University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

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Educational Equity

The SEEC exists to promote, facilitate and support the achievement of institutional goals for educational equity as articulated in the University's Vision Statement and in the Values and Principles set out in the University's Strategic Plan.

SEEC's mandate includes all matters related to policy for educational equity in the following areas:

Educational Access: recruitment, retention and graduation of students who have historically been under-represented, underserved and/or disadvantaged in University programs

Educational Context and Climate: provision and maintenance of a supportive and welcoming educational and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff of all social identities.

Educational Content and Practice: promotion of education and training for students, faculty and staff on educational equity issues as they relate to curriculum, pedagogy and the broader learning environment.

Educational Capacity: increasing the institution's capacity for educational equity through recruitment, hiring and retention of faculty, staff and administrators.

The responsibilities of the Committee include:

  1. Assisting in broadening campus community awareness of principles, goals and benefits of educational equity;

  2. Promoting activities that foster a safe, supportive and inclusive campus community that values diversity;

  3. Promoting opportunities to share experiences and diverse perspectives among campus members;

  4. Reviewing and, where necessary, recommending revision to existing policy or the creation of new policy related to educational equity;

  5. Initiating, recommending and overseeing research to inform the development or implementation of recommendations regarding educational equity-related policy;

  6. Setting up subcommittees or task forces and inviting such representatives necessary to ensure the participation of equity interest groups at Queen's in the work of the Committee;

  7. Encouraging and supporting academic units in developing and implementing educational equity plans;

  8. Receiving reports from the responsible administrative bodies on the effectiveness of the implementation and administration of educational equity-related policy;

  9. Coordinating the execution of its responsibilities with other bodies at Queen's responsible for equity-related policy and with the officers of the University who have responsibility for the implementation of equity-related policy.

  10. Report at least annually to the Senate on the work and activities of the Committee.


Elected members will be recommended by the Senate Nominating Committee and ratified by Senate.

4 Ex Officio Members:

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) or delegate

Executive Director and University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights or delegate

Director, Human Rights Office or delegate

Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, or delegate

8 Elected Members:

4 faculty (where possible representative of a cross section of Faculties/Schools)

1 undergraduate student

1 graduate student

2 staff

2 Student Representatives:

1 member of the Alma Mater Society appointed by AMS

1 member of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students appointed by SGPS

At least one member of the Committee must be an elected Senator.


Membership Affiliation Status Term Ends
C. Sypnowich Provost Delegate Ex Officio  
S. Elliott Equity Advisor Ex Officio  
S. Simpson Executive Director, Equity and Human Rights Ex Officio  
C. Fitzgerald Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning Ex Officio  
C. Coulter Faculty (Smith) Elected  
Vacancy Faculty Elected  
Vacancy Faculty  Elected  
Vacancy Faculty  Elected  
P. Jacoby A.M.S. Elected Sep-2019
L. Mussell S.G.P.S. Elected Sep-2019
J. Corlett Staff Elected Sep-2020
K. Collins Staff Elected Sep-2020
M-M. Djossou A.M.S. appointee Appointed  
C. Mavrigianakis S.G.P.S. appointee Appointed  

Chair: M. Blennerhassett

Secretary: J. Christie