Healthy Communities

Queen's Healthy Communities

The Faculty of Arts and Science is committed to supporting our people and building strong, healthy communities.

Not only is supporting our people on of the four strategic priorities in our Strategic Plan, the need to build strong, healthy communities was amplified by the pandemic in the past year and a half.  

Supporting our people and building healthy communities is reflected in many of the themes that emerged from our Town Halls, Community Assembly meetings, Dr. Wendy Craig’s research into the impact of COVID-19 on the FAS community,  and the resulting Continuous Improvement Review for COVID Response.  

Supporting Your Mental Health

Queen’s Employee & Family Assistance Program – provided by LifeWorks - is available 24/7, 365 days a year for faculty, staff, and eligible dependents. In addition to confidential wellbeing support, LifeWorks services can help you manage your reactions to stressful situations with wellness articles, podcasts, tools and other online resources. Learn more and register for upcoming orientation webinars.   

The Faculty of Arts and Science has also organized events and curated resources supporting mental health specifically for FAS staff. Please see the sections below.  

Supporting Your Physical Health

Queen’s offers free, virtual fitness classes for all employees; from yoga, to Pilates, to good-old-fashioned cardio, there’s something for everyone! Check out the spring offerings, and don't miss the healthy eating and food skills webinar recordings available in the Learning Library below.

Supporting Your Social Well-Being

Our community is stronger when we take time to connect. From sending virtual shoutouts for a job well done, to attending virtual coffee breaks and “Furry Friends” Pet Meet & Greets, the FAS community rallied together even when we couldn’t connect in-person. As we adapt to the new, hybrid working environment, let us know if you have a great idea for a social activity or would be interested in helping to organize opportunities for your colleagues to connect either virtually or in-person.

Send a virtual shoutout

Supporting Your Professional Growth

In pursuit of healthy learning and working environments, the Faculty of Arts and Science is committed to supporting ongoing training and development by providing Learning & Development assistance to staff who pursue continuous work-related knowledge and skill improvement. See below for full details on the FAS Learning & Development Fund and opportunities to apply!

Upcoming Events & Opportunities


Strategies for Managing Workplace Conflict - April 5, 2023 (11am-noon)

We work in increasingly complex and demanding environments where conflict is inevitable, yet managing conflict is something we tend to avoid. In this session you will learn the skills to address conflict by understanding the 5 conflict styles as well as identifying your own. You will also learn the components that make up a challenging conversation and how to plan for it to build your confidence and improve your overall results.  

To get the most out of this session, please take a few minutes to reflect on the points below ahead of time. (If you register at the last minute or do not have time to reflect in advance, you are still welcome to join the session.)

  1. Consider some of the common disagreements you face in your relationships, teams, or your organization. Consider how having a challenging conversation, if handled well, would significantly improve results that are important to you. Think of a conversation you’re either dreading or avoiding altogether. In short, think of a few conversations that if you learned how to step up to and handle well, would improve results significantly.
  2. List three challenging conversations that you identified above and imagine that if handled well, it would make your life better.

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Learning Library

You will find below recordings from past webinars, links to helpful resources, and suggested reading. Resources are updated on an ongoing basis. Have a suggested addition for our library? Let us know.

Resources by Topic


Managing Stress & Anxiety


Positive Psychology

Physical Health

Family and Work-Life Balance

Dealing With Change

Leadership During Times of Stress

LinkedIn Learning

Did you know? LinkedIn Learning is available, free of charge, for all Queen’s staff and faculty. In addition to thousands of current, high-quality professional development courses, this online learning platform offers helpful training and resources in topics related to mental health and wellness in the workplace.

FAS Learning & Development Fund

The Faculty of Arts and Science is committed to supporting our people through ongoing training and development by providing Learning & Development assistance to staff who chose to build new skills and develop in their current or future roles. As outlined in the Fund Procedure below, applications are due by mid-October and end-of-January each year to the Learning & Development Advisory Team via

FAS Learning & Development Fund Procedure

FAS Learning & Development Request Form

FAS Learning & Development Fund FAQs