Faith, culture, advocacy, outreach, politics – no matter what you’re interested in or passionate about, there’s a way to get involved and connect with others in the Queen's community.
AMS Student Clubs and Initiatives
With 250+ unique clubs and with 9,000+ students involved each year, getting involved with a club is an integral part of the Queen’s experience. Clubs offer opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the Queen’s and Kingston community.
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. Apply to volunteer for SIC services or committees, such as:
- 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)
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
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: email@example.com
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.
Queen's University International Centre
Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) offers international students, staff and visiting scholars opportunities to network through its strong relationships with associated student club, social events, and volunteer programs.
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.
Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre is a home away from home for Indigenous students at Queen’s. Indigenous and non-Indigenous students are encouraged to participate in 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 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 and author visits, no matter how much (or little) of the book you’ve read!
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. Attend a QWN lunchtime meeting, join a project subcommittee, connection through a social event, or learn something new by attending a speaker panel.
Through the annual QWN 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
Celebrating Sexual and Gender Diversity at Queen's, 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.
Association of Queer Employees
Queen's University Association of Queer Employees (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.
Other Committees and Groups
- Council on Employment Equity
- FCP Action Group
- Employment Equity Framework Working Groups
- Queen's University Association of Queer Employees (QUAQE)