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Gathering data to help support student well-being

This month, Queen’s University is launching three health and wellness surveys concurrently to get a comprehensive picture of student health and well-being. The results will be used to help identify how to best enhance the programs and services offered by the university. 

“We know the pandemic has had a significant impact on student health and well-being and we are asking every student to participate in these surveys so we can get a detailed understanding of how they are all doing, in terms of their mental health, stress levels and sources of stress, physical activity, sleep, alcohol and drug use, food security, feelings of safety, belonging and social connection, and access to resources,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “We are specifically going to be asking about the supports they relied on to help with their mental health during the pandemic and what they do to support their own mental health.” 

The surveys are: 

  • National College Health Assessment – this will be the fourth time Queen’s has run this North American survey  
  • Canadian Campus Well-being Survey, a new instrument, initially co-developed by the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. 
  • Canadian Post-Secondary Alcohol & Drugs Survey – part of Health Canada’s substance use surveillance strategy  

The entire student population will be randomly assigned to one survey and will each receive an email inviting them to complete it online. Participation is voluntary and confidential.  

In appreciation of their time, the first 750 students to complete each survey will be able to choose to direct a $5 donation made by Queen’s to one of three local charities or receive a $5 Queen’s Dining “Flex $” credit. In addition, all students who complete a survey can choose to enter a draw for one of 30 SkipTheDishes credits of $100.  

The Student Mental Health Network, a collaboration of staff and students involved in health promotion and mental health initiatives on campus, has been consulted throughout the planning process.  

“To help improve student wellbeing, we must listen to what students have to say, and then turn these survey results into action. Getting student input on how to promote and encourage participation in these surveys will help the university hear as many perspectives and experiences as possible,” says Linda Cheng, Student Affairs’ Campus Wellness Project intern, and Co-lead, Student Mental Health Network. 

Summary reports of the final results in aggregate will be posted later this year, allowing the campus community to share and respond to the results. 

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to promote the survey to students through to March 8. For more information, visit the Student Affairs website.

Student-led organization contributes to local youth shelter

Bags of Promise team members pose behind a selection of backpacks
Bags of Promise team members, and Queen's students, from left, Makena Sceeles, Megan Stellato, and Celina Lovisotto deliver backpacks filled with hygiene and non-perishable food products to a local local youth shelter in Kingston on Saturday, Feb. 5. (Supplied photo) 

As the cold, winter weather continues, Queen’s undergraduate student and co-founder of the non-profit organization Bags of Promise, Celina Lovisotto has been busy helping youths who are struggling with homelessness in the Kingston community.

To address the challenges faced by youth who may be transitioning or living in precarious housing situations, Bags of Promise recently organized a winter bag drive to provide support and raise awareness of youth homelessness locally.

“Reflecting on the challenges young homelessness individuals encounter on a daily basis, we identified a need for the community to come together and help anyway we can,” Lovisotto says. “Homelessness can look different for everyone, but many people overlook everyday items that are in need by youth not only to survive, but also to provide a sense of dignity.”

Facilitating community involvement

The event called for donations to fill reusable backpacks with essential items including hygiene and non-perishable food products for distribution at a local youth shelter. Among the donations received were products from companies throughout Kingston such as LUSH Cosmetics, Klean Kanteen, Roots Canada, Pure Balanxed, Finder’s Keepers, as well as donations from the local community, and the Greater Toronto Area.

Like many grassroot efforts, Bags of Promise’s bag drive involved using Lovisotto’s living room as a logistics hub to assemble the contents of the bags. The bags included items for male, female, and gender-neutral youth between the ages of 13 and 24 with contents specific to their needs.  

Bags of Promise successfully distributed 30 bags to a local youth shelter in Kingston with plans to distribute another 20 bags with additional items at a later date. With the pandemic impacting the amount of donations for many charitable organizations, this initiative comes at a time when youth shelters are seeking support and collaboration from community partners.

“The response from the community has been amazing. We’re thrilled to raise awareness of such an important issue and gain traction for future initiatives,” Lovisotto says. “Watching BOP come to life as the team promotes tangible, positive change has been incredibly rewarding.”

The Bags of Promise team consists of 11 Queen’s students and one Royal Military College student, and is focused on increasing awareness, education, and access to services for youth who are struggling with housing in the community. (Supplied photo)

Origins of a student-led initiative

Currently completing her second year of Health Studies at Queen’s, Lovisotto was influenced by Brooke Baker, her friend, and now co-founder, who shared her personal experience with youth homelessness. Recognizing the role garbage bags play in transporting items for the unhoused, the two students decided to create an organization built on the premise that providing reusable bags would instill a sense of pride for youth while also providing a space for belongings to be stored.

The organization, which now consists of 11 Queen’s students and one Royal Military College student, is focused on increasing awareness, education, and access to services for youth who are struggling with housing in the community.

Noting the intersectionality of youth homelessness and gender identity, Bags of Promise plans to continue to provide support through the provision of gender-neutral bags and items in the future. Looking beyond the winter bag drive, the team’s passion for mitigating youth homelessness will continue to focus on education and advocacy to combat stigma associated with young people who are without housing.

“By shining a spotlight on youth homelessness, we hope to motivate other students and members of the Kingston community to extend compassion, and understanding needed to help elevate youth,” Lovisotto says.

To make a donation or to learn more, visit the Bags of Promise website.

Sustainable Living Series: Planting little forests

Sustainable Queen's is partnering with Little Forests Kingston for “Planting little forests – Can Kingston become a city within a forest,” the next session in the Sustainable Living Series.

This event, featuring Joyce Hostyn, will be hosted Thursday, Feb. 24 starting at 2:30 pm.

Find out how you can become part of cultivating Little Forest communities and help grow this City in a Forest, neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Each unique, biodiverse Little Forest a community plants and cares for is a visible symbol of change that's hopeful, possible, and urgently needed.

All sessions of the Sustainable Living Series are open to all students, staff, and faculty to attend. 

Register for this event through the HR Learning Catalogue.

Queen’s launches task force addressing street parties

University, student leaders, City of Kingston, and local partners to examine current approaches, invite input, and consider best practices.

The task force will bring together the university, student leaders, the City of Kingston, as well as local enforcement and emergency response partners, to examine the effectiveness of current approaches and to learn from the best practices used in other jurisdictions.
A new task force will bring together the university, student leaders, the City of Kingston, and local enforcement and emergency response partners, to examine approaches for addressing street parties. (Queen's University) 

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane today announced the formation of a task force that will see Queen's University and local community partners work together to find new approaches to address large gatherings in the University District.

“Large, unsanctioned street parties put members of the Queen’s and Kingston community at risk, and are a burden on our local enforcement and healthcare partners, as well as those who live in proximity to the University District,” Principal Deane says. “Keeping our community and students safe is a top priority for the university, and that is why I am striking a task force with our community partners to identify best practices and innovative approaches to this complex problem.”

Chaired by Principal Deane, the task force will bring together the university, student leaders, the City of Kingston, as well as local enforcement and emergency response partners, to examine the effectiveness of current approaches and to learn from the best practices used in other jurisdictions. The task force will also invite input and ideas from the community.

“Queen’s is an active partner in working with the City of Kingston and enforcement agencies to proactively discourage and respond to large gatherings, but it is clear that new approaches are needed,” Principal Deane says. “Several Ontario communities are facing the issue of large gatherings, which have evolved into events that attract people from across the province, aided by social media. We need multi-faceted strategies to address the multiple factors that lead to these large gatherings.”

The task force will deliver its report and recommendations by September 2022. Further information about the Task Force – including membership, terms of reference, and opportunities for community input – will be posted on the Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor’s website in the coming days.

This task force will build on Queen’s existing partnerships and collaborations with the City of Kingston and our community partners, including the University District Safety Initiative and the Community Partners Working Group.

Principal Deane hosts Virtual Town Hall on Feb. 16

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane will host a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 2-3 pm.

Principal Deane and other senior leaders at Queen’s will discuss the safe return to in-person classes, as well as current COVID-19 protocols and operations. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of senior administration and the university’s public health expert.

A recording of this event will be posted to the Office of the Principal’s website following the event.

Join the meeting – no registration is required. Submit your question(s) in advance of the town hall (before Feb. 15, 5 pm).

Carr-Harris Cup suspended for 2022 season

Queen’s Athletics & Recreation and RMC Athletics announced today that the 35th Carr-Harris Cup is suspended for the 2022 season. The Gaels and Paladins are looking forward to the return of the Carr-Harris Cup as a signature event in the 2023 hockey season.

The Carr-Harris Cup has become a marquee game in the Gaels and Paladins hockey schedules and a featured community event within the City of Kingston’s Feb Fest celebration. Prior to the pandemic, the 34th Carr-Harris Cup was played in front of a record crowd of 4,121 on Feb. 6, 2020, at the Leon’s Centre. 

Queen’s and RMC athletic staff jointly agreed to suspend the game after careful considering the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the respective university health and safety protocols and the logistics of staging all elements of the game that have come to be synonymous with the Carr-Harris Cup.  

Both programs would like to thank the Carr-Harris family, the Leon’s Centre, the Original Hockey Hall of Fame, the Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area for their continued support and stewardship of the event. Both programs look forward to the 35th Carr-Harris Cup and its celebration of the longest hockey rivalry in the world as one of the signature events celebrating the City of Kingston in February 2023.

A date for the next Carr-Harris Cup will be confirmed following the release of the 2022-23 OUA Men’s Hockey schedule.

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On Feb. 11 Queen's is encouraging the campus community to share their passion for STEM to celebrate and inspire present and future women in STEM disciplines.

[International Day of Women & Girls in Science]

On Feb. 11, Queen’s is recognizing the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science by encouraging the campus community to share their passion for STEM and showcase their research by tagging Queen's on Twitter @queensu and Instagram @queensuniversity.

This year marks the seventh anniversary of the international recognition day, which promotes full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. According to UNESCO’s Science Report, only 33 per cent of researchers globally are women. International Day of Women and Girls in Science is meant to celebrate and inspire present and future women in STEM disciplines.

Showcase your research and follow Queen's University on Twitter and Instagram as we share and highlight some of our researchers and their contributions to groundbreaking STEM research.


“Love Under the Microscope.” Dalila Villalobos, Pathology Researcher. Submitted to the Art of Research.
Art of Research Photo: Love Under the Microscope by Dalila Villalobos, Pathology Researcher
As pathologists in training, we are constantly reminded that both human cellular responses and the most deadly medical conditions can be unexpectedly beautiful under the microscope. We are trained to be detail oriented and to understand disease in all its forms because abnormalities will only present to the eye that knows what to look for. This photo captures a normal prostatic gland with its characteristic double layer and irregular branching. The moment we diagnose a benign condition in a patient that is anxiously awaiting results is always rewarding. But, if, on top of that, we see heart-shape glands, it is inspiration.

 

For the Record – Feb. 10, 2022

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

Advisory Search Committee - Vice-Dean, Research, Queen’s Health Sciences

An Advisory Search Committee has been established to provide advice on the future Vice-Dean (Research) with Queen’s Health Sciences.

An Advisory Search Committee has been established to provide advice on the future Vice-Dean (Research) with Queen’s Health Sciences, following Dr. Steve Smith’s recent appointment to the position of Deputy Vice-Principal (Research for Health Research). 

Committee Membership

  • Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean, Queen’s Health Sciences and Chief Executive Officer, SEAMO (Chair)
  • Dale Best, Director, Financial Services Queen’s Health Sciences
  • Dr. Andrew Craig, Director, Clinical Research, Queen’s Health Sciences
  • Dr. Marcia Finlayson, Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, Chief of Staff & Executive Vice-President Medical and Academic Affairs, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Dr. Michael Green, Head, Department of Family Medicine
  • Isabelle Grenier-Pleau, Vanier Scholar and PhD candidate, Queen’s Health Sciences
  • Kristy Lodewyks, Senior Staffing Officer, Queen’s Health Sciences (Secretary)
  • Dr. Diane Lougheed, Vice-Dean, Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, Queen’s Health Sciences
  • Dr. Roumen Milev, Vice-President Medical and Academic Affairs, Providence Care Hospital
  • Dr. Lynne-Marie Postovit, Head, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
  • Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke, Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Stephen Vanner, Director, Clinical Research, Queen’s Health Sciences

Internal applications must be accompanied by a letter summarizing leadership and administrative experience, a curriculum vitae, the names and full contact information of three referees, and a letter from the applicant’s Department Head/Director in which the Head/Director expresses their support for the application, are to be directed to: Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and CEO, SEAMO, c/o Kristy Lodewyks, Senior Staffing Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences to kristy.lodewyks@queensu.ca.

Review of applications will commence Feb. 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Kristy Lodewyks to request a detailed copy of the role description. Support to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that considers an applicant’s accessibility needs, will be provided in the recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Kristy Lodewyks as indicated above.

APPOINTMENTS

Nicholas Mosey appointed Associate Dean (Global Engagement) for Faculty of Arts and Science

The Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) has appointed Nicholas Mosey as Associate Dean (Global Engagement), a position he will begin on July 1. The new position will oversee and provide strategic leadership for global engagement in FAS.

“It is a really exciting and important time in the university right now when it comes to global engagement,” says Dean Barbara Crow, FAS. “The Report on the Principal’s Conversation and the Principal’s Working Group plans reflected the importance of Queen’s engaging with the broader global community and indeed the list of the Principal’s strategic goals are prefaced by a ‘commitment to making a global impact.’”

The Associate Dean (Global Engagement) will work with all the Associate Deans in FAS and with other institutional partners to develop and execute a comprehensive, coherent global engagement strategy that will enhance the global impact of the units in FAS and the institution.

“The ability to promote meaningful impact on a global scale through a challenging multi-faceted role is what appeals to me about this position,” Dr. Mosey says.

He currently serves as Associate Dean (Research) within FAS.

Dr. Mosey joined the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s as an Assistant Professor in 2008, was tenured in 2014, and promoted to Full Professor in 2019.

For more information about the AD (Research) position, visit the FAS website.

 

Results of Senate elections

The results of the annual elections for the Faculty/Librarian/Archivist at Large and Staff at Large positions for Queen’s University Senate are now official.

Sarosh Khalid-Khan will now serve a three-year term as Faculty/Librarian/Archivist at Large starting September 2022.

Martha Munezhi will now serve a three-year term as Staff at Large starting September 2022.

More information about University Senate is available on the Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.

Queen’s student earns UNDP fellowship for social enterprise

Stephanie Forster Limage was selected to help drive technological innovations which have a social impact and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Stephanie Forster Limage stands in front of a bright blue wall
Stephanie Forster Limage, a third-year Global Development Studies student, and the CEO and founder of the not-for-profit Give + Share, was selected by the United Nations Development Program for a fellowship with with China’s International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges. (Supplied photo) 

Stephanie Forster Limage, a third-year Global Development Studies student, and the CEO and founder of the not-for-profit Give + Share, was recently awarded a fellowship with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Selected along with 49 other tech companies, Give + Share was chosen for its continued role in driving technological innovations which have a social impact and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In collaboration with China’s International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges, the fellowship aims to improve the implementation, deployment, and adoption of humanitarian architecture, governance, and technology.

Give + Share is a humanitarian software and mobile application which tracks, maps, and manages the flow of data and updates of free to low-cost meals, shelters, and other community resources. Originally implemented in Vancouver in response to the emergence of COVID-19, the tech platform was developed to mitigate risks during and after an urban humanitarian crisis and provide best practices and governance tools.

Limage’s dedication to important social causes comes from firsthand experience. As a youth, Limage received support from the Canadian child welfare system, and continued to use women’s shelters for six months after turning 18. In addition to experiencing poverty and homelessness, Limage’s exposure to NGOs and international institutions came after spending five years in Port au Prince, Haiti, following the earthquake in 2010, where she implemented her first pilot project providing humanitarian aid.

The level of human suffering that could be mitigated through a proper coordinated humanitarian response was overwhelming at times,” says Limage. “I felt, and still feel, responsible to do whatever I can to help those on the margins by using my life, talents, and time to hopefully ease some of the burdens and change lives.”

Lived Experience

Completing a Certificate in Law in 2020, Limage expanded her lived experience by growing her understanding of corporate and international legal frameworks to further navigate global social entrepreneurship. Working to connect and mobilize governments, law enforcement, NGO-NPO frontline workers and other resources, Limage has developed a deep understanding of the complexities associated with creating lasting and sustained social change.

Returning to Queen’s, Limage is strongly motivated by the university’s pursuit of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and Indigeneity specifically as it relates to her interest in international development and the role of colonialism. As a member of the Senate Committee on Academic Development and Procedures, Limage hopes to leverage her academic, personal, and professional experience to enrich the learning environment for current and future students.

“I feel through the fellowship only more good and social impact can transpire through innovation, collaboration, and working with those who also believe in using technology for good,” she says. “It takes all of us doing our part to adapt and create a better future. I am doing my part as best as I can each day”

Social Development Goals

With Queen’s recent recognition by Times Higher Education as ranking first in Canada and fifth in the world in the Global Impact Rankings among universities advancing SDGs, Limage’s commitment to social responsibility aligns well with the institutional direction and exemplifies the positive impact Queen’s students have domestically and internationally. 

Following the completion of the one-year fellowship, Limage expressed a desire to scale the pilot project outside of North America and continue her education 

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