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All invited to attend community forums on racism, diversity, and inclusion

The Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion invites all students, staff, faculty, and alumni to attend a community forum regarding the committee’s work and recommendations. Each forum will include brief presentations on the committee’s initial recommendations, and time for open discussion.

The Principal's Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion will submit a final report to Principal Daniel Woolf by March 31, 2017, after three community forums to discuss recommendations.

“The forums provide important opportunities for the community to respond to, and help fine-tune, previous report implementation recommendations,” says Yolande Chan, Professor, Smith School of Business and committee co-chair.

“The committee has had just over two months to gather information and make initial recommendations. Much as we would have liked to meet individually with everyone at Queen’s with expertise or interest in anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion, it’s been impossible to do. The forums provide important opportunities to hear from many more individuals.”

In early 2017, Principal Daniel Woolf established the small committee, which comprises students, staff, and faculty members, in an effort to initiate broad, meaningful, and sustained change on racism, diversity, and inclusion at Queen’s, and to ensure lasting change is effected. The committee has been tasked with expeditiously reviewing past reports on these issues and will submit to the principal by March 31, 2017 a list of actions to be implemented that identify priorities, timelines, and measures to evaluate the success of implementation. The committee will not finalize its recommendations until after it has received feedback at the community forums.

The three community forums will be held:

  • March 14, 5:30–7 pm, Chernoff Hall, Rm 117
  • March 16, 12–1 pm, School of Medicine, Rm 132A
  • March 20, 5–6:30 pm, School of Kinesiology, Rm 100

More information on the committee’s work is available on the website, including links to previous reports on racism, diversity, and inclusion at Queen’s.