The first 17 Rooms at Queen's event was held June 21, 2021 and assembled close to 300 students, faculty, staff and community members in virtual Zoom rooms where they discussed each of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how Queen's can make progress on them to create a global impact. The inaugural event was led by the Office of the Vice-Provost (International) and the Principal's Office and resulted in significant collaboration, ideation and excitement that helped create awareness of the SDGs.
A 17 Rooms exercise is a fast-paced, brainstorming approach to generating awareness on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It 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. 17 Rooms events have been used by universities and other institutions around the world to generate activity around SDGs. It is an initiative designed by The Brookings Institute and The Rockefeller Foundation. Ideas generated may lead to initiatives in the future.