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Sexual Violence Prevention and Response webpage launched

 'Barb Lotan'
Barbara Lotan arrived at Queen's in May 2016 as the inaugural Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator. (University Communications) 

When Barbara Lotan arrived at Queen’s as the inaugural Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator in May 2016 she found that while the university was already doing a lot of great work it was sometimes difficult to see what supports and services were available and how to access them. This challenge also was identified by students looking for resources. 

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response webpage

Sexual Violence means any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent, and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism, and sexual exploitation.

Queen's commitment
All persons who disclose an experience of sexual violence can expect to be:
• treated with compassion, dignity, and respect
• provided with timely safety planning assistance
• informed about on- and off-campus support services and resources available to them
• provided with non-judgmental and sympathetic support
• provided with accommodations as appropriate
• integral decision-makers in situations pertaining to themselves
• allowed to determine whether and to whom they wish to disclose or report their experience

In response, Queen’s recently launched the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response webpage, which brings together a wide range of support and information at Queen’s and throughout the community in one location making it easier for Queen’s community members to make the connections they need.

While the issue of sexual violence may be complex the webpage is simple. There are two large buttons that are front and centre – one labeled “Get Help Now” and the other “Give Help.”

“The focus for the webpage is to help students navigate and find the resources that are available,” says Ms. Lotan adding that the page works as an informational hub, providing direct links to service and support providers both at Queen’s and in the community. “We took this master-list approach so that they can pick and choose and be confident that they are going to get the information they need through the links.”

Under ‘Get Help Now,’ survivors are taken through three stages: Go to a safe place; Seek medical attention; and Explore support resources. For ‘Give Help’ the webpage provides a list of what to do and what not to do as well as some online training.

Ms. Lotan also highlights that the university’s support for survivors of sexual violence isn’t limited to on-campus incidents or to their time at Queen’s.

“The wording of the Queen’s policy on sexual violence is very important because it is sexual violence involving Queen’s students, not just sexual violence on campus. It’s not just a campus problem, it’s a community problem, it’s a societal problem,” she says. “For example, we provide support and services for students who experienced sexual violence before they got to Queen’s. If a student gets here and for whatever reason their past history is something that they need support with then we are providing support.”

That also means ensuring that Queen’s community members know what to do when confronted by an incident of sexual violence. Along with the webpage, new print materials are being published and there are a growing number of educational opportunities for staff and faculty.

Shortly after Ms. Lotan arrived at Queen’s the provincial government introduced the Harassment Action Plan Act. The response at Queen's required a wide range of contributions from campus partners but it also helped create a solid foundation for the sexual violence policy. Moving forward Ms. Lotan says the university must continue to talk about sexual violence and make sure the right voices are included in those conversations.

While she is pleased with the progress to date, Ms. Lotan knows that there is much more to be done to ensure Queen’s is providing an inclusive service that meets the needs of the diverse communities we serve.

“I would say that the work we have done to date has been exciting because clearly my role is filling a gap. There was a need,” she says. “Students are accessing me regularly, staff and faculty are accessing me regularly, and that in itself speaks to a problem that exists. But I’m really so happy that they are finding me and that I am able to direct them to where they need to go, helping them make those choices and helping them along that path.”

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual violence, support is available at the Sexual Violence Support and Response webpage or contact Ms. Lotan directly at bjl7@queensu.ca  or 533-6330.

Sept. 26 edition of the Gazette

Sept. 26 Gazette
Read the Sept. 26 edition of the Gazette online.

The Sept. 26 edition of the Gazette is now available and can be picked up around Queen’s campus, as well as a number of off-campus locations.

This latest edition of the Gazette is filled with interesting Queen’s-focused items including:

  • A closer look at the research of Norman Vorano, who received a Trudeau Foundation Fellowship for his work with Indigenous communities in the Canadian Arctic to record, understand and share Inuit art history.
  • The announcement of two Queen’s researchers being appointed to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars.
  • A Q&A with Kevin Deluzio, the new Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • The launch of an international partnership between Queen’s, Ethiopia’s University of Gondar and the MasterCard Foundation.
  • ​Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The next edition of the Gazette will be published Oct. 9. However, new articles are posted daily at the Gazette Online.

Follow us on Twitter at @queensuGazette.

Anyone looking to get a story, photo or information in the Gazette can contact the paper's editor Andrew Carroll.


Orange Shirt Day returns to Queen’s

An orange shirt made of paper, similar to the one that was taken from Phyllis Webstad, which the ATEP students made to mark Orange Shirt Day. (Supplied Photo)
An orange shirt made of paper, similar to the one that was taken from Phyllis Webstad, which students made to mark Orange Shirt Day. (Supplied Photo)

Phyllis Webstad was just six years old, living on a reserve in British Columbia, when she was sent to a residential school for a year. Phyllis and her mother bought a brand new orange shirt for Phyllis to wear to her first day of school. On Phyllis’ first day at St. Joseph Mission, that brand new orange shirt was taken away from her. She would never see the shirt again, and it would come to symbolize the feelings of worthlessness and insignificance that the school instilled in her and all of its students.

Ms. Webstad survived the school and, some 40 years later, shared her story as part of a commemoration that marked the legacy of St. Joseph Mission in Williams Lake, B.C. From that story came a new initiative marking the legacy of residential schools in Canada – Orange Shirt Day. With a tagline of “Every Child Matters”, the day of remembrance has now spread across the country and a class of Aboriginal Teacher Education Program teacher candidates along with First Nation, Metis & Inuit Studies students have once again brought the event to Queen’s and to Kingston.

“The purpose of the event is to honour all of the children who attended Residential schools, both the survivors and those who did not,” says teacher candidate Krista McNamara, one of the organizers of Orange Shirt Day at Queen’s. “While the final Residential school closed in 1996, the trauma from the system has not ceased to impact our respective communities. We hope our fellow teacher candidates will take this opportunity to extend on their learning, and seek to learn about the ways in which our respective communities educated ourselves before residential school, during the residential school era, and the ways in which we are educating ourselves now.”

Two students staff the Orange Shirt Day booth in Duncan McArthur Hall. (Supplied Photo)
Two students staff the Orange Shirt Day booth in Duncan McArthur Hall. (Supplied Photo)

Ms. McNamara and her classmates set out to spark a dialogue and reflect on the legacy of those schools. On Thursday, the class set up a table in the student street of Duncan McArthur Hall and booked a screening of the film “We Were Children” for the afternoon.

“I have family on both sides that attended residential school and my family still has lasting intergenerational affects from the system so I have been aware of this history my whole life,” says Dawn Martin, another organizer and teacher candidate. “My mother has been very vocal about the abuses she has faced from the intergenerational trauma and I have been trying to address and educate people on this subject for some time. I think the conversation of reconciliation is an important topic, and addressing Indigenous history and the Indigenous experience needs to be a part of mainstream Canadian history.”

The formal date of Orange Shirt Day is September 30, and it is set to coincide with the approximate date when Indigenous children would be taken from their families to attend residential schools. To learn more about Orange Shirt Day, visit the initiative’s website.

Volunteer opportunities for Homecoming

Help welcome alumni home. Volunteer for Homecoming 2017, and be part of a Queen’s tradition.

Connect, learn, share, and give back. Visit queensu.ca/alumni/homecoming to learn more or register by Friday Sept 29th, or contact the Volunteer Coordinator with questions.


Creating career connections

  • Thousands of students explore their career options at the Career Fair, the biggest career event hosted by Queen's University.(Photo by Candice Pinto)
    Thousands of students explore their career options at the Career Fair, the biggest career event hosted by Queen's University. (Photo by Candice Pinto)
  • Students speak with one of the more than 130 exhibitors who took part in the Career Fair hosted at the Athletics and Recreation Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 27. (Photo by Candice Pinto)
    Students speak with one of the more than 130 exhibitors who took part in the Career Fair hosted at the Athletics and Recreation Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 27. (Photo by Candice Pinto)
  • The Career Fair featured a clinic where students could have their resumes and cover letters checked and a LinkedIn headshot photo booth, both sponsored by the City of Kingston. (Photo by Candice Pinto)
    The Career Fair featured a clinic where students could have their resumes and cover letters checked and a LinkedIn headshot photo booth, both sponsored by the City of Kingston. (Photo by Candice Pinto)

Queen’s students had the opportunity to get an early start on the job hunt as Career Services hosted the annual Career Fair on Wednesday Sept. 27 in the main gym of the Athletics and Recreation Centre.  

The largest career event at Queen’s featured a clinic where students could have their resumes and cover letters checked and a LinkedIn headshot photo booth, both sponsored by the City of Kingston.

New this year, career counsellors delivered regular tours to help students plan their time at the booths and their meetings with exhibitors.

With over 130 booths, the Career Fair invited undergraduate and graduate students from all programs, departments, faculties and schools.

Career Services’ next big career event will be a two-day Engineering and Technology Fair on Oct. 17-18 from 10:30 am-3:30 pm in Grant Hall.

Visit careers.queensu.ca for more information.

Things to See and Do: Visit the Biosciences Phytotron

This campus update is part of our regular "Things to See and Do" feature. Stay tuned for more uniquely Queen's experiences throughout the year.

Take a trek to the top of the Biosciences Complex and tour the Phytotron Greenhouse and Conservatory. Make a game of it by printing off a Conservatory checklist and seeing how many of the 121 plants you can spot.

Learn more about the Phytotron here.

Honouring distinguished service to Queen's

Six dedicated members of the Queen’s community are being honoured by University Council with the Distinguished Service Award.

This year’s recipients are Judith Brown (Artsci’76, MA’79), Irène Bujara, Albert Clark, Janice Hill (Ed’99), Terry Krupa, and Hok-Lin Leung.

"University Council Dinner"
This year's six recipients of the Distiguished Service Award will be honoured during the University Council Dinner on Nov. 4 at Ban Righ Dinning Hall. (University Communications) 

University Council has presented the award annually since 1974 to recognize individuals who have made Queen’s a better place.

“These six people have done tremendous work for the Queen’s community. I look forward to helping honour them and celebrating their achievements. They deserve recognition for their years of dedicated service,” says Chancellor Jim Leech, who will present the awards during the University Council Dinner on Nov. 4 at Ban Righ Dining Hall.

This year’s recipients have a long list of contributions to the Queen’s community.

Judith Brown is the former Associate Vice-Principal (Advancement) and Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving before retiring in the spring of 2017. She worked closely with two of the university’s most beloved alumni and benefactors, Alfred (Sc’45, Arts’46, Msc’47, LLD’86) and Isabel Bader (LLD’07). She worked closely with the Baders as they made several transformational gifts to Queen’s, including the Isabel Bader Centre For the Performing Arts and many works of art to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre – including three Rembrandts. She played a pivotal role in establishing the university’s reputation as a careful steward of its donors and their philanthropic gifts.

Irène Bujara has worked at Queen’s since 1992 and is currently the University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights. She advises the university on its obligations under the Human Rights Code as well as other related legislation such as the Employment Equity Act. She has earned the praise of her staff and colleagues across Queen’s for providing strong leadership in handling challenging issues such as racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

Albert Clark is a former Associate Dean (Research) in Medicine and Health Sciences, and the founder and current chair of the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (1991 to present). The biochemist was instrumental in helping Queen’s become a leader in human participant research by setting standards and guidelines to ensure studies are conducted ethically and safely.

Janice Hill was recently named Queen’s inaugural Director of Indigenous Initiatives after serving as the director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre for the past seven years. Since 2005, she has been a diligent advocate for Indigenous students at Queen’s and in the Kingston community. She has spent countless hours on committees and working with staff and administrators to develop a welcoming and supportive environment for Indigenous students at Queen’s.    

Terry Krupa is the current Associate Director, Research and Post-Professional Programs in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and has worked hard to help establish Queen’s as a leader in mental health research. She is a much sought-after speaker at mental health conferences around the world and she regularly collaborates with researchers on local, national and global levels. She was awarded the Muriel Driver Lectureship, the highest honour bestowed by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Colleagues say Dr. Krupa is a dedicated teacher who has made a lasting impression on generations of Queen’s Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Science students.

Hok-Lin Leung is a Professor Emeritus and director of the China Projects Office, and founder of the Asia-Pacific Ambassadors’ Forum which is focused on sharing perspectives from the academic community on ideas related to human rights, immigration, and international agencies. Since joining Queen’s in 1979, he has done tremendous work to strengthen the ties between the university and China. He is always promoting Queen’s to Chinese researchers, government officials and potential students.

Tickets to the University Council Dinner can be purchased through the Queen’s alumni website

New council to promote anti-racism and equity

Queen’s University is acting on a key recommendation of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) by establishing a new council to promote and support the efforts of the university to foster a more diverse and inclusive campus community.

The new University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) will meet three times per calendar year and have 17 inaugural members. Together, they will be responsible for coordinating, reviewing, and reporting on the progress of university-wide initiatives launched to address issues of racism, diversity, and inclusion.

“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. “I look forward to the challenging and important conversations that this council will enable, leading to a more welcoming and inclusive university community.”

Once it is established, UCARE will monitor the implementation of the PICRDI final report and the progress of anti-racism and equity initiatives; identify and make recommendations regarding persistent obstacles to progress on diversity and inclusion; coordinate and facilitate internal and external collaborations around diversity and equity initiatives; coordinate ongoing communication with the wider Queen’s community; and prepare an annual report of its activities. This council may also establish sub-councils, as appropriate.

Queen’s is now inviting members of the Queen’s community and Kingston community members to consider taking part in the council. UCARE is currently seeking to recruit three faculty members, three staff members, two students (including one undergraduate and one graduate or professional student), and two members of the Kingston community or alumni. The Senate Educational Equity Committee, Alma Mater Society (AMS), and Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) will also be represented on the council. The UCARE will maintain at least 51 per cent representation from racialized groups.

Those interested in applying to join UCARE should complete an application prior to Oct. 22 at 11:59 pm. The final membership will be announced in November, and the council aims to hold its first meeting before the end of 2017. These meetings will be open to faculty, staff, and student guests who wish to attend as observers.

For more information, or to apply, please visit the UCARE webpage

University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity Membership

Principal (or designate)
Provost (or designate)
Director, Human Rights Office (or designate)
Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs (or designate)
Chair, Senate Educational Equity Committee
AMS Social Affairs Commissioner
SGPS Equity and Diversity Commissioner
Three members of faculty
Three members of staff
Two students (including one undergraduate and one graduate or professional student)
Two members of the Kingston community or alumni

Women's cross country team claims another title

"Cross Country women's team"
The No. 1-ranked Queen's Gaels women's cross country team, including first-place finisher Branna MacDougall, centre, captured the team title at the Western Invitational in London on Saturday. (Supplied Photo)

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


The No. 1 Queen’s women’s cross country team took first overall at the Western Invitational in London on Saturday led by an individual first-place finish from transfer Branna MacDougall, who won her first U Sports race. Eric Wynands placed second overall on the men’s side helping No. 6 Queen's take second as a team.

MacDougall crossed the finish line first in the 6-km race in a time of 20:45, a new course record for the Western Invitational beating the previous best set by former Gael Julie-Anne Staehli at 20:51.

Coming in fourth place was former Mustang Amy Stephenson, who finished in a time of 21:43 for Queen’s, while Taylor Sills, Jade Watson and Brianna Bradley placed 10th, 19th and 21st respectively. As a team, Queen's finished with 55 points, 11 ahead of the second place Western Mustangs.

On the men’s side, Wynands ran to a second place finish in 25:14. Following him were teammates Robert Kanko, Mitchell Kirby, Brett Crowley, and Matthew Flood who finished ninth, 11th, 14th and 17th respectively. Queen’s total of 53 points was just eight shy of the top-placing McMaster Marauders.


The Queen's Gaels (0-4) were in London to take on the No. 4 Western Mustangs (5-0) and were handed a 48-10 loss Saturday night.

The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead on the Gaels in London for their ‘Black Out’ night that saw the team wear new all-black jerseys. Quarterback Chris Merchant proved to be a thorn in the Gaels side as he started the scoring with a six-yard touchdown run at 12:53 and quickly followed up with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Alex Taylor at the 9:13 mark to go up 14-0.

Down 23-0 to start the second quarter, Queen’s got on the board as Nick Liberatore connected on a 34-yard field goal. After the defence held Western to a field goal, quarterback Nate Hobbs went to work with a big 27-yard pass to John Bews. Hobbs then found Alex Zulys for a 17-yard reception and followed up on the next play with another pass to Zulys, this time for a two-yard touchdown. Liberatore made the extra point to cut the deficit to 26-10.

Western kicker Marc Liegghio took over from there as he five more field goals. Alex Taylor had a 35-yard touchdown run in the second half as well for Western.


The Queen's Gaels men's rugby squad (4-0) had little trouble taking down their long-time rivals the Western Mustangs (2-2) Saturday at Nixon Field.

The Gaels started off strongly with a pair of tries by Nicholas DeLallo and Alex Colborne converted both for a 14-0 lead. The Mustangs couldn’t crack the Gaels defence but a late penalty by William Saunders put the Mustangs on the board to make the halftime score 14-3

Following the break, the Gaels managed to find an opening after some grinding back-and-forth play as Colborne drove in the first try of the second half. Western hit back late in the second half but Charlie Tremblay sealed it with a try in extra time.


The No. 7 Queen’s Gaels (2-2) pushed for a late try but the No. 6 McMaster Marauders held on for a 21-15 win Saturday on Nixon Field.

In the scorching September heat, McMaster’s Khadija Brouilette scored the opening try, taking it in from near mid-field. The Gaels responded with tries by Pippi McKay and Harlee Bruce A missed convert meant Queen’s was up 12-7. McMaster continued to push the pace as half-time neared and scored off a scrum to enter the break up 14-12.   

McMaster struck again early in the second half to make it 21-12. After some strong defensixe play by both teams Nadia Popov converted a penalty goal, to put the Gaels within reach but as Queen’s pressed for the winning score late the Marauders were able to hold on for the win.


The No. 8 Queen's Gaels (5-2-1) split their weekend games with a 2-1 victory over the Trent Excalibur (1-7-1) at Richardson Stadium after losing  2-1 to the undefeated No. 2 UOIT Ridgebacks (8-0-0) the day before.

On Sunday, Laura Callender led the way scoring on a penalty in the 14th minute. Just 10 minutes later Callender crossed to Jenny Wolever who made the lead 2-0. Just before the half, Trent was awarded a penalty kick of their own and Kaitlyn Steffler beat Gaels goalkeeper Anna Stephenson. After the break Callender continued to press as the Gaels just missed on several occasions to stretch the lead.

On Saturday the Gaels came out strong in the first half but couldn’t find the back of the net and the teams went into the break scoreless. In the first minute of the second an unlucky deflection off of a Gaels defender put the visitors up 1-0.

The Gaels would then level the score as Jenny Wolever sent in a perfect cross that found the head of rookie Alex Doane who netted her fourth goal of the season. But with time running out the Ridgebacks scored on a shot from 35 yards out for the winner.  


The Queen’s Gaels men soccer team (3-3-2) finished the weekend with a pair of draws: 2-2 against the Trent Excalibur (2-4-3) on Sunday and 1-1 with the UOIT Ridgebacks (3-4-1) the day before.

On Sunday, Queen’s opened the scoring early in the first half through Andrew Kim but the Excalibur netted the equalizer on a penalty kick before halftime. The Gaels retook the lead on a penalty kick of their own after the break with Jacob Schroeter converting, but Trent tied it up again with the games third shot from the penalty spot.

On Saturday, Patrick Van Belleghem put the Gaels up in the first half only to see the Ridgebacks bounce back with a goal of their own in injury time.


First Director of Indigenous Initiatives appointed

Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) participates in a special Senate meeting marking the 175th anniversary of the first Queen's Senate meeting.

Queen’s University announced today the appointment of Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) as the inaugural Director of Indigenous Initiatives. The creation of this office was a recommendation of the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Final Report. This office will facilitate and coordinate university-wide initiatives in support of the Task Force’s other recommendations.

“I congratulate Jan on this new role, and I look forward to the opportunities for growth and reconciliation we are setting in motion,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “This appointment recognizes her deep and long-standing commitment to promoting Indigenous cultures and traditions, including her efforts at Queen’s. Her student-centred approach and passion for teaching and learning are an example to us all.”

As Director of Indigenous Initiatives, reporting to the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion), Ms. Hill will promote an understanding of the histories and perspectives of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, with a particular focus on the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee, on whose traditional lands Queen’s University sits. She will also focus on relationship building, knowledge sharing, guiding and supporting faculties looking to incorporate Indigenous histories and perspectives into curriculum, and support researchers engaging with Indigenous peoples and communities. She begins in her new position on October 2.

“It is indeed an honour to be appointed to this role which will allow me to continue working on many projects I am sincerely and deeply invested in,” says Ms. Hill. “The work of conciliation within Queen’s and with the broader communities, both Indigenous and Settler, is large and challenging but potentially very meaningful undertaking for all involved. I truly believe that relationship building is at the crux of this work and has been the heart of all of the significant efforts that have already taken place to Indigenize our campus and community here at Queen’s.”

Ms. Hill has served as the Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre at Queen’s since 2010, with the centre experiencing significant growth under her leadership. In addition to supporting Indigenous students, she has worked to increase visibility and awareness of Indigenous histories, languages, and cultures across campus, and strengthened the university’s relationships with Indigenous communities.

“This is exciting and important new role, and I very much look forward to working with the incumbent,” says Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice Principal (Academic). “The Director of Indigenous Initiatives will serve as an important voice on campus, helping to further build reciprocal and respectful relationships with our local Indigenous communities and coordinating our sustained progress on all ongoing and future Indigenous initiatives.”

Along with her work at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Ms. Hill has been actively involved in facilitating Indigenous initiatives throughout the university, including coordinating the revitalization of the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, supporting the development of the Indigenous Studies Minor, and serving as an integral member of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force. Ms. Hill is deeply engaged in Indigenous education through many different provincial and national organizations.

A member of the Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation, Ms. Hill began her academic career as an adjunct faculty member in the Faculty of Education and went on to help establish the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP), serving as academic co-director for the program in 1997-98. Ms. Hill is in the process of completing her Master of Arts in Gender Studies at Queen’s, and previously completed her bachelor of education through Queen’s. You can learn more about Ms. Hill from this Gazette profile.

The search for a new permanent Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre will begin in the near future.


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