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), Ian Chin-Sang (operations committee liason), Sarah Yakimowski (undergraduate committee liason), Fran Bonier (graduate committee liason), Paul Young, Samantha Gene (graduate student representative) and Hana Thompson (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.
EDII CHAMPION AWARD - Due March 11, 2022
This award recognizes individuals or teams who have made outstanding contributions toward advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and indigeneity in the department.
2021 - Regan Cross, Hana Thomspon, Riley Gridzak, Samantha Gene, Kristin Hayward, Monica Garvie, Nell Libera, and Harshavardhan Thyagarajan received the award for on-going efforts to increase inclusion and reduce barriers in the Biology Department.
DEpartmental Guidelines related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Queen's University has developed a new document (found here) to help faculty, staff, and students navigate university policies concerning EDI, and to provide guidelines for reporting or submitting complaints regarding harassment, discrimination, exclusion, and other similar behaviour. This document outlines steps that should be taken, and includes definitions and training opportunities.
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.