The Queen’s Human Rights
Initiative Award is given annually in recognition of initiatives that
have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of equality and
human rights at Queen’s University. The Selection Committee responsible
for choosing recipients consists of members of the Human
Rights Advisory Council.
for the Queen’s Human Rights Initiative Award will be considered on the
basis of the originality of the initiative, its positive impact on the
University community, its sustainability and how it has encouraged
partnership/ cooperation among community constituents. The Award will
normally be granted on December 10th, the Anniversary of the U.N.
Declaration of Human Rights.
more information on the Award, visit Human Rights Initiative Award.
To submit a nomination, include a brief letter outlining the ways in
which the initiative meets the criteria, provide the contact information
for those responsible for the initiative and send this information to The
Selection Committee, Queen’s Human Rights Initiative Award c/o The Human
Rights Office at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (613)
is a joint initiative of the Human Rights
Office, Information Technology Services, the Department of Security, and
the Dean of Student Affairs, aimed at addressing the issue of e-mail
is defined as “vexatious conduct or comment that is known or ought reasonably
to be known as unwelcome.” The most commonly reported form of harassment
takes the form of unwanted conduct or comment of a sexual nature and is
known as sexual harassment. However, harassment may also be based on
race, sexual and gender identity, ethnicity, ancestry, disability, etc.
comments constitute harassment regardless of how they are communicated –
whether in person, by telephone, by letter or e-mail. To take action on
harassing or discriminatory e-mail, do not erase the e-mail message(s)
from your inbox – it contains information that may identify the person
responsible – then forward the e-mail in question to stopit@
SUPPORT AND RESOURCES FOR LESBIAN
GAY BISEXUAL TRANS AND QUEER INDIVIDUALS
Positive Space Program brings visibility and support to lesbian, gay,
bisexual, trans and queer communities at Queen’s. It was developed and is
co-sponsored by the Human Rights Office, the Ontario Public Interest
Research Group and the Education on Queer Issues Project.
of the Queen’s community who want to get involved in this program can
attend a Positive Space session to familiarize themselves with queer
issues, local resources and discrimination and harassment policies. They
can then sign up to be members of the Program and receive a sticker that
they can use to designate their work, living or study space as “Positive
Space” i.e. respectful and supportive of sexual and gender diversity.
find out more information about the Program, or to register for a
Positive Space information session, go to http://www.queensu.ca/positivespace/
or click on the following icon:
Canada, the rights of trans people are protected by human rights
legislation. At Queen’s, the University’s Harassment/Discrimination
Policy lists gender identification as a ground of prohibited
Transgender/Transsexual Policy Group is made up of students, academic and
general staff interested in the issues faced by trans people at Queen’s.
This Group has been working to increase trans accessibility in
residences, employment and campus services by removing barriers from
policies and practices. One of its initiatives has been the creation of
two posters looking at the issue of gender variance and a pamphlet to
provide information on trans issues.
information on the Group and how to get involved obtain
pamphlets, visit their web page @ TG/TS
Policy Group. To obtain copies of their
poster, bookmarks or pamphlets, contact the human rights office.
campus and community groups have united efforts against hate activity
over the years. This web site is part of a series of initiatives developed
by Queen’s Human Rights Office and the AMS Social Issues Commission to
respond to the presence of hate groups and hate activity, and to educate
community members about these issues.
information presented on the web site, http://www.theendtohateproject.org/
is meant to raise awareness and to provide useful and accessible
resources for addressing hate activity.
humans, we spend most of our lives developing and working on different
types of relationships and each relationship we have is unique. We all
have our own ideas about what a relationship means, how to begin one, how
to stay in one, and even how to end one. There are no standard how to’s when it comes to
recognition of the importance that healthy relationships have to
maintaining healthy work and study environments, the Human Rights Office
has various programs to address the issue.
If you have questions about what makes a relationship healthy, how to
identify an unhealthy relationship, and what you can do if someone
refuses to respect your choice to end a relationship, check out Jen’s Q
you are part of a group that is interested in a guided discussion on sex,
consent and dating, contact the Residence Life Office at 533-6328 or the
Human Rights Office Education Coordinator at the Human Rights Office at email@example.com or 533-6886
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for the Human Rights Office's virtual advice columnist. She is ready to
help with advice on healthy relationships, discrimination, harassment and
a host of human rights related issues. When you are just not sure how to
handle a situation that is making you uncomfortable, or when you think
you need help with what may be a human rights issue, Jen may be able to
assist. Whether the issue you are dealing with has to do with your
employment, your study environment or your living environment, you can
write to Jen for advice.
Due to space issues, the
internship is not currently being offered
(7 month, part time position; October – April)
is a volunteer position for Queen’s students, with opportunities to
receive extensive orientation/training in human rights policies and
legislation, case analysis, and curriculum design/delivery.
Human Rights Office Intern participates as a member of the Human Rights
Office team. The Intern will spend some time observing and developing
projects with each staff member in the Office, but will work primarily
under the supervision of the Education Coordinator to further the
Office’s education mandate.
Duties and Responsibilities
Education Intern is required to:
8-10 hours per week, preferably spending one full workday per week
in the Office.
- Assist in
the organization and preparation of human rights educational
sessions (the Intern may also have the opportunity to co-deliver
resources for internal staff development.
to the Office’s general awareness raising activities e.g. display
cases, information tables, HRO materials distribution, etc.
in strategic planning of HRO educational programs and curriculum
assist HRO advisors in case analysis.
with student governments, services and organizations.
The HRO Education Internship is open to Queen’s students presently
studying at the University.
successful candidate will possess:
interest in pursuing studies/employment in a human rights field.
communication skills (e.g. written; verbal).
knowledge of equity systems and structures at Queen’s University.
familiarity with human rights concepts/legislation.
ability to work in a confidential environment.
initiative taking/task completion abilities.
computer literacy including proficiency in MS Word, email, Internet,
delivering/coordinating educational sessions or programs would be
considered an asset.
are invited to submit:
- A cover
letter indicating interest and availability
- A brief
(2-5 page) prose writing sample – OR – sample of creative work used
for an educational purpose
may be sent
The Human Rights Office
Old Medical Building
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6
2004 deadline for applications is:
September 20, 2004
Human Rights Office thanks all who apply; however, only those selected
for interviews will be contacted.