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Athletics and Recreation launches Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization Task Force

Queen's Athletics and Recreation has, with the unanimous support of the University Council on Athletics and Recreation (UCAR), formed an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Indigenization (EDII) Task Force. 

Members include students, faculty, staff, coaches, alumni, and experts with varied backgrounds and experiences. The task force will consult, as needed, with advisors, internal and external to the university, and will provide advice, identify priorities and make recommendations to the Executive Director on matters of policy, practices and operations that impact EDII within Athletics and Recreation.

“It is necessary that we look more deeply into EDII within our athletic community, our programs, services and operations to ensure that our culture and our actions reflect, and seek to advance the principles of EDII in everything we do,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Athletics and Recreation. 

The work of the task force will lead to concrete and achievable plans and actions which strive to dismantle biased systems, foster anti-racism, promote inclusion and allow the Athletics and Recreation community to stand together against hate, intolerance and injustice. 

“We have long told athletes that sport helps build character but which character traits we value and prioritize have rightly been put under the microscope. I’m excited for the opportunity to help our student-athletes create a more empathetic and equitable program here at Queen’s,” says Courtney Szto, Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and Athletics and Recreation EDII Task Force Chair.

A newly-created webpage will be updated regularly with the task force’s work, priorities, reflections, experiences and resources.

To learn more, visit gogaelsgo.com/edii.