Lauren is a Kanien’keha:ka student at Queen’s with her roots in Tyendinaga. Lauren is currently completing the 3rd year of her JD degree at Queen’s, having completed her undergrad with a major in History and minor in Indigenous Studies at Queen’s. In her times at Queen’s Lauren as served as president of the Queen’s Native Student Association, Deputy Commissioner of Indigenous Affairs for the AMS, member of the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, and the Indigenous Law Students’ Alliance. Moving forward, Lauren will be completing her articling requirement at Hensel Barristers, a litigation firm that is dedicated to changing Canadian Law for Indigenous peoples.
Kevin Collins is the Student Development Coordinator and has also worked as the Community Engaged Learning Coordinator here at Queen’s. He holds a Master’s Degree in International, Comparative & Development Education and Curriculum, Teaching & Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He sits on the Senate Educational Equity Committee and is an active member of the Queen’s University Association of Queer Employees.
In addition to facilitating leadership development and skill-building workshops for students, Kevin coordinates the Queen’s Reads program, which aims to foster dialogue around equity, diversity and inclusion. Previously, Kevin planned local and global community engagement opportunities for students, putting an emphasis on community partnership and ethical engagement.
In his spare time, Kevin likes to boat around the Thousand Islands with his partner, go for walks with his dog Harry, and play the ukulele.
Dr. Andrew B. Campbell (DR. ABC) is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a PhD. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Diversity. He is presently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens University in the Professional Master of Education (Online) and the University of Toronto, in the Master of Teaching (MT) program, in the Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning (CTL). He is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) and has taught at all levels of the education system for the last 23 years, in Jamaica, Bahamas, and Canada. He has authored two books: “Teachable Moments with DR. ABC: A Spoonful for the Journey (2015)” and “The Invisible Student in the Jamaican Classroom (2018)”
His research and teaching focus on issues of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Educational leadership, LGBTQ Issues, and Teacher Performance Evaluation. Since 2006, he has presented at more than 14 peer-reviewed academic conferences and has delivered more than 30 presentations as a guest speaker, keynote, and workshop facilitator. He loves people, food, fashion, and travelling.
Xin Sun is a recent Queen’s graduate from the Gender Studies program with a certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity. Xin is an active member of the Queen’s & Kingston communities as a Disability and Social Justice Advocate, Blogger and Motivational Speaker. Xin’s passion for advocacy work is driven by her lived experience with vision loss and chronic illness. She has founded The Invisible Vision Project which uses storytelling through blogging and motivational speaking to raise awareness and promote diversity and equity. Xin also dedicates time to community initiatives such as being a volunteer ambassador for CNIB and a Board Member for the Ban Righ Foundation. In recognition of all of her work, Xin was awarded the Student Affairs: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Impact Award by Queen’s University in 2018.
Mofi is a student advisor, podcast host, bookstagrammer and an I’ll-watch-anything-realitytv superfan. As an advisor she channels her passions to support the successes of International students utilizing anti-racist, equitable and inclusive lenses. As a Black woman born in Nigeria currently living and working in Kingston, she finds multiple channels to keep engaged with anti-racism work and discourse, which led to the founding of Black Luck Collective, a community group to bring together new and seasoned Black Kingstonians through social gatherings and events. Feel free to connect with Mofi and find all her favourite reads at MofisBookCollection.
Nathan Utioh is an alumnus of Queen’s, graduating in 2016 with his Bachelor’s of Sciences in Life Sciences. As a student, Nathan was involved with residences working with both Residence Life as a Don and the Residence Society. Nathan also spent time working in the Department of Advancement with the Student Alumni Association.
After graduating Nathan moved to England to work at the Bader International Study Centre, supporting students studying at Herstmonceux Castle. Upon his return to Canada, Nathan now works at Queen’s as a Residence Life Coordinator. As a member of the (OACUHO EDI) he and colleagues from Queen’s and Humber College have worked on improving hiring practices to recruit and select more diverse teams. Additionally, Nathan has been a member of the University Council on Anti Racism and Equity since November 2017.
Outside of work, Nathan enjoys playing volleyball and curling, as well is always up for a new podcast recommendation.
Liying Cheng (Ph.D.) is Professor and Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Group (AEG) at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Her primary research interests are the impact of large-scale testing on instruction, the relationships between assessment and instruction, and the academic and professional acculturation of international and immigrant students, workers, and professionals to Canada. She conducts her research within the context of teaching and learning English as a second/foreign language including language immersion and multilingual contexts. Her research and teaching address and celebrate equity, diversity and inclusion. Liying served on the first University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) at Queen’s University and was the co-chair of UCARE (2018-2019). Check out her recent panel forum on Reconceptualizing Inclusivity for Today’s Classrooms at the Faculty of Education https://educ.queensu.ca/reconceptualizing-inclusivity.
Vanessa McCourt is Kaienkehaka (Mohawk) from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She graduated from Queen’s in 2002 with a medial in Sociology and Health Studies and in 2014 graduated with a Masters of Education in Social Justice in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Vanessa has worked in the social services field with Indigenous peoples for most of her career. She has worked at Queen’s at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre for the past 12 years in recruitment, programming, special projects and events coordination and most recently, student advising. She worked for a short time at the Office of Indigenous Initiatives assisting to implement the recommendations of the Queen’s Truth & Reconciliation Task Force Report.