By Marcy Slapcoff, Teaching and Learning Services
Congratulations to Principal Suzanne Fortier and the McGill administration for taking a stand in favour of pluralism and against the Quebec Charter of values. The statement published on the McGill website is a critical first step in supporting all members of our community and their right to dress in accordance to their convictions. This statement demonstrates that we care about our students and are committed to ensuring them equal access to the opportunities that await them upon graduation. It also communicates to society that we are engaged members of Quebec society – that we care about this province and are willing to take a stand when we feel things are not going well.
This statement is the first step but what comes next? How can faculty, students and staff continue to voice their opinions and make a difference in this province? Service to society is a central tenet of our mission and now is the time to take our efforts beyond the gates and demonstrate that our critical thinking, our scholarship, and our engagement can contribute to this debate and make a difference for society.