Guiding Philosophy on Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity
Queen’s welcomes and supports students, faculty, and staff from all countries and backgrounds. Diverse perspectives and a wealth of experience strengthens our campus community in myriad ways.
University Relations is committed to communicating and promoting messages of anti-racism and equity in the stories we tell about Queen's and the Queen's community – and to telling them in engaging ways – to raise awareness for and to capture the university's interest in issues of equity, diversity, and inclusivity.
University Relations affirms that issues of equity, diversity, and inclusivity must be collaborative and be focused on partnership and community building.
University Relations supports the university's interest that all diverse cultures and identities be reflected and expressed in all aspects of university life, including communications and publications, both in print and online.
University Relations strives to represent equity, diversity, and inclusivity, both visually and in Queen's positioning, in all marketing and promotional materials produced for Queen's and will, in all cases, meet the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards as it relates to diversity and equity.
Specific marketing and communication initiatives and platforms that are mindful of and seek to address issues of equity, diversity, and inclusivity at Queen's include, but are not limited to:
- Supporting compliance with accessibility best practices for digital communications campus-wide
- Responsibility of the top-level Queensu.ca website, including the Inclusive Community page
- Responsibility for Queen’s Gazette (print and online and the Queen's Gazette Today email)
- Queen’s Alumni Review (in print and online)
- Responsibility for managing Queen's Events Calendar, which includes faith dates (maintained in partnership with the Human Rights Office)
- Joint responsibility with ITServices for the WebPublish content management system in support of the development of accessible websites by campus partners
- Responsibility for communications in support of committees, projects, and initiatives that raise awareness of diversity education on campus
At its foundation, University Relations is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff to broaden the knowledge base and competencies across the department, while visibly demonstrating our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity issues.
University Relations will participate in cultural training for its staff to discuss opportunities and problem-solving related to supporting new modes of thinking on equity, diversity, and inclusivity issues.
The department is committed to regular critiques of marketing and communications approaches and products to improve accountability for being inclusive and responsible in its day-to-day work.