University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity

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


  • Student Recruitment, Support and Success - Chaired by Corinna Fitzgerald
  • Inclusive Community - Chaired by Stephanie Simpson
  • Academic and Curricular Diversity - Chaired by Klodiana Kolomitro
  • Faculty and Staff Recruitment, Retention and Support - Chaired by Stephanie Simpson
  • PICRDI Review - Chaired by Teri Shearer

Vacancy on UCARE

UCARE Application Form

 Selection Process for Membership (MS WORD 20 KB)

Public Meetings

Public meetings for 2022/2023 are:

October 4, 2022
January 9, 2023
March 6, 2023

All meetings are from 4:00 to 5:30
Please email to attend the Public Meeting

Name Title
Y. Chen Staff  
S. Chowdhury Alumni and Community Member (Co-Chair)
L. Daneshmend Faculty
B. George Alumni and Community Member   
J. Hill Associate Vice Principal (Indigenous Initiatives)
L. Hood University Ombudsperson
J. Mao SGPS Equity and Diversity Commissioner  
K. Melborne SGPS Student
N. Mosey Principal's Delegate    
K. Mousavand Staff
R. Piedra Arencibia International Student  
J. Raver Chair, Senate Educational Equity Committee  
K. Siallagan AMS Student  
T. Shearer Provost  
S. Simpson Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion) (Co-Chair)
A. Tierney Vice-Provost & Dean (Student Affairs)
A. Varadharajan Faculty
S. Venigalla Staff  
VACANT AMS Social Affairs Commissioner  
J. Christie Manager, Data and Administration, HREO (Secretary)


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 Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion), 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
  • AVP Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (or designate)
  • AVP Indigenous Initiatives (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
  • Ombudsperson
  • Manager, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, City of Kingston (Observer)
  • 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 (ensuring representation from both Alumni and Community)

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.

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


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