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AMS Student Clubs and Initiatives

Comprised of 250+ unique clubs and with 9,000+ students involved each year, the clubs community is an integral part of the Queen’s experience. Clubs not only enhance student life, but provide opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the Queen’s and Kingston community. Faith, culture, advocacy and outreach, politics – no matter what you’re interested or passionate about, there’s something for everyone to get involved with!

[SIC logo]The AMS Commission of Social Issues (SIC) seeks to facilitate dialogue, education, and engagement on all matters related to equity, identity, and anti-oppression. The SIC strives to foster a safer space for students, to connect students with resources, and to engage with and promote social justice and human rights issues on campus. You can apply to volunteer for any of these SIC services or committees:

  • AMS/SGPS Food Bank
  • Peer Support Centre
  • Collective Reflections – a student-run, anti-oppressive publication
  • The Mental Health Awareness Committee
  • Accessibility Queen's
  • Committee Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination (CARED)
  • The Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP)

Queen's University International Centre

[QUIC Logo]Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) offers many opportunities for international students, staff and visiting scholars to network through social events, volunteering opportunities, and through strong relationships with associated student clubs.

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

The Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre is a home away from home for Indigenous students at Queen’s. Indigenous and non-Indigenous students are encouraged to participate in the centre’s cultural programming, such as the Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative, and social events such as the Three Sisters’ feast nights, Frybread Friday, and Full Moon Ceremonies.

Queen's Black Academics Society

Queen's Black Academics Society (QBAS) is an organization of students that fosters community amongst self-identified people of colour, the QBAS mission is to advance black academics through a focus on education, equity and issues pertinent to the black community.

International at Home

The "International at Home" series at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts brings together domestic and international students to deepen their intercultural awareness and sense of community through music. Tickets sponsored by units at Queen’s and the Isabel are distributed to international and domestic students to attend a performance together. Each performance includes a pre-concert reception, which provides an opportunity for students to meet the artists, senior university administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni. For more information contact: international@queensu.ca

Human Rights Arts Festival

The annual Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Human Rights Arts Festival offers a wide range of concerts, screenings, and exhibitions from diverse artists to help promote awareness and action around topics related to Indigenous experiences, disability, LGBTQ+, cultural expression, and women’s rights.

  Check out Queen's Events Calendar for events happening all over campus through the year.

Use the filters such as Arts and culture; Equity, diversity, human rights, social justice, inclusivity; Indigenous; and International.

Queen's Reads

Queen’s Reads is a university-wide reading program that aims to engage the Queen’s community in a shared dialogue. Students, staff, and faculty can participate in Queen’s Reads events over the course of the academic year, including discussion groups, contest, and author visits, no matter how much (or little) of the book you’ve read!

Queen's Cares Reading Week

Queen’s Cares is a community engaged learning program that takes place locally, nationally and internationally during the February Reading Week. Through hands-on experience, workshops, presentations and critical reflection, students have the opportunity to explore community-identified needs. Students reflect on what they are learning, develop skills, and make connections to their academic field of study. Throughout this process, they build relationships with host communities that are rooted in cross-cultural understanding and a commitment to social justice.

[Students at the Boys and Girls Club]
For Queen's Cares Reading Week 2018, Queen’s students spent their winter break volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston.

Queen’s Women’s Network Employee Resource Group

The Queen’s Women’s Network (QWN) Employee Resource Group brings together self-identified women staff at Queen’s to build connections, support professional growth, and foster an engaged workplace. Individuals can get involved by attending a QWN lunchtime meeting or joining a project subcommittee, make connections by attending a QWN social event, or learn something new by attending a QWN speaker panel.

Queen’s Women’s Network Mentorship Program

Through the annual Queen’s Women’s Network Mentorship Program, individuals are paired with volunteer mentors who can provide guidance on career development, challenges in the workplace, and defining and pursuing goals. The mentorship program helps to foster a supportive working environment, enhance career development within the university, and build connections among members of the Queen’s community.

Positive Space Program

[Positive Space logo]The Positive Space Program brings visibility and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer communities at Queen's. Launched in 1999, it was developed and is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Office, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group and the Education on Queer Issues Project.

Members of the Queen's community who want to get involved in this program can attend a Positive Space session to familiarize themselves with queer issues, local resources and discrimination and harassment policies. They can then sign up to be members of the Program and receive a sticker that they can use to designate their work, living or study space as "Positive Space" i.e. respectful and supportive of sexual and gender diversity.

To find out more information about the Positive Space Program, or to register for a Positive Space information session, please visit the Positive Space website.

Queen's University Association of Queer Employees (QUAQE)

QUAQE is a group for LGBTQ-identified staff, faculty, and their partners. It includes both current and former employees of Queen's, as well as postdoctoral fellows. The group provides opportunities to socialize, discuss relevant issues, raise the visibility of LGBTQ issues, and address barriers for queer employees.