AMS announces new External Social Issues Commissioner

Social Issues Commission being reviewed by third-party partner

The Commissioner role is salaried under the AMS.

The AMS announced Dreyden George, ArtSci ’26, will step into the new position of External Social Issues Commissioner after being hired last week.

The role is a salaried, senior management role in the AMS. George, a first-year student, is tasked with spearheading equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity (EDII) initiatives for undergraduate students at Queen’s.

He’s also responsible for overseeing the SIC awards and grants process and sitting on working groups with the University.

“Dreyden brings a wealth of passion and commitment to the role, and we’re excited to see what goals and projects he wishes to undertake in collaboration with our SIC Internal, Commissioner Umengan, and the wider AMS team,” Callum Robinson, AMS vice-president (university affairs), said in a statement to The Journal.

Beyond his work with the AMS, George is the Event Coordinator for Queen’s Consensual Humans and a first-year intern with Queens Backing Action of Climate Change (QBACC).

He will also be working with SIC Internal Chloe Umengan on projects such as the Equity Town Hall event and advocating the 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“Commissioner Umengan [and] Commissioner George have been discussing their thoughts on Winter semester goals and projects, and we’ll be continuing to update students on these events and projects as they take shape,” Robinson said.

The SIC was restructured by the current AMS executive following the sudden termination of the former Social Issues Commissioner this past summer.

The AMS executive attributed the changes to ensuring the SIC feels the support and backing needed to expand their work. They’re in the process of securing a third-party organization to review the Social Issues Commission from an EDII lens, a process expected to take several months.

“This length of the process signifies the wide—and still targeted—look that this review will take, and we’re excited to announce further details when we have fully entered into an agreement with the aforementioned third-party,” Robinson said.

“We’re excited to continue our long-term strategizing, as well as working on the larger project of re-enforcing our new two-commissioner structure for the Social Issues Commission.”

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