Equity Office

Equity Office
Equity Office

A new vision for the Human Rights and Equity Office at Queen’s

$1000 prize for the winner!

As many of you may have heard, the Human Rights Office and Equity Office have recently merged into one unit, the Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO). In celebration, we are revamping our online presence with the creation of a new website. The integration of our offices wouldn’t be complete without a logo that reflects the values that we hold so deeply.

We are inspired every day by the spirit of collaboration, which is why we are calling for artists and graphic designers to participate in a project to design our new logo. We are asking artists to draft an original idea of their interpretation/reflection of human rights and equity. We are looking for a piece that resonates with our community, and that represents the importance of principles such as Collaboration, Respect, Accountability and Integrity.

Interested artists can submit their proposals until March 10th, 2019 to equity@queensu.ca. The winner will be announced during the Human Rights and Equity Office Tri-Awards Celebration on March 19th, 2019. The individual or group that wins will receive a $1000 prize, and their art piece will be used as the Human Rights and Equity Office logo in different platforms, such as the website, social media, documents, and other branding elements.

If you are interested, please check the full details and call for submissions. Please feel free to forward this call to all your artistic friends and colleagues.


This competition is open to all members of Queen’s: students, staff, faculty and alumni, as well as any member of the broader community. Any individual or group that has an interest in Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility can submit a proposal.  Submissions may be from an individual or a group.

Contest Rules

  1. All entries must contain a logo rationale and a draft of the logo in PDF or Word Document format. We are looking for sketches of the proposed artwork instead of the final product.
  2. The rationale must explain the meaning and reasoning behind the logo, including the importance of Human Rights and Equity principles in your particular lived experiences. We are looking for artwork that reflects the Office’s commitment towards building a campus where all members can thrive and live their identities fully

    Format: PDF or Word document
    Length: 300-500 words
    Font: Calibri
    Font size : 12pt.

  3. Please include your visual representation of the HREO’s vision and core values:
    Vision: An inclusive community where the dignity and worth of every person is valued, respected and celebrated and where people are empowered to bring their best.
    Core Values: Collaboration, Respect, Accountability, Integrity,  Community Centered, Creativity and Innovation
  4. The artwork draft must contain the HREO official orange and at least two of the other official colours of the office:
  5. The new HREO logo must be consistent with, and inspired by, the current logos of the two units within of the office 

    The proposed logo cannot contain any of the Queen’s University trademarked logos or wordmarks.

  6. All entries must be submitted by email to equity@queensu.ca. You will receive a confirmation of receipt.

  7. Application deadline is March 10th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

  8. The winner will be announced on March 19th during the Tri-Awards Ceremony. The individual or group that is selected will be contacted by the Human Rights and Equity Office before the Tri-Awards event to arrange the public announcement. If the winner(s) is outside the Kingston area, a video conference will be organized.

  9. The winner will receive an honorarium of $1000 upon the completion of the final logo, which must be submitted in a professional format, to be agreed upon by both the artist and the HREO, by April 20th, 2019.

  10. Between March 20th and April 20th, the winning artist(s) will participate in review sessions with the HREO team to make any necessary adjustments before the final product is completed.

    DISCLAIMER: The HREO reserves the right not to select a winner should, in their sole discretion, there be no suitable entry, and, at that time, either to close the contest or reopen it to new entries.

Selection Criteria

A committee of five members, three members from the HREO and two community members. The committee will evaluate all submissions, taking into consideration which submission best reflects the spirit and core values of the office and the work we do from day-to-day.

The committee will take into consideration the rationale and the inspiration used to create the logo, as well as the diverse lived experiences of participants reflected in the artwork they produce. We actively encourage submissions from women, Indigenous/Aboriginal persons, racialized group members/visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ), and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.

Award Ceremony

The HREO has chosen to announce the winner of the logo contest at our Tri-Awards, an event where we celebrate the accomplishments of the Queen’s Community for their contributions and initiatives in the areas of human rights, accessibility and employment equity.  

  • The Steve Cutway Accessibility Award acknowledges the efforts of faculty, staff and students who demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, innovation and commitment to creating a learning and work environment in which persons with disabilities enjoy full participation.
  •  The Employment Equity Award recognizes the achievements of individuals, groups, or organizations that through their ongoing diligence and commitment, are going above and beyond legislated requirements or their institutional mandate, thereby helping Queen’s become a truly representative and inclusive workplace.
  • The Human Rights Initiative Award celebrates initiatives that have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of equality and human rights at Queen’s University

This ceremony will bring together the Queen’s community and celebrate the accomplishments of the award recipients.

Use Rights

The winning artist(s) allows the Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) to use their artwork for display, marketing purposes and agrees to have their work used in HREO presentations, press releases, articles, graphics, graphics, website presence and/or event materials.

The artist(s) further agrees that HREO can keep the logo in its file on a secure server and can display it in its communications. HREO will maintain a section on its website giving the appropriate credit to the winning artist with the rationale for the piece and any other detailed information about the logo that the artist might want to include.

The winning logo must be a unique piece created for the content and never used for any other purposes. No resale or exchange of images shall occur.

The winner(s) also agrees to sign a contract releasing the rights of the logo.