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Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group

Terms of Reference (PDF 100 KB)

Principal Daniel Woolf announced the formation of a working group to conduct a review of undergraduate orientation. The review will seek ways of making undergraduate orientation more welcoming and inclusive for all members of the Queen’s community.

The Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group, chaired by Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) Teri Shearer, is mandated to examine all aspects of Queen’s direct-entry undergraduate student orientation experience, including university orientation and the student society orientation activities. The working group will consult with the Queen’s community, look to best practices at other institutions, and articulate a vision for orientation that achieves shared goals around community building, inclusivity, safety, and responsibility. The Task Force will report back to Principal Woolf with their comprehensive recommendations no later than March 2018.

Consultation Sessions

University-Wide Town Halls

  • November 22, 1:00 pm, Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202
  • November 27, 5:30 pm, Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202

Feedback: Any individual, club, group, or unit may submit feedback to the Working Group.

Consultation methods include attending a Working Group meeting, requesting that representatives from the Working Group attend one of your unit/club/group meetings, or submitting a document or email to the Working Group at

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Working Group. All feedback is welcome and appreciated.

News and Updates

August 25, 2017 – Principal announces undergraduate orientation review


Membership as defined by Terms of Reference

  • Deputy Provost – Chair
  • AMS President, or designate
  • Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, or designate
  • One faculty or staff representative from each of the following undergraduate programs as follows:
    • Dean of Arts & Science, or designate
    • Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, or designate
    • Dean of the Faculty of Education, or designate
    • Director of the School of Nursing, or designate
    • Executive Director of the Commerce Program, or designate
    • Director of the School of Computing, or designate
    • Director of the School of Kinesiology, or designate
  • One student representative from, and selected by the Presidents of, the undergraduate society of each of the following undergraduate programs:
    • Arts and Science
    • Engineering and Applied Science
    • Concurrent Education
    • Nursing
    • Commerce
    • Computing
    • Kinesiology
  • AMS Social Issues Commissioner
  • Manager, Student Experience Office

Advisory members (non-voting)

  • Director of the Human Rights Office, or designate
  • Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, or designate
  • Director of Queen’s University International Centre, or designate
  • President, Queen’s University Alumni Association
  • one member of University Council

Support (non-voting)

  • Associate Secretary of the University
  • Director of Communications, or designate

At the discretion of the Working Group, non-voting advisory members may be added to provide expertise in regards to operational issues.



Teri Shearer (Chair)

Deputy Provost (Academic Operations & Inclusion)


Nicky Andbinder

Vice President of Operations, Physical Health Education & Kinesiology Student Association 

Sue Bates

President, Queen’s University Alumni Association

Johanne Bénard

Associate Dean (Admission & Recruitment) and Associate Dean (Studies), Faculty of Arts & Science

Peter Chin

Associate Dean, Faculty of Education

Yvonne Cooper

Director of Communications

Robin Dawes

Associate Professor, School of Computing

Kevin Deluzio

Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science

Liam Dowling

President, Concurrent Education Students’ Association

Emlyn Folkes

President, Commerce Society

Keltie Gale

University Council

Lori Garnier

Executive Director, Commerce Program

Jyoti Kotecha

Director, Queen’s University International Centre

Jasmine Lagundzija

President, Arts & Science Undergraduate Society

Jennifer Li

AMS President

Vanessa McCourt

Aboriginal Advisor, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Jennifer Medves

Vice-Dean (Health Sciences), Director of the School of Nursing

Alexandra Palmeri

President, Nursing Science

Heidi Penning

Equity Advisor, Equity Office

Ramna Safeer

AMS Social Issues Commissioner

Ann Tierney

Vice-Provost & Dean of Student Affairs

Alex Wojaczek

President, Computing Students' Association

Nathaniel Wong

President, Engineering Society

Woo Kim

Manager, Student Experience Office

Anna van der Meulen

Department Manager, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Support: Rebecca Coupland

Director & Associate Secretary, University Secretariat.