Workshops encourage collaboration on diversity and equity issues
Administrative and academic leaders at Queen’s have participated in workshops to promote enhanced understanding of diversity and equity issues and challenges.
“We examined the specific actions and procedures that we have to put in place in order to improve inclusivity on campus,” says Alistair MacLean, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science.
During the workshops, small groups of participants discussed case studies drawn from real experiences at Queen’s and devised possible strategies and solutions.
“I was pleased to see participants learning from one another and forging lines of cooperation that may allow the university to integrate its diversity and equity efforts more fully,” says Adnan Husain, Director of Educational Equity and Diversity Projects.
Members of the Office of Advancement leadership team attended a workshop last term. Dr. Husain and Assistant Dean (Student Affairs) Arig Girgrah, both members of the Diversity and Equity Taskforce (DET), have been working with Advancement as the department drafts its equity plan.
“The workshop helped identify some specific tactics that can be included in the plan, which will be a tangible expression of Advancement’s commitment to inclusivity and integrity,” says Judith Brown, Associate Vice-Principal (Advancement).
The Library has also consulted with the DET during its organizational restructuring to ensure that it’s better positioned to contribute to the university’s diversity goals in the future.
“The workshop reinforced for me that there are no easy answers and finding solutions will require great thought and care by the university community,” says Barbara Teatero, Associate University Librarian. “A collaborative effort is needed to support equity-seeking groups at Queen’s.”
The workshop initiative is one of eight implementation goals in the DET Plan of Action. The plan is based on an inventory of diversity and equity programs, resources and initiatives that reflect where the university is today with regards to recommendations in past diversity and equity reports.