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Queerientation wins Queen's Human Rights Initiative Award

December 16, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) congratulates the Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP) for their hard work on Queerientation, a series of queer-positive orientation events that has won a Human Rights Initiative Award from the Queen’s Human Rights Office. EQuIP is a committee under the Education portfolio of the AMS Social Issues Commission.

“The incredible amount of hard work which EQuIP puts into creating this series of events is clear in the impact in which Queerientation has on the Queen’s community,” says AMS Social Issues Commissioner T.K. Pritchard. “I am extremely proud of every individual of the committee for working together to serve students effectively and to meet a variety of interests and needs.”

 

This year’s Queerientation ran from September 12th to September 24th, with a variety of daily events, including a barbeque, a tea party, workshops, a movie screening, and marching in Take Back the Night.

 

 I found home at this school during the first Queerientation I attended,” says Jessica Sinclair, EQuIP Chair. “I am thrilled that we were able to successfully create and enhance the same kind of positive spaces through Queerientation this year”

 

The Human Rights Initiative Award will be presented by Provost Alan Harrison at a ceremony on January 25th.

 

CONTACT:

Please direct all media inquiries to Amanda Judd, AMS Communications Officer, at comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

 

BACKGROUNDER:

Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.

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