Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Faculty of Arts and Science is a scholarly community built upon freedom of inquiry and expression and the equality and dignity of all persons. We strive to emphasize our commitment to diversity and inclusion and to assert the importance of non-discriminatory treatment on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. We acknowledge and value equity-seeking members of our community and strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all our students, staff, and faculty.


New Multimedia Informed Consent Protocol to Remove Barriers to Equity
June 2019

The Faculty Office has adopted Informed Consent 2.0 - the Multimedia Informed Consent Protocol developed by Rebecca Sweetman, Instructional Design Multimedia Support Analyst, for Arts and Science Online. Find more information here.

Four new Pre-Doctoral Fellowships have been developed for Indigenous Students.
January 2018

The Faculty of Arts and Science is pleased to invite applications for one-year Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students. The Fellowships are open to Indigenous students enrolled in a PhD program and working on doctoral research in Arts or Science at an accredited university other than Queen’s University. Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the final doctoral project (e.g. dissertation) and will be expected to complete their doctoral work during the Fellowship. Find more information here.

Inaugural UCARE Members Announced
December 2017

Queen’s has established a new council which will ensure a continuing and sustained conversation aimed at addressing anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion on campus.

Creating this new council was a key recommendation of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) final report.

Following the call for applications in October, the inaugural members of the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) have been selected and their first meetings have been set.

Inclusive Hiring at Queen's
December 2017

Queen’s is committed to fostering inclusivity and diversity in its workforce. To help achieve this goal, Queen’s Human Resources has partnered with a national job broadcast service called Equitek.

Offered as an annual subscription, Equitek has over two decades of experience in assisting Canadian organizations to generate a qualified applicant pool of diverse candidates, who have been historically underrepresented, through a proactive recruitment network of job counsellors, job coaches, and mentors located in community Employment Resource Centres. Dozens of Canadian private and public sector organizations use Equitek, including the University of Ottawa, Centennial College, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Expanding use of the DEAP tool
November 2017

An award-winning diversity tool created by Queen’s will be further deployed across the university this year.

The Diversity and Equity Assessment and Planning (DEAP) tool was first developed in 2015, and was formally rolled out to academic units and piloted with select administrative units in 2017.

Over the next twelve months, the Equity Office will be meeting with administrative units to complete the implementation on the staff side. A wider roll-out of the DEAP tool was a recommendation of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) and was mentioned in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force final report. As of December 2017, 64% of Arts and Science units have engaged with the Equity Office's DEAP tool.

First Director of Indigenous Initiatives Appointed
October 2017

Queen’s University announced today the appointment of Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) as the inaugural Director of Indigenous Initiatives. The creation of this office was a recommendation of the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Final Report. This office will facilitate and coordinate university-wide initiatives in support of the Task Force’s other recommendations.

Events and Activities

October 13, 2017

Department Heads and the Faculty Leadership Team participated in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise facilitated by Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

November 6-8, 2017

Faculty members from Chemistry, Physics and the Dean's Office attended the Gender Summit, put on by Quality Research and Innovation through Equality. This year's theme was "Pluralism, Ethnicity and Inclusion - Canadian Values in a Global Context

Novmber 8-9, 2017

The Faculty of Arts and Science provided funding for two graduate students to attend the 3rd annual Building Reconciliation Forum: The Journey Toward a Reconciled Education System

Truth and Reconciliation Committee

Queen’s University participated in a number of traditions that caused harm to Indigenous communities, and our university failed to educate our students on the long history of deep rooted conflicts between Canada and Indigenous Peoples. We must acknowledge these failures in order to move forward and change the narrative together. We can, and will, do better. By taking steps to ensure Indigenous histories are shared, by recognizing that all students can benefit from Indigenous knowledge, and by creating culturally validating learning environments, we can begin to reduce barriers to education and create a more welcoming university for Indigenous peoples.

The Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Task Force formed in April 2016 to begin the work of responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's final report on the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system for Aboriginal children. Composed of Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty, staff, students, senior administrators, and community members, the Task Force considered how to meaningfully respond to the TRC’s calls to action.

In addition, the Task Force explored how the university can play an active role in addressing the broader themes of the TRC report, including relationship-building, changing perspectives and policy, and promoting an awareness of the rights, histories, and contemporary issues of Indigenous Peoples. 

In March 2017, the Task Force released its final report and recommendations.  In addition to the creation of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, the Task Force calls for, among other things:

  • The expansion of advancement strategies to increase philanthropic funding for Indigenous initiatives, as well as the development of partnerships to proactively advocate and engage with government for system-wide programs and policies that support Indigenous students.
  • Raising awareness of Indigenous-focused research occurring on campus and ensuring the necessary supports are in place to allow research in these fields to flourish.
  • Every program offered at Queen’s to include significant and meaningful Indigenous content, so that graduating students gain a basic understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems relevant to their discipline.

For more information on what the Faculty of Arts and Science is doing to implement the recommendations of the TRC, please visit our Indigenous Initiatives page.

Principal's Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion

In an effort to initiate a broad, meaningful, and sustained conversation on racism, diversity, and inclusion at Queen’s, and to ensure that tangible and lasting change is effected, Principal Daniel Woolf established a small group, comprised of faculty, students, and staff, to review past reports on these issues. The committee identified barriers to these recommendations, and the steps needed to remove them, so that real change can take place. The Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion began its work in early January, and published its final report in April of 2017. Learn more about the Committee and read its reports here.

Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group

The UORWG was formed in August 2017 in response to the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) final report. The PICRDI report called on the university to make diversity training available to student leaders, and to examine the policy and content of Undergraduate Orientation Week from a diversity and inclusivity lens.

The Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group, chaired by Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) Teri Shearer, was mandated to examine all aspects of Queen’s direct-entry undergraduate student orientation experience, including university orientation and the student society orientation activities. The 20 recommendations in this new report were created by a cross-university working group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, who received input from the community through public consultations.

The aim is to have a number of the recommendations completed in time for Fall Undergraduate Orientation 2019. To review the full list of recommendations and the final report, visit the Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group’s website.