Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Graduate Student Support Centre Opened Fall 2019; Volunteer Opportunity

The Graduate Peer Support Centre is a group of student volunteers who provide a confidential and welcoming peer-based support to Graduate and Professional students at Queen’s University. The Centre adheres to a peer support model; the philosophy behind this model is that for some individuals, and for some areas of individual concern, the assistance provided by a peer will be the most effective form of support. The peer volunteers are trained in active listening, suicide intervention, and are well-versed in resource referral to suit the diverse needs of Graduate and Professional students. This model is founded on: self-determination and equality, mutuality and empathy and active listening skills.

The Centre is not a substitute for the provision of professional counseling by Queen’s Health, Counseling and Disability Services. The Peer Support Centre is a paraprofessional service – it does not diagnose or treat mental illness. The Centre provides short-term support to students in need of assistance and to appraise students of services available on campus and in the Kingston community.

The centre is located in JDUC Room 205 and is operational as a drop-in service during the following hours: Monday 9am-1pm; Tuesday 1pm-5pm; Wednesday 5pm-9pm, and Thursday 1pm-5pm.

Volunteer Opportunity:

The unique opportunity to volunteer as a peer offers the chance to communicate empathetically while forming a connection with those accessing the service for support. Volunteers will also be trained to intervene and respond to individuals in crisis, giving graduate students a safe place to come when they are in need. If you’re interested in the chance to volunteer, please visit the application link provided.  Students who are available are encouraged to apply during the summer months. We look forward to working with you! 

Application Posting:


Arthi Chinna Meyyappan
Graduate Peer Support Center Coordinator
Society of Graduate and Professional Students
John Deutsch University Center, Queen’s University


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