Human Rights and Equity Office

Human Rights and Equity Office
Human Rights and Equity Office

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To the Queen's community, the Human Rights and Equity Office remains open during the COVID19 pandemic but working remotely following the social distancing recommendations outlined by Public Health Canada ( and Principal Patrick Deane (
For this reason, we kindly request you to direct your questions or requests via e-mail only. Our staff is prepared to answer your questions via e-mail or using other remote technology options. We will resume normal in-person activities when the Public Health Authorities advise it.


If you require more information or would like to make an appointment with one of our advisors, please do not hesitate to contact using the details below:

Human Rights Advisory Services:

Phone: (613) 533-6886 (Because staff are working remotely during the pandemic, this line is not currently being answered, but it is monitored for messages during the work week. Please leave a message with your contact information to receive a callback.)


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Equity Services:

Phone: (613) 533-2563


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Accessibility Hub:

Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 75734


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Location: Adaptive Technology Centre, Stauffer Library, Room 120E

Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Unit:

Phone: (613) 533- 6330


Monday to Friday

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Mailing Address:

Human Rights and Equity Office
B506 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

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Stephanie Simpson - Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion)

Stephanie SimpsonStephanie Simpson has worked in the Office since 1996. In 2018, Stephanie became the Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion). Stephanie holds a Master of Education degree and a Master of Laws degree from Queen’s. Her research has focused on how racism and processes of racialization affect youth in smaller urban centres such as Kingston, as well as adjudicative silences with respect to racial inequality and access to justice for racial equality seekers. Stephanie represents Queen's on the Kingston Immigration Partnership Operations Committee Council, currently acting as the Council’s Co-Chair.

To schedule a meeting with Stephanie please contact Jill Christie at

Human Rights Advisory Services

Jean Pfleiderer- Associate Director, Human Rights Advisory Services

Jean PfleidererJean Pfleiderer is responsible for the overall functioning of the Human Rights Advisory Services, including the Sexual Violence Prevention portfolio. As well, Jean is the Sexual and Gender Diversity Coordinator and facilitates the Queen's Positive Space Program. Jean, who holds a Doctor of Philosophy in English and a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado, has been with the Office since 2008.

Contact: or ext. 75847

Dre Choi - Human Rights Advisor

Dre ChoiDre Choi joined the HREO in 2021 as a Human Rights Advisor and works with Queens’ students, staff, faculty, and departments on addressing their human rights concerns. Dre draws on their previous experience as a practitioner, researcher, and educator in equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression and applies a client-centered approach when meeting with members of the Queen’s community. They hold a Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s and an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto at Scarborough.


Nilani Loganathan - Human Rights Advisor (On Leave)

Nilani LoganathanNilani Loganathan joined the Office in 2019 as a Human Rights Advisor. Nilani supports students, staff and faculty at Queen’s by working with them to effectively address human rights- and equity-related concerns using a client-led and anti-oppressive approach. Nilani has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies and International Development Studies and has previously worked to advocate for international members of the Queen’s community.

Contact: or ext. 36629

Ruth Santamaria- Administrative Assistant

Ruth Santamaria has been in the Office since 1998 as the Administrative Assistant. As the front line person, Ruth is responsible for fielding inquiries made to the office as well as assisting with any questions that may arise. Ruth supports all staff and greets clients for the Advisory service.

Contact: or ext. 75139

Jermaine Marshall - Inclusion and Anti-Racism Advisor

Jermain MarshallAfter graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies, Jermaine Marshall joined the HRE Office in 2021 as the Inclusion and Anti-Racism Advisor. Jermaine is 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. As an advisor Jermaine pulls from years of academic and professional experience in order to facilitate an intersectional approach to addressing issues of racism, discrimination and oppression.


Lavie Williams - Inclusion and Anti-Racism Advisor (On Leave)

Lavie WilliamsAfter earning her Bachelor of Science from Queen’s and then a Master of Arts in Human Rights from the University of Sussex, Lavie Williams joined the Office as the Inclusion and Anti-Racism Advisor in 2018. Lavie brings her passion for and experience with anti-racism and anti-oppression work to contribute directly in developing, implementing and monitoring institutional inclusion and anti-oppression strategies. Lavie is 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.

Contact: or ext. 77581

Equity Services

Jill Christie - Manager, Data and Administration

Jill ChristieJill Christie is the Manager, Data and Administration and has worked in the Office since 2003. The majority of Jill’s time is spent preparing detailed reports as well as routine reporting and analysis to facilitate decision making and strategic planning of equity initiatives at Queen's. Jill administers the data systems that provide statistical profiles pertaining to the Federal Contractors Program (FCP), the QUFA Collective Agreement and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Jill also manages the administration of the Office.

Contact: or ext. 78940

Erin Clow - Manager, Education and Training

Erin ClowErin Clow is the Manager, Education and Training and has worked in the Office since 2014. Erin is responsible for the implementation of training and learning strategies relating to human rights, equity and inclusion. Erin holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Studies from Queen's University, a Master of Arts degree in Canadian and Indigenous Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Women Studies and Political Studies from Trent University.

Contact: or ext. 75260

Meri Diamond - Special Projects and Finance Officer

Meri DiamondMeri Diamond is the Special Projects and Finance Officer and has worked in the Office since 2005. Meri contributes to a broad range of office/ campus/ community projects that advance the University’s equity goals. Meri administers the I Count Queen's Equity Census process to all new employees and administers the Faculty and Staff Employment Equity Process.

Contact: or ext. 32563

Greg Naçu - Application Developer

Greg NacuGreg Naçu is the Application Developer and has been with the Office since 2014. Greg is responsible for creating new online applications, maintaining and updating existing applications for the Office. Greg also provides technical support and database administration services to the staff.

Contact: or ext. 32563

Q Lethbridge - Office Assistant

Q LethbridgeQ Lethbridge is the Office Assistant and has worked in the office since 2019. Q is responsible for scheduling Staff and Faculty training sessions relating to human rights, equity and inclusion.

Contact: or ext. 79576

Heidi Penning - Equity Advisor

Heidi PenningHeidi Penning has been with the Office since 2010. Heidi is an Equity Advisor and contributes to the oversight function of the Office regarding the University's compliance and commitment to achieving equity throughout the Queen's community. Heidi holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Queen's University. Heidi brings with her over two decades of experience about the way that public policy, human behaviour, and community realities intersect to create sustainable and positive change for equity-seeking groups so they can live, work and play with dignity in their communities.

Contact: or ext. 79338

Vanessa Yzaguirre – Equity Advisor

Vanessa YzaguirreVanessa Yzaguirre joined the Office in 2018 as the Special Projects Officer. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a Master of Arts in Gender Studies from Queen’s University. Vanessa is responsible for working collaboratively with academic and/or administrative units to implement diversity and equity strategies using the Diversity and Equity Assessment and Planning (DEAP) Tool and Cyclical Program Reviews Process. Vanessa also coordinates the Queen’s Human Rights Legislation Group, and delivers training sessions on employment and/or educational equity-informed initiatives and practices.

Contact: or ext. 75396

Justin Makasoff - Multimedia and E-learning Support Analyst

Justin MakasoffJustin Makasoff became a member of the team in 2020. He is responsible for researching and implementing educational technologies that facilitate learning.  Contact him if there are issues with educational materials.  Justin is always available on Skype if you need to speak with him.

Contact: or ext. 79576

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

Barb Lotan - Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator

Barb Lotan Barb Lotan joined the University in May 2016. As SPVR Coordinator, Barb works closely with other campus partners on coordinating training and education related to sexual violence, and developing the University’s central sexual violence policy and other related policies on the Queen’s campus. Additionally, Barb serves as a point of contact to provide information to students who have experienced sexual violence about the services and supports available both on and off campus.

Contact: or ext. 36330

Taylor Mackenzie MacPherson - Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Community Outreach and Student Support Worker

Taylor MacPhersonTaylor Mackenzie MacPherson joined the HREO in July 2020. Taylor works with university and local community partners to develop and deliver educational and awareness programming aimed at creating a consent culture on campus. She is also available to respond to individual disclosures of sexual violence, providing guidance on accessing university and community resources, and assisting students with safety planning and with navigating available policies, procedures, and services. Taylor is currently completing her Masters of Professional Education in the field of Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice at Western University with a focus on curricular approaches to Gender Based Violence Prevention Education that empower 2SLGBTQ+ students and dismantle heteronormative assumptions about sexual violence on post-secondary campuses.


Accessibility Hub

Andrew Ashby - Accessibility Coordinator

Andrew AshbyAndrew Ashby is the Accessibility Coordinator and has worked in the Office since 2015. Andrew is responsible for the coordination of accessibility initiatives throughout the University. Andrew works collaboratively within the Queen's community to provide skills and services that will ensure a coordinated approach to accessibility. As a person living with a disability himself, Andrew fully appreciates the significance of being able to work and learn at Queen's in a way that takes into account dignity, independence, integration, and equality of opportunity.

Contact: or ext. 75734