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Three recipients share annual Ban Righ Foundation awards

Mature women students at Queen’s can face particular challenges and barriers to success due to their unique life circumstances. That’s how the Ban Righ Centre and its network can help.  Staff work to connect students to resources and mentors, and provide a community where students can receive advice and support. 

Every year the Ban Righ Foundation celebrates inspiring women at Queen’s and in the Kingston community with two distinguished awards.

This year, faculty members Dr. Beverley Mullings and Dr. Burçu Baba are co-recipients of The Ban Righ Foundation Mentorship Award, which recognizes a Queen’s faculty member who identifies as a woman, who demonstrates mentorship and knowledge-sharing, and has been inspirational to a student or students.

Dr. Terri Lynn Brennan is receiving The Ban Righ Foundation Leadership Award, which recognizes a Kingston community member who identifies as a woman, whose leadership builds capacity and fosters opportunities for others, and who has been an inspiration in the community.

“Now more than ever, the leadership and mentorship our recipients provide to students can have incredible impact,” says Susan Belyea, Director of the Ban Righ Centre. “We are thrilled to be honouring the work of these extraordinary women in our campus and local communities.”

The Ban Righ Foundation 2020 Mentorship Award – Dr. Beverley Mullings (co-recipient)

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Dr. Mullings

Dr. Mullings was nominated by graduate students in the Department of Geography who applaud her commitment to building a strong team through the newly formed GEELS (Global Economies and Everyday Lives) Lab. In addition to providing opportunities for collaboration and publishing that are key for graduate student success, she also supervises and mentors many mature women and international students, and provides mentorship to junior faculty in her department. 

The Ban Righ Foundation 2020 Mentorship Award – Dr. Burçu Baba (co-recipient)

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Dr. Baba

Dr. Baba teaches in the Departments of Gender Studies and Cultural Studies.  Her nominators note the multiple ways she models compassionate engagement and support for students, co-workers, and other members of the Queen’s community.  She works to facilitate a culture of compassion and inclusivity for all, especially marginalized groups on campus.

The Ban Righ Foundation 2020 Leadership Award – Dr. Terri Lynn Brennan

Dr. Brennan is a consultant who helps organizations incorporate Indigenous-inclusive policies and practices. For years, she has worked towards the inclusion of Indigenous voices at City Hall, in local museums, the library, and many others. She works collaboratively and facilitates inclusion and participation in all she does.

Photograph of Dr. Brennan
Dr. Brennan

Instead of the usual in-person gathering to recognize the award recipients and showcase talented local female-identified performers, Ban Righ Centre staff are curating an online event featuring video messages, music, and tributes to the award honourees.

Community members are invited to join together for Inspiring Women: Together in 2020 on Wednesday October 21 at 7 pm EST via Facebook for a live viewing party. The video will then be hosted on the Ban Righ Centre YouTube Channel for future viewing.

The video will feature the award recipients, short talks from Sadia Rafiquddin, a journalist and advocate for Indigenous peoples, and from recent Queen’s graduate and Ban Righ alumna Dr. Sanober Umar, as well as a performance by singer Abby Zotz of a song she wrote that was inspired by Ban Righ Centre students.

“We are being creative this year, and we are excited to connect with our community in this way,” says Belyea. “There will be an incredible breadth of perspective, and we are grateful for the vision and expertise of our video producer, local musician Kris Abbott, as well as the gracious and enthusiastic participation of everyone involved.”

To learn more about the centre and the Inspiring Women Awards, visit the Ban Righ Centre website.