Ms Powley founded Women in the School of Computing (WISC) at Queen’s, an informal support, networking and social group for all women faculty, staff and students. The group has provided outreach and mentorship to young women in the Kingston community through the LEGO robotics program with the hope of educating and inspiring more girls to consider a career in computing.
EQuIP received the Human Rights Initiative Award for Queerientation, an annual event that raises awareness about Queen's queer community among incoming students. Established 15 years ago, Queerientation has resulted in a positive orientation for generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer students and has ultimately made Queen’s a more welcoming and inclusive place for people of all sexual and gender identities.
Jessica Sinclair accepts the Human Rights Initiative Award from Provost Alan Harrison on behalf of Education on Queer Issues Project.