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Queen's commemorates 30th anniversary of l’École Polytechnique massacre

Permanent memorial announced as university marks National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

  • Queen's Engineering and Applied Science students, staff, and faculty lighting candles as the ceremony begins.
    Queen's Engineering and Applied Science students, staff, and faculty lighting candles as the ceremony begins.
  • The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Kevin Deluzio, delivering opening remarks.
    The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Kevin Deluzio, delivering opening remarks.
  • Queen's Engineering and Applied Science students, staff, and faculty commemorating each of those killed in the attack.
    Queen's Engineering and Applied Science students, staff, and faculty commemorating each of those killed in the attack.
  • Civil engineering student Haley Adams speaking about her design for a permanent Dec. 6 memorial that will be installed on campus in 2020.
    Civil engineering student Haley Adams speaking about her design for a permanent Dec. 6 memorial that will be installed on campus in 2020.
  • Jean Hutchinson, Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, speaking about the importance of equity and inclusion in engineering.
    Jean Hutchinson, Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, speaking about the importance of equity and inclusion in engineering.

The Queen’s community marked the 30th anniversary of the killing of 14 women at Montreal’s l’École Polytechnique on Friday.

Queen’s alumna included in online tribute

To commemorate the Dec. 6 tragedy and to promote the work of female engineers across Canada, Engineering Deans Canada invited each of the Canadian engineering schools that offered an accredited engineering program in 1989 to put forward the story of an engineering alumna who graduated within three years of the massacre (1986-1992), and whose career exemplifies the value that women bring to the engineering profession and to society. Queen’s is represented by Andrea Baptiste (Sc’88), an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur who currently leads the Startup Ecosystem for Canada at Amazon. Her profile, and the other successful nominees, can be viewed at 30yearslater.ca.

During the ceremony, organized and hosted by the Engineering Society of Queen’s University, engineering students, staff, and faculty held roses, lit candles, and read brief statements about each victim and their accomplishments.

The event, held in the lobby of the Integrated Learning Centre, was attended by dozens of Queen’s community members, including students, faculty, staff, and administration members.

Twelve female engineering students, a nurse, and a faculty member were killed in the 1989 massacre. Three years after the attack, Dec. 6 was declared the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Following the event, Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, announced the design that has been selected for a permanent Dec. 6 memorial in the Integrated Learning Centre. Created by Haley Adams, a third-year civil engineering student, the piece will be installed in 2020.

A call for designs, open to all members of the Queen’s community, was issued earlier this year by Dean Deluzio and the Engineering Society’s Memorial Design Committee.

For The Record: Dec. 5, 2019

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.

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, Dec. 19. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Dec. 17. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

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

Dr. Joan Tranmer appointed Sally Smith Chair, School of Nursing

Dean Richard Reznick and Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke are pleased to announce that Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. Joan Tranmer as Sally Smith Chair, School of Nursing. Her 32-month term began Nov. 1, 2019.

Dean Reznick would like to extend his sincere thanks to Dr. Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof for her service and leadership as past Sally Smith Chair.

Dr. Tranmer earned her PhD in Nursing from University of Toronto (1999) and her MSc (1992) and BNSc (1975) from Queen’s University. She is an affiliated scientist with the Centre for Studies in Primary Care Research and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at Queen’s University, and the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research at McMaster University. Dr. Tranmer joined Queen’s as a full time faculty member in 2005 and has since earned the title of full professor and served as Scientific Director and Senior Scientist, School of Nursing Queen’s Nursing and Health Research; Margaret B. Vogan Fellow, and Site Director, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

An active researcher with a focus on optimizing care for individuals with chronic illness and the relationship between work-related factors and women’s health, Dr. Tranmer has been an investigator on more than 60 funded research studies. She is currently involved with three studies on effectiveness of interdisciplinary teams, integrated care, and patient-centric care communities for senior adults with complex healthcare needs. Dr. Tranmer’s previous research has earned awards including Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care Career Scientist Award and the Ontario Women’s Health Council and Canadian Institute of Health Research Mid-Career Investigator Award. Her research findings have received international media attention, and she is a frequent scientific presenter at both national and international conferences.

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Staff Appreciation Day set for Dec. 11

The continuing contributions of Queen’s staff will be celebrated during Staff Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Dec, 11.

The day is highlighted by the Principal’s Holiday Reception with a wide array of food and drinks on offer from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the main gym of the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC).

Donations of non-perishable food items are being accepted in support of the AMS Food Bank. Donors will be entered into a draw to win a handcrafted gingerbread house courtesy of Queen’s Hospitality Services Sodexo.

Getting the day off to a good start, Queen’s staff can pick up a free medium coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at any Sodexo retail outlet on campus (excluding Starbucks) until 10:30 am. Please bring your Queen’s employee card.

Also marking the day, is a series of tours, workshops, and wellness activities organized by Human Resources in the morning and afternoon.

  • 9:30-10:15 am: Miller Museum of Geology Tour - Miller Museum of Geology
  • 10-10:30 am: Tour the Agnes - Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • 10:30-11:20 am: Yoga for Managing Stress - Athletics & Recreation, Studio 1
  • 10:30-11 am: Clinical Simulation Centre Tour - Clinical Simulation Centre
  • 1:30-2:15 pm: Queen's Observatory Tour - Queen's Observatory
  • 2-2:50 pm: Indoor Cycle - Athletics & Recreation, Studio 2
  • 2:30-3:30 pm: Emotional Intelligence Workshop - Indigenous Classroom, Mackintosh-Corry E202

Visit the Human Resources Learning Catalogue to sign up for one or more of these events (pre-registration is required). 

Work continues on Queen's sexual violence policy

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force works to advance sexual violence education and prevention at Queen’s.

Members of the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force gathered on Nov. 25 to discuss the recently released Courage to Act Report. The report is the result of a two-year national initiative to address gender-based violence on post-secondary campuses in Canada. Developed through funding from the Government of Canada, the report identifies recommendations, promising practices, and gaps in preventing and addressing gender-based violence on Canadian campuses. Throughout the 2020 winter term, the task force, which includes faculty, staff, and student representatives, will explore how Queen’s sexual violence initiatives align with the recommendations and determine if any areas require additional focus.

Queen’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force was formed in 2013, then referred to as the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group, to enhance coordination of Queen’s sexual violence prevention, awareness, and response initiatives. As legislation, best practices, and research on sexual violence have evolved in recent years, the student, staff, and faculty representatives on the task force have played an important role in informing the university’s work in this important area.

“The university is committed to enhancing education efforts aimed at sexual violence prevention and providing support for those who have experienced sexual violence,” says Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “Best practices in effectively responding to cases of sexual violence and supporting survivors are evolving as research in this area grows. The Queen’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force provides an important forum to discuss emerging practices and initiatives.” 

Since its inception, the task force has made important contributions to sexual violence prevention and awareness at Queen’s. The group developed a report in 2014-15, which, along with new legislation and government directives, helped to inform the university’s sexual violence work. Many new initiatives have been introduced over the past five years, including training and education programming, increased staff resources and support services, an academic consideration process for sexual violence survivors, and a policy and process for responding to sexual violence complaints. 

When the Ontario government passed the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act in 2016, each college and university in the province was required to have a policy on sexual violence. The act also required post-secondary institutions to develop formal complaint processes, support services, and annual reports to the Ministry. Queen’s Board of Trustees approved the updated Sexual Violence Policy in May 2016 and subsequently updated it in Dec. 2016, giving it the new name of the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students. Following its adoption, the university put additional processes and resources in place in order to align with the new policy and enhance supports for those who have experienced sexual violence.

One of the most significant developments in the university’s approach to sexual violence has been the creation of the position of sexual violence prevention and response coordinator in the Human Rights and Equity Office in 2015. The coordinator’s mandate includes providing information to students regarding policies, options, and support services. They also coordinate training and education on campus, and engage with community partners to help students access external services. Since its creation, this position has helped many students access the services they need from offices across the university. To provide additional supports for students, in 2016 a sexual violence counsellor position was created in Student Wellness Services, a unit within Student Affairs.

The Bystander Intervention Training program, launched in 2015, provides students, staff, and faculty the tools needed to recognize and respond to sexual violence. More than 2,500 students take the training every year. All orientation leaders, student volunteers, dons, residence student leaders, counsellors, and other first responders, including security staff, complete the program.

Since 2015, all first-year undergraduate students also learn about sexual violence and consent through a keynote address delivered during orientation. For this talk, Queen’s brings in prominent consent educators, such as Karen B.K. Chan, Farrah Khan, and Mike Domitrz, to speak about these issues with students. Posters on consent and sexual violence support resources are also distributed across campus annually to enhance awareness.

In 2017, the first annual Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework was developed to outline the university’s approach to sexual violence education, prevention, and response. The framework, which is updated annually, illustrates the collaborative campus-wide efforts to address sexual violence at Queen’s, and includes an inventory of Queen’s sexual violence services, programs and initiatives.

The Academic Considerations for Students in Extenuating Circumstances Policy was approved by the Queen’s Senate in April 2017, and it includes considerations for students who have experienced sexual violence. Queen’s also launched the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response website in 2017 to provide a centralized guide to sexual violence resources on campus. In 2019, the Director of the Office of Student Conduct position was created to manage the more complex cases of conduct on campus, including cases of sexual violence under the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students.

The university has also completed annual reports documenting statistics regarding sexual violence on campus for both the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years.        

The university is making ongoing efforts to take a trauma-informed approach to care. Student Affairs recently created a new “soft space” room for survivors of sexual violence and other traumas. The new room, which will open in December 2019, has been remodeled to be a welcoming and confidential space with carpeting, soft lighting, art, and comfortable chairs to make it easier for victims of sexual violence and other trauma survivors to participate in the formal complaint process.

As part of the task force’s ongoing work, Interim Provost Harris has asked the group to consider feedback from the Queen’s community that was provided in response to the updated Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students. After considering the responses, the task force will provide recommendations for next steps to the university’s Senior Leadership Team. Any further revisions to the policy made by the Senior Leadership Team will be circulated to the Queen’s community for comment.

Drawing on perspectives from across the university, the 2019-2020 membership of the task force includes students, staff, and administration. The members are:

  • Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs (Co-Chair)
  • Stephanie Simpson, AVP Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (Co-Chair)
  • Barbara Lotan, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator
  • Corinna Fitzgerald, Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning
  • Lindsay Winger, Assistant Dean, Support Services and Community Engagement
  • Lavonne Hood, University Ombudsman
  • Kate Murray, Director, Residence Life
  • Rina Gupta, Director of Counselling, Student Wellness Services
  • Kate Humphrys, Manager, Health Promotion, Student Wellness Services
  • Nadia Sawaya-Fehr, Residence Outreach Counsellor, Student Wellness Services
  • Kim Graham, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
  • Lea Keren, Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Training Coordinator
  • Brea Hutchinson, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
  • Sofia Melendez, Assistant Director, Sexual Health Resource Centre
  • Betsy Donald, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Meredith Chivers, Associate Professor and Director of Sexuality and Gender Laboratory, Department of Psychology
  • Murray Skeggs, Case Management Coordinator, Campus Security
  • Sreya Roy, Levana Gender Advocacy Centre
  • Will Greene, Vice-President University Affairs, Alma Mater Society
  • Jeremy Ambraska, President, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
  • Alexandra Da Silva, Rector
  • Lisa Doxtater, Cultural Counsellor, Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
  • Bunisha Samuels, Social Issues Commissioner, Alma Mater Society
  • Andie Rexdiemer, Manager, Peer Support Centre, Alma Mater Society
  • Penny Zhang, Equity & Diversity Commissioner, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
  • Melissa Seal, Legal Counsel

Increasing accessibility across Queen’s campus

University's oldest building awarded for accessibility upgrades while Accessibility Café highlights new residence’s accessibility plans.

East-facing facade of the proposed residence design.
Conceptual design of the east-facing facade of the new residence building.

Campus community members recently gathered for a look at some of the modern accessibility features slated to appear in the university’s newest residence building.

During an Accessibility Café event, members of the Queen’s Built Environment Advisory Group and Ray Zaback of the structure’s architectural team Diamond Schmitt/Shoalts and Zaback outlined details that will ensure ease-of-access, mobility, and comfortable accommodations that are welcoming to everyone – even service animals.

“It is exciting for our team to be sharing the accessibility features within our newest residence building and providing an opportunity for input,” says John Witjes, Queen’s University’s Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities). “Feedback from our campus and wider communities is essential as we refine the design and move toward construction and ensure that all future users and occupants feel respected and at-home in the new spaces we create on campus.”

The building, which will have more than 300 residence rooms, is set to include four fully-accessible suites with private bathrooms, as well as 40 enhanced suites that have wider dimensions than a standard room and incorporate accessible showers.

The building will have three accessible entrances, complete with motorized doors and wide vestibules, and an accessible centre courtyard made up of a combination of soft terrain (grass and gardens) and hard surface. Inside, there are accessible common spaces, including lounges, meeting rooms, and study space, as well as two large elevators.

In a first for the architectural firm and for Queen’s, the new residence will also have an accessible, lower-level wash and grooming tub specifically for service and support animals, like guide dogs.

The new residence presentation was part of a recurring series of Accessibility Café events during which the campus community members can draw attention to and discuss ideas for accessibility improvements on campus. For more information, visit the Queen’s Accessibility Hub.

Queen’s oldest building wins 2019 award for accessibility

Student wins for Youth Accessibility efforts
Queen’s student Seth Glasner was honoured at the Accessibility Awards ceremony as well. He was recognized in the “Youth” category for hosting group guitar lessons in Kingston for people with disabilities through Community Living Kingston. Glasner uses assistive devices to eliminate physical barriers to participation, even developing a prototype device for a student who does not have the use of a hand to be able to change chords on the guitar.

Queen’s is one of seven Kingston organizations, educators, businesses, and volunteers honoured at the city’s 2019 Celebrating Accessibility Awards. The university’s oldest building, Summerhill – built in 1839 – was recognized in the competition’s “Built Environment” category for its broad accessibility renovations.

“Everyone should be able to participate fully in an event in a building, and that includes events in our most historic structures,” says Witjes. “Through our renovation of the Agnes Benidickson House wing of Summerhill, we are demonstrating the university’s ongoing commitment to helping everyone feel that they are welcomed and valued members of our community.”

The renovations blend the building’s heritage attributes with accessible amenities, including a new accessible entrance ramp and threshold, power door operator, a larger vestibule opening and a gender neutral single-user washroom.

"It's a pleasure to recognize and celebrate the outstanding individuals in our community that make Kingston more inclusive for everyone," said Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson in a media release. "We want to be a city where everyone can fully engage in a meaningful way, without barriers, and these are the people making the vision a reality! Thank you to all the winners and nominees for going above and beyond to make Kingston a better place for everyone!"

Summerhill lit up purple for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Summerhill, the oldest building on the Queen’s campus, was illuminated purple on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Observed by the United Nations since 1992, the day promotes empowerment, inclusiveness, and equality for more than 1 billion people around the world who live with some form of disability.

The initiative was first brought forward by the Department of Political Studies Student Council in order to champion the cause of accessibility, and encourage a conversation around disability and accessibility at Queen's.

From sunset until 2 am, purple lights illuminated the exterior of Summerhill as part of #PurpleLightUp – an international initiative by PurpleSpace created as an act of solidarity with people living with disabilities. Queen’s joins governments, companies, and organizations across the world that will light their properties purple, including Kingston’s city hall.

Queen’s is committed to building a campus community that is inclusive for all individuals, and to ensuring the removal and prevention of barriers to participation. Resources for students, faculty, and staff living with disabilities are available through the Queen’s Accessibility Hub.

 

A close look at food insecurity at Queen’s

Working group releases final report and recommendations for addressing food insecurity for students.

Queen’s has released a final report and recommendations after looking into food insecurity within the university community.

Established in June 2019 by Interim Provost and Vice-Principal Tom Harris, the Food Insecurity Working Group was tasked with reviewing available data, evaluating current trends, and scanning current practices related to food insecurity at Queen’s. The working group, chaired by Corinna Fitzgerald, Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning, included staff and student representatives. The group consulted with community partners and subject matter experts to inform their report and recommendations.

Among the working group’s findings is that those most affected by food insecurity at Queen’s tend to be female-identified graduate students with family responsibilities. The working group also identified that food insecurity is a symptom of the bigger problem of poverty, and that Canadian post-secondary institutions’ understanding of the prevalence of student food insecurity is continuing to evolve.

The working group identified five strategic priority areas to help address food insecurity at Queen’s: education and awareness; environment; community; skills building; and policy.

“I'm pleased to be able to release the report of the Food Insecurity Working Group,” Provost Harris says. “I established this working group after reading media reports on food insecurity, and in particular food insecurity on university campuses. I felt that we needed to know more about the situation at Queen’s. In January, I will form an implementation group to act on the recommendations outlined in the report. I want to express my thanks to the members of the working group for their commitment to learning more about this important issue.”

Mikayla Sebesta (Artsci’19), a Student Experience Assistant and working group member, helped draft the report and took part in an environmental scan of the programs and services that focus on food insecurity at Queen’s. The scan highlighted existing programs and services that help students access food, including the Swipe it Forward Program, which allows students with a meal plan to donate meals to anonymous students in need. The scan also identified that the university offers several free cooking classes, budgeting classes, and regular events that offer free food for students.

At the same time, the university continues to develop ways to increase financial aid for students in need, such as the Promise Scholars program, and the recently launched Promise Campaign.

Sebesta adds that by taking part in the project she was able to gain a valuable, inside view of the Queen’s community.

“Through taking part in the working group I was able to experience the collaboration happening on campus to address food insecurity,” she says. “Through reviewing data I learned of the prevalence of food insecurity on campus, and through conversations with campus partners I learned of the work being done to mitigate the experiences of food insecurity, including Swipe it Forward and the AMS Food Bank. Most importantly, I learned that there is still more work to be done, and the importance of continuing conversations about food insecurity on campus. I believe that the recommendations made in the report reflect this, and provide a strong stepping stone for this work to be continued.”

The Food Insecurity Working Group’s final report is available on the website of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

Queen’s Pension Plan AGM: Dec. 6, 2019

The annual meeting of the Queen’s Pension Plan will be held from 1-2:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Ellis Hall Auditorium.

All Queen’s Pension Plan members, including retirees, are invited to attend the annual general meeting. 
One of the plan’s investment counselors, its actuarial consultant, and members of the Pension Committee are scheduled to be present to answer any questions. Members will also be given the opportunity to raise other matters relating to the Queen’s Pension Plan that may be of concern. 
For more information, contact the Pension Services unit of Human Resources at 32070.

Nine alumnae among Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women

Queen’s graduates honoured for being exceptional leaders and making a difference in fields such as finance, insurance, military, and manufacturing

 

A total of nine Queen's alumnae are among Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women, compiled by Women's Executive Network. On the list for 2019 are, top, from left: Deborah Shannon Trudeau; Frances Allen; Frances Donald; and Monika Federau. Bottom, from left: Jessica Lui; Lisette McDonald; Patricia McLeod; Patrice Walch-Watson; and Annesley Wallace.

One of Canada’s youngest chief economists and an executive who helps thousands of women around the world develop into leaders are among nine Queen’s alumnae on this year’s list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

The list, compiled by Women’s Executive Network, features Frances Allen (Artsci’87), Frances Donald (Artsci’08), Monika Federau (MBA’98), Jessica Lui (Com’14), Lisette McDonald, (NSc’78), Patricia McLeod (MBA’11), Deborah Shannon Trudeau (Artsci’76), Patrice Walch-Watson (Law’91), and Annesley Wallace (Sc’03, MSc’05).

Deborah Shannon Trudeau has made a difference in the advancement of women in the workplace by inspiring female executives. Trudeau is the global president of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an organization that brings together more than 7,000 members across dozens of countries to advance women’s leadership and equality. She is also an experienced innovator and entrepreneur. In addition to her IWF duties, she is a senior vice president at Trudeau Corporation, an international kitchen and houseware company with customers in more than 70 countries.

At 33 years old, Frances Donald is one of Canada’s youngest chief economists. At Manulife, she is praised for approaching economic and financial market forecasts from a social science perspective by considering the reasons behind people’s financial decisions. This perspective has guided her on many successful trading decisions. She is also an advocate for affordable childcare to ensure women have equal opportunities to participate in the workforce.

The other Queen’s alumnae to make the top 100 list are senior executives and proven leaders both in the corporate world and the community:

  • Maj.-Gen. Frances Allen is a communications and cyber operations expert with 35 years of experience in the Canadian Armed Forces. The responsibilities of the Deputy Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in the Department of National Defence include commanding and leading the development of CAF’s cyber capabilities at all levels.
  • Monika Federau is the chief strategy officer for Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer, Intact Financial Corporation, and leads the development of the company’s corporate strategy. She also gives back to her community by serving on several boards, including UNICEF Canada.
  • Jessica Lui is a champion for entrepreneurship and youth education. She is the founder of the Global Professionals Practicum, which helps develop young adults pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers in underserved communities. She served as a United Nations youth ambassador and contributed to the development of the 2030 Sustainability Development Goals.
  • Lisette McDonald is a successful entrepreneur who launched Southmedic Incorporated, which manufactures and distributes medical devices. McDonald grew the company through innovation and building a supportive corporate culture for workers. Today, Southmedic has sales in more than 80 countries.    
  • Patricia McLeod is a lawyer with extensive legal and governance experience in many areas, including corporate/commercial, compliance, and securities law. She is chair of the board of directors of the Calgary Co-op, one of North America’s largest co-operatives.
  • Patrice Walch-Watson is the senior managing director at the CPPIB (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board) who leads the company’s global legal, compliance, and corporate secretarial functions. She is also a champion of cultivating a psychologically healthy and safe workplace within CPPIB.
  • Annesley Wallace is a senior vice president at OMERS, Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, with a highly successful track record. She leads a team responsible for communicating with 500,000 pension plan members.

Many Queen’s alumnae have appeared on Canada’s 100 Most Power Women’s lists in previous years. Former recipients include CBC TV Dragons’ Den star Michele Romanow (Sc’07, MBA’08), National Football League Chief Operating Officer Mary Ann Turcke, (Sc’88, MBA’97), and Leslie O’Donoghue (Law’88), who recently received the Johnson Award from the Calgary Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association.

This article was first published on the Queen's Alumni website.

Queen’s shares yearly reports on equity, diversity, inclusion, and indigeneity

Updates highlight ongoing Truth and Reconciliation, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts across campus.

Over the past year, the Queen’s community has continued to work together to advance equity, diversity, inclusion, reconciliation, and decolonization across campus, in an effort to ensure our university is a welcoming and safe place for everyone. Two new annual reports published this fall detail our progress, achievements, and opportunities for future growth.
 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

EDI Annual Report CoverQueen’s made significant strides in advancing its commitment to welcoming and supporting students, staff, and faculty from a range of cultures, religious affiliations, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

“During the 2018-19 academic year, representation of equity-seeking groups within Queen’s staff and faculty has increased, and many engaging programs and events have helped to spark conversations about culture, identity, and inclusivity,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “Queen’s is also proud to have created two new senior positions designed to help carry this momentum forward.”

The 27-page Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Annual Report reveals a number of encouraging statistics and highlights initiatives, events, announcements, training, education, and research that have strengthened Queen’s University’s capacity to empower its community members.

Some of the most notable actions include the university’s signing of the federal government’s Dimensions EDI charter, and the Faculty of Health Sciences’ formal letter of apology to those affected by a 1918 ban of Black medical students.

Read the report in its entirety.

 

Truth and Reconciliation

TRC Report CoverThe second annual Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Task Force’s implementation report notes that Queen’s made significant progress in advancing recommendations put forth by the task force’s Yakwanastahentéha | Aankenjigemi | Extending the Rafters report.

Extending the Rafters, published in March 2017, outlined 25 recommendations for sustained institutional change, including strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities, promoting a deeper understanding of Indigenous histories, knowledge systems, and experiences, and creating a campus that values and reflects Indigenous histories and perspectives.

“I am happy to see all of the positive change that is taking place across our campus in response to the TRC Task Force recommendations and the efforts being made at decolonization, reconciliation, and inclusion,” says Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation). “I continue to believe that it is imperative for students, staff, and faculty to have an understanding and appreciation for our shared history as treaty people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, because many go on to be decision makers and leaders beyond Queen’s. I look forward to continuing this important work together with the entire campus community.”

Among the efforts outlined in this year’s update were a number of standout activities, including a ‘polishing the chain’ ceremony during a Senate meeting, reconfirming the promise of friendship between Queen’s and Indigenous peoples; the addition of four hours of paid leave for employees seeking to attend National Indigenous People’s Day events; and the creation of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures certificate and an Indigenous Language revitalization guide.

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts hosted the Ka’tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts, and Agnes Etherington Art Centre hosted Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts by Dylan Robinson, Queen’s Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts. A new Queen’s Research website launched, including a story outlining the work of Indigenous scholar Lindsay Morcom, and the office of Indigenous Initiatives created the Indigenous Visitorship Fund to support Queen’s professors in bringing more Indigenous speakers and experts into classrooms.

You can read more about these efforts and updates on all of the TRCTF recommendations in the full report.

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