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May 2018

[Teri Shearer]With the lecture halls emptying out for the summer, convocation ceremonies getting underway, and the coffee lines on campus finally getting shorter, the month of May is a great opportunity for us to reflect on the academic year gone by and look ahead to how we can best prepare ourselves for the fall.

The summer provides a great opportunity to catch up on some of the excellent training available to foster diversity, inclusivity, and reconciliation within our Queen's community, or to plan out training for the fall. Starting this week, the Centre for Teaching and Learning will be launching a series of workshops entitled "Holistic Indigenous Approaches in Curricula" to seek ways to embed Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing alongside other knowledge in the classroom. 

Meanwhile, there are many longstanding programs available through our Equity and Human Rights Office designed to help us build a more inclusive community – consider registering in the next offering of the popular From Diversity to Inclusion Certificate program. The Division of Student Affairs also recently held a workshop for all of their staff to look at matters of diversity, inclusivity, and reconciliation in how they offer their services – read about it in this newsletter!

And just last week, I attended an informational presentation by student Markus Harwood-Jones marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia as well as a workshop for parents who are also graduate students.

Should you have the time this summer, I highly recommend spending some time thinking about how you will invest in your inclusivity knowledge this coming year.

In this month's newsletter, you will hear about how we have celebrated many amazing stories of perseverance here at Queen's – including a lengthy quest to exonerate an Indigenous chief and the significant achievements of several of our female students who were recently celebrated by the Ban Righ Foundation. 

On that note, I send my personal congratulations to all of our students who are graduating this month. While our convocation ceremonies may mark the end of your Queen's program, I hope your degree forms just one part of a lifetime of learning. Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan said, "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress." You have received an outstanding education – now go and be the change you want to see in the world.

Teri Shearer
Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion)

(P.S. Next month, to mark Pride Month in Canada, I have invited Dr. Samantha King of the Gender Studies department to guest edit the Inclusive Community newsletter. I hope you will enjoy her comments and insights!)

Featured Stories

[Alyssa Aiello]

Remarkable women, remarkable achievements

[Teri-Lynn Brennan]

Identity, diversity, and supporting students

[Pîhtokahanapiwiyin]

Indigenous alumnus helps right a 133-year-old wrong

[Erin LeBlanc and Tina Dacin]

Closing the c-suite diversity gap

[Attendees share a laugh during the conference. (Photo: Faculty of Arts and Science)]

African Studies conference focuses on transformation

Featured Events

Holistic Indigenous Approaches in Curricula
May 23, 10:30 am - 12 pm; May 28, 2:30 - 4 pm; and May 31, 1:30 - 3 pm. Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202

Declaration of The Báb (Bábism, Bahá'í Faith)
May 24 (all day)

Talk with Teri
June 12, 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Vernon Ready Room A115, Duncan McArthur Hall

Highlighting Indigenous Issues in Curricula
June 14, 10:30 - 12 pm; and June 19, 2:30 - 4 pm. Robert Sutherland Room 202

Īd al-Fiṭr (Islam)
June 15 (all day)

National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 (all day)

Indigenizing Curricula - Indigenous Experience and Theorizations of Identity
June 28, 9:30 - 11 am, Robert Sutherland Room 202

Talk with Teri
June 30, 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Dean of Womens Lounge, Ban Righ Hall

From the Community

Ramadan Mubarak to all who are celebrating! Ramadan began on Tuesday, May 15. Daily iftars (meals to break the fast) are being held in the Queen's University International Centre courtesy of volunteers from the Islamic Society of Kingston. Taraweeh prayers (special night prayers) are being held in the McLaughlin Room (second floor of the John Deutsch University Centre). The Islamic Society of Kingston has also published a Ramadan prayer timetable (PDF, 109kb) on their website.

May has been Asian Heritage Month in Canada – to learn more about how Asian people have contributed to our country's history, visit the Department of Canadian Heritage's website.

There is much to look forward to at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre's 2018 spring and summer season, and at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts' next season. The Isabel's next season, which was recently announced, begins in March 2019. 

Dr. Anita Jack-Davies, adjunct assistant professor with the Department of Geography and Planning, has written a piece for The Conversation Canada about the experience of black graduate students that is worth a read.

Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) is running an advertising campaign featuring diverse members of our community sharing their stories of how they were welcomed to Kingston – both positive and challenging. Watch for the "Say Hello" ads popping up around town soon. If you would like to share your story, KIP will be calling for more participants in the near future.

Could you suggest news items, events, or other announcements we could include in future newsletters? Please email me at inclusivity@queensu.ca

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