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Strategic Priorities

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McMaster is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive and safe educational environment that supports personal and academic success. We encourage you to educate yourself about our strategic themes and what is available to support you.

Supporting Mental Wellness and Mental Health

Student well-being and good mental health are critical foundations for student success. We are committed to creating a caring and supportive culture, and we recognize that improving the health of our campus is a collective effort and a shared commitment. Our community of staff, faculty members and students are equipped with information about how to identify, respond to and refer a student in distress. Through our messaging, programming and policies, we model the importance of wellness, self-care, resilience and social responsibility.

Responding to Sexual Violence

McMaster University is committed to taking action to prevent and respond to all forms of sexual violence. McMaster’s commitment includes:

  • Placing the highest priority on survivor safety and ensuring that the campus is welcoming, safe and inclusive for everyone;
  • Communicating that sexual violence is not – and will not be – tolerated and will be actively addressed on an ongoing basis;
  • Ensuring that all McMaster University students, faculty and staff know where to go for help and are reassured that University policies are in place to respond in a timely and sensitive manner to sexual violence or the threat of sexual violence;
  • Providing responses to sexual violence, including educational programs, that are informed by an awareness that individuals may be targeted because of race, ability/disability, Indigeneity, sexual orientation, non-normative gender identity and gender expression, religion/spirituality, age, citizenship and/or socio-economic status and may have need of diverse and culturally appropriate supports and services.

Responsible Substance Use

All events sanctioned by McMaster University during Welcome Week are alcohol-free and cannabis-free to promote the safety and well-being of our students. Students who choose to consume these substances during Welcome Week and orientation are encouraged to do so responsibly and to set limits. All students should be made aware of supports and resources for addressing harmful levels of consumption. Making new friends and socializing is a priority for many students during orientation events, including Welcome Week. It is our priority to: ensure students are safe, know what to do if they find a peer in need of assistance and know that there are services available in case assistance is required.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is a key part of who we are as an institution. As written in Forward with Integrity by President Deane, “McMaster has demonstrated throughout its history that outstanding academic work can be an extraordinary force for the good of human beings, society, and nature; so our task in the future must be to consolidate and deepen that contribution.” We aim to engage incoming students through on- and off-campus experiential learning opportunities so that students recognize themselves as active and integral members of our campus and the Hamilton community. In doing so, students will have a greater understanding of their role in contributing to the success and flourishment of our city, while also valuing the knowledge that community groups and organizations bring. It is through meaningful involvement at the University and within the city that students will experience a deepened sense of connection and a feeling of being home.