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News Release - Queen's student Claire Gummo selected as a 2017 Rhodes Scholar

Monday, November 21, 2016

KINGSTON—Queen's University Political Studies and Gender Studies student Claire Gummo has been selected as a 2017 Rhodes Scholar. Ms. Gummo, a Loran Scholar, is the 57th Queen's student to receive the prestigious scholarship to the University of Oxford, where she intends to pursue a Master of Philosophy in Comparative Social Policy.

“Ms. Gummo’s academic career, community service, and personal goals, and record of achievement embody the Rhodes Scholar intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s. “I have gotten to know Claire personally during her time at Queen’s, owing to her involvement in university policy work. She has distinguished herself through the significant contribution she has made to our community.”

A native of Calgary, Ms. Gummo has played a leading role in making the Kingston and Queen’s communities better and safer. Since 2015, she has led a team of students in the delivery of a bystander intervention training program, to mobilize the university community to recognize and prevent sexual violence. More than 2,000 students have received the training since August alone. She is a student representative on the provost's Implementation Team on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence, as well as the associated working group, where she has assisted in the development of Queen’s sexual violence policy.

Ms. Gummo is also a research assistant at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s and a gender consultant to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Off campus, she has served on the board of the Sexual Health Resource Centre in Kingston and has volunteered at a soup kitchen in France. An avid figure skater, she has coached young skaters in Kingston and Calgary.

The Rhodes Scholarships are considered the oldest and most prestigious international scholarships for outstanding scholars from any academic field of study. Funded by the estate of Cecil J. Rhodes (the Rhodes Trusts), the scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as “leaders for the world’s future” and are provided for postgraduate studies or a second bachelor’s degree at Oxford, for two years with the possible extension of a third year. Each year, 11 Rhodes Scholars are selected from Canada.

For more information on the 2017 Rhodes Scholars, please visit the website.


Chris Armes
Communications Officer, Media Relations
613-533-6000 x77513