June 29th, 2020
Kingston, ON – Last week, Queen’s University Faculty of Law committed to reviewing the name of Sir John A. MacDonald Hall. The Alma Mater Society would like to acknowledge the importance of this commitment.
The Society recognizes that we, as well as Queen’s University, must address the systemic racism that is ever-present within this institution.
The renaming of a building on our campus is just the beginning step needed to be taken in order to ensure all students feel welcomed and supported on our campus. The AMS is committed to continuing advocacy efforts for marginalized and equity-seeking students. We will actively engage in this consultation process.
We encourage the University and campus stakeholders to consider how the name of this building may negatively affect student’s perceptions of their time at Queen’s throughout this review process, and to acknowledge the significance of this necessary change.
If you need support at this time please consult the following resources:
Empower Me is a 24/7 phone service for crisis situations and scheduled sessions that allows students to connect with qualified counselors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. The password required to access the service is studentcare.
Good2Talk is a free confidential mental health helpline.
Telephone Aid Line Kingston
TALK is a confidential, anonymous, and non-judgemental volunteer-based support service.
PSC x CARED: Peer-Based Support for BIPOC Students
Social Issues Commission of the AMS
Please direct all media inquiries to Patrice Oliveira, AMS Director of Communications, at email@example.com.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) – //www.myams.org
The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 18,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 700 paid staff.
Alma Mater Society of Queen's University
L’Université Queen’s est située sur les terres traditionnelles des peuples Haudenosaunee et Anishinaabe.