June 1st,  2020  

Kingston, ON –  The Alma Mater Society stands in solidarity with our Black students, staff, faculty, and extended communities who continue to face anti-Black racism and discrimination. It is our duty as student leaders to represent and serve the diversity of all students at Queen’s. While we strive to advocate alongside our student body, it is important to recognize Queen’s University’s history and ongoing legacy of institutional racism that continues to persist on our campus. The AMS condemns acts of racism and discrimination, and we understand the platform we hold must be used purposefully and with careful intention. 

We are committed to using our platform to: 

  • Foster an inclusive and safe campus climate 
  • Encourage opportunities for education and (un)learning  
  • Share mental health & wellness resources available to students  
  • Address BIPOC student concerns  

There are many student groups who are committed to anti-racism work on our campus and in our communities. We invite you to join us in our efforts to support their initiatives and recognize their meaningful impact. Here are some of the many resources that are available online to both support students and encourage our non-Black community to learn and educate themselves. 

We must speak out & against anti-Black racism and the many unjust forms of violence it embodies. We recognize the impact of our platform and intend to continue working throughout the year to educate, inform, and support our peers. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to the Society’s President, Jared den Otter at president@ams.queensu.ca

Black Lives Matter.  

We’re with you. 

Please direct all media inquiries to Patrice Oliveira, AMS Director of Communications, at communications@ams.queensu.ca. 

BACKGROUNDER    

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  

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Queen’s University sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe peoples.
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