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Understanding the sociological aspects of—and preventing—racist and misogynistic Zoom bombings

Earlier this year, a virtual event hosted by the School of Religion was subject to an attack. Continue...

Understanding conflicting identities as a queer student of colour

For queer students of colour at Queen’s, understanding one’s identity is a lifelong process. It’s one that’s complicated by cultural expectations, covert racism, and the fact that representations of queerness in the media are inherently rooted in whiteness.Continue...

The New York Times had to retract his story. This Queen’s professor stands behind him.

In December 2016, New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi travelled to Canada to meet Shehroze Chaudhry, an Oakville, Ontario man who claimed to have been a part of ISIS in Syria in 2014 before returning to Canada. Callimachi, a foreign correspondent who covered Al Qaeda and ISIS at the time, would turn Chaudhry’s story into the award-winning—and later largely retracted—podcast series, Caliphate. But in this moment, as she left Canada, she felt like Chaudhry simply needed someone to talk to.Continue...

Academic accessibility amidst the pandemic

“Having to be my own advocate kind of sucks sometimes.”Continue...

The Chown Hall incident, over one year later

At 10:27 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, Mark Erdman, Queen’s Community Relations and Issues manager, sent an email to eight members of Queen’s top administration.Continue...

Finding space in academia as a South Asian

“Sometimes I feel like I fell into this job.”Continue...

Crafting equitable curricula with care

Alana Butler believes that as classrooms from kindergarten to post-secondary become more diverse, it’s crucial for teachers to consider the unique needs of all students—especially racialized students.Continue...

The highs and lows of substance use during COVID-19

Kelly King has never been a staple drinker. But since the onset of the pandemic, she has experienced a drastic change in her substance use.Continue...

How the Smith Transparency Project is inspiring change through data

In the wake of ‘ Stolen by Smith ’, there was harsh criticism from those who questioned the credibility of the anecdotal evidence the account relied on. Commerce students were missing empirical evidence to support the patterns demonstrated by the page when trying to understand the needs of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity (EDII).Continue...

Facing anti-Semitism on campus

“This can’t be real.”Continue...

Sexual liberation while racialized

Sexual liberation has always been core to the feminist movement. In North America, for a long time, that has looked like sexual liberation for white women and white women only, which is a subject being increasingly explored as academics of colour are given overdue space in the field of sexology.Continue...

The evolution of drag in Kingston

Tyfannie Morgan, ArtSci ’03, moved to Kingston in September 1999 to go to Queen’s and was immediately entranced with the local drag community. By March 2000, she had gotten dressed up and performed her first drag show.Continue...

Being a sugar baby at Queen’s

For Kate*, sugar babying —engaging in a kind of dating where one partner financially supports the other—started as a way of earning some additional income.Continue...

‘When we think of Indigenous peoples, we think of the past’: Students and educators confront the lack of Indigenous education in school systems

“When we think of Indigenous peoples, we think of the past,” said Anne Godlewska, professor in Geography and Planning. “But there’s been a sustained process of assimilation which has not stopped.”Continue...

‘Seeing myself gain weight scared me’: living with an eating disorder at Queen’s

“I started dieting and working out after gaining 40 pounds from depression,” Angela Tran, ArtSci ’22, said. “At my all-time low I weighed about 110 pounds. I’m 5’3.”Continue...

Queen’s denying many international students employment during COVID-19

A note on the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) site reads that those “who can not travel to Canada for the fall will not receive a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Research Assistant (RA) position.”Continue...

A new year for SVPR sees news hires

After a year of upheaval in Queen’s sexual violence policy, including the release of troubling survey results and a policy suspension and review, the University is looking at 2020-21 with fresh eyes.Continue...

#BlackLivesMatter, reforming police, and Kingston

Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis officers, there was widescale change in how we view policing across North America.Continue...

‘Teaching is activism’: Professors and TAs of colour discuss race in academia

At the end of every semester when Dr. Shobhana Xavier, a professor in the Religious Studies School, gets her class evaluations back, she notices a pattern.Continue...

Protecting the planet includes protecting the most vulnerable

Shoshannah Bennett-Dwara, undergraduate student trustee, knows the fight for climate justice goes hand in hand with fighting racism.Continue...

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