Equity Office

Equity Office
Equity Office

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If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our contact details are:

The Equity Office
B513 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2563
E-mail: equity@queensu.ca

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Our Staff


Irène Bujara

Stephanie Simpson - Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion)

ss33@queensu.ca - ext. 75194

Stephanie has worked in Human Rights Office since 1996.  In 2018, she became the Director of both the Human Rights and Equity Offices. She holds an M.Ed degree and has studied how racism and processes of racialization affect youth in smaller urban centres such as Kingston.  She currently represents Queen's on the Kingston Immigration Partnership Operations Committee Council.  To schedule a meeting with Stephanie please contact Jill Christie at jjc@queensu.ca


Jill ChristieJill Christie - Manager, Data and Administration

jjc@queensu.ca - ext. 78940

Jill Christie is the Manager, Data and Administration in the Equity Office and has worked in the office since 2003. The majority of her time is spent preparing detailed reports as well as routine reporting and analysis to facilitate decision making and strategic planning of employment equity at Queen's. She administers the data systems that provide statistical profiles pertaining to the Federal Contractors Program (FCP), the QUFA Collective Agreement and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Jill also performs office supervision and planning duties which includes the coordination of the Senate Educational Equity Committee (SEEC).


Erin Clow - Education and Communication Advisor

erin.clow@queensu.ca - ext. 75260

Erin Clow is the Education and Communication Advisor for both the Equity and Human Rights Offices. She is responsible for the implementation of training and communication strategies relating to equity and human rights. Erin holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Studies from Queen's University, a Master of Arts degree in Canadian and Indigenous Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Women Studies and Political Studies from Trent University.


Meri Diamond

Meri Diamond - Administrative Coordinator

diamondm@queensu.ca - ext 32563

Meri Diamond is the Administrative Coordinator at the Equity Office and has worked in the Office since 2005. As the front line person, she is responsible for fielding inquiries made to the office as well as assisting with any questions that may arise. She prepares facilitators for monthly equity training workshops required by the Faculty Collective Agreement. She also administers the I Count Queen's Equity Census process to all new employees and administers Faculty Appointments Process.


Heidi Penning

Heidi Penning - Equity Advisor

heidi.penning@queensu.ca - ext. 79338

Heidi Penning is an Equity Advisor and contributes to the oversight function of the Equity Office regarding the University's compliance and commitment to achieving equity throughout the Queen's community. She holds a Professional Masters Degree in Public Administration from Queen's University. Heidi brings with her over a decade of experience about the way that public policy, human behaviour, and community realities intersect to create sustainable and positive change for equity-seeking groups so they can live, work and play with dignity in their communities.


Andrew Ashby

Andrew Ashby - Accessibility Coordinator

ashby@queensu.ca - ext. 75734

Andrew Ashby is the Accessibility Coordinator, who is responsible for the coordination of accessibility initiatives throughout the University, including those initiatives stemming from the requirements of the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). He works collaboratively within the Queen's community to provide skills and services that will ensure a coordinated approach to accessibility. Andrew also maintains the Accessibility Hub at Queen's. The Accessibility Hub, a central online resource for accessibility at Queen's. As a person living with a disability himself, he fully appreciates the significance of being able to work and learn at Queen's in a way that takes into account dignity, independence, integration, and equality of opportunity. Andrew's office is located in the Adaptive Technology Centre, Stauffer Library.


Greg Nacu

Greg Naçu - Application Developer

gwbn@queensu.ca - ext. 32563

Greg Naçu is responsible for creating new online applications, maintaining and updating existing applications, for the Equity Office. Greg also provides technical support and database administration services to the Equity Office staff.


Candace Parsons

Candace Parsons - Multimedia & e-Learning Support Analyst

candace.parsons@queensu.ca - ext. 79576

Candace Parsons is responsible for researching, identifying, testing and implementing educational technologies to facilitate and enhance learning. Candace is also responsible for handles the creation and set up of course content  including audio, video, and graphical materials for e-learning offered by Equity Office.  


Vanessa Yzaguirre

Vanessa Yzaguirre – Special Projects Officer

vcyr@queensu.ca - ext. 75396

Vanessa holds a B.A in Media and Communications from Universidad Central de Venezuela and an M.A in Gender Studies from Queen’s University. She is responsible for working collaboratively with academic and/or administrative units to implement diversity and equity strategies using the Diversity and Equity Assessment and Planning (DEAP) Tool and Cyclical Program Reviews Process. Vanessa also coordinates the Queen’s Human Rights Legislation Group, and delivers training sessions on employment and/or educational equity-informed initiatives and practices.