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August 2018

[Teri Shearer]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.

Featured Stories

[Queen's University Orientation students]

Orientation changes encourage inclusivity

[Queen's AMS Ramna Safeer Myriam-Morenike Djossou]

Leading, including, and transforming

[Queen's Tyendinaga Indigenous languages Haudenosaunee]

Breathing new life into Indigenous languages

[Queen's TRC reconciliation art Agnes]

Leading reconciliation

[Queen's Summerhill bench Howie Toda]

A life-changing experience

Featured Events

Sri Krishna Jayanti (Hinduism)
Mon, Sept. 3

Paryushana-parva begins (Jainism)
Fri, Sept. 7

Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)
Mon, Sept. 10

Leadership for Medical Women
Thurs, Sept. 13

Yom Kippur (Judaism)
Wed, Sept. 19

Introduction to Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Curricula: Holistic Indigenous Approaches in Curricula
Thurs, Sept. 20

First Day of Sukkot (Judaism)
Mon, Sept. 14

Brown Bag Conversations: Discussing Decolonization Series
Tues, Sept. 25

Tau Lewis Artist Talk Agnes Etherington and Gender Matters Series
Wed, Sept. 26

Islamic History Month in Canada

The Role of Women in Haudenosaunee Communities
Mon, Oct. 1

Introduction to Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Curricula: Holistic Indigenous Approaches in Curricula
Tues, Oct. 2

Social Impact Summit
Fri, Oct. 12


For full event listings, visit queensu.ca/eventscalendar

From the Community

Education student Olivia Rondeau has created an online resource for teaching Aboriginal education - learn more about it on the Faculty of Education website.

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives is seeking presenters for its 20th annual symposium on Indigenous knowledge. The topic this year is "Understanding Treaties and Treaty Making". For more information or to suggest a speaker, please contact Haley Cochrane at haley.cochrane@queensu.ca.

This year's Queen's Reads book is Scarborough. The book tells the interconnected stories of members of a culturally diverse Scarborough neighbourhood, including recent immigrants, Indigenous Peoples, single parents, and children. Additionally, we are fortunate to have author Catherine Hernandez on campus this fall as a Writer-in-Residence. To learn more about the book and where to get your free copy, read this recent Gazette article.

Queen's University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories.
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