McMaster’s Queer Students Community Centre is an established safe space on campus. This MSU organization offers a variety of services and activities in support of the queer community and their allies at McMaster. QSCC has the only GLBT* library/resource center in the Hamilton area and is extensive with more that 600 books on a variety of topics. Their volunteers are trained in 1-on-1 peer support, and they also host weekly newcomer meetings, a safe and confidential space in support of students who are just coming out. The QSCC also work closely with the Silhouette and SHEC on projects such as “Sex and the Steel City” and sharing of resources.
In addition, the QSCC volunteers work very hard to make students feel less isolated by running social events, participating in pride week and promoting an inclusive community at McMaster. They support positive space training and want to continue to improve the first year experience by setting a tone regarding an inclusive community, ensuring appropriate action is taken against homophobia or discrimination, and preventing issues from arising by educating students. Their Ally program is an awareness campaign for people who support the queer community, and they currently have a poster campaign running that you can participate in!
The QSCC is a great service that can assist you in supporting GLBT* students as a great referral and by developing a more inclusive community! Check out the QSCC website for more information on their services and how to get involved!
Hey McMaster RLS!
Make sure that you check eRezLife and emails from your Residence Manager to nominate staff in your building, area team, and across RLS for recognition at our end of year banquet.
Who has made an impact on your staff team?
Who has been crucial to fostering community throughout your building?
Who has been a model staff member for the rest of Residence Life this year?
Make sure you take time to recognize the greatness in your midst by submitting nominations by April 5!
We want to know what needs to change for next year’s Residence Life Staff to make greater use of the PRO Shops!
Join us tomorrow for snacks and discussion to brainstorm what can change in the PRO to make the spaces must-visit locations for McMaster RLS!
Drop in at the NQ PRO on Friday, March 23 from noon to 1pm.
Share your ideas and grab a freezie! YUM!
Drop in at the WQ PRO on Friday, March 23 from 5pm to 6pm.
Share your ideas and have some popcorn! YUM!
Write on the graffiti boards posted in either PRO Shop when you have a moment over the next week and let us know how to…
GET THEM TO THE PRO!
Register for all 8 and get a discount!
Wed April 11 4:30pm Catherine Woodrich Studio W203,
Thurs April 12 5:00pm Kerri Boyd Studio W203,
Fri April 13 12:30pm Catherine Woodrich Rose Hill Studio,
Tues April 17 5:00pm Kerri Boyd Studio W203,
Wed April 18 4:30pm Catherine Woodrich Studio W203,
Thurs April 19 5:00pm Kerri Boyd Studio W203,
Fri April 20 12:30pm Catherine Woodrich Rose Hill Studio
For more information contact the
Recreation Business Office WG 101 ext 24464
Psychologists have determined that while people can only hold a few things in short term memory, no matter how long a list of items is, people will always remember the first and last things. Ask your students if they remember Welcome Week and I’m positive they will be able to give you story after story about the amazing time they had. Ask your students what they did last night and they will be able to tell you how they got so bored studying for their midterm that they played Tetris for three hours. But ask your students what they did the first week of November, or the third week of January and I guarantee that they will not be able to tell you a whole lot.
Now you may be thinking, “So what?! Does this have to do with anything?” and the answer to that is, yes! Your students already have (or hopefully have) great memories from Welcome Week, so provide them with some great memories to remember the end of the year by! Obviously exams, nervousness and stress may take over your students during April, but that is no excuse to just let your community fade out into summer. There is no doubt this will be difficult to accomplish, but it will be that much more rewarding for you, and your students. Some challenges that you will face include; working around your final assignments and exams, your students’ final assignments and exams, stress, and lack of participation exam season brings.
From personal experience, while I can say this may seem like a daunting task, it actually is not very frightening. The only challenging aspect of aiming to have your community go out in a bang is being able to manage your time effectively and efficiently. For example, always take care of yourself first. Just as airplane attendants always remind you to put your oxygen mask on first before helping others, you must remind yourself to put aside enough time to study for all your exams or complete all of your assignments, before spending leisure time with others. Another example would be to schedule breaks efficiently. Instead of watching four episodes of the Big Bang Theory or spending two hours surfing the web as a break, plan an experience for your students and then take that time as a break from studying!
Lastly, while it may be hard to top a week’s worth of events and awesome experiences, there are a lot of things you can do in residence that are just as fun. You could have a chocolate fondue party where students are awarded prizes for the weirdest/craziest/grossest things dipped in chocolate and then eaten. You could play a board game such as cranium, where even though students may be taking a break, they are still keeping their minds active. You could have a floor dinner trip to Centro/Bistro just to drag students out of their rooms/study spaces and into the light of day. Whatever you choose to do, approach the experience with a lot of energy, positivity, and enthusiasm. Remember that your students will remember their first and last experiences in residence the best.
How do you want to be remembered?
By: Marten Kaas
Another amazing classic rock music bulletin board by CA Rameeshay on the 7th Floor of Brandon Hall. This passive features the “most dangerous band” Guns n’ Roses.
Eating healthy can be difficult. Eating healthy in residence can be difficult all the time.
This board from the 6th Floor Bandon CAs identifies 5 easy steps to healthy eating. The 5 Ws? More like 5 Wins.
Catherine Maybrey, the Alumni Career Coach from McMaster University’s Student Success Centre who led our PPDP session on the transferability of the Community Advisor experience, invited staff to come to one of the many drop-in workshops that are hosted at the Student Success Centre.
Resume & Cover Letter Drop-in - Tues (final year & grad students) 1:30-4 weekly
Resume & Cover LetterDrop-in - Wed (all years & alumni) 1:30-4 weekly
Resume & Cover Letter Drop-in - Thurs (final year) 1:30-4 weekly
If you have any questions or want to book an appointment to have your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIN profile reviewed and critiqued, Catherine is happy to help answer your questions.
Catherine Maybrey, the Alumni Career Coach from McMaster University’s Student Success Centre who led our PPDP session on the transferability of the Community Advisor experience, suggested taking a look at the above link for LinkedIN tips!
McMaster RLS: If you are planning on using LinkedIN, please take time to think back to August Training and your digital footprint. Use an approach that is consistent with your other social media interactions and talk to your RM if you have any questions!
Catherine Maybrey, the Alumni Career Coach from McMaster University’s Student Success Centre who led our PPDP session on the transferability of the Community Advisor experience, suggested taking a look at the above link for resume tips!
Catherine Maybrey, the Alumni Career Coach from McMaster University’s Student Success Centre who led our PPDP session on the transferability of the Community Advisor experience, suggested taking a look at the above link for cover letter tips!