Equity & Diversity Commission

asus equity and diversity: Tara McDonald

The Equity and Diversity Commission strives to educate the Queen’s community on issues of social justice through events, outreach campaigns, resources, and opportunities for student involvement.
Commissioner: Tara McDonald  equity@asus.queensu.ca


AuthenticallyU seeks to raise awareness on campus around body image issues and disordered eating. The committee organizes a series of campaigns and events to achieve this end.

Email authenticallyu@asus.queensu.ca

First Lecture on Earth

First Lecture on Earth organizes a speaker series and panel discussions running throughout the school year seeking to engage those at the University in an equity or diversity-related theme.

Email firstlecture@asus.queensu.ca

Policy and Research

The Policy and Research Committee provides students with opportunities to engage in research and critical thinking on equity-related matters. The team works to draft policy that addresses topical and relevant issues facing the Society and its membership.

Email equityresearch@asus.queensu.ca

Social Justice

This committee raises promotes awareness of topical equity and diversity issues on campus. Two notable initiative taken on each year is LGBTQ Action Week and History of Oppression at Queen’s.

Email socialjustice@asus.queensu.ca

Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the Room at Queen’s University is the first youth chapter of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. The committee organizes a multifaceted, yearlong campaign designed to eliminate stigma associated with mental health by engaging students in unique and creative ways.

Email elephant@asus.queensu.ca

Media Literacy in Schools

Media Literacy in Schools promotes opportunities for students to gain public speaking and planning skills through organizing and presenting interactive, creative workshops on media literacy at schools in the Kingston area.

Email medialit@asus.queensu.ca

Public Engagement

Public Engagement interacts and engages with Queen’s students on equity issues and be a part of the campus efforts to combat mental health stigma, inequity, and more. Previous initiatives include a photo campaign on “why equity matters to you?”.

Email publicengagement@asus.queensu.ca


Formerly Women’s Worth Week, Worth holds a series of events in November to engage students in discussions on how narrow perceptions of femininity and masculinity perpetuate gendered violence, and gender based exclusion. Worth also holds a “Maskulinities Summit” in March that looks to deconstruct notions of what it means to be a man.

Email worth@asus.queensu.ca