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Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

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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.


Intellectual Property: Why you should be energised! (Fall)

Host Presenters: PARTEQ - Angela Lyon & Jason Hendry

An interactive presentation by a registered patent agent will provide an overview of several hurdles faced when patenting an invention in Canada, the U.S. and internationally.  Issues such as novelty, non-obviousness, utility, and freedom-to-operate will be described with examples.  An opportunity to search three different on-line national patent databases will be provided for those who bring a laptop along.   A second speaker, who is an experienced commercialization professional, will describe routes to commercialization including licensing, forming a start-up company, and how to attract grants and investors.


Human Ethics Workshop - How to complete, submit and manage a Health Sciences Research Ethics Board  (HSREB) Certification (Winter)

Host Presenters: Ingrid Gagnon (TRAQ training coordinator) & Anthony Wright (Ethics Compliance Advisor)

If your research project, whether funded or not, involves human participants, then you must receive ethics approval from one of the Human Ethics boards at Queen’s prior to the start of your project. In this workshop, participants will learn to access, complete, submit, and manage their HSREB Certification.


Human Ethics Workshop - How to complete, submit and manage a General Research Ethics Board  (GREB) Certification (Winter)

Host Presenters: Ingrid Gagnon (TRAQ training coordinator) & Anthony Wright (Ethics Compliance Advisor)

If your research project, whether funded or not, involves human participants, then you must receive ethics approval from one of the Human Ethics boards at Queen’s prior to the start of your project. In this workshop, participants will learn to access, complete, submit, and manage their HSREB Certification.

Intercultural

Intercultural Competencies I: Intercultural Begins With You (Fall & Winter)

Host Presenters: QUIC - Alison Cumming & Susan Anderson

Participants will learn the significance of culture in forming an individual's world view and specifically in communication styles. They will become familiar with some dimensions of intercultural competence for success in multicultural environments.


Intercultural Competencies II: Measuring Your Intercultural Competence (Fall & Winter)

Host Presenters: QUIC - Alison Cumming & Susan Anderson

The IDI is a 50-question online survey that measures intercultural sensitivity based on the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS). In the session, we will use this tool to help participants understand their own intercultural sensitivity, as a group and as individuals; they will also learn how they can increase their sensitivity and become more effective in their intercultural interactions.


Indigenous Cultural Competency (Winter)

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.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Stress Management 1: Understanding Stress, Finding Perspective (Fall)

Host Presenter: - Ashley Vanstone (Student Wellness)

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 (Fall)

Host Presenter:  Ashley Vanstone (Student Wellness)

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 (Fall)

Host Presenter: - Ashley Vanstone (Student Wellness)

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 (Fall)

Host Presenter:  - Ashley Vanstone (Student Wellness)

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

Other courses that can be credited towards your certificate

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)

NB: Documented volunteering on campus or within the Kingston community (minimum 4 hours work) can also be accredited.