Principal and Vice-Chancellor

[Principal and Vice Chancellor]
[Principal and Vice Chancellor]

17 Rooms at Queen's 

The 17 Rooms event at Queen's is a fast-paced, brainstorming approach to generating awareness of and action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Queen's vision is to help solve the world's most significant and urgent challenges, and adopting the framework and context of the SDGs across the university is one of the ways we can make that happen. The 17 Rooms exercise is a new experience organized by the Office of the Vice-Principal (International) and the Principal's Office. 

Our goal for our first event is to generate excitement and awareness of the SGDs at Queen's, increase collaboration and ultimately find new ways to make a global impact. It's exciting, energizing and will help create a movement of SDG champions throughout the Queen's community. 

What is 17 Rooms?

A 17 Rooms exercise brings together people interested in making a difference into 17 small groups, each tasked with generating ideas and knowledge to make progress towards a particular SDG. For Queen's first 17 Rooms event, hosted virtually through Zoom, staff, faculty and students will join together to create ideas and awareness of how we can make a global impact. 17 Rooms events have been used by universities and other institutions around the world to spur action on the SGDs. It is an initiative designed by The Brookings Institute and The Rockefeller Foundation.

How does it work?

The event will kick-off with all participants attending an opening address to put everyone in the right mindset to start the exercise. Following that, participants will join the break-out session related to their assigned SDG that will be moderated by a Queen's faculty member. For the next 90 minutes, the teams will discuss, collaborate and create to leave the event with some new ideas, new connections and new inspiration to continue working towards the SDGs beyond the event. Action items and key take-aways from the event will be compiled in a report to be shared with the Principal and leadership team for consideration and further discussion. To work well, the event should have just enough structure to guide the groups in a fruitful and engaging discussion, while also allowing creative ideas and experimentation to flourish.  

How can I participate?

All current faculty, students and staff at Queen's are invited to join the event. The room will consist of the moderator and admin team, some invited participants and potential guests (local or international partners) as well as a select number of 'open spots' for participants to be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. We aim to have a diverse, multi-disciplinary group of engaged, creative and ambitious people who don't mind thinking big. If the room you are interested in joining is full, you can join another or be added to our waiting list. Register here by 4:30 p.m. ET June 10, 2021.

Why should I participate?

Whether you have no idea what the SDGs are, or have made it your life's work, everyone will learn from this event and potentially come up with some new ideas you can apply to your work at Queen's. On top of that, participating in 17 Rooms is a great way to make some new connections and collaborate with other colleagues who are like-minded or bring a completely different perspective to your way of thinking. These opportunities don't come around often and we are excited to bring the 17 Rooms approach to Queen's. 

What is the time commitment?

The event will be held on Monday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participation in the entire three hours is required. Prior to the event, some moderators may host a one-hour "meet and greet" for participants to get acquainted and ask questions to learn a bit more about the event itself. Participants may also be asked to do a bit of pre-reading or complete a survey to ensure a base knowledge of their assigned SDG and also provoke some thinking before the event. 

More questions?

Contact 17rooms@queensu.ca with your questions. Click here to register.