November 24, 2016

KINGSTON ON – Over the past few days we have witnessed threats chalked on buildings and directed at students on social media, this is not representative of our Queen’s values. This is taking away from an educational opportunity to engage all students in a discussion about race and racism at Queen’s.

The Committee Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination (CARED) within the AMS along with the Queen’s Human Rights Office will be holding a forum about “race”, culture, racism and discrimination at Queen’s. The event will occur on Thursday December 1st, from 5:30-7:30pm in Wallace Hall in the JDUC.

Our intention is to give members of the Queen’s community the opportunity to voice their concerns in a constructive manner regarding a culture on this campus that does not exist in isolation.

Please direct all media inquiries to Bianca Balazic, AMS Director of Communications, at communications@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

Quotes

“Queen’s students are better than the hateful discourse we have witnessed over the past few days; we need to do better.” – Tyler Lively, President.

“We need to start taking action and promote a culture of inclusivity on campus, this event is the first step in a process that is long overdue” – Carolyn Thompson, Vice President (University Affairs)

Backgrounder

Alma Mater Society (AMS) – http://www.myams.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 17,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 100 student volunteers and 600 paid staff.