Reform Smith launches equity proposal for Smith School of Business

Recommendations focus on measuring progress and increasing transparency

Reform Smith now runs ‘Stolen By Smith’.
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Reform Smith launched its equity action proposal on Sept. 8 to make comprehensive recommendations for addressing the inequities within the Commerce program at the Smith School of Business.

Reform Smith, the group of current students and alumni operating the ‘Stolen by Smith’ Instagram account, advocates for systemic reform at the Smith School of Business. The account was first launched in July to give QTBIPOC students a platform to share experiences of racism and inequity within the faculty.

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Reform Smith did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.

While the group has expressed concern over various forms of violence across the University, its proposal focuses particularly on the Commerce program.

The proposal includes seven specific areas of development: admissions; curriculum, equitable hiring, and education/training; financial aid; recruitment; disclosure, reporting, and disciplinary measures; and student support and community development.

The group introduced short-term, medium-term, and long-term plans for addressing equity concerns within each area. Their recommendations are based on input provided by students and staff within the Smith community.

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The admissions guideline includes the short-term recommendation to “increase transparency, reporting, and publish sharing of admissions data.”

Key performance indicators for this section also include measuring the proportion of students from a minority background admitted to the program, as well as collecting and publishing information about the demographics of applicants, admitted students, and those who accept their offers.

Reform Smith also drew on equity practices from other leading institutions when drafting the proposal to “build a better Smith School of Business experience for all students.”

On its website, Reform Smith has various opportunities for both Queen’s and non-Queen’s students to get involved. Individuals can sign the group’s petition to the Smith administration, email a statement of support to University executives, or share messages on social media.

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