Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Equity Studies.  My name is Merle Jacobs. You will be joining a unique Department which brings together students such as you who are passionate about social justice and professors who are actively engaged in socially relevant research that contributes both to academic scholarship and to communities beyond the University.

You are a very important part of our department and we look forward to meeting you and providing you with opportunities to achieve your academic goals. On our website you will learn about your program, what to look forward to in your first year and your course requirements.

Our staff are tremendously important—they are your point of first contact with the Department. Lorraine Hislop is our receptionist and does some program information as well, while Mavis Griffin is our Program Assistant—there is nothing about our courses and programs that she does not know.  Diana Sargla is our administrative assistant; she does almost everything that keeps the department afloat.  All three of them are your point of first contact in the Department. Maggie Quirt, our Undergraduate Program Director, is there if you need to talk to her about your program or if issues arise in your classes or you are dealing with personal issues.  Finally, when the university opens, I will be in the office regularly. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me.

We realize that during these difficult times with COVID, you cannot meet with us until the university opens. When it does, I look forward to meeting you in our department socials, which we will hold as soon as the university re-opens.  As you make new friends, you will study with celebrated authors, and award-winning teachers and you will be pursuing a degree that is one of the most in-demand by employers.

We welcome you to our DES family! We all are here to help you and make your journey at York enriching, exciting and successful.