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Annual report highlights commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals

The university has released a social impact report, highlighting its activities in research, teaching, outreach, and stewardship that support advancing the UN SDGs.

[Report Cover: Queen's contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Advancing social impact | 2021-2022]
Read the report: Queen's contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Advancing social impact | 2021-2022 [PDF Report 10 KB]

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a roadmap for how we can work together to create a better world for people and the planet. Queen’s alignment with the SDGs reflects the university’s vision that our community will solve the world’s most significant challenges with their intellectual curiosity, passion to achieve, and commitment to collaborate.

For the second year, Queen’s has released a social impact report, highlighting the university’s activities in research, teaching, outreach, and stewardship that support advancing the UN SDGs. A key focus of the 2021-2022 report is recognizing the efforts made by Queen’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni to confront COVID-19 and its unprecedented and unpredictable set of challenges.

Queen’s contributions to advancing social impact in our local, national, and international communities has been recognized by the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, the only global performance tables that assess universities against the UN SDGs. In both 2021 and 2022, Queen’s was ranked among the top 10 universities globally in the THE Impact Rankings.

This year’s report references a wide variety of Queen’s programs, partnerships, and infrastructure that align with the values of the SDGs. A few examples include the work of the Campus and Community Engagement Sustainability Sub-Working Group to advance SDG 13: Climate Action, Queen’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSe) student-run organization which is advancing SDG 5: Gender Equality to promote and encourage women to pursue STEM studies, and the launch of the Graduate Inclusivity Fellows initiative aligned with SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities where graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are contributing to strategies and programs to improve the learning experience related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity.

Housed on the Advancing Social Impact website, in addition to the report, users can find further information on key initiatives and engage with additional images and video that illustrate the community’s action and impact.

To learn more about Queen’s commitment to the SDGs and to read the report, visit the website

Annual reports show progress in diversity and campus culture at Queen’s

Reports detail progress being made in delivering EDII goals and implementing TRC recommendations.

Queen’s University continues its effort to make advancements in its pursuit of a more equitable campus community. The release of both the 2021-22 Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenization and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Implementation reports show advancements made in equity and Indigenization at Queen’s.

EDII

Cover design of the EDII annual report
View the EDII annual report.

The past academic year has witnessed the implementation of several initiatives created to help foster a more diverse and inclusive environment at Queen’s. Advancements, beneficial to students, faculty, and staff, have been achieved and serve as foundational pieces to a promising future.

In 2021-22, women, Indigenous, and racialized faculty members were hired at rates that exceeded their workforce availability.

Just over a year ago, Queen’s joined more than 40 universities and colleges across Canada as a signatory of the Scarborough Charter ­– a sector-wide agreement designed to move post-secondary institutions beyond rhetoric to more concrete actions to address anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion.

The charter, which was signed by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane, is based on four essential principles: Black flourishing, inclusive excellence, mutuality, and accountability. These core principles are underpinned by detailed target areas and actions that seek wide-ranging changes and improvements to post-secondary governance, approaches to research, teaching and learning, and community engagement.

“As Queen’s begins to realize its ambitious strategy for the future, it must always be mindful of the impact on the people it supports,” says Principal Deane. “The university’s vision is predicated upon a commitment to our values: truth, responsibility, respect, freedom and wellbeing. Our university will not be able to achieve its goals without adhering to these values.”

Queen’s continues to expand initiatives to recruit, retain, and support students from equity-deserving groups through expanded outreach by Access and Inclusion admission staff and peer equity ambassadors, additional financial aid, and tailored support services.

The first cohort of Commitment Scholars was welcomed to Queen’s in Fall 2021. This renewable award – $12,000 per year for four years – recognizes 10 incoming students each year who have demonstrated leadership in racial justice, social justice, and leading EDII initiatives in their school or community.

Queen’s also granted Commitment Bursaries to more than 300 incoming students in 2021-22. These students will receive a total of $935,000 in their first year of study. This new bursary was created for eligible first-year students who self-identify as a member of an underserved or underrepresented group based on demonstrated financial need.

The Yellow House, a unit in Student Affairs that opened in 2020 as a dedicated space for racialized, queer, and other marginalized students, created additional staff positions in response to the growth in demand for programs and services for equity-deserving student communities. Programming this year has continued to increase and grow, and engagement has been very high.

The Human Rights and Equity Office and Student Affairs launched a student campus climate and culture survey in 2021 to help the university understand systemic racism, exclusionary and discriminatory behaviours, and sexual violence on campus.

Since the release of the survey report, From Input to Action, the work of shifting Queen’s culture and climate has been embraced by student groups and by units, departments and faculties. This work has inspired the Queen’s Shift Project, a collection of events and initiatives – open to all students – aimed at centering equity-deserving student experiences, providing opportunities for dialogue , and acting on next steps towards improving campus culture. The next campus climate survey will take place in January 2023.

These initiatives, among others highlighted in the report, are helping to remove barriers some have experienced either in entering or prospering while at Queen’s University, and make the campus environment more inclusive.

Year Five: TRC Implementation Report

Cover design for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission annual report.
View the Truth and Reconciliation Commission annual report. 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Implementation Report – Year Five, released by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, details many of the actions Queen’s has taken to help the university fulfill the 25 recommendations for sustained institutional change detailed within the Extending the Rafters report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force (TRCTF).

One of those accomplishments is the launch of the BA Honours Major and Medial in Indigenous Studies in 2021. The programs serve as interdisciplinary Honours degrees that draw on a range of course offerings from 14 departments within the Faculty of Arts and Science. Those courses focus on Indigenous history, culture, experience, language, and ways of knowing.

Additionally, the Queen’s undergraduate and graduate Degree Level Expectations were updated to include language explicitly focused on equity, diversity, inclusion, Indigenization, and accessibility (EDIIA). Of those changes, one of the points highlighted is the need for students to: “ethically engage diverse communities and participants to advance research and scholarship and to benefit communities.”

“The university’s efforts to strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities as well as developing Indigenous gathering spaces on campus have both been an incredible example of reconciliation and Indigenization that I hope will continue many years into the future,” says Kanonhsyonne Janice Hill, Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation). “It is instrumental to include Indigenous community in the work that we are doing at the university and that work begins with building honest and accountable relationships so that we begin from a place of trust.”

The Faculty of Education is leading an Indigenous Youth Initiative, in partnership with the regional school boards, to create pathways to education for Indigenous students and support them in completing a Bachelor of Education degree.

The Faculty of Arts and Science worked closely with Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre in Student Affairs to hire an Academic Advisor to work with Indigenous students and provide leadership on decolonizing academic advising more generally. An Indigenous Advising space in the Faculty, designed in partnership with Four Directions, opened for in-person advising in Summer 2022.

“Real and substantive change requires all of us to work together and to recognize that those commitments we have made must permeate all the work we do,” says Principal Deane.

For more information and resources on EDII efforts at Queen’s, please visit the Inclusive Queen’s site.

For the Record – Jan. 5, 2023

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette editor Andrew Carroll.

COMMITTEES

Headship Search Committee, Department of Family Medicine

Michael Green’s term as Head of the Department of Family Medicine will end on Oct. 31, 2023, and a Search Committee is to be established to make a recommendation to the Board Chairs of each participating hospital and the provost of Queen’s University on its future leadership. The Search Committee, which is being established in accordance with the Senate document governing the Appointment of Clinical/Academic Department Heads is to be comprised of:

  • The chief of staff (or delegate) of each participating hospital
  • One representative of each participating hospital selected by its board
  • One member selected by the Department of Family Medicine
  • One head of a clinical department, selected by the chiefs of staff of the participating hospitals and the dean
  • The dean of the faculty (or vice-dean)
  • Two members of the faculty, one of whom shall be from the Department of Family Medicine, appointed by the dean
  • Two learners, one of whom shall be enrolled in a graduate, or post-graduate medical program, to be selected by the respective groups

Following approval of the composition of the committee, the membership will be announced.

At this time, nominations to the Headship Search Committee are invited. Additionally, faculty, staff, students, residents and all other members of the hospital and university communities, are invited to submit their comments, in writing, on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Family Medicine, as well as the names of possible candidates for the headship and the reasons for supporting each nominee. Written submissions are to be completed, via Microsoft Forms. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the QHS Staffing Office at fhsstaffing@queensu.ca. Responses received will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the review committee; Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Queen's United Way campaign reaches its goal

The Queen’s United Way campaign has reached its overall goal of $475,000.

With this achievement, the Queen’s United Way Committee extend their gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to this year’s campaign.

The biggest workplace campaign for the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington the Queen’s campaign accounts for more than 10 per cent of overall target of $3,808,000.

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington continues to work closely with local partners to tackle growing areas of need in our community. The funds raised through the Queen’s campaign will have local impact on key challenges like food security, mental health and addictions support, and homelessness.

Queen’s staff, faculty, and retirees are leaders in the community having the largest workplace and retiree campaign within the region. A recent report by Deloitte showed that Queen’s community members annually raise well over $1 million to support local causes while students put in thousands of volunteer hours with local agencies and programs

To join the campaign and donate, visit the Queen’s United Way site and follow the instructions. Previous donors who have accepted automatic renewal can also use this link to increase their annual pledge.

Advancement team celebrate by giving back

On a cold December day, a group of determined individuals set out to make a difference in their community. These were not your average volunteers – they were the employees from the Office of Advancement at Queen's University, coming together for their annual year-end celebration.

 But this wasn't just a chance to reconnect and have some fun – it was also an opportunity for them to give back to the city of Kingston and its underserved communities. Nearly 100 Advancement employees spent their afternoon volunteering at organizations such as The Fairmount Home, Kingston Humane Society, and Partners in Mission Food Bank.

With a spirit of collaboration and a desire to make a positive impact, the staff worked together to clean, organize, and even gather a final vegetable crop of the season. They even took the time to write holiday cards for long-term care residents.

“We appreciate all the hard work that went into making them. Our residents will certainly enjoy them very much,” says Katie Johnson, recreationist from the Fairmount Home.

“As a department, with many remote or hybrid employees, we genuinely appreciate the importance of community,” says Karen Bertrand, Vice-Principal (Advancement). "When we have a chance to come together as a group, we build connections as colleagues, but we can also be part of a larger movement for positive change.”

For Advancement staff members, this year-end gathering was a chance to get to know Kingston and the values of the community that Queen’s calls home.

“As a team, we've all benefited from living or working in Kingston,” says one staff member. “Being able to give something back to the people and organizations that work tirelessly to support this region was a memorable experience for our entire team.”

Through their dedication and hard work, the Office of Advancement staff made a lasting impact on the Kingston community through service and compassion.

Student-led initiative has raised more than $1 million


 

Cure Cancer Classic, a student-run, not-for-profit initiative, has raised more than $1 million to support cancer research over the past 17 years.

Created in 2005 by a group of Smith School of Business commerce students, the dedicated team of volunteers has raised the funds through rivalry hockey games as well as golf and hockey tournaments.

The most recent event, the Queen’s Classic hockey tournament hosted in late November which brings together teams from across the university, raised more than $120,000, pushing the grand total to over $1 million.

For the current executive team, led by commerce students Amy Janes and Robert Hume, reaching the goal is both a moment to remember and motivation for moving ahead.

“There is a great sense of accomplishment and pride, and we feel incredibly honoured to have carried on the legacy and lead the team that achieved this monumental milestone,” Janes says, pointing to the hard work put in by the 35 members of the executive team. “Every executive member has a personal story with cancer and achieves purpose by providing hope to loved ones battling, living with, and moving past the disease. We feel extremely fulfilled by the ability to continuously generate impactful change and support the Canadian Cancer Trials Group.”

Through a partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, Cure Cancer Classic is helping fund cancer research at the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG), headquartered at Queen’s.

Janes and Hume have both been part of the Cure Cancer Classic team for three years and have worked to increase participation in the events and fundraising.

The year’s Queen’s Classic tournament drew 175 players from across the university and also attracted an increased number of sponsors from the Kingston community and beyond. The effort led to a record-breaking result.

Getting to this point has taken a massive amount of dedication from student volunteers, the co-chairs explain, elevating the initiative from a class project 17 years ago to where it is now.

“We have to thank every single person that has been a part of Cure Cancer Classic since Day 1,” Hume says. “Our team recognizes and is grateful for the efforts of those who built the organization's foundation and supported the year-over-year growth and advancement that has positioned us to where we are now. We hope everyone who has journeyed with CCC since 2005 can feel the same level of pride and achievement as we do today.”

Currently, Cure Cancer Classic comprises four events: the Queen’s Classic tournament; the Commerce Classic, a hockey tournament bringing together teams from business schools across Canada; the Cure Cancer Classic golf tournament – the newest addition; and the Comm-Eng Rivalry Hockey Game.

The rivalry game is played at the Leon’s Centre in March and features two teams made up of students from the commerce and engineering programs at Queen’s. This year’s event was a sell-out at the 4,700-seat arena and raised $340,000.

With more events to come there is room for growth and more fundraising to support cancer research.

“The Canadian Cancer Society is so excited and fortunate to be working closely with the Cure Cancer Classic team again this year,” says Doug Kane, Director Independent Fundraising and Sports Alliances for the Canadian Cancer Society. “The entire CCC team continues to show us the power of collaboration and teamwork. They are an extremely dedicated, innovative, and passionate group of students having a significant impact on the cancer landscape. The funds they raise support the amazing cancer research being conducted at the Canadian Cancer Trials Group located here at Queen’s and Kingston.”

Visit the Cure Cancer Classic website to donate and learn more.

2022 Year in Review

With 2022 coming to a close, we take a look at some of the big moments, achievements, and new beginnings from the past 12 months.

The year saw the return to full in-person activities on campus, the opening of a new students’ residence, continued progress on a number of key initiatives, and much more.

Convocation returns
In-person ceremonies were held this spring for the first time in two years, celebrating the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Queen’s secures second consecutive top-10 position globally in THE Impact Rankings
Queen’s places 7th in international rankings out of more than 1,500 institutions in advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Celebrating Chancellor Murray Sinclair’s installation
A special ceremony marked Chancellor Sinclair’s 2021 appointment and celebrated Indigenous culture.

Introducing Bader College
The name change reflects the UK campus’s close connections to Queen’s, its high level of academic courses, and unique on-campus experience.

Opening the doors to Queen’s new residence
Queen's and Kingston community members were able to get an early look at the Albert Street Residence ahead of move-in.

New financial aid programs to boost access to a Queen’s education
Major Access Bursaries were increased and focused on admitted applicants with the highest financial need.


Implementing the Scarborough Charter at Queen’s
Four committees have been formed to help advance specific targets within each of the four categories that fall under the charter.

Queen’s economic and social impact
New Deloitte report highlights how Queen’s University generates over $1.6 billion annually in local economic and social benefits, including one in 10 jobs in Kingston and 11 per cent of regional GDP.

New Indigenous gathering space officially unveiled
An artist-designed courtyard at Queen’s new Albert Street student residence highlights Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Queen’s commits to reduce carbon footprint of investment portfolios by 2030
The university’s new strategy aims to maintain significantly lower emissions than the global benchmark and drive meaningful change.

Seven new faculty members join the Black Studies program
The Faculty of Arts and Science welcomed four Queen's National Scholars and three more professors after intensive search that focused on equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and scholarship.

Preparations for upcoming winter closing

In preparation for the upcoming winter closing observed across the university, Queen’s employees are asked to keep energy management and sustainability in mind by turning off and unplugging equipment in offices and work spaces to avoid wasteful energy consumption and its damaging carbon impacts.

Here is a quick list of things to check and turn off in your office before leaving for the closure:

  • Computers
  • Computer monitors or televisions
  • Lights
  • Power bars
  • Portable space heaters
  • Other miscellaneous electronics

Please work together to ensure other items in the general office areas or kitchens are also turned off, checked or adjusted. These include:

  • All copiers/printers
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Common area lights
  • Shredder
  • Ceiling fans
  • Washroom lights
  • Turn down thermostats (18C or 65F)
  • Close windows (open windows can freeze up pipes and cause significant water damage)

Organics/Garbage/Recycling:

  • The last collection date for organics is Tuesday, Dec. 20. Please route all organics to garbage bins thereafter. TIP: If your department is using a small green organics bin in an office or kitchen space, be sure to wash and rinse it out before leaving for the closure!
  • Please dispose of garbage and recycling as early as possible this week. The last collection date for garbage and recycling is Thursday, Dec. 22. Please ensure that desk side bins are emptied into the central waste stations located in the common areas of your buildings before noon on this date. This provides Custodial Support Services (CSS) with one last opportunity to check and empty these stations.
  • There will not be any custodial service available Dec. 23 – Jan. 2 (inclusive) except where coverage has been pre-arranged.

Fridge/Freezer Operation: Check appliances for proper operation/temperature control to avoid spoiling of any contents during the closing. For those appliances with valuable contents, ensure surge protectors in place. If the fridge/freezer is being cleared of contents and unplugged, please plan accordingly and account for water production from the thaw of this equipment.

Report any ongoing water issues (ongoing leaks, broken toilets, or leaky faucets), lack of heating or exterior door/window issues to Client Services (Fixit) at 613-533-6757 prior to Dec. 22.

During the winter closing (after 4 pm on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, and before 8 am on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023), please report urgent issues to the Emergency Report Centre at 613-533-6080 (ext. 36080 internal). Examples of urgent issues include:

  • Lack of heating or process cooling
  • Flooding
  • Broken windows
  • Exterior door issues
  • Active alarms
  • Slippery/icy sidewalks or parking lots

Queen’s remembers Professor Emeritus J. C. Heywood

The Queen’s community is remembering Professor Emeritus and acclaimed printmaker J. C. Heywood, who taught in the Bachelor of Fine Art program from 1976 to 2006. He died on Dec. 1, 2022 at the age of 81 in Montreal.

Heywood taught printmaking to Queen's students in the Bachelor of Fine Art program and was well-known for his generosity of spirit and was loved and respected by his students and colleagues alike.

Heywood first studied at Ontario College of Art and would travel throughout his career, honing his skills and sharing his knowledge in printshops around the world.  

His works are included in collections throughout North America and Europe. The Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec houses his life's work in recognition of his deep connection with the province and a retrospective exhibition of his prints toured from 2008–2010.

A full obituary by Professor Emeritus Pierre du Prey, a long-time friend and colleague is available on the Queen’s Department of Art and Art History website.

University is open

Commuters advised to exercise due care for weather conditions.

The university is open and operating normally this morning. Commuters are advised to exercise due care when driving or walking on campus and allow for extra time due to weather.

Queen’s University will communicate any weather cancellation through our website notification system and social media.

For information regarding the process visit the Inclement Weather page on the Environmental Health and Safety website.

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