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Supporting student clubs during COVID-19

The AMS Clubs Office and the Student Experience Office launch new resource for club leaders.

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In addition to providing the latest updates on university operations and safety guidelines, the Club Hub includes information on upcoming events for clubs, funding opportunities, and a toolkit filled with activities and useful templates.

With over 275 unique clubs, and more than 16,000 students involved each year, the clubs community is an integral part of the Queen’s experience.

The AMS Clubs Office and the Student Experience Office (SEO) have teamed up and launched a new online resource for club leaders.

The Club Hub is a website that offers tools and resources for student clubs to help them adapt and thrive within the changing circumstances of COVID-19. Since the site went live in July, it has had more than 600 visits.

"Clubs are facing new challenges and many unknowns in the new world of remote operations,” says Olivia Stanton, the Commissioner of Clubs in the AMS. “As student leadership and student involvement opportunities are an integral part of the Queen's experience, I hope The Club Hub provides a centre for resources that support clubs and the clubs community in their operations this year."

In addition to providing the latest updates on university operations and safety guidelines, the site includes information on upcoming events for clubs, funding opportunities, and a toolkit filled with activities and useful templates.

Online training modules will also be available throughout August and into the academic year, covering a range of topics including Leading Others Remotely and Planning Online Events. These resources were developed in consultation with club leaders and will offer helpful suggestions and concrete tools to support remote operations.

“Clubs contribute to a sense of community and belonging on campus that so many Queen’s students value and benefit from,” says Kevin Collins, Coordinator, Student Development at the SEO. “We hope that the guidance and resources offered through The Club Hub will help students navigate remote leadership and help them continue their operations in meaningful and productive ways.”

In addition to The Club Hub, the SEO has been working with the AMS Social Issues Commissioner and the Human Rights and Equity Office to develop avenues of connection for equity-seeking groups. This includes an Open House for clubs with an equity focus and an orientation event for first-year students to learn about these clubs, meet club members, and discover ways to get involved for the coming year.

The annual Tricolour Open House will also be held on September 10 for new and returning students looking to find out about the diverse array of clubs at Queen’s. This year, students will have the chance to connect with club leaders in real time using ZOOM meeting rooms.

To learn more, visit The Club Hub website.