McMaster community. McMaster students and faculty members are welcome to borrow items from our library for academic research or leisure.
To view our selection, click on catalogue. If you would like to check out a book, simply visit the space during operating hours and ask one of our lovely safe(r) space volunteers.
If you would like to recommend a title that you think we should add to our library, please feel free to fill out a recommendation form as we are always looking to increase the range of titles available- click the link below.
WGEN is a service that caters to women, trans folk, people who identify outside the gender binary, and all survivors of sexual violence and gender-based violence. WGEN provides a safe(r) space on campus and has numerous free resources and services available to its users including:
Menstrual products (tampons & pads)
Safe(r) sex products (condoms, lube etc.)
Free gently-used bras
Breast forms and packers for demonstrations
Binders (generously donated by gc2b)
Walk-in peer support
Individual peer support bookings
Various peer support groups
Resource library (books, magazines etc.)
If you would like to book an individual peer support sessions or take part in a support group, please click the link below.
Women + Gender Equity Network (WGEN) Support Groups
Our Survivors support group is a confidential space for survivors of sexual, intimate partner, and gender-based violence to give and receive support based on their comfort level. Email email@example.com for information on how to join the group.
Black & Gendered:
Black and Gendered is a group in collaboration with the McMaster Womanists, and is open to any Black McMaster student that is interested in getting together with their peers to discuss the intersection of being Black and experiencing gender-based discrimination and violence. More information on this support group will be available soon.
Employee Health Services administers WSIB claims and benefits for employees of the University. As such we are committed to increasing healthy and safe workplace attitudes and practices. In supporting and promoting awareness initiatives, we are better able to minimize workplace hazards.
All work-related injuries/illnesses must be reported to the Environmental and Occupational Health Support Services (EOHSS) within 24 hours. We are responsible for reporting to the WSIB.
It is McMaster University’s goal to build an inclusive community with a shared purpose, where all members of the University community are treated in a fair and equitable manner. In pursuit of this goal, the University aims to foster a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of all persons.
Workplace accommodation may involve a service, adaptation or adjustment in the work environment that enable individuals to compete for jobs and perform employment activities without discrimination on a prohibited ground. It can include, but is not limited to recruitment, selection, employment and separation processes, including training and career development. It may be short or long-term, with the goal of enabling individuals to compete for jobs and perform the essential duties of their employment.
Online tools, information and supports are available to all faculty and staff at the click of a button. Our refreshed website launched in early September 2019 and will have four main themes: Body, Mind, Work, Life. In addition to the resources, an online calendar will feature the wellness-related events taking place on campus, access to mental health training and tools, crisis resources, and highlight the plethora of activities and initiatives available.
The focus of this Mindful Hatha Yoga group is to tune into your breath, body, sensation, thought and emotions, and practice in a way that brings balance and harmony. We will complete each session with a mindfulness/meditation practice.
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Yoga Group (Fall & Winter)
• Yoga is one of the simplest forms of exercise you can do to improve your health, mind and body. Research shows that adding this ancient practice into your lifestyle can help boost your brain and heart health as well as the body strength and flexibility- just to name a few. To put simply, there is not a thing you cannot improve! AS one of our most requested events, McMaster offers a large variety of classes including Outdoor Yoga, Winter Yoga, Flow and Power Yoga.
• Affiliated with ISHS and ISP
• Connects Indigenous students at every level of study with Indigenous knowledge-holders and community leaders, professionals, and the Hamilton and McMaster communities. The program includes one-on-one and group mentorship, traditionally-based group leadership training, community networking opportunities, cultural workshops, and off-campus learning opportunities.