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University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity


News and Updates

September 28, 2017: Establishment of University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity announced 
December 6, 2017:  Membership announced

Mandate

Reporting to the Principal, the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) was established in 2017 in response to a recommendation of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion (PICRDI).  UCARE is responsible for coordinating, reviewing, and reporting on the progress of sustained university-wide initiatives to address racism and to promote diversity and inclusion at Queen’s.[1]  The UCARE will help shape the vision and strategy of the university. 

UCARE will:

  1. Promote and support efforts of the university that foster a diverse, inclusive campus community.
  2. Monitor the implementation of the PICRDI Final Report.
  3. Monitor progress of anti-racism and equity initiatives.
  4. Identify and make recommendations regarding persistent obstacles to progress on diversity and inclusion, including those related to resources, organizational structures, policies, protocols and processes faced by racialized students, staff and faculty. This will include, but not be limited to, factors associated with attraction and retention of racialized students, staff and faculty.
  5. Coordinate and facilitate synergies amongst complementary initiatives within the university, and identify opportunities for collaboration external to the university.
  6. Establish sub-councils as may be determined appropriate by UCARE.
  7. Coordinate ongoing communication with the wider Queen’s Community.
  8. Prepare an annual report of its activities, to be submitted for information to the Senate, the Board of Trustees and to the wider Queen’s Community.

Composition 

  • Principal (or designate)
  • Provost (or designate)
  • Director, Human Rights Office (or designate)
  • Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs (or designate)
  • Chair, Senate Educational Equity Committee
  • AMS Social Affairs Commissioner
  • SGPS Equity and Diversity Commissioner
  • Three members of faculty
  • Three members of staff
  • Two students (one undergraduate and one graduate/professional)
  • Two members of the Kingston community or alumni

The UCARE will maintain at least 51% representation from racialized groups

From its membership, UCARE members will select a university administrator and a member at large (faculty, staff, student or community member/alumni) to serve as Co-Chairs of the UCARE.

Membership

Name

Title

D. Baskatawang

BAH’18 (Political Studies)

M. Blennerhassett

Chair, Senate Educational Equity Committee

A. Butler

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education

Y. Chan

Associate Dean (Research, PhD & MSc Programs), Smith School of Business

L. Cheng

Professor, Faculty of Education

Y. Davidson

Alumni and Community Member

Y. Djerbal

PhD’19 Candidate (Cultural Studies)

S. Ghahari

Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy

A. Lopez Villalobos

Staff, Ban Righ Centre

A. Mortley

Alumni and Community Member

R. Petrides

SGPS Equity & Diversity Commissioner

M. Rahman

Staff, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

R. Safeer

AMS Social Affairs Commissioner

T. Shearer

Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion)

S. Simpson

Director, Human Rights Office

A. Tierney

Vice-Provost & Dean (Student Affairs)

N. Utioh

Staff, Residence Life –Housing & Ancillary Services

Co-Chair: Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion)
Secretary: Margaret (Peggy) Watkin, Associate Director, Academic Initiatives, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

Member Terms

New or renewed appointments will be made for 1 or 2 year terms to maintain some continuity within the membership of UCARE from year to year.  All appointments are renewable for a second term.

Nominating Committee

A UCARE Nominating Committee comprised of two university administrators and two members-at-large (faculty, staff, student or community member/alumni) from its membership will solicit the campus and Kingston/alumni communities to fill any vacancies on UCARE before the end of the second semester of each academic year.

Appointments will be made by letter of invitation from the Principal, based on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, as endorsed by the UCARE.

Meetings

UCARE will normally meet three times per calendar year.  Faculty, staff and students of Queen’s University are welcome to attend UCARE meetings as guests.

Any request for time on the UCARE agenda must be made in advance of the meeting to the Co-Chairs.

 

[1] Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion, Final Report, April 10, 2017, p. A-34