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Vice-Principal (Culture, Equity, and Inclusion)

We will lead, inspire, and collaborate with students, staff, faculty, and the broader community to cultivate a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Our work

The Office of the Vice-Principal (Culture, Equity, and Inclusion) oversees the work of the Human Rights and Equity Office, University Ombudsperson, Indigenous Initiatives, and Complaints and Investigations.

We are committed to fostering a university culture rich in inclusivity, equity, and belonging, while empowering individuals to reach their full potential.

Ever grateful for the lands on which we live, learn, work, and play, we acknowledge Queen’s University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

Our mission

  • Enhance the university's commitment to ensuring a workplace culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

  • Ensure that in the workplace, we live our values and that our human resources, organizational structure, processes, and culture are properly aligned to fulfil our mission.

  • Enhance cultural competency and awareness by providing education and training opportunities that promote cultural understanding, sensitivity, and awareness among all members of the university community.

  • Regularly evaluate and monitor the university’s efforts to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Stephanie Simpson


(Culture, Equity, and Inclusion)

Stephanie Simpson has more than two decades of experience in human rights and advocacy. Stephanie has been instrumental in nurturing accountability at Queen's University in Indigenization - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism, and Accessibility (I-EDIAA)-related matters.

As an Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion), she played a key role in fostering both competence and legislative compliance around matters such as inclusivity, diversity, accessibility, anti-racism, human rights, and equity within the Queen's community.

Recent Articles

Career Gateway graduating group

Mar 19, 2024

A gateway to future success

The Career Gateway Program provides opportunities for newcomers to Canada to learn important workplace skills and make connections at Queen’s and in the Kingston community.

Group wearing eclipse glasses

Mar 14, 2024

Queen’s distributes solar eclipse glasses to community

The university is gearing up to distribute 120,000 certified eclipse glasses to ensure safe viewing of the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. 

David Court

Mar 12, 2024

Queen’s appoints next Board of Trustees chair

David Court begins a four-year term on June 1, 2024.

Work conducted within the Office of the Vice-Principal (Culture, Equity, and Inclusion) is directly tied to many United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), contributing to the university’s social impact and making a tangible difference in the lives of others.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals