November 22, 2016

KINGSTON ON – This morning we were made aware of a party that happened Saturday night in the University District where students dressed in inappropriate costumes. We believe this was wrong, and actions like these make students feel uncomfortable and unwelcome on our campus.

We see this as an educational opportunity for us to engage all students in a discussion about race and racism at Queen’s. Over the coming days, we will be engaging with the University, faculty society leaders, and diverse groups on campus. Our goal is to find an appropriate forum for this conversation to take place.

“These events undermine Queen’s ability to provide a welcoming and respectful campus environment”, said Carolyn Thompson Vice-President (University Affairs). “We need to have an open and productive dialogue about race and racism on campus.”

We would direct all students who are affected by this issue to the following campus resources:

AMS Peer Support Centre
Hours of operation: 12-10pm Monday-Sunday
JDUC Room 34

Queen’s Human Rights Office
hrights@queensu.ca
Mackintosh-Corry Hall Room B506

Queen’s Chaplain- Kate Johnson
chaplain@queensu.ca
JDUC Room 142B

Good2Talk
24/7/365 Phone line
1-866-925-5454

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

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 500 paid staff.