Human Rights and Equity Office

Human Rights and Equity Office
Human Rights and Equity Office

Congratulations to our 2019 Tri-Award winners!

Steve Cutway Accessibility Award

The Steve Cutway Accessibility Award recognized (left to right) Katrina McCann, Angela Geris and Sydney Downey, from the Return to Work Unit (RTWU) for organizing THRIVE.  The RTWU organized  a week-long series of events designed to reduce stigma, foster a supportive community, increase mental health literacy and promote resources.  The events were designed to appeal to individuals from a variety of backgrounds and interests.

 
Katrina McCann, Angela Geris, Sydney Downey, and Patrick Deane.  Patrick Dean, Principal and Vice-Chancellor provides background on the award and the THRIVE events organized by employees from the Return to Work Unit. | Photo Credit: Queen’s University 2020.
Patrick Dean, Principal and Vice-Chancellor provides background on the award and the THRIVE events organized by employees from the Return to Work Unit. | Photo Credit: Queen’s University 2020.
 

Employment Equity Award

The 2019 Employment Equity Award recognized the dedication of six individuals in the Office of the Vice-Principle Finance and Administration (VPFA). From left to right: Nicole Dalglish, Llynwen Osborne, Catherine Gaudreau, Ishana Gopaul, Donna Janiac and Alison Cummings (not pictured) created the Stewarding Inclusivity Across the VPFA. The lunch and learn series created and advanced Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity education in the VPFA. The series and topics have created a model that could be implemented for all employees.

 
Left to right: Nicole Dalglish, Llynwen Osborne, Catherine Gaudreau, Ishana Gopaul Donna Janiac, Alison Cummings (missing), and Patrick Deane.  Patrick Dean, Principal and Vice-Chancellor provides background on the Stewarding Inclusivity Across the VPFA.  | Photo Credit: Queen’s University 2020.
Patrick Dean, Principal and Vice-Chancellor provides background on the Stewarding Inclusivity Across the VPFA. | Photo Credit: Queen’s University 2020.
 

Human Rights Initative Award

The 2019 Queen’s Human Rights Initiative Award recognized the outstanding contribution to the ongoing advancement of equality and human rights at Queen’s University. This year’s award was given to Edward Thomas, Mala Joneja and Richard Reznick for establishing the Commission on Black Medical Students.

Edward Thomas investigated the true story behind the 20th century ban of black medical students at Queen’s University. The disturbing facts he unearthed further fueled his resolve to seek recognition and recourse for the individuals and families affected by a blatant act of racism.

Displaying courageous leadership, Richard Reznick acted expeditiously to redress historical wrongs by establishing a Commission and setting an outstanding example of what is possible when community members, researchers and institutional leaders resolve to tackle the complexities of oppression, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Mala Joneja took a strong leadership role on the Commission and developed several initiatives that included a mentorship program for black medical students. She has also guided the planning, design and installation of a plinth which will serve as a permanent marker of the historic ban and ensure the legacy of the affected students is never forgotten.

Mala Joneja, Edward Thomas and Patrick Deane.  Patrick Dean, Principal and Vice-Chancellor provides background on the award and the Commission. | Photo Credit: Queen’s University 2020.
Patrick Dean, Principal and Vice-Chancellor provides background on the 2019 Human Rights Initiative Award and the Commission. | Photo Credit: Queen’s University 2020.
 

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