Capturing diversity on campus

Capturing diversity on campus

Photography initiative aims to reflect growing student diversity at Queen’s.

By Dana Mitchell, Intern, Division of Student Affairs

February 14, 2019


A student group is working to showcase diversity on campus.

The Queen’s Student Diversity Project (QSDP)’s Catalogue initiative was a week-long photography event that captured students at various locations across campus, including in classrooms, labs, and social spaces. Hundreds of photos were taken and will be posted to the QSDP website, and added to the university’s image bank for use by marketing and promotion units. More than 60 student participants were involved along with four community sponsors.

“It’s important that diversity on campus is showcased in many ways so that current and future students can see and feel like they belong here,” says QSDP founder Nicole Osayande (Cmp’21). “We got a lot of support from faculty members, staff and administrators, who gave us access to various spaces, and provided advice as we planned this project.”

One of the Division of Student Affairs’ interns was assigned to take many of the photos. The division also provided breakfast for students who participated in weekend photo shoots.

“I have been so impressed by Nicole’s initiative and the work of everyone who is part of the Diversity Project team,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “We are excited to continue working with such passionate and creative students to promote a welcoming and inclusive campus environment.”

In addition to the Catalogue, QSDP recently launched the Diversity Speaks series, a weekly Facebook column that highlights different student voices on the topic of diversity. QSDP is also currently developing a website and is working on a video about university life at Queen’s.

Photos from the Catalogue are scheduled to be posted by the end of February. Visit the QSDP Facebook page to learn more about the project and upcoming events.