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Employment Equity Training

The Office of the Provost, Faculty of Health Sciences, Human Resources Services, Equity & Inclusion Office, and other equity-seeking groups and individuals collaborate to deliver Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training for staff, faculty, and students at McMaster University. Employment Equity is a key component of diverse recruitment, promotion, and retention, and cannot be successful without the participation of our staff and faculty.

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).

To request Equitable Recruitment Training for your Search/Selection Committee, please complete our Training Request Form.

Virtual Training 

In light of the current circumstances around the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are now offering virtual options for delivering our Equitable Recruitment & Search/Selection Committee Training. Please complete our standard Training Request Form to select a date based on availability of our Facilitators. We’ll do our best to provide accommodations as needed, and remain committed to supporting your training needs. 

Online Resources

Should committee members be unable to attend an in-person or virtual training session, we highly encourage reviewing the supporting resources available at Equitable Recruitment & Search/Selection Committee Training – Online Resources.

Employment Equity Facilitator Program

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.

Please see the Program Description for more details.

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Policy on Recruitment & Selection of Faculty Members (SPS A1)

McMaster has a vision to achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence as a student-centred, research-intensive university, and to embody values of integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork. Implicit in McMaster’s vision and values is its aspiration towards inclusive excellence – the notion that diversity is integral to quality in teaching, research, service and governance.  The revised SPS A1 – Faculty Recruitment and Selection Policy and Procedures and the newly developed companion Handbook are guided by best practices for talent acquisition and integrating principles of employment equity and inclusive excellence through search processes. The Policy, Procedures and Handbook will enable McMaster to attract the most diverse talent pool and achieve the most equitable, inclusive and meritocratic faculty hiring practices and decisions.

For additional information and resources related to the policy and associated processes, please visit the SPS A1 resource page.

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.

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Indigenous Cultural Competency Training

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.

A certificate of attendance will be provided upon completion.

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Human Rights & Equity Fundamentals 

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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For additional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion training, please Contact the Equity & Inclusion Office or visit Events & Workshops.


The Faculty and Staff Hiring Guides are resources to assist with diverse recruitment, promotion, and retention. The Staff Hiring Guidelines provides guidance and consolidates resources to assist in conducting fair and equitable searches for staff at McMaster University. It presents ideas for how to help your department or faculty lay the foundation for attracting and successfully recruiting diverse candidates.

We have also recently developed an Employment Equity Postcard and Employment Equity Handbook, and encourage managers, supervisors, chairs, and directors to share these resources with new employees, committee members, and to post on information boards within your areas.

Below is a working list of jobs boards, professional associations, and organizations that provide employment services to different equity-seeking groups and communities.  This resource sheet may change over time.

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