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Inclusivity Spotlight

Donna Janiec
Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)
Queen's University

In a portfolio as diverse as ours – and at a university that is committed to increasing its diversity across the campus – it can sometimes be difficult to develop a working understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion. These umbrella terms are interpreted differently by each person, their definitions informed by past experiences, degrees of awareness, and potential ways and contexts in which they may be applied.

I invite you to join our Stewarding Inclusivity Across the VPFA Portfolio lunch and learn series as we celebrate diversity and examine inequities together. This series will encompass a range of topics and speakers, with perspectives from the Queen’s and Kingston communities, and beyond. I welcome your suggestions for future topics, and look forward to learning together.

2019-2020 Inclusivity Series

Past Events
May 13, 2019 Bridging the Generational Gap
Generational differences are increasingly evident in our workplaces. In this workshop, we explored the characteristics and strengths of each generation and develop strategies for improving communication and multi-generation team performance. 
Speakers: Alison Cummings and Shannon Hill, Organizational Development and Learning, Human Resources
June 17, 2019 Land Acknowledgements
Participants learned about the historical significance of the traditional lands upon which Queen’s University is situated, understanding why land acknowledgements are important (both individually and in relation to Indigenous peoples), and developed their own land acknowledgement statement based on their personal story. Participants had a chance to practice their own acknowledgement in small groups, in a safe setting.
Speakers: Vanessa McCourt and Laura Maracle, Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
September 6, 2019, Deaf Culture/Etiquette/ASL
The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) promotes equity for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing through their efforts, public awareness programs and education. This session helped to answer questions and raise awareness on Deaf culture and the community. CHS programs, products and partnerships are aligned with our commitment to breaking down communication barriers, advancing hearing health, and promoting equity for the Deaf and hard of hearing.
Speaker: Colleen Costa, Canadian Hearing Society
October 18, 2019 Mitchell Hall Accessibility Tour
A walking tour of the accessibility highlights in Queen’s newest building, Mitchell Hall.
Facilitator: Maridee Osolinsky, Physical Plant Services
December 16, 2019 Multifaith/Inclusive Celebrations
A chance to interact with multi-faith panel members, asking the question “How can we create more inclusive celebrations?”
Panelists: Jagdeep Walia - Sikh faith, Jacqueline Davies - Judaism, Greg Nacu - Wicca/Pagan, and Adam Bloemendal - Christian
Moderator: Kate Johnson, Queen's Chaplain, Faith and Spiritual Life
January 29, 2020 Mental Health - Disrupting Mental Illness Related Stigma
Mental illness related stigma is increasingly recognized as an important public health problem that directly affects the one in four Canadians that will experience a mental illness each year, their family members, and their friends. This session examined the nature and nurture of mental illness related stigma to illustrate the complex interplay of individual, social, and structural factors and their outcomes. Six evidence informed approaches for disrupting mental illness stigma were examined and their applicability to post-secondary environments.
Speaker: Heather Stuart, PhD, FRSC, C.M., Professor and Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair, Queen’s University
February 5, 2020 Creating a Gender Friendly Organizational Climate
In this introductory session, Dr. Lee Airton introduced us to the spectrum of people who are transgender and provided us with the tools to make spaces, services and interactions welcoming of transgender-spectrum clients, students, and employees. We received an overview of gender-neutral pronouns, both for particular individuals and broader uses of singular they/them as tools for gender-friendly university. We touched on things like addressing and communicating about clients and students, making good mistakes, maintaining gender-friendly spaces, and other actionable tips for standing alongside transgender clients, students and colleagues.
Speaker: Dr. Lee Airton, Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, Queen's University
March 11, 2020 Social Purpose and Inclusion - Glimpses from the Work of Queen's Students

We enjoyed discussion with two Queen's student groups:

Queen's Correctional Services Volunteers: a student run club that works with federal offenders on rehabilitation and reintegration programs at three different levels of security; minimum, medium, and maximum facilities. Our goal in volunteering is to equip offenders with necessary tangible and social skills they need to succeed upon their return into society.

Big Spoon Lil' Spoon: a social venture that provides healthy living programs and life skills workshops to children with disabilities and their siblings. Their goal is to help teach participants of all ages learn to be self-sufficient and lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Future Lunch and Learns
Due to the ever evolving situation regarding COVID-19, our future Lunch and Learns have been put on hold. This is as per the directive from Principal Deane to postpone or cancel all discretionary and non-essential events indefinitely until further notice. The message is posted and available here:


The VPFA strives to ensure diverse and equitable participation in its initiatives. We welcome input from all interested members of the Queen’s community, and particularly women, people with disabilities, Indigenous community members, racialized community members, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. For more information, please contact us.