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Distinguished Service Award recipients announced

This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Service Award include three faculty members and three staff members.

Inaugurated by University Council in 1974, this award recognizes individuals who have made the university a better place through their extraordinary contributions.

The 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award are:

  • Judith Brown: Queen’s alumna and long-time staff member in the Office of Advancement, retiring in 2017 as associate vice-principal and executive director of alumni relations and annual giving, and relationship manager for Alfred and Isabel Bader.
  • Irène Bujara: Queen’s staff member since 1992 and current university advisor on equity and human rights, with responsibilities for compliance related to the Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and Federal Contractor’s Program. 
  • Albert Clark: Professor emeritus and former associate dean (Research) in medicine and health sciences, and founder and current chair of Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (1991 to present).
  • Janice Hill: Current director of the Four Directors Aboriginal Student Centre and diligent advocate for Indigenous students at Queen’s and in the Kingston community.
  • Terry Krupa: Queen’s faculty member since 1989 and current associate director, research and post-professional programs in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy with a focus on the quality of life and community inclusion for those living with mental illness.
  • Hok-Lin Leung: Faculty member at Queen’s since 1979, founder and director of the China Projects Office, and founder of the Asia-Pacific Ambassadors’ Forum, focused on sharing ideas and perspectives from the academic community on ideas related to human rights, immigration, and international agencies.

The Distinguished Service Award will be presented at the University Council Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 4. Ticket information will be available in late summer. 

Questions about the Distinguished Service Award and the University Council Dinner can be directed to the University Secretariat at ucouncil@queensu.ca or 613-533-6095.   

Tom Harris to step down as VP (Advancement)

Principal Daniel Woolf announced today that Tom Harris will be stepping down from his position as vice-principal of Advancement effective June 30, 2018.

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VP Tom Harris will remain with Advancement until June 30, 2018.

“Tom has been an exceptional member of Queen’s senior leadership team and I thank him for everything he has accomplished in the past eight years at Advancement,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “He and his team poured a tremendous amount of effort and enthusiasm into the Queen’s Initiative Campaign, successfully surpassing the half-billion-dollar goal. The university community will benefit for years to come from Tom’s hard work and dedication. I wish him all the very best in his next endeavours.”

Vice-Principal Harris graduated from Queen’s with a Bachelor of Science in 1975 and returned in 1986 as a faculty member and Queen’s National Scholar in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He was department head before serving as dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science from 1996 to 2007.

Benefactor support reached $640 million in the Initiative Campaign, which began in 2006. More than 60,000 donors, 35,000 of them alumni, contributed to the campaign. The funds support numerous university programs and initiatives, including scholarships and bursaries, new learning spaces, and enhancements to existing classrooms, libraries, and labs. Fundraising efforts through Advancement over the past few years will also support the construction of the new Innovation and Wellness Centre, slated to open in fall 2018.

“When I arrived at Queen’s as an Engineering undergraduate in the fall of 1971, I could not have imagined the twists and turns my career path would take. And I certainly did not anticipate that I would spend eight fulfilling years at Summerhill,” says VP Harris. “It has been a privilege to serve the university in this position. More than just a privilege, it has been an education – one that rivals the education I received here as a student so many years ago.”

VP Harris will remain with Advancement until June 30, 2018, at which point he’ll make a return to research and to the Department of Chemical Engineering.


Super soldier conference a super success

Military, security, and political leaders from around the world came to Kingston to discuss what opportunities are on the horizon to enhance the performance of our soldiers, and the impact these initiatives could have on the members of the armed forces.

The 12th annual Kingston Conference on International Security (KCIS), held June 12-14, attracted 138 representatives from a variety of sectors to consider the topic of enhancing military performance. Notable attendees included representatives of NATO Defense College (Rome), various divisions of the U.S. army and navy, government representatives from countries such as China and Latvia, and academics from multiple American universities to name a few. The Canadian Armed Forces were also well represented, with Lt. Gen. Christine Whitecross, Maj. Gen. Michael Rouleau, Maj. Gen. Wayne Eyre, Maj. Gen. Simon Hetherington, Brig. Gen. Greg Smith, as well as several retired generals attending.

“The goal of the conference was to examine how best to advance military performance to maintain a competitive advantage, while not losing sight of the ethical, social, and policy implications of these enhancements,” says Stéfanie von Hlatky, Director of the Queen's Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) and assistant professor of political studies. “In essence, our approach to this puzzle was to make the case for thinking more broadly about the enhancement of performance, or rather to put the human back into human performance. This approach was taken because we recognized that policymakers and practitioners continue to pursue the latest in military gadgets and technology to reduce limitations, ease burdens, or push the mind and body to the limit, yet they tend to overlook how these enhancements interact with social and cultural environments, which is instrumental for the achievement of successful operational outcomes.”

The conference program was designed to achieve a balance – looking at the physical, technological, and cognitive implications of human enhancement, as well as the social, ethical, and even emotional implications. The point of the conference was not to halt the development of innovative technologies that can improve capabilities or force protection, but to engage in critical analysis to pre-empt any unforeseen counterproductive effects, Dr. von Hlatky explains.

Feedback from both long-time and new attendees was overwhelmingly positive, with respondents highlighting the panel presentations, networking dinner, and final keynote. Several attendees said they were already looking forward to the next one.

KCIS is a partnership between the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen's University; the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre; the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College; and the NATO Defense College, Rome. To learn more about the conference, visit the KCIS website.

Indigenous perspectives: National Aboriginal Day, Canada 150

On National Aboriginal Day, student Taylor Bluhm can be found with her home community in Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford, gathering with friends and family in a park for singing, dancing, and feasting.

The Whispering Wind Drum Group performed a traditional honour song during the special Senate meeting at Queen's in March that helped mark the university's 175th anniversary. At the meeting, Principal Daniel Woolf spoke about the university’s commitment to building good relations with Aboriginal Peoples and creating meaningful change on campus. (Photo by Garrett Elliott)

“National Aboriginal Day is very significant to me – it’s so nice that my people have a day to celebrate our successes,” says Ms. Bluhm, a third-year Nursing student who is Upper Mohawk and, beginning in the fall, will work with the Alma Mater Society as deputy commissioner of Indigenous affairs, taking over from Lauren Winkler (Artsci’17).

“To me, every day should be Aboriginal Day, and I really hope that one day Aboriginal Day can be a real holiday where people can take off work and school to celebrate it properly,” she says.

Janice Hill, Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, and Marlene Brant Castellano, Elder and Co-chair, Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, will also celebrate today with their home community – in Tyendinaga, west of Kingston, where cultural events generally focus on the Mohawk language, celebrating local talent, and engaging children and youth. This year there is a 5K Fun Run, a parade, a play performed by children of the community based on Mohawk cultural traditions, and, of course, food.

Kingston celebrations
Every year, National Aboriginal Day celebrations take place downtown Kingston. Today’s celebrations run from 11 am until 2 pm in front of Old City Hall on Ontario St. Festivities include dancing, storytelling, music, traditional food, and children’s activities.

“It’s a community gathering – a day to be together with family and friends,” says Ms. Hill, mentioning that the day was formerly called National Aboriginal Solidarity Day, chosen by the Assembly of First Nations. In 1996, the Canadian government announced, in cooperation with Indigenous organizations, that June 21 would be called National Aboriginal Day. (Prime Minister Trudeau announced today that the government intends to rename the day National Indigenous Peoples Day.)

Dr. Brant Castellano says, in past years, themes at Tyendinaga have emphasized solidarity with children in the broader Aboriginal community, joining petitions, and writing letters to the Prime Minister.

“Aboriginal Day makes an important contribution to community spirit and education for civic participation,” she says. “I would love to see that spirit represented more strongly in our neighbouring communities, recognizing that Aboriginal heritage is a pillar of Canadian heritage.”

With Aboriginal Day falling so close to Canada Day, Dr. Brant Castellano proposes the idea of a 10-day heritage festival – a national event “looking forward to our shared future and building on the best of our shared past.”

Canada Day and Canada 150 celebrations

Taylor Bluhm and fellow Queen's students Nicole Enge and Billie Kearns take part in a solidarity walk in Toronto in October 2016. (Supplied photo) 

This year’s Canada 150 celebrations have filtered into a lot of conversations, says Ms. Hill, who doesn’t celebrate Canada Day and is frustrated by the focus on the 150th anniversary.

“Our history on this land goes back a lot longer than 150 years – I’ve heard Indigenous people say there should be three more zeros on the end of that number,” she says. “Canada 150 carries a lot of baggage and it raises a lot of issues for a lot of people. What are Canadians celebrating? That would be my question. I don’t know what there is to celebrate.”

Ms. Hill notes that with the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report, there has been a lot of focus on reconciliation, but she asks, “What does that even mean? What does reconciliation look like for Canadians? It’s a very troubling history for many of us as Indigenous people.

“I’ve heard many people from Indigenous nations say that reconciliation talks are about making something good that has gone bad, that was good and needs to be repaired. But in many people’s eyes, there never was a good relationship. So how do you reconcile? You have to really begin.”

At the centre of all the conversations, Ms. Hill says, are relationships and relationship-building. “We have to live together – we’re relatives, we’re neighbours, peers, colleagues, friends, family, and there are all these different intricacies to the relationships. But we have to have right and good relationships that are based on truth – and for that to happen, people have to understand our true history.”

Ms. Bluhm says she’ll attend some Canada Day events such as fireworks and little festivals (Ms. Hill says she and her family go to fireworks, too), but not with the intention of celebrating Canada Day. Her family always taught her to be respectful of other people’s celebrations, and Canada Day is no exception.

"We have to have right and good relationships that are based on truth – and for that to happen, people have to understand our true history."
​~ Janice Hill, member of the Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation, Director, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

But, she would like people to be aware of a few things. “I would like people to understand that yes, Canada may be 150 years old, but Aboriginal people have been around for many more years – hence why we are called First Nations people, because we were the first people on the land. I would like people to understand how lucky they are to have a long weekend to celebrate Canada Day and most people are able to get it off work.

“I would hope that one day National Aboriginal Day can be more significant for my people and even non-Aboriginal people. I believe that the treaties made many years ago need to be honoured, and with that this day should be a more memorable day. It is young people like me and even the generation younger that need to carry out these traditions because one day my elders will not be here, and it is up to us to become the new role models.”

Making campus family friendly

Nursing students promote safe, child-friendly spaces.

Three Queen’s students are striving to make the local campus a more inclusive space for parents and caregivers attending the university.

Alina Leffler, Laura Kuikman and Andrew Ma (NSc’17), working under the supervision of Katie Goldie and Alicia Papanicolaou (Nursing) have developed the Queen’s University Child Friendly Campus (QUCFC) Initiative as part of their community health training.

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Working on the Queen's University Child Friendly Campus Initiative are Andrew Ma, Laura Kuikman and Alina Leffler.

The project builds on the success of nursing students Kyrinne Lockhart (NSc’16) and Rachel Hannigan (NSc’16) who created a network of three breastfeeding spaces on campus last year.

“I heard a lot about the project from other students and wanted to get involved,” says Ms. Kuikman. “It was important for me to be a part of this. There is a concern that if no safe space is available parents could stop breastfeeding early. Pumping is also a challenge.”

The QUCFC features a number of new resources for parents on campus and the three students worked for months to conceptualize, build and deliver the initiative. They walked the entire campus and surveyed every washroom for access to change tables; they created a new website with a list of online resources for parents and caregivers, created a Facebook page to establish an online support system and created a survey which will help them and the next group of students to gather information to assess the needs of the campus community more efficiently.

“We explored campus for change tables and were surprised by what we found,” says Ms. Leffler.

Also included on the website is a map of all baby change tables and breastfeeding locations on campus. Each breastfeeding-friendly space has quiet, clean and sanitary spaces identified by common signage, comfortable seating, electrical outlets, and a nearby washroom.

“We have a number of people that need to bring children to campus for various reasons,” says Mr. Ma. “This effort will help bring a collective voice to support positive change for this group which has often gone unnoticed.”

With their part of the project completed, the three students are hoping to bring the information to the attention of university administration. A number of new buildings are being completed on campus and there are strict building code rules including the need for a universal washroom and adult-size change tables.

“These students did great work and have hopefully brought some change to campus,” says Dr. Goldie. “This fall, the next group will use the information from our survey and continue moving the project forward. We’d like parents on campus to rally together and join this initiative to have their voices heard and needs met.”

New members elected to University Council

Queen’s alumni have elected 10 new representatives to University Council.

The successful candidates are:

  • Greg Frankson
  • ​John Frezell
  • Anjali Helferty
  • Cathy Matthews
  • Tka Pinnock
  • ​Kathy Pritchard
  • ​Julia Reid
  • Chu Wang
  • ​Kate Wilson
  • Tom Woodhall

An online vote for the 10 four-year term positions was held June 5-19. The term begins Sept. 1, 2017.

Previously, Jonathan Cescon was acclaimed to a one-year term position (2017-18).

Established by statute in 1874, University Council serves as an advisory body to the university. Members provide advice on issues relating to the prosperity and well-being of Queen’s. The council’s responsibilities include the appointment of the chancellor and the election of six members to the Board of Trustees.

Biographical sketches of the successful candidates are available online at the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.

For more information visit the University Council webpage.

Questions can be directed to the University Secretariat at 613-533-6095 or email.

Building a strong foundation

  • Roger Billings, an external consultant, and Shannon Hill, Learning and Development Specialist, Human Resources, are the co-instructors for the Queen's Foundational Leadership Program. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
    Roger Billings, an external consultant, and Shannon Hill, Learning and Development Specialist, Human Resources, are the co-instructors for the Queen's Foundational Leadership Program. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • One of the six teams taking part in the Queen's Foundational Leadership Program make their final presentation at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
    One of the six teams taking part in the Queen's Foundational Leadership Program make their final presentation at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • One of the six teams taking part in the Queen's Foundational Leadership listen to a question from a panel member during their final presentation. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
    One of the six teams taking part in the Queen's Foundational Leadership listen to a question from a panel member during their final presentation. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)

By taking part in the Queen’s Foundational Leadership Program managers from across the university gain advanced management training and leadership development through learning outcomes including best practices in management, communication and coaching skills and strengthening employee engagement.

However, just as important are the connections and relationships formed through the 18-month program, explains Shannon Hill, Learning and Development Specialist, Human Resources.

“Developing professional networks is crucial to successful leadership,” she says “It is in addition to, but not in a secondary way, to the content of the curriculum. That was one of the reasons we designed the program as multi-departmental, multi-grade level, multi-position, creating as much diversity as we could.”

The latest cohort drew participants from across the university from Physical Plant Services to the Faculty of Law, from Campus Security and Emergency Services to Financial Services.

The comprehensive program helps managers develop their leadership and management skills through 14 full-day classroom sessions. Applying the skills they develop in class, the participants form teams and develop a project that supports an aspect of the university’s strategic framework. They presented their work to a panel of senior university administrators during their graduation event at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on May 26.

For Roger Billings, an external consultant and co-instructor for the program with Ms. Hill, it is always interesting to see how each participant develops, from the first session to the final presentations.

“The presentations were remarkable. The reason I say that is because there’s personal and professional growth that occurs over the 18 months,” he says. “We all know what a struggle it is to get prepared properly, get up here and face your colleagues and do what most of us fear, and that’s speaking in front of others. For these folks to be able to do that and do it well, and rehearse and prepare, I have to tip my hat to them. They have really come an enormous way.”

For Marie McCarron, Clinical Services Manager at the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC), the skills she learned through the Foundational Leadership Program have had an immediate impact.

“My management style and how I interact with my team in the office are completely different now,” she says, describing herself as a “go-getter.”  However, that approach doesn’t work with everyone she explains. “So I completely took the information from the program and changed the way I approach others. The difference has been night and day. I use what I have learned every single day.”

When there were situations that she needed help, the program facilitators were available for further discussions, she adds. Overall, Ms. McCarron says, her experience was extremely positive and has resulted in personal growth as well as a better understanding of the university through the connections she developed.

Visit the Human Resources website to learn more about the Queen’s Foundational Leadership Program.

Shining a light on a piece of Queen’s history

  • Principal Daniel Woolf stands alongside Mati Bernabei and Gina Jack after unveiling a new plaque on the statue of Venus that was brought into the University Club 38 years ago by their father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei.
    Principal Daniel Woolf stands alongside Mati Bernabei and Gina Jack after unveiling a new plaque on the statue of Venus that was brought into the University Club 38 years ago by their father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei.
  • Mati Bernabei speaks at a special event honouring her father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei, hosted at the University Club.
    Mati Bernabei speaks at a special event honouring her father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei, hosted at the University Club.
  • Principal Daniel Woolf speaks to Mati Bernabei and Gina Jack during a special event honouring their father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei, who once taught the principal at Queen's.
    Principal Daniel Woolf speaks to Mati Bernabei and Gina Jack during a special event honouring their father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei, who once taught the principal at Queen's.
  • Barbara Reeves (Classics) points out some details in a poster highlighting the replicas within the Department of Classics to two attendees of an event honouring former Classics professor Richard Bernabei.
    Barbara Reeves (Classics) points out some details in a poster highlighting the replicas within the Department of Classics to two attendees of an event honouring former Classics professor Richard Bernabei.

The history of Queen’s is long and colourful and because of this, unfortunately, some of the personalities that are part of that 175-year story have been forgotten.

Recently, the Department of Classics and the University Club honoured a past professor and shone a light on one of his contributions during his time at Queen’s with a special event hosted by the University Club.

[Queen's 175]Richard Bernabei was a Classics professor at Queen’s from 1965-78, and during that time he had an impact on many of his colleagues, as well as students, including current Principal Daniel Woolf, who spoke at the event.

Organized by Barbara Reeves (Classics), an associate professor and coordinator of Queen’s Classics at 175, the event was aimed at remembering Dr. Bernabei’s contributions inside and outside the lecture hall, including a Venus de Milo statue that he “smuggled” into the University Club in 1979 that has become a fixture of the building.

At the event a plaque was unveiled for the statue.  

“Dr. Bernabei impacted a lot of students, including Principal Woolf. He donated this statue which has been admired for the past 38 years by people at the University Club, not necessarily knowing about him but they have benefitted from it, and yet we don’t know him,” Dr. Reeves says, adding that she felt it was important to provide some recognition.

The event attracted a wide range of Queen’s community members including former colleagues, friends and Dr. Bernabei’s daughters – Mati Bernabei and Gina Jack.

“There were people from all across campus, and that was wonderful,” Dr. Reeves says. “It was not a departmental function. There were people from everywhere who were interested in the statue, who were interested in Queen’s history.”

The wording on the plaque matches a request written in a letter 25 years ago by Dr. Bernabei’s ex-wife Wilma, who was a long-time Queen’s employee, as well as the university’s first employment equity officer. 

With the statue being a part of their history, the University Club paid for the plaque and the reception and helped promote the event.

It was also a special event for Dr. Bernabei’s daughters providing an opportunity to reconnect with Queen’s and to tell their family’s story.

“The reception in honour of our father was deeply moving for us,” says Mati Bernabei. “He was still a young man when he died, and my sister and I were just teenagers. The circumstances of his death were difficult – grief weighed heavily at the time. But now, 38 years later, this event provided my sister and I, and our father’s friends and former students, an opportunity to celebrate his life, his art, and his passion for teaching.”

“I have no doubt that he would be absolutely delighted that it was Venus who brought us all together,” says Gina Jack. “When he brought her to the University Club he was extremely ill – nonetheless, he hatched a plan, and snuck his beloved Venus into her rightful home. The reception, and the plaque, honouring her, and establishing her place officially as a permanent resident of the club, was the perfect way to honour our father.”

Reducing alcohol harms on campus

Network of Canadian postsecondary institutions, including Queen’s, working to help students drink responsibly and stay safe.

A partnership among Canadian universities and colleges, Universities Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has launched the Canadian Postsecondary Education Partnership - Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH), a network that is taking steps to collectively address alcohol-related harms on Canadian campuses.

[PEPAH]Members of PEP-AH, which include Queen’s, are meeting in Ottawa this week to share strategies and the results of ongoing campus and community-based initiatives. Campus teams, comprising students, staff, faculty, and local stakeholders, are working with a CCSA-developed evidence-based framework that aims to reduce harms related to alcohol consumption across five strategic areas.

“Addressing high-risk drinking and promoting proven ways to reduce the harms related to alcohol consumption are key to supporting student health and safety,” says Principal Daniel Woolf, who signed the PEPAH partnership agreement on behalf of Queen’s. “The university has been engaged in this work for many years, and PEPAH is helping to guide our next steps. I am pleased that we are involved in this collaborative initiative with peer institutions, and with expert partners such as the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and Universities Canada.”

The Queen’s Alcohol Working Group, which now includes a KFL&A Public Health representative of the Safe and Sober Alliance, has used the framework to identify initiatives for 2017-18, including hosting the “Rethink the Drink” talkback fall tour, exploring options for expanding the capacity of the Campus Observation Room (COR), an on-campus non-medical detox service, and enhancing the promotion of alcohol-free social activities and events on campus and in the community to students in residence and off campus.

“Binge drinking, and the harms associated with it, is a serious issue for some students,” says Queen’s Rector Cam Yung, PEP-AH’s student representative for Ontario. “PEP-AH is helping institutions devise strategies to encourage students to drink responsibly, with students taking an active part in leading culture change on campuses.”

For more information, visit PEPAH’s new website and Queen’s PEPAH webpage.

Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention program to expand

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Sexual Violence Awareness and Bystander Intervention Coordinator Lea Keren and Rector Cam Yung are two of the eight students delivering the Division of Student Affairs' Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention training program to peers. (University Communications)

A student working in the Division of Student Affairs is spending the summer enhancing the sexual violence awareness and bystander intervention programs. 

Bystander Intervention Team
• Cam Yung
• Ramna Safeer
• Cisca Roleeston Fuentes
• Charlotte Johnston
• Ally Bilenkey
• Nicolas Agius
• Nadia Mahdi

Workshop dates for 2017-2018:
(45-min or 90-min)
Fall term:
Thursday Sept. 28, 5:30 pm
Tuesday Oct. 24, 5:30 pm
Wednesday Nov. 29, 5:30 pm
Winter term:
Thursday Feb. 1, 5:30 pm
Wednesday Feb 28, 5:30 pm
Tuesday March 27, 5:30 pm

For any other questions, or for more information about the Bystander Intervention Training program, please contact Lea Keren, Sexual Violence and Bystander Awareness Student Coordinator, at svbystander@queensu.ca.

For the first time, the sexual violence awareness and bystander intervention coordinator is working full-time leading up to the academic year to enhance the program’s focus, particularly addressing the intersection of sexual violence with discrimination and harassment, as well as the intersection of sexual violence with multiple identities. 

“We are looking forward to expanding this student-led program,” says Corinna Fitzgerald, Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning. “It has been very successful, with more than 2,500 students trained to safely intervene to help prevent sexual violence. Over the summer, we will be working to improve the current session, incorporating a more intersectional lens, as well as develop a booster session and new train-the-trainer model.”

Lea Keren is the 2017-18 coordinator, taking over from Claire Gummo, who is heading to Oxford in the fall on a Rhodes Scholarship. 

Ms. Keren is one of eight students who have been delivering the training to peers over the past year. She is a fifth-year commerce student and the past AMS Social Issues Commissioner. She has also been involved with the AMS Peer Support Centre, and AuthenticallyU – a club that advocates for equity on campus regarding issues of gender diversity, racism, social justice, and mental health. 

Next year's team of student facilitators has been hired, and will be trained in August before facilitating sessions for Orientation Week leaders and other student leaders.

Over the coming months, Ms. Keren will also be supporting the coordination of year-long sexual violence prevention initiatives across the Division of Student Affairs.

“This training has the ability to significantly change the culture surrounding sexual violence at Queen’s,” says Ms. Keren. "I’m so excited to be a part of such an important shift.”

More information about the Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention program  and information and resources relating to Sexual Violence: Assault, Abuse and Harassment are available online.


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