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onQ is getting a facelift

​Daylight upgrade will enhance the look and feel of Queen’s University’s enterprise learning management system.

If you're a student, faculty, or staff member at Queen's, you are likely familiar with the university’s enterprise learning management system, onQ. On May 1, onQ will receive an upgrade, called Daylight, that enhances the look and feel of the platform.

[Screenshots of Daylight upgrade on various devices]
Daylight will change how onQ appears when you log in, with a cleaner interface utilizing new fonts and updated icons, but not how the platform works. (Supplied Image)

Daylight will change how onQ appears when you log in, but not how the platform works. It provides a cleaner interface, with new fonts and updated icons, providing a sleeker and more modern look. The upgrade to Daylight will make it easier to stay connected to onQ and access the system from anywhere – be it via your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. 

“We are excited to offer our instructors and students a cleaner, more polished look for onQ,” says Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “Queen’s move to Daylight, an updated look and feel for onQ, provides our students with a more engaging and accessible learning experience while maintaining consistency in functionality.  The new responsive design will allow users to move seamlessly from desktop to laptop to mobile devices – this is a huge win for both instructors and students.”

The onQ Support site will be updated with relevant documentation about the upgrade. Ahead of the launch, showcase sessions will take place in April for those interested in seeing the enhancements being made to onQ firsthand. Details including dates, times and location will be added to the onQ Support site, once confirmed.

If you have any questions regarding the upgrade to Daylight, reach out to the onQ team by submitting a ticket through the ITSC Help Form.

Equity Office turns 20

The Queen’s Equity Office marked a milestone and celebrated equity leaders from across Queen’s at an annual symposium.

  • 2017 Tri-Award recipients, along with the Provost and Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). L-R, back to front: Erin LeBlanc, Michael Fisher, Ian Casson, Deputy Provost Teri Shearer, Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Tricia Baldwin, Charlotte Johnston, Em Osborne. (University Communications)
    2017 Tri-Award recipients, along with the Provost and Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). L-R, back to front: Erin LeBlanc, Michael Fisher, Ian Casson, Deputy Provost Teri Shearer, Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Tricia Baldwin, Charlotte Johnston, Em Osborne. (University Communications)
  • A panel explored matters of equity and inclusion within higher education, and took questions from the audience. (University Communications)
    A panel explored matters of equity and inclusion within higher education, and took questions from the audience. (University Communications)
  • Ramna Safeer (Artsci'19), Social Issues Commissioner for the Alma Mater Society, shares a personal story during a panel discussion. (University Communications)
    Ramna Safeer (Artsci'19), Social Issues Commissioner for the Alma Mater Society, shares a personal story during a panel discussion. (University Communications)
  • This cake, printed with the Equity Office's logo on it, helped mark the office's 20th anniversary. (University Communications)
    This cake, printed with the Equity Office's logo on it, helped mark the office's 20th anniversary. (University Communications)
  • The Four Directions Women Singers played an honour song for the award winners, and a travelling song to mark the end of the event. Ramna Safeer (Artsci'19), Social Issues Commissioner for the Alma Mater Society, shares a personal story during a panel discussion. (University Communications)
    The Four Directions Women Singers played an honour song for the award winners, and a travelling song to mark the end of the event. Ramna Safeer (Artsci'19), Social Issues Commissioner for the Alma Mater Society, shares a personal story during a panel discussion. (University Communications)

The Queen’s Equity and Human Rights Offices congratulated various members of the Queen’s community on their efforts to build a more inclusive Queen’s, and celebrated two decades of its own work.

On Tuesday, the offices hosted their Tri-Awards Reception. This annual symposium featured leading speakers on equity and human rights, and recognized four Queen’s employees and two students for their efforts to build a more inclusive Queen’s University.

“We are fortunate in Canada to have a society rich in diversity, and it can be easy to forget that inclusion does not happen by accident,” says Stephanie Simpson, Executive Director (Human Rights and Equity Offices) and University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights. “Successful learning, living, and employment outcomes are the result of a shared responsibility and commitment. The annual Tri-Awards ceremony is a celebration of community as well as the individuals and groups who make remarkable contributions to the advancement of equity, human rights, accessibility, and inclusion here at Queen’s.”

The Equity Office was created following a university-wide restructuring of equity and human-rights initiatives in 1998, when then-Principal William Leggett hired Mary Margaret Dauphinee as Queen’s first University Advisor on Equity.

During the event, attendees honoured the recently retired University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights, Irène Bujara, who was in attendance.

The event’s booklet also paid tribute to Leo Yerxa, an Indigenous artist who created numerous images on behalf of the Queen’s Equity and Human Rights Offices. Yerxa passed away last year. His most recognizable work on the Queen’s campus were the “Woman Recreated” mosaics, which were created in 2012 to recognize the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights office. The mosaics continues to be displayed in the Dunning/Mac-Corry passage and Gordon Hall Room 401.

Here are the 2017 Equity Office Awards Recipients:

Employment Equity

Erin LeBlanc and Michael Fisher. (University Communications)
Erin LeBlanc and Michael Fisher. (University Communications)

Recipients: Michael Fisher, Human Resources Manager, and Erin LeBlanc (Artsci’82, LLM’12), Adjunct Lecturer (Smith School of Business)
Project: Transgender Transitioning Guideline

Fisher and LeBlanc worked together to initiate the development of Transgender Transitioning Guidelines for the Smith School of Business. Foundational to the process of developing these guidelines was the goal of identifying and removing barriers for individuals transitioning in the workplace both now and into the future.

Fisher exemplified the spirit of stepping up to the mark and then going beyond expectations in establishing a safe and supportive professional environment.

Through speaking opportunities and community engagement, LeBlanc continues to be an advocate in the areas for gender identity and gender expression at Queen's and beyond.

 

Human Rights Initiative

Tricia Baldwin. (University Communications)
Tricia Baldwin. (University Communications)

Recipient: Tricia Baldwin, Director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
Project: Human Rights Festival at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Based on tremendous contributions to the Isabel Human Rights Arts Festival, Baldwin was able to organize an event which provided a lasting benefit to the Queen's and Kingston community. In addition, it brought social justice messages to life and changed the cultural landscape through artistic mediums and experiences.

In 2018 the Human Rights Festival continued to grow and expand, attracting a diversity of attendees from the University, Kingston and beyond.

 

Steve Cutway Accessibility Award

Ian Casson. (University Communications)
Ian Casson. (University Communications)

First recipient: Ian Casson, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Project: Health Check Program

Over the past five years, Dr. Casson has been the driving force in developing, promoting and distributing tools to promote the innovative Health Check Program.

Housed within the Queen’s Department of Family Medicine, the primary care clinic implemented the Health Check Program to reduce inequities in health care for adults with intellectual and development disabilities.

Dr. Casson has worked unwaveringly throughout the progress of this initiative, all the while upholding the values of providing respectful and equitable health care to people with disabilities.

 

Em Osborne (left) and Charlotte Johnston (centre). (University Communications)
Em Osborne (left) and Charlotte Johnston (centre). (University Communications)

Second recipients: Em Osborne (Artsci’17) and Charlotte Johnston (Con.Ed’17) 
Project: Access Art

As part of the Isabel Centre Human Rights Art Festival, Johnston and Osborne were instrumental in organizing the widely successful Access Art project which examined intersecting facets of identity through artistic mediums.

Johnston and Osborne gave countless hours towards this project, with enthusiastic and positive attitudes amid the course of maintaining their academic endeavours.

As a quote from the visitor book states “The importance of this type of space cannot be overstated. You are making the change, and I’m humbled to witness it”.

 

To open the event, the audience heard from speakers Sheila Cote-Meek and Minelle Mahtani. Dr. Cote-Meek, who is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, spoke to her experience as an Indigenous woman and as an academic, and offered suggestions on Indigenizing the academy and making it a more inclusive place for Indigenous Peoples.

Sheila Cote-Meek. (University Relations)

Dr. Mahtani’s talk, meanwhile, was focused on marginalized voices, and drew from her own experience as she worked to enter academia.

Following the two keynotes, Dr. Cote-Meek and Dr. Mahtani joined Queen’s own Ramna Safeer (Artsci’18), Social Issues Commissioner with the Alma Mater Society; Awet Weldemichael, Associate Professor and Queen's National Scholar on African and World History; Lauren Winkler (Artsci'17, JD'20), past president of the Queen’s Native Student Association and past member of the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation task force; and Beverley Mullings, Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in the Department of Geography and Planning, for a broader conversation about equity in academia.

March 20 edition of the Gazette now available

March 20 2018 Gazette Cover
Read the online version of the Gazette.

The March 20 edition of the Gazette is now available and can be picked up around Queen’s campus.

This latest edition of the Gazette is filled with interesting Queen’s-focused items including:

  • A overview of alumnus Drew Feustel’s return to space where he will eventually serve as commander of the International Space Station
  • The visit to Queen’s by alumnus and Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz to deliver the Chancellor David Dodge Lecture in Public Finance
  • An article highlighting the creation of two new positions in the Human Rights Office.
  • ​Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The next edition of the Gazette will be published April 3, 2018. However, new articles are posted daily at the Gazette Online.

Follow us on Twitter at @queensuGazette.

Anyone looking to get a story, photo or information in the Gazette can contact the paper's editor Andrew Carroll.

Principal search enters new phase

Search firm gathering input from key stakeholders and the Queen’s community.

The search for a new principal for Queen’s University is now underway, with an executive search firm in place to facilitate the recruitment process.

Consultations with key internal and external stakeholders, including senior administrators, Board of Trustee members and alumni, are currently underway by the search firm Perrett Laver. As part of this process, members of the Queen’s community are also invited to share their thoughts on the search via a short public survey on the University Secretariat's website. 

“This is a great opportunity for people who are passionate about Queen’s to share their perspectives on the principalship and the overall future of the university,” says Chancellor Jim Leech. “We will use the feedback gathered to help ensure we are attracting strong candidates who are ready to build on our many successes and to meet the priorities identified in the university’s strategic framework.”

The search for a new principal began in January. Principal Daniel Woolf’s current term is scheduled to conclude on June 30, 2019.

The Joint Board-Senate Principal Search Committee is aiming to identify a first group of interviewees in the summer, and it anticipates interviews will take place in September and October. The committee will then work toward recommending a candidate to the Board of Trustees in December.

To learn more about the search process, the committee membership, or to take the survey, visit the Joint Board-Senate Principal Search Committee page on the University Secretariat’s website.

Gaels give it their all at nationals

Queen's Gaels women's hockey team
The Queen's Gaels competed at the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship in London over the weekend. 

The Queen's Gaels women's hockey team and men's volleyball team both competed at the U SPORTS national championships on the weekend, thanks to their OUA silver-medal winning performances.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

Addi Halladay scored a late power play goal but an overtime St. Francis Xavier tally gave the X-Women a 4-3 win over the Queen's Gaels in the consolation semifinals on Saturday at the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship in London.

Clare McKellar and Katarina Manoukarakis also scored for the Gaels and Stephanie Pascal put forth an incredible 43-save effort.

“We wanted to play for Sunday,” said head coach Matt Holmberg after the game. "StFX is a great team and we knew it would be tough. I'm really proud of the team and how they bounced back from yesterday to leave everything out there." 

The Gaels lost their opening game on Friday the Manitoba Bisons 4-0.

StFX came out strong in the opening period, outshooting Queen's 12-4, and getting on the board in the 12th minute. McKellar tied it up just a minute into the second period following up a break by Halladay. The teams exchanged goals over the next three minutes to make it 2-2.

The X-Women regained control early in the third, outshooting the Gaels 11-0 over the first five minutes, however Pascal kept the scoreboard even at 2-2. But with seven minutes left the X-Women broke through, scoring off a faceoff.

Fittingly enough, given the pace of the game, the Gaels responded in short order, as Halladay tied the game at 3-3 just over three minutes later to set the stage for an exciting finish. It wouldn't take long to decide a winner, with Daley Oddy scoring at 2:37 of the extra frame to secure a 4-3 win for the X-Women.

"It is emotional," Holmberg said regarding his graduating players after the game. “You really do grow up with these players and not only did they give a lot to the program on ice but they helped to move the culture ahead. The seven that are graduating have all contributed incredibly to our team culture and the success that we had."

The Manitoba Bisons won the title.

Queen's Gaels Men's Volleyball
Zane Grossinger and Jack Peckham go up for a block during Saturday's game against the University of New Brunswick.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels dropped their second hard-fought match in two days falling in straight sets 24-26, 28-30, 18-25 to the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) champion UNB Varsity Reds in the consolation semifinal at the U SPORTS Men's Volleyball Championship in Hamilton.

The match brought head coach Brenda Willis amazing career to an end. A five-time OUA Coach of the Year, Willis leaves Queen's after 31 years as head coach and five OUA titles. Her all-time record with the Gaels ends at 367-196 (.651).
Willis was hopeful that her story as a pioneering female coach of a men's program will encourage a new generation of female coaches to break through as leaders in high-performance sport.

"I never set out 31 years ago to be a trailblazer or whatever you want to call it," said Willis. "It was just circumstance and opportunity that allowed me to coach men, and it went well pretty quickly. I was just lucky to turn my hobby into my career.

"I just hope that my legacy is a message to women that they can coach at a high level and coach men if they want to, and not to let stereotypes stand in their way."

Zac Hutcheson took home Player of the Match honours for the Gaels after finishing with 13 kills while adding an ace and a block assist.

Evenly matched from the afternoon's opening serve, there was little to choose between the Varsity Reds and Gaels in the first two sets, but UNB were able to find the edge each time. In the third set, the Gaels were slow out of the blocks and the Reds took advantage.

On Friday the Gaels pushed the second-seeded Alberta Golden Bears to four sets 19-25, 19-25, 25-19 23-25.

Markus Trence had a massive game with 20 kills and an ace as well as five blocks.

The University of British Columbia claimed the championship.

Raising awareness of Indigenous identity

The student-led Indigenous Awareness Week featured high profile speakers and artists, along with events designed to bring the community together.

  • Throughout the week, the Queen's community was invited to contribute their thoughts to the question, "What does the term Indigenous mean to you?" (Supplied Photo)
    Throughout the week, the Queen's community was invited to contribute their thoughts to the question, "What does the term Indigenous mean to you?" (Supplied Photo)
  • Breton Burke (Artsci'18) chows down on bannock and cedar tea on Wednesday, as part of a charitable sale in the BioSciences Atrium. (University Communications)
    Breton Burke (Artsci'18) chows down on bannock and cedar tea on Wednesday, as part of a charitable sale in the BioSciences Atrium. (University Communications)
  • Jaylene Cardinal was one of the Indigenous artists who visited campus on Thursday as part of Indigenous Awareness Week. (University Communications)
    Jaylene Cardinal was one of the Indigenous artists who visited campus on Thursday as part of Indigenous Awareness Week. (University Communications)
  • L-R: Ellyn Jade, Model from Whitesand First Nation; Alexandra Young (ArtSci '18), Co-President of Vogue Charity Fashion Show; Wiiwagaa'ige (Darian Doblej) (ArtSci '18), Co-Chair of QNSA Conference; and Siera Bearchell, Métis citizen and Miss Universe Canada. (Photo by Stefany Li (ArtSci '18))
    L-R: Ellyn Jade, Model from Whitesand First Nation; Alexandra Young (ArtSci '18), Co-President of Vogue Charity Fashion Show; Wiiwagaa'ige (Darian Doblej) (ArtSci '18), Co-Chair of QNSA Conference; and Siera Bearchell, Métis citizen and Miss Universe Canada. (Photo by Stefany Li (ArtSci '18))
  • Clément Chartier, President of the Métis National Council, speaks on Friday at an event co-sponsored by the Institute for Intergovernmental Relations. (University Communications)
    Clément Chartier, President of the Métis National Council, speaks on Friday at an event co-sponsored by the Institute for Intergovernmental Relations. (University Communications)

Organizers of Indigenous Awareness Week 2018 are taking a moment to reflect back on the past week’s celebration of and exploration of Indigenous identity.

The annual conference and festival featured remarks by Indigenous artists, leaders, and celebrities; Indigenous food and culture events; and education opportunities for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.

The week was the result of hard work by 60 Queen's Native Student Association (QNSA) volunteers, and support from departments including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, the Grad Club, and the Institute for Intergovernmental Relations.

For more updates from the Queen's Native Student Association, visit their Facebook page.

Learn more about this year's conference.

Human Rights Office adds two new roles

Lavie Williams is the new Inclusion & Anti-Racism Advisor, while Erin Clow takes on a new role as Education and Communication Advisor. 

The Human Rights Office has added two new inclusivity-centred positions designed to help remove barriers and build capacity at Queen’s. 

Lavie Williams (Artsci'14) and Dr. Erin Clow (PhD’14). (University Communications)
Lavie Williams, left, is the new Inclusion & Anti-Racism Advisor for the Human Rights Office at Queen's, while Erin Clow takes on a new role as Education and Communication Advisor. (University Communications)

In February, Erin Clow (PhD’14) took over the newly-created role of Education and Communication Advisor. Then, in March, Lavie Williams (Artsci'14) was hired as the inaugural Inclusion and Anti-racism Advisor within the Human Rights Office. 

“I am pleased to welcome Ms. Williams to the team and congratulate Dr. Clow on her new responsibilities,” says Stephanie Simpson (Artsci’95, Ed’97, MEd’11), Executive Director of the Human Rights and Equity Offices and University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights. “Establishing these positions was a recommendation of the Principal’s Implementation Commission on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusivity (PICRDI) final report, and these two will play a key role in building the climate that the PICRDI group strived to achieve.” 

Dr. Clow has worked in the Equity and Human Rights Offices since 2014. This new role will see her supporting the team in developing and implementing training and communication strategies relating to equity and human rights, expanding on her previous responsibilities as an Equity Advisor. 

“I am hopeful that we can continue to create educational and training programs that are accessible, thought provoking, and inspiring for members of the community,” she says. “Education and training affords a tremendous opportunity for growth and development, but with that comes responsibility. I am excited to experiment with new learning tools and strategies all in an effort to create relevant, practical, and interesting training and educational programs.” 

Ms. Williams, meanwhile, will play a role in developing, implementing, and monitoring institutional inclusion and anti-oppression strategies, with a particular focus on anti-racism and its intersections.  

She will also act as a central point of contact for individuals and units who wish to access all related anti-oppression and anti-racism initiatives, processes and services at Queen’s. 

“Overall, I hope to collaborate with and empower our community to achieve substantive change,” she says. “I am here as a source of support, advice and assistance for individuals impacted by oppression and exclusion, while also seeking to deconstruct the systems that have built and perpetuate oppressive forces like racism.” 

Both see the important role the community must play in order to build a more inclusive Queen’s – through education, continued momentum, and challenging the status quo. Ms. Williams points out there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to tackling issues of diversity and inclusion, which is why her role will involve spending time with equity-seeking communities and organizations both within Queen’s and externally.  

“Aptly, the Anti-Racism Directorate of Ontario defines inclusion as recognizing, welcoming, and making space for diversity," she says. “This definition highlights our duty to support the growth and wellbeing of all. It is imperative that the most vulnerable in our society are protected and assisted in reaching full participation so that we are all able to enjoy and benefit from the true diversity our communities and our world has to offer.” 

To learn more about the Queen's Human Rights Office, visit queensu.ca/humanrights. For updates from the Equity and Human Rights Offices, visit the “Together We Are” blog website

Innovation bootcamp goes global

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre is working with the Bader International Study Centre to bring entrepreneurship to the castle.

Study space at the BISC. (Photo by Lucy Carnaghan)
Study space at the Bader International Study Centre. Soon, budding entrepreneurs will be able to access co-working space and other resources as a new entrepreneurship program launches at the castle. (Photo by Lucy Carnaghan)

A group of Queen’s students will be taking a trip to the past this fall to prepare themselves for their future.

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) is expanding its annual summer entrepreneurship bootcamp to the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) for the first time starting this year.

“It has never been more important for entrepreneurs to look beyond our borders for opportunities,” says Greg Bavington (Sc’85), Executive Director of the DDQIC. “Many Canadian undergraduate students have not had the benefit of an international experience necessary to be successful in entrepreneurship abroad. The i²TRM program is intended to give them that experience and gain a historical and international context for innovation and entrepreneurship in London, the cradle of the industrial economy.”

The i²TRM (International Innovation Term) program at the BISC is designed for upper-year students in any faculty who are looking to deepen their knowledge of entrepreneurship and eventually start their own businesses.

It is anticipated this new offering at the BISC will attract up to 20 students to the U.K. in its first year.

Students who are accepted into this pilot program will spend time in Kingston with the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) program in August, and kick-start their entrepreneurial ambitions at the castle in September. They will complete a one-week business bootcamp at Queen’s campus and then travel to the BISC.

To help prepare them to launch their own businesses, the students will take up to three entrepreneurship and innovation courses at the BISC. The program will launch with a one-week intensive bootcamp on main campus at the end of August, followed by travel to England where students will join Castle Orientation, then continue their bootcamp for another week. The courses will be taught over a one-week intensive period by Mr. Bavington, as well as the DDQIC’s Academic Director James McLellan and Associate Professor Sidneyeve Matrix.

"This program is ideal for students with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship in an international context,” noted Dr. McLellan. "In addition to developing a foundation in entrepreneurship and starting their own business ventures, students will have an opportunity to visit and learn from major centres of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the UK through formal and self-curated field trips. Students will also receive valuable mentoring and insights from members of the London node in DDQIC’s Global Network, who will be providing guest lectures and feedback to student ventures.”

Once they land at the castle, the students will have the balance of the term to try to launch their business. During this time, the students will be networking, taking field trips to London and other parts of the European Union, and benefit from guest lectures and mentorship from the London node of the DDQIC’s global network.

The term will conclude with a final pitch competition, with the winners receiving seed funding to give their business some additional support.

To help the new offering get off to a strong start, the BISC is looking to add co-working space and a makerspace on the castle grounds. This would offer the budding entrepreneurs more space for meetings and the resources to help build and test their product prototypes. Hugh Horton, Executive Director of the BISC, says he hopes to have these new spaces ready for the fall.

“This new offering combines cutting-edge training and skills with the strengths of our historic environment and tight-knit campus community, as well as access to Queen’s alumni network in the U.K.,” says Dr. Horton. “The entrepreneurship courses and resources will broaden the range of programming available to students and offer a unique and valuable learning experience.”

The DDQIC is planning to host an information session this spring to answer questions and attract entrepreneurial students to the program. For dates and more information, please contact innovation.centre@queensu.ca

To learn more about the i²TRM program, visit the BISC website.

Think DIFF-erently

DIFF – the Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival – will take you from Australia, to Uganda, to China, and Egypt – all without leaving Queen’s.

A new film festival at Queen’s will bring the Queen’s community together for reflections and celebrations of people from all over the world.

The Diversity and Inclusion Film Festival (DIFF), which runs from March 20 to March 28 – is being hosted by the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), the Queen’s University International Centre, and Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, among others.

Atul Jaiswal, International Commissioner for the SGPS and doctoral candidate in Rehabilitation Science, says the goal of the festival is to strengthen the connections between the domestic and international students.

“We intend to use movies as a tool to showcase the culture unique to the specific region and how people could appreciate each other’s culture and start accepting and including everyone,” he says.

A promotional image for "Bran Nue Dae", a film about an Aboriginal Australian teenager which will be shown at the Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival. (Supplied Photo)
A promotional image for Bran Nue Dae. The film, which is about an Aboriginal Australian teenager named Willie, will be shown at the Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival. (Supplied Photo)

The festival will feature five different films – each representing different areas of the world. The first up, Bran Nue Dae, is about the coming of age of an Aboriginal Australian teenager.

Other films to be examined include Queen of Katwe, about a Ugandan girl who becomes a Woman Candidate Master in chess, on Wednesday, March 21; About Elly, a murder mystery involving several Iranian couples on vacation, on Friday, March 23; Confucius, a biographical film about the legendary philosopher, on Tuesday, March 27; and Cairo Drive, a film about navigating traffic in Egypt set against the backdrop of the 2011 revolution, on Wednesday, March 28.

Each film screening will be accompanied by a panel discussion led by students’ facilitators from the same region to engage the Queen's community and build cultural understanding. The festival will conclude with the screening of Cairo Drive and a Jeopardy! event all about world cultures.

“We believe that this event may start the conversations around the importance of each culture that the students from different parts of the world bring on campus,” says Mr. Jaiswal. “One cannot appreciate the beauty of a rainbow until one understands the importance of each colour in making the rainbow possible. Similarly, on campus, once we start appreciating other person’s culture, we would be more respectful and accepting towards them and then the doors would be more open to share and learn from each other.”

For more information on the festival, please visit the SGPS Facebook page.

Standardized Patient program extends beyond campus

Queen's-based program uses actors to enhance training in the community.

The Kingston community will soon benefit from an expanded Queen’s University Standardized Patient and Objective Standardized Clinical Examination (SP&OSCE) program – a unique educational experience that uses actors to enhance training.

A  is an actor who is trained to portray the historical, emotional, and physical characteristics of a real person for educational purposes. This is done through simulated interviews and examinations. Standardized patients are also trained to provide feedback so students can gain insight into their strengths as well as areas requiring improvement. 

[Standardized Patient program]
Standardized patients go through a rigourous training program.

Started in 1992, the SP&OSCE Program has recruited and deployed more than 100 standardized patients in clinical skills, training and examinations for Faculty of Health Science students. Actors can take part in a variety of scenarios ranging from routine to emergent situations.

“For the past 25 years, Queen’s has run a successful standardized patient program catering to the Faculty of Health Sciences,” says Rebecca Snowdon, Community Outreach Coordinator. “Now we want to offer our services outside of the university to provide realistic, hands-on training to other departments, teams and organizations. We can provide a valuable service to the Kingston area with our standardized patients.”

Simulated learning provides a safe, yet realistic environment in which professionals from all fields can practice their skills. As the SP&OSCE program expands to the broader community, companies and organizations can hire actors to work in faculty development, dispute resolution, business, law enforcement, customer service, pharmacy, and physiotherapy.

“Standardized patients can be used in a wide range of applications outside of medicine. Over the past year we’ve been receiving an influx of bookings and requests from organization outside the university, it seemed a natural time to expand.  We’re excited to share the benefits of simulated learning,” says Kate Slagle, the SP&OSCE Program Manager.

The launch is set to begin this month with an open house at the Queen’s School of Medicine Clinical Teaching Centre on Monday, March 26 from 1 to 4 pm.  At the open house visitors will learn more about what the program has to offer, take a tour of the facility, and hear testimonials from those who have benefited from the program.

For more information visit the website.

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