Queen's Africa and Diaspora


Photo collage of participants of QAD.

Queen’s Africa & Diaspora (QAD) brings together at Queen’s students, staff, faculty, and postgrads from the African-Caribbean Diasporic studies and communities by organizing social events such as BBQ, Welcome Nights, QAD conference, etc. Anyone who identifies as (African, Black, Caribbean, Afro-Canadian – essentially as part of the African Diaspora) who may be interested in attending, being at Queen’s or not is welcome to QAD events. All others at Queen’s or the Kingston community interested in Africa and diaspora culture are welcome to attend all QAD events and to share their culture and experience.

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Queen’s Black Faculty & Staff Caucus (QBFSC)

Liberation, Equity, and Better Futures
Queen’s Black Faculty & Staff Caucus (QBFSC) brings together at Queen’s Black faculty and staff so that they can share their views and discuss on common concerns, issues or opportunities. The mission of QBFSC is to promote a greater sense of community, advocate progress, and maintain ongoing support for all Black faculty and staff at Queen's University to enhance cultural diversity and support the Queen's University's academic mission. 

To find out more information or to become a member, visit the QBFSC website.

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Queen’s Black Academic Society (QBAS)

QBAS was ratified under the AMS since 2011. QBAS’s mission is to advance Black academics through a focus on education, equity, wellness and, issues pertinent to the Black community. Their objectives are:

  • Enrich the lives of self-identified Black students at Queen’s through fulfilling the mission
  • Offer educational and cultural activities that improve the skills and well-being of students at Queen’s
  • Strengthen the Black diasporic community by decreasing barriers to internal (Queen’s University) and external (e.g. Kingston) collaboration and communication
  • Create a safe(r) space and to foster a sense of community amongst Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Provide social functions with the purpose of adding to the variety of university life

Behind The Name
QBAS uses the term “Black” for a general understanding of the targeted group but understand that it is a loose term and is not sufficient to categorize peoples of varying origins and backgrounds. As such, QBAS emphasize self-identification as an important component of the group. Through efforts, QBAS seek to provide the resources needed for black members of the Queen’s community to develop into socially aware, articulate and confident individuals.

Queen’s Black Academic Society (QBAS) previously QCBI, was ratified under the AMS in the summer of 2011. After speaking with many students and sharing individual and collective experiences, it was realized that the services black students needed to fully integrate themselves into the Queen’s community were lacking. QBAS was formed to address this need. Through its programming, the group seeks to create a safe space and to foster a sense of community amongst black students, faculty, staff and alumni. We have been well received with great interest, and have quickly built a supportive community of students who feel welcome to share their personal thoughts and debate on social, political, and economic matters.

More information can be obtained through the QBAS Facebook page.

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African & Caribbean Students’ Association (ACSA)

African & Caribbean Students’ Association (ACSA) is a cultural club at Queen’s University for African and Caribbean students, and other students of various backgrounds. ACSA is an all-inclusive club!

ACSA represents African and Caribbean societies through the presentation of their diverse cultures, art, music, histories and other aspects of life. ACSA aims to provide social functions and coordinate activities for the purpose of adding to the variety of university life. The club is unique as it provides a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas among members. In addition, ACSA respect and address the concerns of African, the Caribbean and other interested students in matters which may affect Africa, the Caribbean, and the African and Caribbean Diaspora.

The initiatives and events that ACSA facilitates include dance crew, monthly Soul Food Sundays, the organization of Black History Month events, and the annual Culture Show. ACSA also organizes numerous other events throughout the year, including dance workshops, panel discussions, study hours, and social events. ACSA believes home is away for their members and therefore, tries to connect them with people, events, and services within the Queen’s and Kingston community that will make them feel that way.

More information can be obtained through the ACSA Facebook page.

Queen’s Africa & Diaspora (QAD) events bring together Africa and Diaspora community and other communities at Queen’s, in Kingston and the surroundings. Therefore, they allow to connect and enhance knowledge and awareness in various aspects of equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity, and connect well with the recommendations of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Report (April, 2017) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force, Extending the Rafters Report (March, 2017).

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World Environment Day

June 2020

Our environment is weakened by our human actions. In order to face this, the 5th of June has been chosen to allow us to reflect on the actions we take that have negative impacts and deteriorate our environment on a daily basis. The theme of this year's World Environment Day is "Ecosystems Restoration".

On this occasion, IFED in partnership with Queen's University invite you to make a stop to look at the state of our environment and analyze solutions to restore our ecosystems. 

View the event poster for info on this year's line up of speakers. [PDF 1.6MB]


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QAD Soccer Tournament

August 2019

In order to bring together Africa and Diaspora community and other communities at Queen’s, in Kingston and the surroundings, QAD Soccer Tournament will be organized as a mini world cup. Therefore, countries, part of continents or continents based on player’s registration/availability will be used. Everyone no matter his country of origin is welcome to this tournament and is invited/encouraged to register. Depending on the number of players registered, we expect two pools of 4 teams.

Each game will be 20 min x 2 with a 5 min break, making a total of 45 minutes. The soccer tournament will take place on October 06, 2019 at Mik Mac field which is located directly next to Richardson stadium from 9 am to 3 pm.

The trophies (winner, second, third place, best players, best scorer) will be given during the QAD gala night that will take place on the same date from 6-10pm.

All inquiries about the QAD tournament should be directed to q.africa@queensu.ca.

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QAD Summer BBQ Party

Date: Saturday 13rd July 2019
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Venue: Lake Ontario Park, 920 King St W, Kingston, ON K7M 8H3

Queen’s (staff, faculty, undergrad, grad and postgrads) from the African-Caribbean Diasporic studies and communities.

  • Meet other & their families
  • Have delicious meet
  • Welcome to celebrate and share/Potluck

Please send all your inquiries to q.africa@queensu.ca or to:

Adrien Djomo, PhD
Queen’s Africa and Diaspora
Email: djomoa@queensu.ca

Participate in the Queen’s Africa & Diaspora community by joining our Email list

When you join the QAD email list it allows us to circulate announcements, share information, and generate discussion about current issues.  Subscribe to this list by sending us your name and preferred email address.


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