Equity Commission

asus equity and diversity: Tara McDonald

The Equity 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

The Arts and Science Undergraduate Society participates in the Queen’s Positive Space program, which celebrates sexual and gender diversity on campus. We promote gender inclusive washrooms at the Society Office, which are open for all students to use. To find gender inclusive washroom signs please visit http://www.mydoorsign.com/all-gender-restroom-signs


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

Down There

Down There is the only production run by the Arts & Science Undergraduate Society. It presents an opportunity like no other for students to creatively engage with and express themselves on topics of social justice and social equity.

Email downthere@asus.queensu.ca

Social Media Literacy Awareness

SMLA will host engaging events that identify and discuss the significant role of social media in relationship to topics of social equity and social justice.

Email medialit@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

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

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

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