Community initiatives

McMaster is committed to working with our community and there are many programs that have faculty, students and staff working with youth in the Hamilton area to help create pathways for students who may not otherwise see university as an option for them. These are just a few of the many examples of McMaster’s leadership in the community:

Three days at McMaster to show prospective students the pathway to university – Sixty Grade 7 students spend time on campus learning that university is well within their reach.

McMaster hosts second annual leadership summit for women – McMaster and the Hamilton YWCA teamed up for the second annual Leadership Summit for Women.

The Children and Youth University program – Free, monthly lectures for students 7-14 years of age.

Discovery program opens avenues between community and university – The Discovery Program brings together Hamiltonians from diverse backgrounds for an educational experience that might otherwise have seemed inaccessible.

Living with our land – A team of McMaster students traveled to Six Nations in Ohsweken, Ont. to learn more about Aboriginal culture, values and beliefs in relation to the natural environment in Southern Ontario.

Ice road recruiters – A group of college and university recruiters travelled more than 1,000 km to the west coast of James Bay to meet with students in Moose Factory, Moosonee, Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Attawapiskat.

Signs of hope to address local poverty – The McMaster Community Poverty Initiative hosted the in-depth panel discussion, “Signs of Hope: Working in the Community to Reduce Poverty”

Digging to the core with Hamilton youth – Discover a young person’s passion and bring together existing opportunities to help him or her learn – that’s the focus of Community Organizations Reaching Everyone.

Not your typical high school classroom – Grade 12 students work on a project that will help them earn University credits.

Powwow welcomes first nations students to McMaster – Each year the McMaster First Nations Student Association hosts a welcoming powwow outside of the John Hodgins Engineering Building.

Rama Singh asks ‘Why Mac Peace Week?’ – McMaster Peace Week: A week-long celebration of peace-related events, associated with the annual Gandhi Peace Festival.