Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
The Equity, Diversity, and inclusion Committee
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee seeks to provide education and resources that support a climate of openness and inclusion. The committee’s role is to promote, recognize, and act as a liaison on issues of diversity, equity, and human rights within the Biology Department. At Queen's, all individuals should have equal rights and opportunities, in an environment of mutual respect and dignity, so that all can fully contribute. Discrimination and harassment* are not acceptable.
Current committee members: Shelley Arnott (chair), Brian Cumming, Ian Chin-Sang, Paul Young, and Peiwen Li (graduate student representative).
*Discrimination is an action against an individual or group that limits opportunities. Harassment is a course of vexatious comments or conduct that is known to be, or should be known to be, unwelcome.
DEpartmental Guidelines related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
We have developed a document (found here) to help educate faculty, staff, and students about university policies concerning EDI, and to provide guidelines for reporting harassment, discrimination, exclusion, and other similar behaviour. This document broadly outlines steps that should be taken, and includes links to resources and more detailed university policies.
The Accessibility Hub at Queen's (http://www.queensu.ca/accessibility/home) promotes this vision by bringing together, in a central online resource, resources that will promote inclusion and improve access for the campus community. This site also provides links to campus services in one place that help support the broader concept of accessibility.
The Human Rights website (http://www.queensu.ca/humanrights/) provides policies and resources for promoting human rights at Queen's, including Advisory Services, Training and Publications, and Policies. Current policies and procedures on harassment and discrimination, complaints resolution, sexual violence prevention and response, gender-neutral washrooms, and more can be found under the Human Rights Office’s Advisory Service page (http://www.queensu.ca/humanrights/advisory-service)
The Equity Office at Queen’s (http://www.queensu.ca/equity/home) provides resources and training for all issues relating to employment and educational equity.