Dr. Anita Jack-Davies

Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity (EDII)
Office of the Dean, First Floor Dunning Hall
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Dr. Anita Jack-Davies is the Faculty's Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity (EDII) – the first assistant deanship of its kind in the Faculty and at Queen’s, and one of only a few similar positions across the country. In this role, Dr. Jack-Davies provides valuable leadership in EDII including implementing the many EDII priorities contained in the Faculty’s Strategic Plan.

The position plays a key role in facilitating systemic EDII change in the Faculty of Arts and Science in the areas of curriculum, departmental culture and climate, communications, faculty and staff development, and student support.

Dr. Jack-Davies brings over 20 years' experience in education to the Assistant Dean role, and is not new to the university, having earned her Master’s and PhD in urban teacher education at the Queen's Faculty of Education.

After graduation, Dr. Jack-Davies began building her career around supporting EDII initiatives across the country; as the founder of workplace diversity consultancy Mosaic Cross-Cultural Solutions, she provided EDII change management and EDII strategic planning support to clients including Ryerson University, the Durham Regional Police, the Limestone District School Board, the Privy Council of the Canadian Government, and Queen's University.

Dr. Jack-Davies also brings to the role prior experience in higher education; having worked in faculty development, she has trained senior leaders on a wide range of topics including effective graduate supervision, inclusive faculty recruitment and inclusive teaching practices. In 2019, Dr. Jack-Davies led the Queen’s Faculty of Education through the process of developing its EDII Vision and Mission Statement and had the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and graduate students.

In addition to this appointment, Dr. Jack-Davies serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Planning at Queen's and is currently EDII Advisor to the Queen’s University Council. She has appeared on CTV National News and CBC Radio discussing diversity and inclusion in the Canadian context. Dr. Jack-Davies is the author of Lawrencia's Last Parang: A Memoir on Loss and Belonging as a Black Woman in Canada (Inanna Publishing, forthcoming May 2021), and lives with her family in Kingston.