Dear Colleagues,

In light of an expanding mandate and a commitment to ensure inclusive and transparent Faculty governance, the Social Accountability and Community Engagement Office (SACE) in the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, is seeking one faculty member to join the following committee in the role of a ‘faculty member representing Medicine from teaching and research’: 

Representative: Widening Participation Committee, a subcommittee of Social Accountability and Community Engagement Office (SACE)

The nominee should be a faculty member representing Medicine from teaching and research (rather than clinical).

The Widening Participation Committee term of representation is three (3) years, renewable. The Committee meets no less than four (4) times per academic year. The Chair may convene additional meetings when necessary.

About the Widening Participation Committee 

The Widening Participation Committee (WPC) is mandated by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Social Accountability and Community Engagement (SACE) office to develop, implement, and monitor programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the participation of under-represented populations in the application processes of McGill’s health professional programs in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences. The Committee shall make recommendations regarding best practices for promoting diversity, equity and inclusiveness in student recruitment, including assisting in the dismantling of unnecessary barriers to health professional education and training. The above shall be subject to accreditation standards for the health professional programs. In addition to the overarching mandate set out above, the Committee has the following specific roles and responsibilities:

  • Identification and prioritization of target groups for recruitment into McGill’s health professional programs
  • Development and oversight of recruitment interventions within identified target communities
    • Development of programs (e.g., shadowing in clinical settings and classrooms, research opportunities)
    • Development and oversight of content for programs (e.g., presentations, resource materials)
    • Participating in training of health professional student volunteers
    • Participation in events (e.g., in-school, on-campus and virtual activities)
  • Monitoring of progress with respect to Widening Participation Committee’s objectives
    • Assessment and evaluation of programs
    • Data analysis and publication (for various audiences: e.g., scholarly publication, recruitment materials, public consumption)
  • Community partnership cultivation and development, including with:
    • Community organizations
    • Schools (elementary, secondary, post-secondary)
    • Sister schools (Faculties of Medicine and other health professional training programs)
  • Selection of recipient for the Class of 1985 Entrance Scholarship (at June meeting)

Procedure for Nominations

All nominations must be submitted online and include a few sentences describing the nominee’s interest and the contributions one believes they would bring to the committee. Submissions will be reviewed by the Faculty Council Nominating Committee, which in turn will make recommendations to the Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences, David Eidelman.

Please note that the deadline for submissions is Monday, September 12. Should you have questions about the nominating procedure, please do not hesitate to contact Leah Moss at For questions about the above-mentioned position or committee mandate, please contact Dr. Nicole Li-Jessen at

We look forward to receiving your nomination via this online form!

Best regards,

Leah Moss, PhDSenior Advisor, Office of the Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of Medicine and Health Scienceson behalf of the Faculty Council Nominating Committee