For the year 2012, the Employment Equity Award went to Dr. Mark Green. Mark served for 8 years as the Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Council for Queen’s University. During his tenure he was effective in raising awareness of Aboriginal student issues and was involved in many initiatives that enhanced the climate here at Queen’s for Aboriginal students, staff, and faculty.
Mark was instrumental in bringing the Aboriginal Access to Engineering Program to Queen’s in 2011, the only program of its kind in Ontario. This program enables students of Aboriginal ancestry to pursue an education in engineering by offering academic and person support to Indigenous engineering students, as well as outreach to high school students. This program has enabled Queen’s to recruit Aboriginal faculty and staff to the Faculty of Applied Science.
His work is reflective of his determination to eliminate barriers and see more Aboriginal students access post-secondary education and attend Queen’s.