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A direct peer-to-peer message

Queen’s students collaborate on two new videos urging their peers to follow public health guidelines.

Queen’s students are sharing public health messages with their peers in two new videos urging students to “mask up or pack up” and “space out or move out.” Inspired by similar videos at U.S. universities, the students partnered with Queen’s staff members to produce the messages about the importance of physical distancing and wearing masks.

“We are pleased to support our students in delivering such powerful peer-to-peer messages," says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “The majority of our students are taking all the recommended precautions and are following public health guidelines. Our students want everyone to stay safe and have a positive experience and these videos help to emphasize these goals.”

Leaders from the student community are amongst those featured in the videos. Queen’s Rector Sam Hiemstra wears a mask and asks his peers to take precautions.

“It is easy to forget that you're a part of a larger community when you are sitting inside at your desk all day. These videos highlight that we need to be a community now more than ever to fight this pandemic. We cannot hope to end this as individuals; we need come together and be united in our efforts," says Hiemstra.

Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) President Justine Aman takes part as well.

"It has been incredibly inspiring to see so many Queen's students coming together to protect our community. Following public health guidelines is as important as ever and it is our hope that this video will reflect that. Working together we can ensure our community stays safe and thriving," says Aman.

The videos started circulating social media on Oct. 2, and they can be found on the Queen’s COVID-19 information website.