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Summerhill glows purple for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Summerhill illuminated with purple light.
Summerhill illuminated with purple light in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The oldest building on the Queen’s campus was illuminated purple on Monday, Dec. 3 in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Observed by the United Nations since 1992, the day promotes empowerment, inclusiveness, and equality for more than 1 billion people around the world who live with some form of disability.

The initiative was first brought forward by the Political Studies Departmental Student Council in order to champion the cause of accessibility, and encourage a conversation around disability and accessibility at Queen's.

From sunset until 2 am, purple lights illuminated the exterior of Summerhill as part of #PurpleLightUp – an international initiative by PurpleSpace created as an act of solidarity with people living with disabilities. Queen’s joins governments, companies, and organizations across the world that will light their properties purple, including Kingston’s city hall.

Queen’s is committed to building a campus community that is inclusive for all individuals, and to ensuring the removal and prevention of barriers to participation. Resources for students, faculty, and staff living with disabilities are available through the Queen’s Accessibility Hub.