Dear Colleagues,

Further to our recent call for members to join the Widening Participation Committee (WPC), three of the four representatives have been successfully identified; however, we continue to seek the following:

Representative #2: One faculty member from the school of medicine who conducts research, to represent the medical research perspective. We are looking for an individual who has a demonstrated interest in the dismantling of barriers to recruit students from underrepresented communities to health professional research.

The WPC term of representation is three (3) years, renewable once. Meetings are held four times per year for two hours. Efforts will be made to accommodate members at a distance through tele or video-conferencing.

Members will be expected to advise and lend their perspectives to discussions about equity and diversity issues within the Faculty of Medicine, which may include participating in widening participation and health outreach programs development.

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, David Eidelman.

Please note that the deadline for submissions is November 23, 2018. Should you have questions about the nominating procedure, please do not hesitate to contact Demetra Kafantaris at

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


About the WPC

The Widening Participation Committee is mandated by the Faculty of Medicine’s Office of Social Accountability and Community Engagement 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. The Committee shall make recommendations regarding best practices for promoting diversity, equity and inclusiveness in student recruitment, including the dismantling of unnecessary barriers to health professional education and training. The full Terms of Reference for the WPC is accessible online.

For questions about the above mentioned position, or work of the Widening Participation Committee, please contact Sameer Zuberi at

Best regards,

Demetra Kafantaris, MBA

Senior Advisor, Office of the Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of Medicine

on behalf of the Faculty Council Nominating Committee


November 9, 2018