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Queen’s will nurture a supportive community

Queen’s students, faculty and staff personify potential. But in order for these exceptional people to accomplish all they set out to do, we must strengthen the supportive aspects of our living and learning environment – for all members of our community.

For students, our focus is in three critical areas: their transition into Queen’s, their years studying here and their preparation for life after they graduate. There is a growing understanding that many students face challenges throughout their time at university, and we know that academic and personal support can help them make the most of their experience.

We believe physical and mental wellness are interconnected and both are essential for academic and personal success. Queen’s is a leader in bringing the subject of mental health among university-aged Canadians into the open, offering direct support for community members and linking research and teaching to this nation-wide issue. But we want to do more. Our athletics and recreation programs, while strong, require more and better facilities to encourage community participation and attract scholar-athletes. And our cultural and artistic opportunities, which contribute to self-expression, personal growth and social engagement, have the potential to strengthen our relationships on and off campus.

Queen's is a family, and we take care of each other. The campus is not just a place to learn, but a place to live, work and grow. Our residential setting and collective spirit are the starting points for ensuring that our students, faculty and staff feel safe, included and supported.

The Initiative Campaign will allow us to:

Increase leadership opportunities for students

through conferences, clubs, volunteer activities and student-run initiatives. In diverse extra-curricular programs, students not only learn leadership and other essential skills, but find opportunities for personal growth, exploration and discovery.

Create a Wellness Centre

to integrate our health and counselling services in a central and visible location in the hub of student life on campus, ideally near the Athletics and Recreation Centre. This will allow us to connect physical and mental health with fitness, coordinate programming, add new health-related services and help reduce the stigma of attending a counselling centre.

Develop a distributed model of counselling, with counsellors based in faculties, schools and residences

to allow for easier access and earlier identification and intervention. This network would be linked to the central counselling service for continuity of care.

Bolster our academic support in a dedicated Student Success Centre

that includes learning strategies programs (writing, time management, presentation skills and exam preparation), tutoring, transition and orientation support, Aboriginal student services and career coaching. Fundamental to the Centre will be a comprehensive, fully-equipped Learning Commons, which will be an enriched learning environment offering well-equipped individual and group study space, as well as convenient one-stop access to a variety of services, support, information resources and tools.

Establish a Scholars’ Academy

to offer the programs and support for our high-achieving students who are transitioning to graduate programs, professional schools and prestigious fellowships and scholarships.

Increase athletic scholarships and improve our athletic and recreational facilities

in order to attract scholar-athletes who not only have sharp minds but also a competitive spirit. We need to ensure our facilities encourage wide participation – from elite varsity athletics to intramurals and individual fitness pursuits.