Queen’s University is situated on the territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek.
Ne Queen’s University e’tho nońwe nikanónhsote tsi nońwe ne Haudenosaunee tánon Anishinaabek tehatihsnónhsahere ne óhontsa.
Gimaakwe Gchi-gkinoomaagegamig atemagad Naadowe miinwaa Anishinaabe aking.
The SKHS EDII Committee has a mandate to foster and develop a culture of critical education—and self-education—and it is responsible for ensuring regular opportunities to discuss and make progress on issues related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization in all aspects of our activities as a School. This may involve: reviewing existing policies and procedures to better reflect EDII principles; promoting awareness and educating each other, staff, faculty, students, and the larger community about EDII principles and best practices; organizing and implementing programs, events, and projects that strengthen EDII within SKHS; responding to current events impacting students, staff, and faculty; finding ways to recognize and celebrate the often invisible additional service work and emotional labour that marginalized students, staff, and faculty members contribute to EDII.
The EDII committee consists of:
Term of membership:
Responsibilities of the Chair
Responsibilities of the administrative support person
Responsibilities of the faculty and staff representatives:
Responsibilities of the student representatives:
The perspectives of all committee members are valued. Decisions are made by consensus. The chair acts on behalf of the committee once consensus is obtained.
The EDII committee is a sub-committee of and reports to the SKHS Academic Council. The EDII Committee makes recommendations to Academic Council.
In person, hybrid or online meetings are held a minimum of 6 times per year, including at least one in the summer term to reflect on the committee’s work during the past year and plan for the coming year.
These terms of reference may be reviewed annually by members of the committee at the 1st meeting of the year.
Equity is one of the core values of the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies. Following the Queen’s University Human Rights and Equity Office, we understand equity as a guarantee of fair treatment, access and opportunity, which may require differential treatment according to need. We strive to achieve equity by being proactive and taking collective responsibility for addressing systemic discrimination and enacting change across all aspects of our work.
Equity, and our related values such as empowerment and social change, flow from our individual and collective commitments to recognize and unlearn (often unconscious) patriarchal, heterosexist, fatphobic, ableist, classist, racist, cis-gendered, and colonial ways of thinking and acting, and to work towards the goals laid out in the Queen’s University guiding documents that promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization. We understand our Values Statement to be a living document that requires each of us to enact it in our everyday lives in the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies.
Diversity refers, fundamentally, to variety. In the context of higher education it describes the deliberate inclusion of people with different experiences, knowledges, subjectivities, and embodiments with the goal of transforming the institutions to which we belong.
Inclusion at Queen’s means that everyone belongs here. As described on the Inclusive Queen’s website, Queen’s seeks to “build a campus that embraces diversity and empowers all members of our community to thrive.”
Indigenization, as laid out by the Queen’s University Office of Indigenous Initiatives, is a process of including “Indigenous ways of knowing, thinking, feeling, and being” in the University. “It involves elevating the voices of Indigenous peoples, elevating traditional, and cultural knowledge, and intentional inclusion of Indigenous ways of teaching and learning to form and create pedagogical approaches.” Queen’s University Office of Indigenous Initiatives recognizes that Indigenization takes different forms, and is an ongoing process without a completion date. For more information and resources, see The Office of Indigenous Initiatives webpage.
 There will be a call for applications for undergraduate representatives in the winter term, for service beginning in the subsequent fall term.