LGBTQ & Straight Allies Workshop

Nancy MacBainEquity, Events, News

CUPE 3906’s Equity Action Committee welcomes you to McMaster!  In case you are wondering what we do as a union committee, let me tell you: we are a semi-autonomous activist committee that works to dismantle oppression targeting Equity Seeking Groups within our union and local community.  Our initiatives center around educating our membership about equity issues and advocating for people groups our union members represent and for groups we have become affiliated with.  If you are interested in joining us, contact us at

To help kick off McMaster Ontario Public Interest Research Group’s (OPIRG) Alternative Welcome Week (Sept.13-Sept.17, for more details click this link), the Equity Action Committee has organized a Positive Space Workshop for unionized and non-unionized folks who identify as Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Trans/Queer (LGBTQ) or as straight allies.  This workshop will offer anti-oppression training, discussion on how to create positive spaces, and an opportunity for LGBTQ folks & straight allies across campus to meet one another, come together as a collective, and quite possibly in the future, organize as a CUPE 3906 working group.  There will also be a sign-up sheet for folks to join an email listserv.

Please join us for the Positive Space Workshop on Monday, Sept. 13, from 2:00-5:00, in McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) 313/311.  The workshop will run for two hours, so if you cannot make it to the workshop, please come at 4:00 for the food and meet new folks!

Also, there will be a Saturday Night Social on Sept. 18 for LBGTQ folks and straight allies.  We will be hitting Embassy, on 54 King Street E.  If you are new to Hamilton, we could meet up beforehand and head over to Embassy together.  More details will be sent out to folks who sign up to be on the email listserv.