Human Rights and Equity Office

Human Rights and Equity Office
Human Rights and Equity Office


Want to know more about inclusion at Queens? Visit the Inclusive Queen's website for additional information.

Please note that some of these resources are external to the Queen's Community.

Racism in Canada

Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism Resources for Educators

Faculty of Education, Queen's University

Dr. Claire Ahn
Dr. Alana Butler
Dr. Saad Chahine
Dr. Jennifer Davis
Dr. Anita Jack-Davies
Dr. Heather McGregor
Dr. Lindsay Morcom
Dr. Holly Ogden
Jackson Pind
Dr. Thashika Pillay
Olivia Rondeau
Deb St. Amant
Dr. Michelle Searle


The Colour of Democracy: Racism in Canadian Society

Frances Henry and Carol Tator

4thEdition, 2010

(available at Stauffer Library)


The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power

Desmond Cole


(available at Stauffer Library)


Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present

Robyn Maynard


(available on 24-hour reserve loan at Stauffer Library)


The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities

Frances Henry, Carl James, Peter S. Li, Audrey Kobayashi, Malinda S. Smith, Howard Ramos, and Dua Enakshi


(available at Education Library and online at Queen’s University Library)


Call it Out: Racism, Racial Discrimination and Human Rights

Ontario Human Rights Commission

30-minute interactive eCourse

Kingston Frontenac Public Library

Anti-Racism Resources

Anti-Racism Resources for Kids


Queen's University Human Rights & Equity Office Training

A recommended starting place for those who would like to explore and consider their own identity and positionality is the “Power, Privilege and Bias” module. While this module does not speak directly to racism or anti-racist action, an exploration of the themes of ‘power, privilege and bias’ is integral to building and progressing a foundational understanding of how racism operates, anti-racism and corresponding anti-racist action. 

Access the online training HERE


Lavie Williams, Anti-Racism and Inclusion Advisor, developed two videos on the intersection between race, racism and the new COVID-19 reality.

You can watch "What a pandemic teaches us about racism" part I and part II HERE

Queen's Multi-faith Calendar

Interior shot of Grant Hall's stain glass windows
Stain glass windows within Grant Hall | Photo Credit: Queen's University

The Multifaith calendar is a valuable resource for community members who seek to demonstrate inclusivity and provide a welcoming environment for students, staff, faculty, visitors and guests of the University. In today's diverse and multicultural society, festivals and faith-based holidays are an important part of many people's lives. Being aware of these events can foster an open and inclusive environment.

The duty to accommodate can arise with respect to all protected grounds under human rights legislation, including faith. An important aspect of accommodation involves celebrating and encouraging diversity to reinforce the commitment to equality. This approach also encourages individuals to make requests for accommodation in a timely way.

In order to promote awareness, dialogue and inclusivity in our community and workplaces, Queen's has made the Multifaith Action Society's calendar available electronically to al of Queen's community members. The Multifaith Action Society is an organization that is dedicated to promoting interfaith and multifaith dialogue and understanding. Their calendar is renowned for its accuracy and integrity and includes valuable information about 14 world faiths and different systems of marking important occasions by various faiths.


Queen’s Human Rights and Equity Office

Tel: 613-533-6886 (HRO) | 613-533- 2563 (Equity)
E-Mail: |

he Human Rights and Equity Office provides confidential advice to Queen’s community members on human rights issues and a variety of educational programming as well as information and liaison on equity matters throughout the University.

Queen's Positive Space Program


The Positive Space Program invites members of the Queen’s community (students, faculty, staff) to become participants by posting a Positive Space sticker in a space under their control and working to ensure inclusion for those who identify in the LGBTQ+ community.

Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP)

Tel: 613-533-3154

The Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP) seeks to create a safer environment for individuals at Queen’s and in Kingston of all sexualities and gender identities. EQuIP strives to create a fun, welcoming, and educational community for queer and queer-positive individuals while advocating for human rights and raising awareness about queer-related issues. Everybody is welcome! You do not have to be a Queen’s student, or even a student at all to be involved.

Levana Gender Advocacy Centre

Tel: (613) 533-2963

The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre is a student-funded Queen’s University organization committed to creating and nurturing a radical community of Kingston students and residents. Devoted to fighting gender oppression and advocating for broad ideas of gender empowerment for those of any or no gender, Levana operates on anti-oppressive practices. Open to all residents of Kingston, and offers a lending library free of charge.

Queen’s Pride Project


Queen’s Pride exists to celebrate the history, courage, diversity and future of Queen’s and Kingston’s LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. Queen’s Pride offers programming throughout the year, with concentrated programming during Pride month.



Celebrating LGTBQ+ Students in Engineering and their Allies. 

Sexual Health Resource Centre (SHRC)

Tel: 613-533-2959

The Sexual Health Resource Centre is a confidential, non-judgmental, feminist, queer positive, pro-choice, sex positive and non-heterosexist information and referral service. Sells different sexual health and pleasure products, and serves as a confidential resource for those in need of immediate support.

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Tel: 613-533-6970

The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, or 4D as it is affectionately called, strives to be a home away from home, a hub of activity and a key resource for Queen's Indigenous students. 4D offers academic tutoring and advising, cultural programming, Indigenous focused library, and a range of workshops designed to support you, academically, socially and culturally.

Peer Support Centre (PSC)

Tel: 613-533-6000 ext. 32737

The Peer Support Centre is a group of dedicated student volunteers who provide welcoming, confidential, and empathetic peer-based support to students at Queen’s University. Students are encouraged to come and speak with PSC volunteers who will listen and offer support for any and all issues. As well, PSC volunteers can suggest resources available on campus and in the Kingston community.

SGPS Student Advisor Program


The SGPS Student Advisor Program is a free and confidential service which provides advice, strategies for self-advocacy and referrals to Graduate and Professional students at Queen’s University. 

Faith and Spiritual Life


Phone: 613-533-2186

Queen's University Faith and Spiritual Life office provide confidential counseling, ceremonial services, interfaith community development and spiritual support to students, faculty and staff on campus. As part of the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of the Interfaith Chaplain strives to facilitate a welcoming, peaceful and safe space. The Chaplains are available to discuss spiritual, religious, personal, and financial problems, concerns or crises.​

Resources in Kingston and the Community

TransFamily Kingston


A grass-roots group of transgender individuals, family members, and supporters. The monthly meetings provide a welcoming environment that is supportive and encouraging. The group is also a source for information and resources.

Coming Out Living After (COLA)


A Queer discussion group for all members of the Kingston community.  It's a great place to hang out, meet new people and discuss topics that pertain to the LGBTTQQIIAA community. Everyone is welcome!

Pride in Kingston


Pride has been celebrated in June in Kingston since 1989. Recently restructured as Pride in Kingston, the committee is always looking for volunteers!

Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Kingston

Tel: 613-533-3189

Dedicated to research, education, and action in the public interest. Predominantly student-funded and student-run, but strives to maintain a balance of support and direction from the wider Kingston community. OPIRG Kingston exists to serve as a training ground for concerned citizens to recognize and engage the problems of society.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Kingston (PFLAG)

Tel: (613) 217-9817

PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization that speaks for a more accepting Canadian society by providing support, education and resources to all people who wish to grow in their understanding of sexual and gender diversity. PFLAG actively assists in the recognition and growth of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning persons and their families and friends, within their diverse cultures and societies.

Out/In Kingston

Tel: 613-545-3698
E-Mail: or

An event portal for LGBTQ+ events in Kingston. Anyone can sign-up to receive the Out/In Kingston Newsletter.

Beers for Queers

A social event for members of the LGBT community and their allies. Come on out for an evening of friends and fun, located at the Monte's room of the Tir Nan Og. We look forward to seeing you there!


Reelout Queer Film Festival

Tel: (613) 549-REEL (7335)

Reelout exists to celebrate queer media arts and to contribute to community vitality by programming materials that focus on issues of sexuality, race, culture, religion, class, gender, ability, health and age, thereby purposefully drawing together and initiating challenging dialogue among disparate members of the queer communities in Kingston and the surrounding area as well as between the larger Kingston community and the queer community.

KingstonStones: Gay and Lesbian History of Kingston


HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS) Kingston

Tel: 613-545-3698

Using health promotion and community development principles, HIV / AIDS Regional Services carries out comprehensive HIV / AIDS education and support programs and limited Hepatitis C services. Programs are based on regional, national and global trends and research.

Mercury Events (Kingston and Belleville)


Seeks to provide an inclusive space for all sexual and gender identities and the various embodiments thereof. Mercury strives to facilitate community-building events that provide social support across difference and through which these bonds of solidarity can be established. Organizes and publicizes LGBTQ+ events and parties!

Turbines Curatorial Collective


Turbines is a young non-profit curatorial collective that facilitates the production and presentation of socially- and/or politically-minded performance art in Kingston.

Sexual Assault Centre Kingston

Tel: 613-544-6424

Provides support services and programs to women and all trans and gender non-conforming individuals (14 years of age and older) who have experienced recent and/or historical sexual violence in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington.

Kingston Interval House

Tel: (613) 546-1833 (Office line) | 1 (800) 267-9445 (Crisis line)

Kingston Interval House is committed to supporting women, children and youth experiencing violence and working collaboratively with the community to eliminate all forms of violence and oppression.

Kingston Youth Shelter

Tel: 613-766-3200

Aims to provide a supportive, stable environment, and the tools and life skills to help youth emerge from their immediate or ongoing housing crisis.

Kingston Unitarian Fellowship LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation

Tel: 613-544-8777

Provides religious education for children and adults and has a broad social action commitment. Services take place on Sundays at 10:30am, September through June. Lay Chaplains perform same-sex weddings.

Sydenham Street United Church Affirming Congregation

Tel: 613-542-9616

Actively welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Services are held Sundays at 10:30am.

GLBT Youth Talkline (National): Toll-free 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)