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Queen’s celebrates International Women’s Day

Two women move into senior leadership roles, student award winners, and many more are helping lead the way at Queen's and beyond.

International Women’s Day – March 8 – is an opportunity to recognize women’s achievements in our community and around the world. It is also a time to take measure of the ongoing efforts to achieve equity for women.

As Queen’s University marks International Women’s Day, the Gazette takes a look back at some of the key accomplishments, events, and women – mentors and role models, visionaries and trailblazers, leaders and supporters, faculty, students and staff – who have helped make a difference over the past 12 months.

Of particular note is the appointment of women to two prominent leadership positions at the university – Jane Philpott as dean of the Faculty of Health Science and Mary Wilson Trider as chair of the Board of Trustees.


Queen's Engineering student earns Order of the White Rose scholarship
The $30,000 scholarship commemorates the victims of the Dec. 6 massacre and recognizes the accomplishments of women engineering students.

Queen’s University announces five new Canada Research Chairs
New chairs have wide-ranging expertise in research – from glaciers to youth in Africa.

Striving for diverse leadership
With strong support by its Board of Trustees, Queen’s becomes early adopter of Canada’s 50-30 Challenge to achieve gender parity and increase diversity at leadership level.

Getting to know Dean Jane Philpott
Jane Philpott discusses her new role as dean of Health Sciences, her previous experiences, and some of her goals for her term.

In conversation with the new chair of the Board of Trustees
Mary Wilson Trider discusses her new role, her history at Queen’s, COVID-19, and the university’s path ahead.

Honoring fearless activism for human rights
Queen’s grants an honorary degree to human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who has been imprisoned for activism in Iran.

Finding her authentic self
Smith School of Business staff member Erin LeBlanc’s book provides valuable insights for those making a similar gender transition journey and their allies.

Sophie de Goede named a U Sports Top 8 Academic All-Canadian
The third-year Queen's commerce student is a standout on the rugby field, on the basketball court, and in the classroom.

Four professors receive one of the highest Canadian academic honours
Royal Society of Canada elects two Queen’s University researchers as Fellows, and two to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

New Agnes Etherington Art Centre director announced
Accomplished curator, writer, and artist Emelie Chhangur will begin her appointment on Oct. 1, 2020.

Threatened artist and academic creates new life for her family
Queen’s Scholars at Risk committee works to welcome first Artist Protection Fund Fellow.

Helping leaders make public health decisions during COVID-19
Queen’s researcher Dongmei Chen and collaborators receive federal funding to explore how the social dynamics of coronavirus transmission impact decision making.