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Ethics, Wellness, Society & Civic Responsibilities

What Ethics, Society & Civic Responsibilities offers to Graduate Students

  • Encourages Graduate students to refine and develop skills that assist them in making sound judgements based on a solid grasp of ethical principles and practices
  • Strengthens graduate students understanding of professional codes of conduct and standards of practice in and beyond their own discipline
  • Emphasizes the transnational nature of both workplace and academic environments
  • Recognizes the importance of diversity and the increasing role of graduate students as global citizens

Benefits of Ethics, Society, & Civic Responsibilities for Graduate Students

  • Graduate students need information about ethical issues in situations involving: conflict of interest, authorship, copyright, and intellectual property in order to make sound decisions and judgements
  • Cultural competency requires learning about cultural identities and work styles, the values of inclusivity and how graduate students can foster a healthy, respectful and safe learning environment

Workshop Categories & Descriptions

Integrity & Intellectual Property

Integrity in Research & Academics (Fall)

Host Presenters: AVP, Research - Karina McInnis

Professionalism and leadership in graduate student research and in your subsequent career entails a strong understanding of ethical principles and the ability to apply these principles wisely and judiciously. Knowledge of professional codes of conduct and standards that are specific to your discipline and to the research world more broadly is essential. Such practical issues as managing conflict of interest, defining authorship in collaborative projects, ensuring confidentiality and protecting research participants will be explored in this workshop.


Intercultural Competencies Training

  • Intercultural Begins With You
  • Between cultures - it takes a skill or two
  • Measuring Your Intercultural Competence
  • Back to the Future

Indigenous Cultural Competency (Fall)

Host Presenters: Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre - Laura Maracle

Learners will gain a better understanding of the historical, political and cultural issues that impact the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Learners will understand the connection between the historical and current government practices and policies towards First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and the related impacts on their social determinants of health, access to health services and intergenerational health outcomes.

Learners will, through a process of self-reflection, identify, acknowledge and analyze their own cultural values or considered emotional responses to the many diverse histories, cultures, world views, values, and contemporary events relating to First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis people.

Kairos Blanket Exercise - October 18, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Gordon Hall - Career Services Workshop Room 302

Host Presenters: Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre - Laura Maracle

How do you “unlearn” a story that you thought was the truth your whole life?

The Kairos Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on the Aboriginal Peoples – which recommended education on Canadian-indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in on a one and half hour participatory workshop.


By engaging on an emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy and encourages collaboration.

Religious Literacy (Winter)

Host Presenter: The Chaplain's Office, Kate Johnson

Religious Literacy workshop: In an age where a fast-growing number of Canadian citizens identify their religious identification as “none”, religion still plays a significant role in our society. For better or worse, religion impacts politics, social policy, workplace, family and social interactions. This workshop will give participants a very high level overview of the Canadian religious landscape and the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on that landscape. Participants are welcome to bring specific questions (or even better submit them in advance) so that Chaplain Kate Johnson can speak to your desired learning outcomes. This workshop is relevant for anyone planning a career that deals with the general public in a government or business setting as well as those aspiring to management.

Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Training(Winter)

Host Presenter: Claire Gummol, SGPS

Using an intersectional, community-based approach, Bystander Intervention Training Sessions give students, faculty, and staff the tools needed to recognize and respond to sexual violence. Facilitated by the Division of Student Affairs, the programming is administered by a trained team of undergraduate and graduate student leaders.


Setting the Tone for Inclusivity in the Classroom(Winter)

Host Presenter: Dr Erin Clow, Queen's Human Rights Office

The topic of inclusivity in the classroom will be explored interactively in this scenario-based workshop. Drawing examples from several forms of marginalization, we will share practical tips and tools for interrupting privilege and creating a more inclusive environment. It is the goal of this session that attendees will leave with practical, implementable ideas and resources that will aid in setting the tone for inclusivity in the classroom .

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Stress Management 1: Understanding Stress, Finding Perspective

Host Presenter: TBD

The experience of stress involves body, mind, values, goals, support systems, and life circumstances. Learn about how these factors work together to create the experience of stress, finding new perspectives for the times in life when we feel stressed out. 

Stress Management 2: Our Bodies, Our Emotions

Host Presenter: TBD

Muscle tension, headaches, loss of appetite, sleepless nights – all of these can be part of the stress experience. In this interaction workshop we will explore the relationship between our bodies and our emotions while practicing strategies to find balance within ourselves

Stress Management 3: Calming the Chaos

Host Presenter: TBD

Got too much on your plate? Chronically feeling behind schedule? Pulled in too many directions? Grad school brings personal and academic challenges, and challenges can bring stress. In this workshop we discuss strategies for finding balance amidst the chaos of life. 

Getting Unstuck: How to Find Motivation

Host Presenter: TBD

Feeling guilty about that latest Netflix binge? Can’t bring yourself to keep going on a big project? There’s hope. It’s time to leave behind the self-criticism and to figure out how you can find the motivation you need to meet your goals. 

Speaker Series

Details to come


Volunteering on campus or within the Kingston community can be credited to your Expanding Horizons certificate under the theme "Ethics, Society & Civic Responsibilities". Proof must be provided and it must be for a minimum of 4 hours.

The following three courses can be credited to your Expanding Horizons certificate under the theme "Ethics, society & civic responsibilities". Proof must be provided.

  • SGS 804 - CORE online course on research ethics or GREB research ethics proposal and approval
  • First Aid (Environmental Health and Safety)
  • WHMS Safety (Environmental Health and Safety or Depart./lab)