AMS Commitments to our QTBIPOC Community
July 24th, 2020
Kingston, ON – The AMS has released our commitments to our QTBIPOC community through a report detailing Action Items. This report is a working document that will reconsidered, adjusted and added to many times throughout our term. We will reflect the most current version on our website at all times.
To our QTBIPOC peers: thank you for calling us in and for this opportunity to learn, reflect and serve you better. This is our commitment to you, but remember this process is not over. We hope that you continue to hold us accountable. We will not allow for the continuation of an organization that is historically fuelled with empty statements and promises. We acknowledge that as an organization, we have contributed to this silence and complacency. We are ready for change and will ensure that we are actively advocating for real change at the University level.
At the beginning of the winter semester, we will heavily revise this document to address new challenges on campus and hold ourselves accountable to the commitments we are making. We will also be consulting with more student groups in order to ensure this document and our actions address concerns as well as to find the appropriate way forward.
Queen’s University and the Administration: it is now impossible to say that you have not heard the voices of the QTBIPOC students you represent. We expect you to take accountability for your actions, and detail how you will work forward to ensure that students feel safe and welcomed at Queen’s. We are ready to help in creating these changes but will not accept compromises which do not put students, and particularly QTBIPOC students, at the forefront of all conversations.
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The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 18,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 700 paid staff.