Queen's Shift Project Student Opportunities and Initiatives

students write on whiteboardsThe results of the 2021 Shift Survey show that equity-deserving students are disproportionately impacted by issues such as harassment, discrimination, exclusion, and sexual violence.

The Queen's Shift Project events and initiatives are created and facilitated with the goal of centering equity-deserving student experiences, providing opportunities for dialogue around topics outlined in the survey, and acting on next steps towards improving campus culture at Queen’s.

These events & initiatives are open to all students looking to be part of the shift towards a safer and more inclusive student experience for all.

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EDII Student Events Calendar

Check out our EDII Student Events Calendar! This calendar features events and initiatives across campus specifically for equity-deserving students and those wanting to be better allies. (Students should note that some events are open to specific demographics of students only. Use the filter to find the right events for you!)

Ongoing Initiatives

The Shift Podcast is a platform for equity-deserving or underrepresented students to tell their stories. On this podcast, students speak about their lived experiences at Queen’s and share tips for where to find community and support.

Visit CFRC-The Shift Podcast or tune into wherever you get your podcast to listen! If you'd like to be a guest on the Shift Podcast, fill out the Shift Podcast Guest Questionnaire

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Sunday Supper Series

The Sunday Supper Series is a monthly initiative that aims to encourage open dialogue in a safe space and address the experiences of students, specifically equity-deserving students, on Queen’s campus.

The topics are informed by the results of the Shift Survey. Each event features a free meal, music and meaningful conversation.

"I thought the [Sunday Supper Series] event itself was excellent, and is truly needed in the Queen's community. Plus, with the added benefit of a meal, it makes it super accessible to students so they can do two things at once and fit it into their schedule."

-Anonymous, Sunday Supper Series Participant

Past Events & Initiatives

Student Voices Week, which took place from March 27 to April 2, 2022, aimed to amplify and celebrate equity-deserving student voices on campus through a range of events and initiatives run by student clubs, and university units & departments.

Student Voices Week was an opportunity for students to showcase their advocacy work, learn about equity-focused initiatives at Queen's, and most importantly, engage in conversations about how to improve campus culture at Queen’s. 

All students were welcome to take part.

Visit the 2021 Student Voices Week Calendar of Events.

The Sunday Supper Series aims to encourage open dialogue in a safe space and address the experiences of students, specifically equity deserving students, on Queen’s campus. The topics are informed by the results of the Shift Survey.

March 2022: Creating a Culture of Consent at Queen’s
The session was open to all current Queen’s students wishing to participate in a safe and welcoming dialogue about consent culture. 
After an introduction by the Student Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator, Consensual Humans Co-Chairs and Gender Based Violence Awareness and Bystander Intervention Facilitators led an open discussion alongside a consent-positive crafting session.

February 2022: Creating Safe & Affirming Spaces for Trans, Non-Binary & Two-Spirit Peers

The session was open to all Queen’s students wishing to become better allies to their trans, non-binary and Two-Spirit peers or to anyone within the Queen’s community interested in learning more about this topic. 

After a brief overview of relevant Student Experiences Survey results, students shared their thoughts on a number of guiding questions in small groups. The remainder of the event was dedicated to a guest panel and Q&A period.

Guest panelists included, Nikaronhyaa, Dawn Martin, a Two-Spirit gender fluid community leader, teacher, learner and speaker of the Mohawk language, and Seed Keeper, and Dr. Elliot Chapple, the Director, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenization for the faculty of Arts & Sciences at Queen's.

The central theme for the Student Feedback Session was: ‘What does a safe and inclusive campus look like to you?’

The Student Feedback Session provided a safe and inclusive space for an open dialogue on how to make Queen's safe and inclusive for all students.

The sessions featured a brief overview of 2021 Student Experiences Survey results, a series of guiding questions, and an opportunity for student reflection and a sharing of ideas for how to transform campus culture.

All students received an honorarium for their participation in this session.

Have questions? Contact queensshiftproject@queensu.ca .