Deanna, Yellow House Director
Deanna is new to the Queen’s community, joining the Division of Student Affairs in July 2020 to lead the operations of the Yellow House. Her prime focus this academic year is to work with Clubs and various stakeholders on campus to build a strategic framework for the House, including a Mandate and Mission and a university-wide consultation to re-name the House.
Deanna has worked in the field of EDI for over ten years with a strong commitment to developing environments where difference is cultivated into cohesion–where people are empowered to share their unique talents and traits, allowing their best selves and resounding potential to emerge. Her passion for seeing uniqueness as a strength has taken her through diverse project work in both public and private spheres across retail, aviation and financial services. Using education as a tool to advance organizational success is a prime focus, she has lead teams through technology integrations, transformative HR policy and social change through progressive community programs.
Deanna holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Policy from OISE, University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in sociology from Carleton University. Learn more about Deanna.
Nathan, EDI Coordinator
Nathan joined the Yellow House Team in June 2022. Nathan joins the Yellow House following spending a year at the Bader International Study Centre, then working with the Residence Life and Services team, including 4 years as a Residence Life Coordinator and most recently as the Manager for Residence Education. In his time at Queen’s, Nathan has worked with the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity and has worked with colleagues in housing in Ontario on equitable hiring practices for student staff positions. In joining the Yellow House team, Nathan looks forward to continuing to build on the programs and supports for QTBIPOC students on campus offered by the Yellow House, as well as working with students and student groups as engaged leaders on campus.
Nathan completed his Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences at Queen’s and is currently working towards his Professional Masters of Education.
Kel, Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor
(They/them or he/him)
Kel is a queer, trans and non-binary OCT certified art/drama teacher, artist and researcher who is engaged in a vast range of work with the queer and trans community at Queen’s and broadly within Kingston. They are honoured and excited to be part of the Yellow House. Kel has engaged with a variety of sexual and gender diversity focused projects such as leadership within Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) in high school and post-secondary contexts, coordinating large events such as Queer Prom, facilitating events and meetings with TransFamily Kingston, support of the launch of the online knowledge mobilization hub GEGI Project, artistic initiatives for Kingston Pride, support of a project to implement gender neutral washrooms at Queen’s through the Provost’s Action Group on Gender and Sexual Diversity and more. Kel is thrilled to lay important groundwork for this position, all while engaging in committees and working groups to create meaningful change at Queen’s and continuing to engage in the queer community. They look forward to bringing you events and resources in the coming months, listening to concerns and assisting, as well as collaborating with you to bring your visions to life.
Jade worked in Student Services in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s for the past couple years before joining the Yellow House team in January 2022, where she helped students navigate SOLUS, register in courses, determine their degree requirements, and set themselves up for academic success. She has a General Arts and Science diploma from St. Lawrence College, and an Intercultural Safety and Awareness Certificate from Queen’s.
Jade has first-hand experiences with the many ways that oppression manifests itself in the daily life of QTBIPoC students in the Queen’s community, and her goal is to dismantle these structures to create safe and supportive spaces. Jade loves working with students, and is inspired to build networks of hope and solidarity among QTBIPoC communities.
Jade is of Ojibway and settler descent and has travelled extensively in Northern Ontario communities and around the world. This has given her an in-depth and personal understanding of the multiple ways that colonialism creates significant barriers to education and success for marginalized communities.
In her spare time, you can find Jade working on art projects for her small business Made By Jade Co. or chasing her cat through the small jungle of house plants she calls home.
Tianna, EDI Coordinator (currently on leave)
Tianna is responsible for coordinating programs and communications for Yellow House. She loves the opportunity to grow this community for QTBIPOC students on campus. This role aligns with her purpose and goals to support queer and racialized students and make campus a great place for all. Tianna grew up in Kingston and moved away for 10 years to complete her post-secondary education and begin her career as a journalist. She founded and runs the blog, Keep up with Kingston and is currently completing her Masters in Cultural Studies at Queen’s, with a focus on The Black Experience in Kingston. She has a BA degree (Hons) in Media Studies as well as a diploma in Journalism from the University of Guelph Humber.