Queen’s Council on Employment Equity seeks to raise awareness of equity issues
When it was first established in 1989, the Queen’s Council on Employment Equity (CEE) had a very clear mandate: to help eliminate discrimination against underrepresented groups across campus. More than 20 years later, the committee is still going strong, but appears many people on campus still aren’t aware of what they do.
“A lot of people don’t know there is a council and this many organized groups advocating for a more inclusive, diverse, less discriminatory workplace,” says council chair Gordon Smith, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, and a professor in the School of Music.
Dr. Smith says there is sometimes a perception that Queen’s could be a more inclusive campus. He wants the university community to understand there is an ongoing effort to address concerns and equity goals.
In a bid to raise awareness about their on-going work on campus, the CEE will be holding an information fair and luncheon on Wednesday, November 21. The fair will provide an opportunity for staff, faculty and graduate students to meet CEE members, learn about the organization’s mandate and goals, and discover the types of programs and activities taking place on campus. Representatives from groups including the Employment Equity newsletter, the Disability Accommodation program, the Positive Space program and the multi-faith calendar, among others, will be on-hand to answer questions.
The CEE was established in response to the Federal Contractors Program (FCP). The federally mandated FCP was created in response to a commission that found Aboriginal people, women, people with disabilities and visible minorities more systematically subject to discrimination in the workplace.
The CEE Information Fair and Luncheon takes place from 12-1 pm in room 202, Robert Sutherland Hall.