Queen's Equity Ambassadors Program

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Equity Ambassadors Program

Who are the Equity Ambassadors and what do they do?

The Equity Ambassadors are a diverse group of holistically trained undergraduate students who engage with prospective students, just like yourselves. They share their experiences at Queen’s and offer support in accessing post-secondary from a student lens. 

 

Meet the Equity Ambassadors Team!

 

Meet Aisling Martins-Ezeifeaku

Name: Aisling Martins- Ezeifeaku

Pronouns: She/Her

Program: Bachelor of Health Sciences (2024)

Learn More about Aisling

Meet Alyah Opel

Name: Alyah Opel 

Pronouns: She/Her 

Program: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology  

Learn More about Alyah

Meet Essi Amegbeto

Name: Essi Amegbeto 

Program: Bachelor of Arts (Global Development Studies)  

Learn More about Essi

Meet Johann Sapim

Name: Johann Sapim 

Pronouns: She/Her 

Program: Bachelor of Arts (Global Development Studies) & Bachelor of Applied Science (Bio-Mechanical Engineering)  

Learn More about Johann

Meet Kate Nguyen

Name: Kate Nguyen 

Program: Bachelor of Commerce  

Learn More about Kate

Meet Kidus Leul

Name: Kidus Leul 

Pronouns: He/Him 

Program: Bachelor of Arts (Applied Economics) 

Learn More about Kidus

Meet Louise Gnamessan Nandoh

Name: Louise Gnamessan Nandoh 

Pronouns: She/Her 

Program: Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies) 

Learn More about Louise

Meet Matthew D'Alessandro

Name: Matthew D’Alessandro 

Pronouns: He/Him 

Program: Bachelor of Arts (Applied Economics) 

Learn More about Matthew

Meet Patrixianne Mendoza

Name: Patrixianne Mendoza 

Pronouns: She/Her 

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) 

Learn More about Patrixianne

Upcoming Events

Our Equity Ambassadors offer a series of public webinars through Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment. These events range from reviewing the day-to-day schedule of an undergraduate student, discovering ways to pursue your passions outside of academia, as well as addressing financial aid opportunities, and on-campus supports available for equity-deserving students. Our Drop-In Zoom Sessions offer you the unique opportunity to chat directly with the Equity Ambassadors about their experience at Queen’s University.  

You can also request more information about the program and events!

Request more information

Frequently Asked Questions

At Queen’s University, we strive to create a campus community that allows our students to thrive, rather than simply survive. In order to do so, however, we know that university students need to find a community; a group of individuals with similar lived experiences who feel like home and cultivate a sense of belonging that allows you to grow into the person you want to become.

When you come to Queen’s, you are joining an incredibly large community of students, faculty, and staff who are there to support you. But the transition into an unfamiliar environment, while attempting to create new connections, can nevertheless be daunting and intimidating, particularly as an equity-deserving student. If you’re considering how to build your community and create culturally supportive connections that will last you a lifetime: you are not alone! We are here to support you.

There are many opportunities for students to build relationships and contribute to your community.

Orientation Week

A great way to support your transition to university and begin fostering meaningful connections is through attending your University and Faculty orientation for incoming first-year students. The activities facilitated through Orientation Week are designed to provide you with an opportunity to create memories and connect with other students who have similar interests and identities to yourself but are also new to Queen’s! For more information, visit the Queen's Orientation page.

Clubs and Extracurricular Opportunities: Social and Cultural Identity Groups.

Queen’s University has a wide selection of student run clubs and groups that we encourage you to get involved in during your time as an undergraduate student. These extracurricular opportunities that specialize in various interests allow you to connect with others who have skills that are similar to yours! Of particular note, are groups dedicated to welcoming students of various identities, heritage, and backgrounds. No matter where you may come from, you can be sure to find an environment to embrace your identity among peers. For more information, visit the Clubs Directory.

Intramural Sports

For athletes, both serious and not-so-serious, intramural sports are a fantastic way to meet other students who share your love for a game or sport! For a set of months during the semester, compete amongst your peers in a tight-knit group for a truly unique bonding experience!  

Social Media

Once you make the decision to come to Queen’s, join your yearly Facebook groups to bond with peers and virtually introduce yourselves before coming to campus!

Queen’s University is dedicated to supporting your academic and personal success. Often, it is quite easy for QTBIPOC and disabled students to feel othered and isolated on campus, often preventing them from accessing student support services. At Queen’s, however, we recognize this barrier and instead work to collaborate with campus and community partners to develop programming and services that enhance and nurture your growth. It is important to note that the list below is not exhaustive! For additional resources, please contact 1gen@queensu.ca

Transition Support

  • Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR): A summer orientation program for incoming first-year students, parents, and supporters. SOAR provides programming dedicated to assisting students in preparing for the expectations of the university experience.  
  • Fall Orientation: Queen’s Orientation is designed to connect you with the students, faculty, staff, and campus resources available to prepare for the year ahead.
  • QSuccess (First-Year Mentorship Program): Through ongoing mentoring in your first-year, QSuccess aims to support students as they develop the skills necessary succeed academically, personally, and socially, and make the most of their university experience. QSuccess mentors are holistically trained to meet the needs of our diverse campus community.

On-Campus Supports

  • Student Academic Success Services: Student Academic Success Services (SASS) offers academic support to students who wish to develop their skills in critical thinking, reading, learning, studying, writing, and self-management.
  • Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS): QSAS works with students with disabilities to develop comprehensive accommodation plans that help ensure full access to education.
  • The Start-Up Transition Support Service: QSAS students are able to receive individualized support on any aspect of their transition to university.
  • The Accessibility Hub: The Accessibility Hub is a central online resource for accessibility at Queen's and provides information on supports, training, and initiatives on campus.
  • Student Wellness Services (SWS): SWS supports the personal, academic, and social development of students through the provision of services that are responsive to student needs. Students from culturally and racially diverse backgrounds are able to access the specialized services of experienced practitioners and counsellors who are dedicated to services students from racialized or marginalized communities.
  • Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC): QUIC offers comprehensive support resources, activities, and advising services to international students, cultural training resources for the Queen’s community as well as generally working to promote a cross-culturally sensitive environment.
  • The Yellow House: The Yellow House is a safe, comfortable, and accountable space for queer, racialized, marginalized students to create community, to feel empowered, to empower others, and to celebrate and to honor their histories.
  • Four Directions: Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre is a home away from home for Indigenous students at Queen's. The centre offers culturally tailored transition and support services for Indigenous students.
  • Human Rights and Equity Office: Queen's Human Rights and Equity Office plays a role in both informing the larger campus community in the area of equity and human rights, while also facilitating the development of policies and programs related to greater and equal participation of marginalized groups at Queen’s.
  • Alma Mater Society (AMS): The AMS is a student-run organization representing the interests of students in internal and external affairs.
    • Social Issues Commission: The Social Issues Commission is a safe space for students to connect students with on-campus supports and to engage with social justice and human rights issues on campus.

    • Student Cultural Clubs: Queen’s has a variety of student run clubs that are dedicated to celebrating religious and cultural identities.

  • Queen’s Equity Locator: The Equity Locator offers maps of the Queens University main, west and Isabel campuses with equity-related points of interest such as safety basics accessible elevators, washrooms and entrances, and to amenities.

  • Faith and Spiritual Life: The Faith and Spiritual Life staff provide confidential spiritual counselling and ceremonial services for students, staff, and faculty from all faith communities.

  • Sexual Health Resource Center: A confidential, non-judgmental, feminist, queer-positive, pro-choice, sex positive and non-heterosexist information and referral service.

Everyone deserves to feel safe, heard, and advocated for on their university campus. At Queen’s University, we work towards ensuring that the policies, procedures, and initiatives existing here reflect your needs, embrace diversity, and empower all members of our community to thrive at Queen’s. The administration continues to be held accountable for these items through ongoing evaluations that seek to follow-up on the progress and success of EDII-related ventures.

It is important to note that the list below is not exhaustive! For additional resources, please contact 1gen@queensu.ca

Policies, Procedures, and Initiatives

  • The Equity-Self Identification Form: The Equity Self-ID Form for applicants works towards identifying and eliminating barriers related to the recruitment and admission of Black, Indigenous and other racialized students to diversify the student population. Access the Equity Self-ID form.
  • Queen’s University Student Code of Conduct: The Code of Conduct describes what constitutes unacceptable behavior in the Queen's community, with specific reference to instances of racism, discrimination, and harassment to protest equity-deserving students during their time at Queen’s.
  • Student Experiences Survey: The Student Experiences Survey works to gather information from Queen’s students regarding campus culture and climate as it relates to diversity, inclusion, and sexual violence. The results of this survey are funneled into actionable items the university takes towards creating an inclusive campus environment.
  • The Learning Outcomes Framework: Queen's Learning Outcomes Framework confirms that anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion are intrinsic and vital parts of the vision and mission of the institution.
    • The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL): The CTL provides support for faculty and staff in creating inclusive classroom environments.
  • The Accessibility Framework: The Accessibility Framework addresses accessibility in a variety of ways, seeking the continued incorporation of accessibility into university policies and intiatives.
  • Inclusive Community Fund: The Inclusive Community Fund provides financial support to programs, events, initiatives, or projects that serve to celebrate diversity and promote a more culturally informed campus community.
  • The DEAP (Diversity and Equity Assessment and Planning) Tool: The Diversity and Equity Assessment and Planning (DEAP) Tool was developed by Queen’s Equity Office to assist units in better understanding their climate relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • The Positive Space Program: The Positive Space Program encourages the development of positive spaces within the Queen's community to ensure that all members are affirmed and supported.

Training

  • Intercultural Awareness Certificate: The Queen’s University International Center and the Four Directions Center offer members of the community to enhance their cross-cultural knowledge through this certificate.
  • Faculty, Staff, and Students: Faculty, staff, and students at Queen’s are welcome to partake in a variety of training programs and activities to assist in understanding the value of equity, diversity, and inclusion and ways in which to create a safe campus culture.
    • Inclusion and Anti-Racism Workshops
    • Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
    • Accessibility Training
    • Mental Health Education
    • Sexual Harassment Training Tools

Campus Groups

  • Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI): Through consultation with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, PICRDI produced a report outlining recommendations and actions related to addressing racism, diversity, and inclusion at Queen’s.
  • University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE): Maintaining at least 51% representation from racialized groups, UCARE coordinates, monitors, and reports on the progress of university-wide initiatives to address racism and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Queen’s Coalition Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination (QCRED): A group of students, staff, and faculty that works to eliminate racism and discrimination on campus
  • Truth and Reconciliation Task Force (TRC): The TRC task force developed a set of proposals and recommendations to support our Indigenous students, staff, and faculty; thus, working to create meaningful institutional change.
  • The Indigenous Council (ICQU): ICQU ensures that Indigenous peoples are regularly engaged in decisions that affect Indigenous programs and services at Queen’s, often providing guidance, advice, and assessment on Indigenous initiatives at Queen’s.
  • Provost’s Action Group for Gender and Sexual Diversity: This group works to support actions that will improve the climate for participation in the life of the University for all individuals who are part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community or who are gender non-conforming.