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Interim Associate Vice-Principal (International) and Interim Vice-Provost and University Librarian announced

Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris has announced the appointment of Jill Scott as Interim Associate Vice-Principal (International), and the appointment of Michael Vandenburg as Interim Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian.

Jill ScottInterim Associate Vice-Principal (International)

Jill Scott has led the international portfolio over the last few months, and her interim appointment, effective until Dec. 31, 2019, will ensure that the Associate Vice-Principal (International) Office has consistent leadership until a search can be launched under the direction of Patrick Deane when he arrives at Queen’s as the university’s 21st principal. Dr. Scott will retain her duties as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) throughout her interim appointment.

The international portfolio will benefit from Dr. Scott’s proven leadership experience, including her oversight of university-wide initiatives such as the development of Queen’s University Learning Outcomes Framework, classroom renewal, and Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force.

Michael VandenburgInterim Vice-Provost and University Librarian

Michael Vandenburg will begin his one-year appointment on July 1, 2019, when Martha Whitehead steps down from her role as Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian.  Vandenburg has served as Queen’s Associate University Librarian since 2012, working closely with members of the library’s senior administrative team to guide strategic priorities, organizational change, and the allocation and management of library resources in support of university goals.

He played a key role in developing the library’s Information Resources Strategy and represented Queen’s in work with the Ontario Council of University Libraries to implement a shared library services platform for 13 Ontario libraries, improving management and access to library resources for the Queen’s community. Vandenburg also worked with consortial partners to develop services and infrastructure to increase our capacity to support research data management here at Queen’s, and at the provincial and national level. Sandra Morden will serve as Acting Associate University Librarian until June 30, 2020.

Queen’s remembers John Purkis (Com’48)

Queen’s University regrets to inform the community of the death of John Henry Purkis.

Purkis, an alumnus (Com’48) and an active member of the Kingston and Queen’s communities, died Monday, March 18, in his 102nd year.

After serving in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1942 to 1946, Purkis enrolled at Queen’s University in commerce, graduating in 1948, earning his CA in 1953. After a distinguished career he was elected a life member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in 1995. 

At the university he served as president of Queen’s Commerce’48, promoter Commerce’48 Endowment Fund, and was an elected member of Queen’s University Council.

Flags on campus will be lowered on Tuesday, March 26, when a memorial service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church in Portsmouth, starting at 2 pm, followed by a reception.

An obituary is available online.

Awards Gala to honour trailblazers and community builders

[QUAA Awards Gala recipients]

A former governor of the Bank of Canada, a legal advocate for same-sex couples, and the country’s first Inuk heart surgeon are among the honorees at the upcoming Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) Awards Gala.

“These recipients are trailblazers and community builders,” says Jeremy Mosher (Artsci’08), volunteer president of the QUAA. “Through volunteerism or their jobs, they have made a significant impact on Queen’s, their cities, and the country.”

Chancellor Emeritus David Dodge (Arts’65, LLD’02) is receiving the Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honour bestowed by the QUAA. Dr. Dodge had a high-profile career in federal public service, serving as both the deputy minister of health and deputy minister of finance, before being named the governor of the Bank of Canada in 2001. He served as Queen’s chancellor from 2008 to 2014.

Past recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award include NASA astronaut Drew Feustel (PhD’95); former Royal Bank of Canada chief executive officer Gord Nixon (Com’79, LLD’03); and former Princeton University president Shirley Tilghman (Arts'68, DSc'02).

Donna May Kimmaliardjuk (Artsci’11) will receive the One to Watch Award. The former president of the Queen’s Native Students Association is Canada’s first Inuk heart surgeon. She received an Indspire Award and serves as a role model to her community and Indigenous youth.

Kirsti Mathers McHenry (Law’03) is receiving the Alumni Humanitarian Award. She and her wife, Jennifer, are the driving force behind Ontario’s All Families Are Equal Act, which passed in the provincial legislature in 2016. It improved the rights of same-sex parents in a number of ways, including no longer forcing couples who use assisted reproduction to have to adopt their own children.

A total of 11 awards will be handed out. Other recipients include: 

The Queen’s University Alumni Association Awards Gala will take place on April 6 at Ban Righ Hall. For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, visit the Queen’s Alumni website.

Smoke-Free University Policy posted for public comment

The University Secretariat has posted the Smoke-Free University Policy for public comment from the university community.

Queen’s University recognizes the health hazards associated with smoking, second-hand smoke exposure, and the use of tobacco products. The Smoke-Free University Policy aligns with the university’s focus on fostering a culture of wellbeing for all who live, learn, work at and visit Queen’s.

The policy document can be found online at the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.

University community members have until Thursday, April 4, at noon to send their feedback to policies@queensu.ca.

Student groups promoting equity and inclusion to move into Yellow House

University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) subcommittee selects four student groups for Yellow House occupancy.

In January 2019, Queen’s University announced that 140 Stuart Street – a property on campus known as “Yellow House” – would become dedicated space for Queen’s student groups working to advance social justice and inclusion. Since then, a sub-committee of the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) collected and reviewed Expressions of Interest, and has selected the following four student groups for occupancy:

  • African and Caribbean Students’ Association
  • Levana Gender Advocacy Centre
  • Queen’s Black Academic Society
  • Queen’s University Muslim Student Association

“Each of these groups contributes to the campus community by striving to advance social justice, anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “The university is committed to supporting their efforts by providing them a welcoming space from which they can continue their work.”

If additional space remains after each of the selected clubs move into Yellow House, there will be a subsequent call for Expressions of Interest. The university is also planning to create bookable areas in Yellow House for use by groups without dedicated space.

For more information, please visit the Inclusive Queen’s website.

Sharing their legacies

  • Nirosha Balakumar - Spoken word
    Nirosha Balakumar, President of the African and Caribbean Students’ Association and a spoken word artist, performs at The Isabel.
  • ACSA Dancers perform
    Two members of the ACSA Dance Team perform during the annual ACSA Culture Show on Friday, March 15.
  • Danielle Chase Barham - Storytelling
    ACSA Vice-President (Internal) Dainelle Chase Barham offers up a traditional story from Jamaica.
  • Sedney Cyubahiro - Regi student - dance
    Regiopolis Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School Sedney Cyubahiro dances across the stage at The Isabel.
  • Asantewa Nkuah - Education Officer - Thank you
    ACSA Education Officer Asantewa Nkuah thanks the audience and participants and organizers at the end of the Culture Show.
  • ACSA dancers during fashion show
    A trio of dancers show off some 90s-era outfits during the Fashion Show at the ACSA Culture Show.
  • Sara-Maya Kaba dances
    Queen's student Sara-Maya Kaba dances on the Performance Hall stage at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • Emery Confiance - Regi student - raps
    Emery Confiance, a student from Regiopolis Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, performs an original rap.

They came, they sang, they danced, they performed, they told their stories, and they put it all on the line for their ancestors and their cultures.

The annual Culture Show, hosted by the African and Caribbean Students’ Association (ACSA) under the theme of Legacy, was held Friday, March 15 at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, with students and community members taking the Performance Hall stage to tell their stories.

The evening was filled with colourful, intense, and informative performances through dance, spoken word, rap, vocal, storytelling, instrumental, as well as the much-anticipated fashion show.

“This year specifically we chose to build the show around the theme of Legacy. Legacy can mean something to each and every one. To ACSA our legacy is our strength, hope, resilience, diversity, and creation of home…of family,” says Nirosha Balakumar, ACSA president. “We wanted to take the opportunity to honor and celebrate the ancestors and acknowledge that they have carved out the spaces in which we thrive and work in today. We wished to pay homage to them for keeping our culture and traditions alive, for allowing us to continue to be a part of the diaspora by understanding our roots and histories.”

This year's show also marked the first time ACSA invited local high school students to perform. The students were from ACSA’s mentorship program at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School.

This year’s chosen charity for the Culture Show was the Vaah Junior Foundation, an organization that raises awareness on maternal mortality due to lack of adequate healthcare infrastructure and healthcare capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Ghana. 

Earlier this month the ACSA executive team received the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Impact Award, which recognizes individuals or groups who have demonstrated involvement in, and a commitment to, social justice causes that impact the Queen’s community on a broad or small scale. The AMS club strives to be home and family for students within the African-Caribbean diaspora during their time at Queen’s and engages students from different backgrounds and lived experiences.

Principal’s statement on student sexual violence survey

On March 19, 2019, the Ontario Government released its summary report on the Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey. More than 160,000 post-secondary students across the province completed the voluntary survey last spring. Queen’s encouraged students to take part in the survey and the results will now provide universities with information to understand the experiences of students, and help institutions respond with effective supports and services.

[Grant Hall at Queen's University]Queen’s University is committed to addressing the issue of sexual violence and ensuring students feel safe, secure, and as supported as possible. With this in mind, I would like to acknowledge the importance of the Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey and to thank all of the students at Queen’s and at other universities who participated. By understanding the experiences of students, universities will be able to do more to prevent sexual violence and respond to the cases and issues raised in more meaningful ways.

Sexual violence is a societal problem and we know that people of university age have a greater likelihood of being the victim of sexual assault or harassment. The summary report results demonstrate that more needs to be done in addressing the challenges of sexual violence experienced by students at all universities and colleges.

At Queen’s, there is no tolerance for sexual violence in our community; when it occurs, we take it very seriously. We are committed to continuing to do all we can to help prevent sexual violence and to ensure that survivors get the support and help they need, whether an incident occurs on or off campus, during the school year, or during a break.

Queen’s and other universities will now be closely studying the survey results as they will help us further to understand the extent of the problem and the experiences of students, and will help us enhance our processes and supports.

Along with the survey result, the minister also unveiled some new measures aimed at preventing sexual violence on campus, including the creation of a task force at each institution. To meet this requirement, I have instructed Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, to transition our Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group into a task force. This group’s membership will continue to include both undergraduate and graduate student representatives.

Queen’s is also currently reviewing and revising its Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students (implemented in 2016) as requested by the minister. The updated draft is now online for community comment. The government has announced that it is requiring the updated policy be in place by September 2019. We welcome the Minister’s announcement of a doubling of the Women’s Campus Safety Fund that supports prevention on campus across the province.

Queen’s has provided our Board of Trustees with our first Sexual Violence Report at their March 1 meeting, in accordance with the legislation that has since been proclaimed.

Over the coming months, we look forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the complete survey. The government announced it is consulting with the Privacy Commissioner before it releases the full set of results. Universities do not have the full set and will not receive them until that process is completed.

While these processes unfold, I encourage all students who experience any form of sexual violence to contact Barb Lotan, the university’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator at 613-533-6330 or bjl7@queensu.ca, Good2Talk, a 24/7 confidential and anonymous post-secondary student helpline at 1-866-925-5454, Student Wellness Services at 613-533-6000 ext. 78264, or Faith and Spiritual Life at 613-533-2186.

– Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Faith and Spiritual Life gets an upgraded space

[Faith and Spiritual Life]
Members of Faith and Spiritual Life include, from left, Indigenous representative Nathan Brinklow, Interfaith Chaplain Kate Johnson, Rev. Wendy Luella Perkins, and Imam Abdullah El-Asmar.

The Faith and Spiritual Life office is one of the many exciting new spaces in Mitchell Hall.

Located on the second floor, Faith and Spiritual Life offers a spacious setting with offices for one-on-one appointments, a lounge area, and a new interfaith room.

“Our new venue allows us to expand our spiritual programming, provide greater hospitality and be more available for private conversation,” says Kate Johnson, Inter-Faith Chaplain at Queen’s. “The addition of our new interfaith room also allows us to offer more rituals, to give instruction in prayer and meditation and provide a space for both staff and students to reflect and regroup.”

The interfaith room was designed to provide a peaceful, non-denominational location for students and staff to practice reflection, meditation and prayer. The new space is accessible and welcoming to anyone who wishes to find spiritual connection and community on campus.

For those seeking guidance about meditative practices, the chaplain’s office can provide instructions and helpful resources from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions.  

The addition of the interfaith room has also fostered the development of new programs and events, including a worship service for Muslim students and a grief support group presented by Bereaved Families of Ontario-Kingston Region.

Soulful Singing, one of the most popular events offered at the Faith and Spiritual Life office, brings students, staff and faculty together every Wednesday to promote the inclusive and uplifting meditative practice of song.

“The new space is very accessible and welcoming to everyone,” says Alejandro Bascope Alipaz (MA’19). “Taking part in the soulful singing activity is so calming compared to the everyday tasks of studying and grading papers. These activities offer you a moment to breathe and relax while also meeting people that you wouldn’t meet otherwise.”

In addition to the new space, ablution stations have also been added to the washrooms on the second floor of Mitchell Hall.

The Office of Faith and Spiritual Life hopes to continue expanding its programming in the 2019/20 school year, with more events, workshops and a spiritual film series.

To learn more about upcoming events and services, visit the Faith and Spiritual Life website

Proposed revisions to the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s Students posted for public comment

Proposed revisions to the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s Students have been posted for public comment by the University Secretariat.

While the current policy, approved by the Board of Trustees on Dec. 2, 2016 in accordance with amendments to the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities Act (the MTCU Act), has supported a robust strategy for sexual violence awareness, prevention and education, there are opportunities to further improve the procedural elements for both complainants and respondents in the formal complaint process.

The revisions to the current policy clarify the formal complaint procedure for sexual violence complaints, including the intake, investigation, decision-making process, and the positions/offices responsible for various aspects.

The policy document can be found online at the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.

University community members have until Monday, March 25 at 4 pm to send their feedback to policies@queensu.ca.

Proposed revision to Student Code of Conduct posted for public comment

A revision is being proposed to the scope clause of the university’s Student Code of Conduct, and the university community is being invited to comment.

The university has reviewed clause 1(b)(ii) of the Student Code of Conduct, initially approved by the Board of Trustees in 2016, to provide clarity regarding the university’s jurisdiction over student conduct that takes place off university property.

The recommended revisions ensure that, in appropriate circumstances, the university retains jurisdiction over non-academic student conduct that takes place off university property, while narrowing those circumstances to more clearly articulated university interests. The revision also provides an approach to jurisdiction over off-campus student conduct that is more consistent with that taken by courts and other universities.

The policy document can found online at the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.

University community members have until Monday, March 25 at 4 pm to send their feedback to policies@queensu.ca.

 

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