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.
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!)