With the fall term nearly upon us, it is a great time to pause and take stock of how far we have come in creating a more inclusive community here at Queen's.
The summer has been busy, with the announcement of increased funding for accessibility enhancements; new programs and hires across the university to support equity-seekers, including sign language workshops for our Physical Plant Services team, and Equity Office resources at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC); and, just recently, the unveiling of our Truth and Reconciliation Roundtable. This new group has been created to steer the university’s efforts to reconcile with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.
Our work has clearly not paused over the summer – and it will continue right through the fall. Next week, students will experience a refreshed Orientation experience designed to be more inclusive.
In the coming months, the renovated Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre will re-open, and you will begin to see a greater presence on-campus calling attention to the many resources we have to support equity-seeking students, faculty, and staff.
And, of course, there will be more opportunities for coffee chats with me about your experiences – positive and negative.
In the meantime, I encourage you to visit queensu.ca/inclusive. This new website has been created to highlight available services and supports within our community, reaffirm our commitment to building an inclusive living and learning campus environment, and share our progress in meeting the recommendations of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) final report.
I am eager to hear what you think about this new resource. Best wishes as you start this exciting new academic year.
Dr. Teri Shearer
Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion)
P.S. Dr. Adnan Husain of the History Department will be guest editing the October edition to mark Muslim History Month. I hope you enjoy his insights and take the time to learn more about his Muslim Societies Global Perspectives initiative.