Our Actions and Goals

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries
10. Reduced Inequalities

Our goals in action

Teaching and student life

Understanding and improving diversity among our applicants

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.

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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 its First-Generation Admission Policy to First-Entry Undergraduate Programs, which offers additional and alternative admission pathways to full-time undergraduate degree programs.

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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 alternative pathways for admission to the first year of full-time undergraduate degree programs.

A home away from home for Indigenous students

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.

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Queen's University Four Directions Indigenous Centre

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

Supporting students with disabilities

The Queen’s Student Wellness Accessibility Services support students with disabilities and access needs. Staff work directly with students to develop individualized accommodation plans and offer a variety of services, including the START-UP first-year transition program, referrals to on- and off-campus services, and awareness training.

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 university Policy on Safe Disclosure Reporting and Investigation.

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 a school 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.

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Stamping out racism

Queen’s University senior leadership and deans have signed the Declaration of Commitment to Address Systemic Racism and pledged immediate action to address systemic racism on campus. They also committed to identifying and eliminating barriers within university policies and practices related to the recruitment and admission of racialized students and enhancing initiatives to diversify the student population.

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