Statement from the Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science, & the Vice-Provost & Dean, School of Graduate Studies

The Faculty of Arts and Science and the School of Graduate Studies condemn the homophobic, racist and threatening poster which was left in the living space of students at the Chown Hall residence. This incident has clearly had a serious impact on our community - one which should not and cannot be ignored. 

We are committed to equity, diversity, non-repressive inclusivity, human rights and Indigeneity, including anti-racism, decolonization, and Indigenous resurgence. Equity, diversity, inclusivity, and Indigeneity are guiding principles in our strategic vision. We are committed to ideas and actions, such as intercultural awareness training for students, faculty, and staff, and bolstering support for underrepresented groups that not only foster a sense of belonging but also celebrate equity, diversity, inclusivity, and Indigeneity.

The events of last week clearly demonstrate that there is more work to be done in order to create a welcoming and inclusive environment at Queen’s - a challenge that we remain deeply committed to addressing.

We are in solidarity with our colleagues across campus. Please see the statements from the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Patrick Deane and the Director of Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, Kandice Baptiste. Please also see the recently released Faculty of Arts and Science Strategic Plan.