Through research, teaching, learning, outreach, and stewardship activities, the Queen’s community contributes to the fight against climate change, helping to build inclusive societies, and ensuring equal access to health care and quality education to advance social impact and ultimately the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
The Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor has appointed Dr. Heather Aldersey, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, as Special Advisor to the Principal on UN SDGs. Dr. Aldersey’s role will involve creating an inventory of UN SDG work by identifying best practices and champions of UN SDG work at Queen’s, and she will also create and chair a Principal’s Council on UN SDGs to inform, collaborate, and innovate on the development of a UN SDG operational framework for the university.
SDG Week Canada 2024
SDG Week Canada is taking place March 4-8, 2024 and Queen’s is participating.The second annual
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SDG Week is a national collaboration among, SDSN Canada and various universities and colleges meant to raise awareness about and inspire engagement with the 17 UN SDGs. Through workshops, events, and programming that are aligned with these global goals, the plan is to foster a collaborative and cross-disciplinary environment that accelerates the advancement of the SDGs on our campuses and beyond.
Upcoming SDG Events
Explore sustainability opportunities in the Kingston region
How can you take the SDGs into your own hands?
An international panel presentation
Explore practical solutions for integrating sustainability into teaching and learning
Network with likeminded scholars
Wellbeing & Work
Responsible Futures International Pilot
Queen's has been invited to participate in Responsible Futures, an international pilot program focused on sustainability across all aspects of student learning. Participation and leadership in this pilot demonstrates the university's strong commitment to embedding sustainability and social responsibility across the formal and informal curriculum in partnership with students.
Students Organising for Sustainability and the International Association of Universities are partnering to deliver a Responsible Futures international pilot, working closely with a small group of invited institutions, including Queen's and six other institutions across the globe to co-create the program, including an international framework of good practice, ahead of a wider launch at the end of 2024.
The cohort of institutions will work closely with their students throughout the year to engage with the framework of good practice, with the goal of effecting changes to teaching and learning.
Principal’s Advisory Council on UN SDGs at Queen’s
|Chair, Special Advisor to the Principal on UN SDGs
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
|Associate Professor, Music Education
|Commissioner of Community Services, City of Kingston
|Juan Francisco Chavez Ramirez
|Smith School of Business
|President, United Way KFL&A
Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Therapy / SRT Associate Director (Occupational Therapy Program)
Manager, Special Projects
|Director, Thought Leadership and Strategic Initiatives
|Director, School Policy Studies and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
|President, Alma Mater Society
|PhD Student – First Year
|Sandra den Otter
|Vice-Provost, Global Engagement
|Executive Director, Student Affairs
|Vice-Principal, Culture, Equity, and Inclusion
|Manager, Energy and Sustainability
|Department Head and Professor, Global Development Studies
|Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
|Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering
About Dr. Heather Aldersey
Heather Aldersey, MSEd, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. She holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Disability Inclusive Development. She is also the Scientific Director for the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation, a Queen’s Health Sciences Research Centre. Her research explores natural and formal supports for people with disabilities and their families in Canada and in a number of contexts internationally.