Department of Sociology

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Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour (BIPOC) Student Resources

Therapeutic and Self-Care Resources

On Campus

AMS Social Issues Commission

Facilitates dialogue, education, and engagement on all matters related to equity, identity, and anti-oppression. The commission strives to foster a safer space for students to connect students with resources, and to engage with and promote social justice and human rights issues on campus.

Black Luck Collective (Kingston)

Black Luck Collective is about inviting and the coming-together of new and seasoned Black Kingstonians to see, to know, that they are not isolated here and to uncover our dependable and visible community.

Empower Me1-844-741-6389

Free 24/7 in-person and online mental health counselling that is confidential, multilingual, culturally sensitive, gender inclusive and faith inclusive.

Financial Awards for Racialized and First-Generation Students

Racialized and first-generation students can access financial support through the Ester Margaret Harrison Awards for Black Canadian Students, the renewable Ester Margaret Harrison Awards for Visible Minority/Racialized Students, and the Ester Margaret Harrison Award for First Generation Students. See the Student Awards website for further information.

First-Generation Student Undergraduate Admission Pathway

Queen’s offer first-generation candidates, including Pathways to Education students, Crown Wards, and members of the Boys and Girls Club Raising the Grade program, an alternative admission pathway to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program. Offers of admission are made to First-Generation candidates whose total application shows strong evidence of academic preparedness and potential. Students will be introduced to the contacts and services available at the Student Experience Office and the Student Awards Office during the application process and upon admission.

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Offers support for Indigenous students for academic, spiritual, physical and emotional needs (advisors and elders are available).

Individual counselling sessions for Black-identified students

Student Wellness Services is offering individual counselling sessions for Black-identified students with a black-identified counselling professional.

Lavie Williams, Queen’s Inclusion and Anti-Racism Advisor

Central point of contact for individuals and units who wish to learn about anti-oppression and anti-racism initiatives and services at Queen’s. Embedded within the Equity and Human Rights Offices, she has a particular focus on anti-racism and its intersections, institutional inclusion, and anti-oppression strategies. Lavie is available to meet with students, staff, and faculty at Queen’s. Email: ltw@queensu.ca

Safe Space Group Sessions for Racialized Students

Dr. Khanna is holding two more weekly safe space group sessions for racialized students on Mondays at 4pm. These sessions provide an opportunity to learn and reflect on topics of inequity, oppression and racism. Mondays June 29 and July 6, 4-5pm. Register: https://www.queensu.ca/studentwellness/workshops/calendar.php

Supportive Programming for Indigenous Students

Lisa Doxtator provides one-on-one and group counselling, as well as wellness and cultural programming to Indigenous students. To set up an appointment with Lisa, email lmd9@queensu.ca

Yellow House Club Space

The Yellow House, located at 140 Stuart Street, provides dedicated space for some of Queen’s undergraduate and graduate student clubs working to advance social justice, anti-racism, diversity or inclusion on campus.

Off Campus

Student Support

Future Further: Ontario Universities' Indigenous Student Resource Portal

A resource that provides information about support and services (academics, financial, housing, well-being, role models) for Indigenous students interested in, or already attending, a university in Ontario.

Therapists and Hotlines

BlackLine

24/7 (call or text) hotline (space for peer support and counselling, using a Black LGBTQ+ and Femme lens)

Therapy for Black Girls

A search engine for therapists for Black women.

Toronto Black Girl Therapy

A spreadsheet of Black female therapists in the GTA.

Yoga, Meditation, and Positive Affirmations

Good Black News

Provides positive and affirming news about Black people and representation.

Liberate

A meditation app for BIPOC. App available on Google Play Stores or Apple App Stores.

The Most Nurtured

Organization in Toronto offering mental health workshops/panels, yoga, and meditation for Black women.

@alex_elle (Instagram)

Account for positive self-affirmations and journaling for Black folks.

Healing

The Four Bodies: A Holistic Toolkit for Coping with Racial Trauma

A toolkit for healing the four bodies: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.

@twinpowerment (Instagram)

Account for healing and racial trauma therapy.

Available Resources in Kingston, and more broadly in Canada, that were created by Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour

Sociology graduate students created a spreadsheet of resources available in Kingston, and more broadly in Canada, that were created by Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour. The spreadsheet is very much a work in progress – students continue to add to it every day.

There are currently five tabs in the spreadsheet:

  1. Therapeutic – wellness and counseling resources available on and off campus
  2. Community Action – workshops, events, and more
  3. Donate – organizations led by BIPOC that provide much needed supports to BIPOC and other communities made vulnerable; we titled this sheet Donate as these organizations welcome and appreciate allyship through material donations so they may continue doing important work
  4. Allyship – resources which explore what meaningful allyship means, from the perspective of BIPOC folks
  5. BIPOC Owned Businesses – Support BIPOC owned bookshops, restaurants, and retailers in Kingston, and beyond All resources can be accessed using this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lGLfhLBMYDKKW8wcDl724vf_PxuAkxr1...

We hope that students, staff, and faculty in the department will find these resources useful. If you know of other resources that can be added, please let us know!

Upcoming Events
 

Indigenous Medicines

Date: Friday, August 14 2020

Time: 11:00-14:30

A Virtual Elder Meet & Greet Sessions via Teams, organized by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

Register here : https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=O8se1rE41UKCxO-yg4uSXJcPgww2XshHnYw9tGbKSfdUQTBVTEdWQkRJTlVQRFJOR1RLWkozRjhCQyQlQCN0PWcu

CSA Student Webinar: Let's Talk Systemic Racism

Date: August 17th, 2020

Time: 3:00pm ET

Event Description: The Canadian Sociological Association is committed to creating a safe space for open conversations. This online panel and discussion will be open only to racialized students. See details here.

Indigenous Spirituality

Date: Friday, August 28 2020

Time: 11:00-14:30

A Virtual Elder Meet & Greet Sessions via Teams, organized by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

Register here : https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=O8se1rE41UKCxO-yg4uSXJcPgww2XshHnYw9tGbKSfdUQTBVTEdWQkRJTlVQRFJOR1RLWkozRjhCQyQlQCN0PWcu