Working Groups

About Working Groups

There are currently three working groups covered under the MISC constitution. New working groups can be created by a majority vote during a meeting of General Council, at which time a Chair must be appointed. The Working Group may begin operating immediately after this vote is approved. By the following General Council meeting, the Working Group must submit a constitutional amendment including terms of reference for their Group (written in consultation with the MISC executive). Candidates for Vice-President and Representative positions are particularly encouraged to consider chairing a Working Group, since their duties often overlap with the issues addressed by Working Groups.

Part Time Students Working Group

The Part-Time Students Working Group shall look after the interests of part-time MI students at the Faculty of Information. This includes issues such as funding structures, financial aid, minimum and maximum completion periods, access to social and professional development resources, and/or whatever the Working Group deems appropriate. All MI students who are part-time students are encouraged to participate. The Group generally meets at least twice during the course of the fall and winter semesters, and at least once during the summer session.

For further information, please contact the current co-chairs.

accessibility working group

 

DIVERSITY Working Group

The Diversity Working Group was formed to create an intellectual, professional and social safe space and network for like-minded BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) and ally students and alumni of the Faculty of Information. We are also working to provide an alternative avenue through which iSchool students can engage in discussion about how colonialism and Eurocentric biases have shaped professional practice and the workforce in the GLAM (gallery, library, archives and museum) professions, and to eventually effect changes within the iSchool curriculum in order to ensure that all future graduates from the iSchool will be aware of and ready to identify racial inequity within their professions.

For the 2019-2020 academic year the Working Group is composed of co-chairs (Tamara Rayan and Tomoko Shida) and three additional project leads (Stefanie Martin, Moska Rokay and Renee Saucier). All MI students and alumni are encouraged to participate. Opportunities to be involved include attending events and helping out with various initiatives, including:

  • BIPOC (and ally) social gatherings
  • Guest speaker events and workshops
  • Participation in campus-wide reading group for professional faculties (i.e. Education, Law, Medicine, Social Work and so on) in partnership with the Jackman Humanities Institute to engage in discussions about race, ethnicity, religion and the concept of ‘professionalism’
  • Engagement with iSchool faculty members and committees to promote key changes within the Faculty of Information

For further information, please contact thediversityworkinggroup@gmail.com.