Indigenization - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism, and Accessibility

Hospitality Services is part of Housing and Ancillary Services. Together, we embrace diversity and empower all community members to thrive. We welcome and support students, faculty, and staff from all cultures and backgrounds. We are committed to creating and supporting communities where equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity are embraced and celebrated. 

We acknowledge that identity is multi-dimensional, understand privilege as dynamic and situated, and recognize that we have work to do in this area. We are actively working to eliminate discrimination, injustice, and violence; and engage our communities in dialogue and action.

Hospitality Services is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone through our cultural events, educational opportunities, and campus community involvement.  


Human Rights Initiative Award

Hospitality Services received the annual 2023 Human Rights Initiative Award from Queen's University's Human Rights and Equity Office, in recognition of our extraordinary work advancing equitable initiatives and programs that support cultural dining practices, championing sustainability on campus, and for our commitment to prioritize food security for students. 


Hospitality Services supports students, staff, and faculty observing Passover on campus. Students living in residence on a meal plan will receive direct communications pertaining to Passover support. Students, staff, and faculty not on a meal plan can purchase meals for Passover through the Campus Market online grocery platform. 


Hospitality Services supports students, staff, and faculty observing Ramadan in campus dining halls and retail food locations through halal offerings for Iftaar meals, including late-night offerings in select retail locations and pick-and-pack options (dining hall meal plan holders) for suhoor meals.

Indigenous Cuisine with Chef Lee Arden Lewis

Chef Lee Arden Lewis, a member of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, worked closely with our culinary team to create a dinner menu featuring Indigenous dishes, including Bison Sliders and locally sourced Pickerel topped with Carrot Greens and Pumpkin Seed Pesto. Chef Lee shared a delicious meal with us and provided students with a wonderful dining experience.


Dining halls came alive celebrating the festival of lights. 

A Diwali inspired dinner taste-tested and approved in consultation with the Queen's Tamil Student Association and Residence Life & Services was served, along side station decorations and activities hosted by representative from Residence Life.

Lunar New Year

Students were welcomed in Leonard dining hall for Lunar New Year by sight and sound.

The dining hall was garnished with festive decor and activity booths were held by (Queen’s University International Centre) and the (Queen’s Hong Kong Students’ Association) featuring a red envelope making station.

Collaborating with Students

We love to collaborate with student groups on menu planning for upcoming cultural events, and we value their feedback.  


Our Commitment to 2SLGBTQ+ Communities

Positive Space Training

Our management team participated in Positive Space training. This program offers visibility and support to 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

Rainbow Registered

Queen’s Hospitality Services is an accredited Rainbow Registered organization recognized by Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce for meeting a stringent set of standards to ensure diverse and inclusive practices that support a safe and welcoming environment. 

March of Dimes

Queen’s Hospitality Services is honoured to be recognized by the March of Dimes for their equitable and inclusive hiring practices. We have partnered with the March of Dimes for more than 10 years, participating in initiatives such as Dolphin Mentoring Day where organizational leaders partner with a motivated job seeker with a disability for a full- or half-day of job shadowing. Through these programs we have successfully onboarded 10 employees, several of whom are long-term employees. We strongly believe that diversity and inclusive hiring has strengthened our campus team, promoting a broader respect for different backgrounds and perspectives.

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