Human Rights and Equity Office

Human Rights and Equity Office
Human Rights and Equity Office

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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

Email: hrights@queensu.ca 

Equity Services:

Phone: (613) 533-2563

Email: equity@queensu.ca

Accessibility Hub:

Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 75734

Email: accessibility.hub@queensu.ca

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

Sexual Violence Prevention & Response:

Phone: (613) 533- 6330

Email: bjl7@queensu.ca

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 jjc@queensu.ca

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: pfleider@queensu.ca or ext. 75847

Nilani Loganathan - Human Rights Advisor

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: nl4@queensu.ca 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: rls3@queensu.ca or ext. 75139

Lavie Williams - Inclusion and Anti-Racism Advisor

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: ltw@queensu.ca 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: jjc@queensu.ca or ext. 78940

Erin Clow - Education and Learning Advisor (On Leave)

Erin ClowErin Clow is the Education and Training Advisor 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: erin.clow@queensu.ca or ext. 75260

Meri Diamond - Administrative Coordinator

Meri DiamondMeri Diamond is the Administrative Coordinator and has worked in the Office since 2005. Meri is responsible for fielding inquiries made to the office as well as assisting with any questions that may arise. She administers the I Count Queen's Equity Census process to all new employees and administers the Faculty and Staff Employment Equity Process.

Contact: diamondm@queensu.ca 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: gwbn@queensu.ca or ext. 32563

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: heidi.penning@queensu.ca 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: vcyr@queensu.ca or ext. 75396

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: bjl7@queensu.ca or ext. 36330

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: ashby@queensu.ca or ext. 75734

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