Human Rights Committees
Committee Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination (CARED)
CARED is an anti-racist activist and educational committee that hold events throughout the year to discuss “Race,” Racism, and the effects of discrimination. As a committee we seek to examine the ways in which forms of racism and race discrimination intersect with issues of gender, class, sexuality and ability in order to deepen our understanding of oppression and to explore possible strategies for combating it. CARED advocates for students that have encountered incidents of racism and discrimination and aims to fight oppression through education, lobbying, and by looking at the intersections of oppression.
Students Against Poverty (SAP)
As a committee we aim to explore the intersectionality of poverty with other identities including race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, ability, age and location to better understand and act on issues of poverty in Canada. We hope to use this understanding to educate the Queens community and advocate for change at every institutional level; municipal, provincial and national.
Accessibility Queen’s (AQ)
AQ advocates for a more accessible campus for students with different abilities. We hold educational events throughout the year to teach students, faculty, and admin about (dis)ability issues and the realities of ableism. AQ also has a large budget that is used for cutting edge student projects, including making student buildings more accessible. Be sure to follow us on Facebook!
Mental Health Awareness Committee (MHAC)
MHAC’s mission is to promote health discussion of mental health on campus, and to fight the stigma associated with mental illness by educating the Queen’s community about mental health issues and how to obtain necessary services. We organize on-campus events such as speaker’s nights, anti-stigma workshops in residence, and intersectionality events with other committees. Be sure to 'like' us on Facebook!
Education on Queer Issues project (EQuIP)
EQuIP is the Education on Queer Issues Project. It is a committee under the Education portfolio of the Social Issues Commission (SIC) under the Alma Mater Society (AMS). EQuIP works to create an environment that can truly be called a positive space for people of all sexual and gender identities. This is to be accomplished by working closely with campus and community groups and resources in order to facilitate education, create awareness, advocate for human rights and provide spaces where everyone feels welcome.
EQuIP organizes events throughout the school year to promote awareness of queer issues on campus and in Kingston. This includes annual events such as Queerientation, Celebrate Bisexuality Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and Transgender Day of Celebration. We also organize dances, coffee houses, academic lectures and workshops. As well, we have weekly meetings Mondays 5:30-6:30 in the JDUC Performance Lounge (all are welcome).
As well as organizing events, EQuIP maintains an office and resource library. These resources include books, magazines, informational pamphlets and newspapers. Our office is located in JDUC room 342.
Find out more about EQuIP and Queerientation at www.queersatqueens.ca or by "liking" us on Facebook!
Performance Outreach for Students’ Social Engagement (POSSE)
Performance Outreach for Students’ Social Education (POSSE) is an interactive theatre group that engages with students in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary environments within the Kingston community. We write and perform educational skits and run workshops to encourage discussion about social issues such as body image, mental health, sexual orientation, responsible partying, derogatory slang, ableism, gender identities, bullying, safe sex, substance abuse, and others. POSSE strives to create a fun atmosphere that fosters open-mindedness and acceptance, and to provide young people with tools for thinking critically about issues that affect their everyday lives. Be sure to 'like' us on Facebook!
Religious Affairs Committee
The RAC focuses on awareness and education regarding religions, religious practices, and religious peoples; being a forum for addressing religious stereotypes and misconceptions; encouraging interfaith dialogue and initiatives; and working with the university staff and faculties. We provide education for RAC members and the Queen's community, as well as advocacy on issues pertaining to the experiences of religious groups on campus. RAC takes an affirmative stance against religious discrimination on campus and is intended to serve all religious groups. The RAC will also explore the importance and relevance religion has to other social issues of interest to the SIC, and will work closely with committees addressing these issues. Be sure to 'like' us on Facebook!
Education on Gender Issues (EGI)
EGI strives to raise awareness of how gender constructions and identities can become objects of oppression, and to promote a healthy understanding of gender concepts with the ultimate goal of making Queen’s a safer space for everyone.
Throughout the year, we will host informational and social events – always in a safe and inclusive environment – which are intended to encourage all members of the Queen’s community to learn, talk, and think about the diversity of issues connected to gender, and how these intersect with other individual and social identities (i.e. race, religion and sexuality). Gender is one of the many facets of identity which can be the target of discrimination, so for many of its projects EGI will be working in cooperation with other Queen’s groups with anti-oppression mandates, including the Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP), the Positive Space Program and the Women’s Empowerment Committee (WEC).