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Making employment equity inroads

Every year the Equity and Human Rights Offices recognize individuals and groups that are working toward making Queen’s University a more inclusive and welcoming place.

Wendy Powley
Wendy Powley, a continuing adjunct in the School of Computing and the Faculty of Education, was the inaugural winner of the Employment Equity Award. (University Communications) 

The annual Tri-Awards not only celebrate the achievements of Queen’s community members in the areas of employment equity, human rights, and accessibility, but also reinforce the importance of the work being done.

In 2011, Wendy Powley, a continuing adjunct in the School of Computing and the Faculty of Education, received the inaugural Employment Equity Award, which recognizes the achievements of individuals, groups or organizations that go above and beyond legislated requirements or their institutional mandate to help Queen’s become a truly representative and inclusive workplace.

The recognition, she says, didn’t just validate the work she is doing in introducing young women to the male-dominated field of computing on a personal level, it also opened the eyes of colleagues and administrators in her department and across the university to the importance of such efforts.

“I thought that receiving the Employment Equity Award was great because it recognized the things that I was doing in my spare time, to have it validated and also to raise awareness,” she says. “It was validating that people cared about what we are doing in the School of Computing. I view it as a departmental award, it wasn’t just for me. The School of Computing has done a lot to increase the number of women in our department, so being recognized for that was great for our School.”

The award also recognized Ms. Powley’s work organizing and promoting conferences such as the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWIC) and playing key roles in groups such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). As a result of her efforts, thousands of young women across the world have been introduced to the field of computing and learned that there is most definitely a place for them.

“It was great to know that the university actually values equity efforts.  I think many people don’t understand the reasons behind these efforts.   In our field, young women are missing out only because of lack of information, not lack of interest or ability.  They have often not been exposed to the field of Computer Science” she says. “So, for people it’s an opportunity to stop and think for a while about why we have a women's group or why we do outreach.  I think the award really made that happen in our department.  Everyone celebrated the award and in doing so, they recognized what we are doing is important.   I definitely have the support of my department and my colleagues and the equity award certainly contributed to that.”

Nominations for the Tri-Awards are currently being accepted. The deadline is Jan. 12, 2018.

The awards will be presented on March 20, 2018 at the Diversity and Inclusion Round-Table Discussion and 2017 Tri-Awards Celebration. Register online early as spaces are limited for this event.

Nomination forms and further information on the Employment Equity Award, Steve Cutway Accessibility Award, and Human Rights Initiative Award are available on the Equity Office website. Questions can be directed to the Equity Office at 533-2563 or equity@queensu.ca.

FINAL Division Street sewer/water update

Happy Holidays – Division Street closures end!

All related road closures for Division Street will end by Friday Dec. 1, 2017. All sewer and water work is completed; the entirety of Division Street has been paved to a minimum of base asphalt. Crews will return in the spring to put a top coat of asphalt down between Earl Street and Brock Street.

Checking in with the chancellor

Jim Leech speaks to the Gazette about his memorable moments this year and his thoughts on the future. 

"Chancellor Jim Leech"
Jim Leech (MBA'73) is the 14th chancellor of Queen's University. (University Communications)

We are now getting to the end of another calendar year here at Queen’s and it’s always a time to pause and reflect. In your role as chancellor, what are some of your favourite memories from the past year?

Well for starters let me say I always enjoy talking to students and hearing about their experiences at Queen’s and their many hopes for their futures.

But when it comes to specific memories, I think of our convocation ceremonies. I’ve now had the privilege of taking part in 87 different ceremonies as chancellor, yet each one is unique. They are always so uplifting and it’s a real pleasure to see the pride and joy on the faces of the students and their families when they cross the stage to officially receive their degrees.

"Chancellor Leech and Bruce Jameson"
Chancellor Jim Leech, right, congratulates Bruce Jameson upon receiving his degree more than 70 years after first beginning his studies at Queen's. (University Communications)

I also always look forward to helping hand out the annual Ballie Awards for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching. These awards go to high school teachers who have made a lasting impact on a current Queen’s graduating student’s life, and the teachers are almost always surprised when they get the call to invite them to our university to be honoured. There is never a dry eye in the house during these ceremonies.

And speaking of meaningful moments, this fall I was thrilled to take part in a convocation ceremony where we conferred a degree in engineering chemistry to Bruce Jameson, some 70 years after he left Queen’s. It turns out he had just one course left to complete back in 1946, but he landed a job with a large petroleum company in Sarnia, got married, and never made it back to Kingston to finish his degree. After hearing this story, his grandson looked into his successful career and then got in touch with our engineering faculty to see what could be done. Soon after he was on his way to Queen’s. He’s now 93 years old and it was a special honour for me to hand him his official Queen’s degree in front of his proud family and a full house.

You recently led the Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship. As part of this committee’s work, you helped reach out to people in the Queen’s community and beyond to talk about our university both present and future. What did you learn during this process?

We know that people who have close connections to Queen’s feel passionately about the university and in my role as chancellor they do not hesitate to express their candid opinions. Without exception, the people who talk to me agree that Queen’s is now in a position of relative strength and that the Principal has done well against the objectives set by the Board over the past eight years. If we look at our strategic framework, we are a leader in student experience and we are strong financially, having met many of our goals around financial sustainability.

We are also improving when it comes to internationalization and we have plans in place to take it to the next level. But as Principal Daniel Woolf noted in his recent letter to Queen’s community, we have much more work to do on the research pillar to live up to our potential, and that has to be an important focus in the future.

Overall there is a sense of optimism and self-confidence on campus that was not there eight years ago – people are looking to improve on what is already an improved state and are up to the challenge of making the university even better.

Recently Principal Woolf announced he will no longer be seeking a third term after his current term is finished in June 2019. Thinking about some of your own experiences, what advice would you have for Principal Woolf during his final 19 months?

I know that Principal Woolf took time this fall to think about his future and ultimately decided to withdraw  from consideration for a third term. I can imagine it was a difficult decision for him to make given the dedication and drive he brings to the job and his desire to help Queen’s achieve excellence on a variety of important fronts.

On the train back to Toronto after the principal’s announcement, I was reflecting on my own experience when I retired as CEO of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. I had given 18 months’ notice and I found that in a way it was quite liberating. It allowed me to sit down and make a list of the five most important files I wanted to be absolutely dedicated to finishing before my term was up. I could really concentrate on those things that I believed were most important for the organization.

I think it is just human nature. Everyone I have talked to who has retired and had the luxury of time after giving notice seemed to say to themselves, ‘I can finish some of these files and make sure the organization I leave will be even better and more sustainable.’ So I wouldn’t be surprised to see the principal do just that: make a list of things he has started that he wants to get to the finish line at Queen’s and be really dedicated in his efforts towards achieving them. If you look at the letter he shared a month or so ago with everyone, you will see what the thinks is most important; I would expect that is where he will concentrate his efforts. Examples that come to mind are initiatives around truth and reconciliation, diversity and equity, faculty renewal and the research file. 

But I also believe he has much to be proud of already. There are so many significant initiatives he has helped champion: mental health; financial stability; good student, faculty and staff relations; major fundraising; and new residence buildings and academic spaces. I believe his legacy is clear.

For our students, do you have any advice for them as they get ready to write their exams and then prepare for next term?

For many they are going to be pleased with the progress they made in the first term. For those, my advice would be: if it worked in the first term, keep doing it in the second term. But for first-year students in particular, I know university can be a bit of a rude awakening. They may be used to being at the top of their class but then all of the sudden they are not and that can be very stressful. This is the time I would advise them to pause and assess what worked and what needs some attention. And if a course correction is needed, I’d encourage them to remember it may not necessarily be a large change and that there is a lot of assistance on campus to reach out to, including mental and physical health supports.

For some other students, the winter term may bring a new focus on graduating and starting their careers. I would encourage them to take advantage of the resources on campus as well. There are people dedicated to supporting students as they make their way through Queen’s and as they begin to build their bright futures. And, I look forward to seeing them at convocation!

For The Record: Nov. 30

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, Dec. 14. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Dec. 12. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette Editor Andrew Carroll.


Headship Review Committee appointed for the Department of Medicine

Dr. Stephen Archer’s first term as head of the Department of Medicine will end on June 30, 2018 and Dr. Archer has indicated that he is willing to be considered for reappointment. The procedure to be followed in reviewing the headship is the Modified Reappointment Process for Heads of Clinical Departments. In accordance with this document, a Joint Committee has been established to provide advice to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) of Queen’s University and the Chief Executive Officers of Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care Centre on the reappointment of Dr. Archer and the present state and future prospects of the Department.

The membership of the committee includes:

  • Dr. Dr. Anne Ellis, Professor, Department of Medicine - Allergy and Immunology
  • Dr. John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research)
  • Dr. John Leverette, Vice-President, Medical and Academic Programs, Providence Care
  • Dr. Diane Lougheed, Professor, Department of Medicine - Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • Michael McDonald, Executive Vive-President, Patient Care and Community Partnerships, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Dr. David Pichora, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (co-Chair)
  • Dr. Mandip Rai, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, PGY-3
  • Dr. Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. John Rudan, Head, Department of Surgery
  • Dr. Christopher Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine - General Internal Medicine
  • Mr. Joel Gillis, Human Resources/Staffing Assistant, Faculty of Health Sciences (Secretary)

Faculty, staff, students, residents, members of the teaching hospitals and other members of the university and health sciences communities are invited to submit comments on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Medicine and the degree of support for the reappointment of Dr. Archer as head. Submissions are to be sent by December 8, 2017 to us as co-chairs either in writing c/o Katie Roberts, Senior Staffing Officer or electronically to katie.roberts@queensu.ca. Responses will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the Review Committee; anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Headship Review Committee appointed for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr. Graeme Smith’s first term as head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology will conclude on June 30, 2018 and Dr. Smith has indicated that he is willing to be considered for reappointment for a second term. The role of the committee is to provide advice to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) of Queen’s University and the Chief Executive Officer of Kingston Health Sciences Centre on Dr. Smith’s reappointment as well as on the present state and future prospects of the department.

The members of the committee are:

  • Dr. Robert Connelly (Hospital Representative, KHSC), Head, Department of Paediatrics
  • Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick (Co-Chair), Chief of Staff and Vice-President Medical Affairs, KHSC
  • Dr. Michael Green (Department Head Representative), Head, Department of Family Medicine
  • Dr. Shawna Johnston (Faculty Representative), Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Dr. Brianne Lewis (Resident Representative), Obstetrics and Gynaecology, PGY4
  • Dr. Richard Reznick (Co-Chair), Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Ms. Katie Roberts (Secretary), Senior Staffing Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Julie Tessier (Faculty Representative), Postgraduate Program Director, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Faculty, staff, students, residents, members of the teaching hospitals and other members of the university and health sciences communities are invited to submit comments on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the degree of support for the reappointment of Dr. Smith as head. Submissions are to be sent by Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 to the co-chairs either in writing c/o Tammy Wintle, Staffing Assistant, Faculty of Health Sciences, at 18 Barrie St., Macklem House, or electronically to wintlet@queensu.ca. Responses will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the Review Committee; anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Headship Selection Committee, Department of Public Health Sciences

Dr. William Pickett’s term as head of the Department of Public Health Sciences will end on June 30, 2018. 

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee will be formed to consider the present state and future prospects of the department, and to assist the provost and vice-principal (academic) in the selection of a department head.

Elected bargaining unit members from the department will form a majority of the full voting members of the selection committee. Faculty, staff and students are also invited to nominate staff and students from the Department of Public Health Sciences and faculty from cognate units, for membership on the selection committee.

Nominations are to be directed to the Associate Dean (Academic) School of Medicine (Chair), c/o Katie Roberts, Senior Staffing Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences, by Dec. 18, 2017.

Nominations may be submitted either in writing or electronically to katie.roberts@queensu.ca.


Job Title: Manager, Financial Services
Department: SEAMO Office, Faculty of Health Sciences
Competition: J0717-0819
Successful Candidate: Erin Braidford (Medicine)

Job Title: Graduate Program Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: School of Nursing
Competition: J0917-0772
Successful Candidate: Michelle Trotter

Job Title: Administrative Assistant, Student Life and Learning (USW Local 2010)
Department: Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs
Competition: J0917-1019
Successful Candidate: Laura Morgenstern (Smith School of Business)

Job Title: Building Superintendent (USW Local 2010)
Department: Community Housing (Housing & Ancillary Services)
Competition: J0917-0814
Successful Candidate: Eliza Earle

Job Title: Buyer and Procurement Systems Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Strategic Procurement Services
Competition: J0817-0053
Successful Candidate: Shamael Malko-Moore (Strategic Procurement Services)

Job Title: Area Manager
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: J0817-0187
Successful Candidate: Gord Meacher (A&R Facilities)

Job Title: Procurement Specialist
Department: Strategic Procurment Services
Competition: J0917-0881
Successful Candidate: Fabio Ribeiro

Job Title: Government Relations Coordinator
Department: Government Relations
Competition: J0817-0247
Successful Candidate: Gillian Shields (Human Resources)

Job Title: Development Officer, Faculty of Arts and Science
Department: Department of Development, Office of Advancement
Competition: J1017-1096
Successful Candidate: John Kraemer

Job Title: Support Analyst L2 (USW Local 2010)
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: J0917-1555
Successful Candidate: Jonathan Facun (A&R Business Development)

Job Title: Data Entry Clerk
Department: Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Competition: J0917-1144
Successful Candidate: Caitlin MacDonald

Job Title: Graduate Assistant
Department: Global Development Studies
Competition: J0917-0564
Successful Candidate: Yolanda Thompson

Job Title: Junior Machinist (CUPE Local 254)
Department: Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Competition: J0717-0445
Successful Candidate: David Walsh

Job Title: Assistant to the Managing Director
Department: Department of Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre
Competition: J0617-0537
Successful Candidate: Jodie Lees

Job Title: Program Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Office of VP Academic, Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Competition: J0917-1162
Successful Candidate: Chloe Beisheim

Job Title: Departmental and Financial Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Mathematics and Statistics
Competition: J1017-0264
Successful Candidate: Rianna Lewis

Job Title: Program Coordinator, JD Studies
Department: Faculty of Law
Competition: J1017-1053
Successful Candidate: Margaret Gordon

Job Title: Research Projects Advisor
Department: Arts and Science
Competition: J1017-0603
Successful Candidate: Hakan Karatas

Queen's United Way campaign reaches 92 per cent of goal

Queen's United Way CampaignThe Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $320,000 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington.

To date, the campaign has reached $ 295,143 or 92.2 per cent of its goal.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. To make a donation online through the United Way’s ePledge system, simply go to queensu.ca/unitedway. Please note that if you donated last year and selected the auto-renewal action, no further action is required unless you would like to change your donation. 

More information on the campaign and the role of the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee is available in this Gazette article.


An easy way to stay active during study time

Queen’s University Library and Athletics and Recreation’s Get Your 150 campaign are partnering to offer students a designated movement space while they study for their upcoming exams.

Stauffer Library
Stauffer Library is a favourite study spot for Queen's students during the exam period. A partnership between Queen's University Library and Athletics and Recreation has created a designated movement space in Stauffer Library. (University Communications)

“As a kinesiology student, I believe in the power of exercise to make your life, or even just your day better, and this is especially important during exams,” says Amy Stephenson (MSc’18 ), a Get your 150 Campus Outreach Ambassador who championed the pilot project. “Having a space in the library makes it that much easier for students to centre themselves and refocus during this stressful time.”  

The designated movement space was created in one of campus’s most beloved study spaces, Stauffer Library, in answer to the inherently stationary nature of study. Students, staff and faculty who are looking for an active study or research break are invited to make use of this space on the southwest corner of the fourth floor, which will feature challenges to get moving through quiet activities such as lunges, squats, planks, and yoga poses. Please see the Get Your 150 Facebook page for ideas and challenges.

“Students love the library, and we often hear them joking that they live here during exams. With Stauffer Library being open 24 hours a day during this time, we can confirm that students are spending many, many hours studying here,” says Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian. “We hope they will embrace this space to take active study breaks in support of their mental and physical wellbeing as well as their learning.”

Scheduling and taking regular breaks are part of an effective study plan and are important for students’ health and wellbeing.

“Queen’s Athletics and Recreation is pleased to collaborate with Queen’s University Library to offer a location for students to move, reduce stress, and take a break while studying,” says Tiffany Bambrick, Coordinator, Fitness and Wellness Programs, with Athletics and Recreation. “This Get your 150 pilot project strives to help our students find balance between a healthy lifestyle and the pressures of school. Amy Stephenson’s drive and determination are a great example of students helping students to enjoy the benefits of regular activity.”

Students using the designated movement space are reminded that they should bring their personal belongings with them to protect themselves against property loss. The space is available until Thursday, Dec. 21. 

Young Women at Queen’s to talk diversity

A panel of Queen’s employees will tackle the topics of valuing diverse identities on campus.

An employee resource group is looking to share its expertise in building a more inclusive campus.

Young Women at Queen's (YWQ) aims to engage and empower self-identifying women staff at Queen’s. Their mandate is to build a professional community for women at Queen’s, interact and share knowledge about women and work, and advocate for women.

Panel moderator Stephanie Simpson, Director of the Human Rights Office; with panelists Vanessa Yzaguirre (MA’16), Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator with Student Affairs; Asha Gordon (Artsci’18), President of the Queen’s Black Academic Society; Nilani Loganathan, a Career Coach with the Career Advancement Centre, Smith School of Business; and Alana Butler, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. (University Communications)
Panel moderator Stephanie Simpson, Director of the Human Rights Office; with panelists Vanessa Yzaguirre (MA’16), Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator with Student Affairs; Asha Gordon (Artsci’18), President of the Queen’s Black Academic Society; Nilani Loganathan, a Career Coach with the Career Advancement Centre, Smith School of Business; and Alana Butler, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. (University Communications)

YWQ has organized a panel discussion titled “Valuing Diverse Identities on Campus” to further the discussion on how staff can help to create a more inclusive Queen’s campus. The panel will include Alana Butler, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education; Asha Gordon, President, Queen’s Black Academic Society; Nilani Loganathan, Career Coach in the Career Advancement Centre, Smith School of Business; and Vanessa Yzaguirre (MA’16), Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator with Student Affairs. It will be moderated by Stephanie Simpson, Director of the Human Rights Office.

The event will be hosted on Thursday, November 30 from 5 to 6:30 pm in Macdonald Hall Room 3.

“I decided to participate because I strongly believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion should be important to any university,” says Dr. Butler. “As an underrepresented minority female, it's very easy to feel alienated and alone. I have had so many minority students say that seeing me here as a faculty member makes them feel more included. I feel very positive that Queen's University will attract more diverse students, faculty, and staff in the future.”

The YWQ group meets twice a month, and develops special programs and events such as the YWQ mentorship program that connects Queen’s women at early or mid-career stages with women leaders at the university. YWQ has an Instagram profile @youngwomenqueens.

Principal Woolf withdraws from seeking third term

Principal Daniel Woolf announced today that he will no longer be seeking a third term when his current term ends June 30, 2019.

Principal Daniel Woolf
Principal Daniel Woolf announced Tuesday that he will no longer be seeking a third term when his current term ends June 30, 2019. (University Communications)

“Today I informed the Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship that after considerable further reflection over the past several weeks, I have concluded that after having served for 10 years it would be best for Queen’s, and for me, to step down from the principalship at the conclusion of my current term. Having requested consideration for the reappointment during the summer, I have been led to this conclusion both by a sense that the renewal process will be good for the university and by my own wish to return to full-time research and teaching as a professor in the Department of History for a few years prior to retirement, following a period of administrative leave.”

In the committee meeting Principal Woolf stressed that it has been a great honour and privilege to serve as principal of his alma mater, and that he will continue to serve with a strong sense of commitment and energy during the next 19 months as the next principal is recruited.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to thank Principal Woolf for his vision and leadership and for his incredible dedication to Queen’s,” says Donald Raymond, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “Under Principal Woolf’s leadership, Queen’s is in a far better place today – it has been stabilized, re-energized, and has made considerable progress on a number of key fronts. Over the course of his two terms, Principal Woolf has led the university through difficult times and his unwavering support for students has made Queen’s a leader in student experience and a mental health champion across the country. His leadership has positioned us for a bright future. As there is still much to be accomplished, we look forward to working with him and his senior team so that Queen’s continues to thrive over the next year and half. We will, of course, find suitable occasions to celebrate his many accomplishments.”

During the past eight and a half years, Principal Woolf has overseen a long list of accomplishments. Among them are his efforts to improve the university’s financial position, which in turn has allowed Queen’s to begin investing in an unprecedented plan to hire 200 new faculty over five years, the construction of modern buildings and learning spaces, more ground-breaking research, and new ways to support students as they learn and grow at Queen’s. He has shown a strong commitment to the creation of a more diverse and inclusive campus, and to the development of more global ties through our internationalization strategy. Another highlight has been his oversight of the university’s largest and most successful fundraising campaign, the 10-year Initiative Campaign, which raised more than $500 million for the university.

Principal Woolf’s announcement brings to an end the work of the Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship which was being led by Chancellor Jim Leech.

“There is no doubt Principal Woolf has built strong relationships and made strategic decisions that will benefit Queen’s for many years to come. His legacy will be a lasting one,” says Chancellor Leech. “As for next steps, the university will now begin the process of choosing a new principal and details of the recruitment process will be announced as they become available in the new year.”

Inaugural UCARE members announced

The University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity will begin meeting early next year to support a more inclusive Queen’s.

Queen’s has established a new council which will ensure a continuing and sustained conversation aimed at addressing anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion on campus.

The UCARE nominating committee, including Amir Fam, Professor, Donald and Sarah Munro Chair in Engineering and Applied Science, and Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; Ramna Safeer (Artsci'18), AMS Social Issues Coordinator; Stephanie Simpson, Director, Human Rights Office; and Cam Yung (Sc'16), Rector. (University Communications)

Creating this new council was a key recommendation of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) final report.

Following the call for applications in October, the inaugural members of the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) have been selected and their first meetings have been set.

“This new group will help shape the vision and strategy of our university, serving as a critical voice and advocate for diversity and inclusion,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “Establishing UCARE is a crucial step towards PICRDI implementation and towards building a more inclusive campus community.”

The UCARE nominating committee, which included representation by faculty, staff, and students, reviewed the applications to develop the list of potential members. The nominating committee provided its recommendations to the Principal for final approval. The Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) acted as a non-voting chair on the nomination committee.

“I am pleased to announce the first ever members of UCARE, and I look forward to working together to build a more equitable Queen’s University,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “Queen’s strives to create a campus community that respects and reflects the diversity of our country, is welcoming and accessible, and fosters a sense of belonging. This new council will help us continue to make progress on these important goals and build a two-way dialogue about these issues.”

The 17 members of UCARE are appointed to one- or two-year terms which can be renewed. The council includes majority representation from racialized groups, and has committed to maintaining at least 51 per cent representation when recruiting new members.

The first meeting of UCARE will be in the new year. More information on the UCARE committee can be found on the Provost’s website.

To learn more about the PICRDI report, please visit the Principal’s website.

Inaugural members of UCARE

Name Title
Darian Baskatawang (Artsci’18) Student
Michael Blennerhassett Chair, Senate Educational Equity Committee and Professor, School of Medicine
Alana Butler Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
Yolande Chan Associate Dean (Research, PhD & MSc Programs), Smith School of Business
Liying Cheng Professor, Faculty of Education
Yolande Davidson Alumna and community member
Yasmine Djerbal PhD candidate
Setareh Ghahari Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Adriana Lopez Villalobos Ban Righ Centre
Aba Mortley Alumna and community member
Mona Rahman Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Ramna Safeer Commissioner of Social Issues, Alma Mater Society
Teri Shearer Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion)
Stephanie Simpson Director, Human Rights Office
Ann Tierney Vice-Provost and Dean (Student Affairs)
Nathan Utioh Residence Life
Rosie Petrides Equity & Diversity Commissioner, Society of Graduate & Professional Students

Gaels women's hockey team stretches win streak to nine

Gaels women's hockey team stretches win streak to eight
The Queen's Gaels women's hockey team celebrates after Jessica Wakefield scored in overtime against the Ryerson Rams. (Photo by Robin Kasem)

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams and athletes in action over the weekend:


The No. 8 Queen's Gaels (8-3-0-1) secured a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over the Ryerson Rams (3-3-4-2) on Sunday afternoon to keep their winning streak alive at nine games. The Gaels tied the game late in the third period before Jessica Wakefield completed the comeback in overtime, backhanding a beautiful goal to send Queen's home with a 3-2 victory. Addi Halladay and Hailey Wilson also scored.

On Friday the Gaels beat the Toronto Varsity Blues (5-0-5-1) by a score of 4-1. After the Varsity Blues opened the scoring early in the game, the Gaels evened the score with a goal from Bryce Desa and went into the lead through Katrina Manoukarakis.

Alex Maw and Hailey Wilson rounded out the scoring in the second and third periods, respectively.


The Queen’s Gaels (7-4-3) dropped a 4-1 decision to the Western Mustangs (4-8-2) on Saturday night despite outshooting their opponent 40-25. Warren Steele scored the lone goal for the Gaels.

On Friday, the Gaels scored a 4-2 triumph over the Windsor Lancers (5-5-3), while, once again outshooting the opponent 47-28. Darcy Greenaway netted a pair of goals, with singles going to Eric Margo, and Ben Fanjoy.


The Queen's Gaels (7-1) came away with a 71-68 victory over the Western Mustangs (4-5) at the ARC Saturday night.

Trailing after three quarters, the Gaels outscored the Mustangs 20-12 in the final quarter. Marianne Alarie led the way with 23 points and Veronika Lavergne added 12. Rookie Sophie De Goede hit double-digits with 10 points along with six rebounds and four assists.

On Friday Alarie was on fire once again as the Gaels scored a big 71-51 win over the No. 5 nationally-ranked Windsor Lancers (5-2). Alarie finished with 23 points while the defence held Windsor to just 30.8 per cent shooting from the floor.

Lavergne added 14 points while Emma Ritcey finished with nine points and 11 assists.


The Gaels men’s basketball team (5-3) fell just short against the Western Mustangs (5-4) Saturday night, losing 75-71.

The home side battled back from 19 points down, but were unable to pull off the comeback. Jaz Bains finished with a double-double on 21 points and 10 assists. Mike Shoveller added 12 points and seven blocks.

On Friday, the Gaels beat the Windsor Lancers (2-5) 96-94, after coming back from an 18-point deficit in the second quarter. Bains finished with 24 point and nine assists and Mat Elcock contributed 22 points, while going 6-for-8 on three-pointers.


The Queen’s Gaels (6-2) picked up a road victory Saturday winning in five sets over the Windsor Lancers (4-5), 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 24-26 and 15-10. Olivia van Baaren and Shannon Neville both recorded 18 kills to lead the offence, while Sierra Hardy had 40 assists.

On Friday, the Gaels were defeated by the Western Mustangs (3-2) in straight sets 9-25, 18-258 and 20-25. The Gaels attack just never seemed to get going and Van Baaren finished with a team-high eight kills.


The Queen’s Gaels (4-3) fell in five sets road against the Windsor Lancers (5-2) on Saturday 14-25, 25-21, 21-25, 28-26 and 13-15. Markus Trence led the attack with 23 kills and Zane Grossinger finished with 46 assists.

On Friday, it was another tough five-set loss against the Western Mustangs (5-2), 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 21-25 and 13-15. Trence had 17 kills and Joel Rudd and Jack Peckham added 10 each. Grossinger had 45 assits.


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