Inclusive Geo

GSGE Statement 

August 1, 2020 – The events over the last few months have made it clear that serious and systemic racial injustices and violence are being committed against Black people, Indigenous peoples, and minorities in Canada and elsewhere. We at the Queen’s University Geological Science and Geological Engineering Department condemn anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, and the biases embedded in academic life. Addressing past and ongoing violence and discrimination against people of all communities - including, but not limited to, members of the Black, Indigenous, LBGTQ+, lower income, disability, and faith-based communities - requires both immediate action and continuous work, and we are committed to working towards building a welcoming and supportive environment for all members of these communities.

GSGE Commitment

The GSGE Department recognizes that action is required, and we are taking the following steps:

  • We have formed a departmental Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Committee in order to look into systems of oppression in our own department and to promote the creation of a more equitable and diverse community. We invite members of the community to provide feedback and volunteer to contribute to this committee, and our efforts.
  • We will write and establish a Code of Conduct to ensure discriminatory behaviours are not acceptable in our department.
  • We will commit to self-education and to listening about past and current racial injustices in geoscience and geological engineering.
  • We will actively work to create opportunities for diverse groups to learn and engage in geoscience and geological engineering education and research considering equity and sustainability.

Our actions will speak louder than our words.

EDI Committee Updates

This page will be updated as the EDI committee’s work progressives over the coming months. Stay tuned!


The university has broad policies that cover discrimination and harassment for the Queen’s community as a whole and Queens employees. Students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering as well as anyone in the broader Queen’s community have access to a number of on campus resources that provide confidential guidance on university policies and procedures, possible next steps, and available support for those experiencing harassment, discrimination, or otherwise not feeling included in the Queen’s community. These services aim to foster a better campus environment and allow you to decide whether any further action will be taken.

EDI Committee Members

General Committee Email Address -

Name Email Position
Heather Jamieson (Commitee Chair) Professor
Joyce Hostyn Adjunct Faculty Member
Jean Hutchinson Professor
Brittany Jennings MEERL Program Manager
Matt Leybourne Professor
Edward (Ted) Matheson Postdoctoral Fellow
Sterling Mitchell Graduate Student 
Sharlotte Mkhonto Graduate Student 
Elisabeth Steel Assistant Professor
Linda Tsuji Miller Museum Curator