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University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE)

Upcoming Public Meetings, 2019-2020:
October 21, 2019
January 20, 2020
March 30, 2020

All meetings take place in Room 202,
Robert Sutherland Hall from 5:00pm - 6:30pm

The University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) was established to coordinate, monitor, and report on the progress of university-wide initiatives to address racism and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Council helps to shape the vision and strategy of the university and serves as a critical voice for diversity and inclusion at Queen’s.

UCARE maintains at least 51% representation from racialized groups and includes faculty, staff, student, senior administration, alumni, and community representatives. The broad scope of the UCARE membership ensures that actions taken to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion align with the needs of the university community.

UCARE helps shape the vision and strategy of the university by:

  • Promoting and supporting efforts by the university that foster a diverse and inclusive campus community

  • Monitoring the implementation of the PICRDI recommendations and progress of other anti-racism and equity initiatives

  • Identifying and making recommendations regarding persistent obstacles to progress on diversity and inclusion (i.e. factors associated with attracting and retaining racialized students, staff, and faculty), including those related to resources, organizational structures, policies, protocols, and processes

  • Facilitating synergies amongst complementary initiatives within the university, and identifying opportunities for collaboration external to the university

  • Establishing sub-councils and working groups as needed to advance particular initiatives 

  • Coordinating communication with the wider Queen’s community

  • Preparing an annual report of its activities, to be submitted for information to the Senate, the Board of Trustees, and to the wider Queen’s community


Working Groups

  • Centre for Racial Equity and Social Justice. Chaired by Teri Shearer
  • Community Consultation and Outreach. Chaired by Yasmine Djerbal
  • Orientation Week. Chaired by Myriam-Morenike Djossou


Public UCARE Meeting Minutes 


List of UCARE Members
Name Title
A. Butler Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education (Co-Chair)
Y. Chan Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Delegate
L. Daneshmend Professor, Department of Mining, FEAS
Y. Davidson Alumni and Community Member
P. Fachinger Chair, Senate Educational Equity Committee
S. Ghahari Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
R. Ignatius AMS Student, Kinesiology
A. Lopez Villalobos Staff, Queen’s University Biological Station
A. Mortley Alumni and Community Member (Co-Chair)
O. Omoruna AMS Student, Life Sciences
M. Rahman Staff, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
B. Samuels AMS Social Affairs Commissioner
T. Shearer Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion)
S. Simpson Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion)
A. Tierney Vice-Provost & Dean (Student Affairs)
N. Utioh Staff, Residence Life –Housing & Ancillary Services
M. Watkin Associate Director (Academic Initiatives) Office of the Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic) (Secretary)
L. Yahia SGPS Student, Faculty of Education
P. Zhang SGPS Equity & Diversity Commissioner

Co-Chair: Alana Butler, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
Co-Chair: Aba Mortley, Alumni and Community Member
Secretary: Margaret (Peggy) Watkin, Associate Director, Academic Initiatives, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

Committee Terms and Composition

Member Terms

New or renewed appointments will be made for 1 or 2-year terms to maintain continuity within the membership of UCARE from year to year. All appointments are renewable for a second term.

Nominating Committee

A UCARE Nominating Committee comprised of two university administrators and two members-at-large (faculty, staff, student, or community member/alumni) from its membership will solicit the campus and Kingston/alumni communities to fill any vacancies on UCARE before the end of the second semester of each academic year.

Appointments will be made by letter of invitation from the Principal, based on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, as endorsed by the UCARE.


UCARE will normally meet three times per calendar year. Faculty, staff, and students of Queen’s University are welcome to attend UCARE meetings as guests.

Any request for time on the UCARE agenda should be made in advance of the meeting to the Co-Chairs.


  • Principal (or designate)
  • Provost (or designate)
  • Director, Human Rights Office (or designate)
  • Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs (or designate)
  • Chair, Senate Educational Equity Committee
  • AMS Social Affairs Commissioner
  • SGPS Equity and Diversity Commissioner
  • Three faculty members 
  • Three staff members 
  • Two students (including one undergraduate and one graduate or professional student)
  • Two members of the Kingston community or alumni

UCARE will maintain at least 51% representation from racialized groups.

Co-Chairs, as selected by UCARE members, include a university administrator and a member at large (faculty, staff, student or community member/alumni).

Invitation to Serve

When vacancies occur, UCARE will invite nominations to serve as an undergraduate student member of the Council, and nomination deadlines will be posted.

Nominations are currently closed.

Application Form (PDF, 29 KB)
Information on how students’ applications are evaluated (PDF, 13 KB)

Please submit one electronic copy of your nomination form to

UCARE Governance and Nominating Sub-Council

UCARE Governance and Nominating Sub-Council Terms of Reference (PDF 356KB)