Our Actions and Goals

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries
10. Reduced Inequalities

Our goals in action

Research and innovation

Addressing discrimination in research 

The Wise Practices for Research initiative launched in 2021 is a set of new online training modules for the research community aimed to eliminate discrimination in research by increasing awareness and developing practical skills related to the inclusion of equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the full research cycle.

Teaching and student life

Fostering a climate of inclusion

The Student Applicant Equity Census, which is administered to all Queen’s applicants, asks prospective students to voluntarily indicate their gender and whether they identify as an Indigenous person, a person with a disability, and/or a racialized person. It also seeks to determine the overall economic makeup of applicants. Responses are not used in the admission selection process, but rather, they support our efforts in the pursuit of educational equity.

In response to the Queen’s University Administration’s Declaration of Commitment to Address Systemic Racism, a campus climate survey of Queen’s students identified initiatives for the university to support aimed at centering equity-deserving student experiences. The Queen’s Shift Project and Student Advisory Group formed in 2021 place students’ voices and experiences at the forefront in building a safe and more inclusive campus through events, initiatives, and opportunities for dialogue. 

The Graduate Inclusivity Fellows initiative was launched in 2021 to advise the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs on matters related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity, including the development of strategies and programs to improve learning experiences for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Queen's is committed to counteracting discrimination in this institution and developing a climate of educational equity that recognizes and respects the equal dignity and worth of all who seek to participate in the life, work, and mission of the university.

Encouraging first-generation students

Queen’s supports first-generation students attending university through our First-Generation Admission Policy to First-Entry Undergraduate Programs, which offers additional and alternative admission pathways to full-time undergraduate degree programs.

Supporting aspirations of Indigenous students

Indigenous students face unique challenges while pursuing post-secondary goals. Our Admission Policy For Indigenous Candidates To First-Entry Undergraduate Programs offers Indigenous candidates additional and alternative pathways for admission to full-time undergraduate degree programs.

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Finding community

The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre is a safe and welcoming gathering place for Indigenous students at Queens. The Centre provides holistic support services including peer mentorship, academic assistance, financial aid, and cultural programming.

The Yellow House on Stuart Street is committed to creating a comfortable and accountable space for students who identify  as QTBIPoC through programming and events where feelings  of safety, empowerment, and community can be fostered and identity can be celebrated.

[Staff from the Yellow House meet students at a welcome fair]

The Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) supports more than 2,000 Queen’s students each year.

Supporting students with disabilities

Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS), in collaboration with instructors and staff, is committed to supporting students with disabilities as they pursue their academic goals. Through encouraging the use of well-implemented Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in combination with individualized academic accommodations, QSAS seeks to remove disability-related academic barriers.

Understanding that students with disabilities face increased financial burdens, Queen's also offers Financial Assistance and Services For Students With Disabilities.

Community impact

Protecting and advancing human rights

The Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) at Queen’s aims to advance human rights, equity, and inclusion by developing and implementing employment and educational equity strategies. The office has four main service offerings: human rights advisory services; equity services; sexual violence prevention and response; and accessibility. Our Human Rights Advisory Services provide advice concerning human rights issues and advocate for practices and policies that address human rights in our community.

Members of the Queen’s community who make good-faith disclosures of alleged Improper Acts, including discrimination and harassment, are protected from educational or employment repercussions through our Improper Acts Reporting Policy.

Empowering all our members to thrive at Queen's

Inclusive Queen’s offers tailored services, programs, and resources to support individuals from a range of cultures, ethnicities, spiritual affiliations, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations. The program’s website is a resource for students, faculty, and staff to learn about initiatives that are transforming Queen’s into an institution that empowers all members of its community.

Administration and operations

Removing barriers to education

The Queen’s University Accessibility Policy guides us in identifying, removing, and preventing barriers to persons with disabilities so we can ensure equal access to all that our university has to offer.

Creating an accessible and inclusive campus

Queen's has a vision to build an inclusive campus community with accessible spaces and services. The Queen’s University Accessibility Hub is our central online resource for accessibility, providing supports as well as information on initiatives pertaining to disability and accessibility issues on campus. The Hub also includes resources and services for prospective and current faculty and staff.

Navigating accessibility on campus

Our online Accessibility Hub includes a searchable Building Accessibility and Campus Map that highlights accessible facilities on campus, including accessible entrances, parking lots, places to eat and emergency phones. Students can also download the Queen’s Equity Locator App for maps of all three Queen's University campuses, with crowd sourced, equity-related amenities such as accessible buildings, gender-neutral washrooms, elevators and more.

[Photo of students in the Queen's Centre on Bell Let's Talk Day]

Confronting racism and championing diversity

Queen’s joined 40 universities and colleges across Canada as a signatory of the Scarborough Charter – a sector-wide agreement designed to move post-secondary institutions beyond rhetoric and  to more meaningful, concrete actions to address anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion.

2022 Announcement

7th in the world
7th in the world

7th in the World

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

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