The committee does not have a mandate to resolve or adjudicate individual grievances about equity. However, as a committee it may gather information about and provide general support for students and faculty who have concerns about equity and social justice within the department. Students are invited to participate in our projects described below.
The committee’s unique ad hoc status has permitted a structure in which graduate students have always been numerous. Recruitment of undergraduate students has been highly successful. As a result, the committee functions as a vibrant team whose members not only share a dedication to the cause of equity, but also to democratic decision-making and open dialogue about relevant issues, consistent with the letter and spirit of our mandate. If you have an interest in equity issues, and would like to get involved with the committee, please contact us via email or directly to any committee member.
From 2007 to 2013, the Equity committee focused its efforts on the Social Justice Essay Prize, which awarded a prize to the best essays written on the theme of social justice. Beginning in 2013-14, the Equity Committee began two new initiatives to improve departmental awareness about the equity concerns of sociology students.
Together with the promotion of our Gmail box, the Comment Box functions as an invitation to undergraduate students to communicate with committee members about their concerns or questions. The Equity Committee welcomes all submissions to the Comment Box, whether they are anonymous or not. Examples are: experiences with the curriculum, student life, learning, teaching, evaluation and policies that highlight inequities of race, ethnicity, ability, gender and class. Students may also have suggestions for new projects for the committee, or for how the Sociology department may continue to integrate equity and social justice concerns into its curriculum and policies.
The guide not only lists individuals, units, committees, activities, and organizations on campus that are related to social justice and equity issues, but also courses on equity related issues. This is a unique contribution to the other equity resources available on campus now available from other units with whom we collaborate. With links to units such as SGPS, the Equity Office, the Human Rights Office, and ultimately to the Inclusive Community page on Queen’s main website, the Resource Guide attests to the growing recognizability of the committee as we continue to work with allied groups on campus to achieve shared goals.