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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

EDI Style Guide

The FHS EDI Style Guide is to be used by FHS learners, staff, and faculty to make communication with diverse audiences more equitable and inclusive.

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EDI Training Sessions

For Students, Staff and Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences

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Horizons BIPOC Issue - Department of Family Medicine - Global Health Program Newsletter - 2021 - Issue 1

Horizons BIPOC Issue - Department of Family Medicine - Global Health Program Newsletter - 2021 - Issue 1

Dean Philpott congratulates the team who have put together this terrific edition of Horizons that includes so many challenging, personal reflections from our colleagues in the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Faculty of Health Sciences Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office

General inquiries: edifhs@queensu.ca


Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Senior Advisor, EDI Initiatives

Cortney Clark, Indigenous Access and Recruitment Coordinator

Wendy Phillips, Elder-in-Residence

Giselle Valarezo, EDI Project Manager 

Faculty Leads

Mala Joneja, School of Medicine, EDI Faculty Lead

Mary Smith, School of Nursing, EDI Faculty Lead

Vincent DePaul, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, EDI Faculty Lead

Elder-in-Residence Office Hours

  • Office hours for learners, Tuesdays 1-2pm.  

Please contact
Wendy Phillips to set up appointment     

Dean’s Action Table on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Dean’s Action Table on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (DAT-EDI) has a mandate to study, promote and advise on efforts to create and sustain a more equitable, diverse, inclusive, accessible, and culturally safe community for students, staff and faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). In doing so, the DAT-EDI will provide a means to identify and coordinate EDI activities and initiatives across the faculty.

DAT-EDI Executive membership:  

Shall be comprised of 14 members:  

  • Dean (Chair)  
  • Vice-Dean, Education  
  • Vice-Dean, Clinical 
  • One (1) representative from each of the seven (7) DAT-EDI working groups 
  • FHS Faculty Representative  
  • Black Learner Representative 
  • Indigenous Learner Representative 
  • LGBTQIA2S+ Learner Representative 
  • Representative for persons living with disabilities   


  • The working group representatives shall be recommended by the members of each group and approved by the Chair for a two (2) year term.  Each lead shall have an alternate.   
  • The Chair shall appoint the FHS Faculty Representative, Black Learner Representative, Indigenous Learner Representativeand LGTBQIA2S+ Learner Representative and a representative for persons living with disabilities, each for a two (2) year term.  Each representative appointed by the Chair shall have an alternate.   

  DAT-EDI Working Groups 

  • EDI Curriculum across the FHS 
  • Research and EDI 
  • Professional Development 
  • Culture and Community 
  • Outreach and Summer Programs 
  • EDI for Admissions  
  • Recruitment, Retention and Mentorship

Working Group Mandate: 

  • Meet monthly 
  • Select a representative to report to and participate in the DAT-EDI Executive Table 
  • Complete an environmental scan of current FHS activities relevant to the group theme 
  • Study best practices relevant to the group theme 
  • Develop and document recommendations and metrics, that will be used in the development of an EDI Strategic Plan for the FHS 
  • Explore opportunities for educational scholarship, writing, and other forms of communication based on their work 

Queen’s University is dear to our hearts with family members graduating from it over the years. We are honoured and proud to be part of making historical change at Queen’s with the Faculty of Health Science. We stand behind the bold and and long over due initiative of taking action on equity, diversity and inclusion for all. We believe it’s time that all Canadian institutions take a look at how they are operating in respect to old colonial ways and racism. The Queen’s leadership in this area will be an example for others to follow.

Kelly & Sarah Carrick, Supporters of the Faculty of Health Sciences Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Fund.

Faculty of Health Sciences Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Fund

The Faculty of Health Sciences Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Fund has been set up to launch and develop governance, policies, and programming that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in five distinct areas in the Faculty of Health Sciences that require an examination from an EDI lens:

Students, Curriculum, Research, Professional Development, and Culture.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion fund will allow the faculty a chance to train more young people from under-represented groups, such as Indigenous and Black Canadians – as health professionals. The funds will initially be used to launch the following programs to improve EDI in the faculty.

  • Establishing the Dean’s Action Table on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Creating new pathways to increase the enrolment of underrepresented groups
  • Developing outreach health education programs and mentorship opportunities for underrepresented communities (e.g. high school students and youth)
  • Supporting events and opportunities for student-led EDI Initiatives
  • Decolonization and diversification of the curriculum
  • Skills based training in cultural humility, conflict resolution, human rights, anti-colonialism, anti-racism, and anti-oppression

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Equity days, weeks & months


4-Jan World Braille Day
Third Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day
24-Jan International Day of Education
End of Jan (varies) Bell Let's Talk Day (Mental Health)


Month of Feb Black History Month
Month of Feb Recreation Therapy Month
4-Feb World Cancer Day
11-Feb International Day of Women and Girls in Science
14-Feb Have a Heart Day (On-reserve funding/conditions)
14-Feb Pink Triangle Day
20-Feb World Day of Social Justice
21-Feb International Mother Language Day
Last Wed of Feb Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying)
Last Day of Feb Rare Disease Day


Month of Mar Liver Health Month
Month of Mar Music Therapy Awareness Month
Month of Mar Nutrition Month
Month of Mar Pharmacy Awareness Month
A Week in Mar World Glaucoma Week
Mid March Brain Awareness Week
1-Mar Zero Discrimination Day
6-Mar World Lymphedema Day
8-Mar International Women's Day
21-Mar International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21-Mar World Down Syndrome Day
21-Mar to 27-Mar Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination
22-Mar World Water Day
24-Mar World Tuberculosis Day
25-Mar International Day of Rememberance of the Victims of Slavery
26-Mar Purple Day (Epilepsy Awareness)


Month of Apr Be a Donor Month
Month of Apr IBS Awareness Month
Month of Apr National Oral Health Month
Month of Apr Rosacea Awareness Month
Month of Apr Multicultural Communications Month
2-Apr World Autism Awareness Day
4-Apr Refugee Rights Day
5-Apr International Golden Rule Day
7-Apr World Health Day
April 4-10 National Dental Hygienists Week
Early Apr (varies) Equal Pay Day
2nd Wed International Day of Pink (Anti-Bullying)
13-Apr FND Awareness Day
14-Apr World Chagas Disease Day
17-Apr World Hemophilia Day
Week in Apr (varies) National Volunteer Week
Last full week National Organ and Tissue Donor Week
Last full week National Medical Laboratory Week
21-Apr World Creativity and Innovation Day
25-Apr World Malaria Day
28-Apr National Day of Mourning


Month of May Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month
Month of May Bladder Cancer Awareness Month
Month of May Brain Tumour Awareness Month
Month of May Celiac Awareness Month
Month of May Hemochromatosis Awareness Month
Month of May Hypertension Awareness Month
Month of May National Physiotherapy Month
Month of May Speech and Hearing Month
Month of May Vision Health Month
Month of May Asian Heritage Month
5-May World Pulmonary Hypertension Day
7-May National Child and Youth Mental Health Day
First full week Mental Health Week
Mid May (varies) National Nursing Week
Week in May (varies) Naturopathic Medicine Week
8-May World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
10-May World Lupus Day
12-May International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases
12-May International Nurses Day
14-May Apraxia Awareness Day
Day in May (varies) World Melanoma Day
17-May International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
17-May World Hypertension Day
21-May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
31-May World No Tobacco Day


Month of June Pride Month
Month of June National Aboriginal History Month/Indigenous People's Month
Month of June National Thyroid Month
Month of June Brain Injury Awareness Month
First Sat of June National Health and Fitness Day
5-Jun World Environment Day
Week w Father's Day Canadian Men's Health Week
13-Jun International Albinism Awareness Day
14-Jun World Blood Donor Day
Week w 14 June National Blood Donor Week
15-Jun World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
19-Jun World Sickle Cell Day
19-Jun International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
20-Jun World Refugee Day
21-Jun National Indigenous Peoples Day
26-Jun International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
26-Jun National Cancer Wellness Awareness Day
27-Jun Canadian Multiculturalism Day


First Monday National Injury Prevention Day
18-Jul Nelson Mandela International Day
22-Jul Glioblastoma Awareness Day
24-Jul International Self-Care Day
28-Jul World Hepatitis Day


Month of Aug Gastroparesis Awareness Month
9-Aug International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
12-Aug International Youth Day
19-Aug World Humanitarian Day
31-Aug International Overdose Awareness Day


Month of Sept Ance Awareness Month
Month of Sept Craniofacial Awareness Month
Month of Sept Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Month of Sept World Alzheimer's Month
Month of Sept Duchenne Awareness Month
4-Sep National Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Awareness Day
5-Sep International Day of Charity
7-Sep World Duchenne Day
Early Sept (varies) World First Aid Day
10-Sep World Suicide Prevention Day
Mid Sept (varies) Terry Fox Run
17-Sep World Patient Safety Day
23-Sep Bi Visibility Day
4th week in Sept Gender Equality Week
23-Sep International Day of Sign Language
28-Sep World Rabies Day
30-Sep National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
30-Sep Orange Shirt Day


Month of Oct Women's History Month
Month of Oct Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Month of Oct Occupational Therapy Month
Month of Oct Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Month of Oct Healthy Workplace Month
Month of Oct Islamic History Month
Month of Oct Disability Employment Awareness Month
A week in Oct HPV Prevention Week
Early Oct Mental Illness Awareness Week
1-Oct International Day of Older Persons
5-Oct World Teacher's Day
10-Oct World Mental Health Day
10-Oct World Sight Day
11-Oct National Coming Out Day
11-Oct International Day of the Girl Child
12-Oct World Arthritis Day
Third Tuesday Pharmacy Technician Day
15-Oct Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
16-Oct Queen's Day
16-Oct World Spine Day
18-Oct National Persons Day (celebrates Women recognized as people)
19-Oct National Psoriatic Arthritis Day
22-Oct International Stuttering Awareness Day
24-Oct Brain Cancer Awareness Day
26-Oct Intersex Awareness Day
27-Oct World OT Day
Last full week Canadian Intensive Care Week


Month of Nov Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Month of Nov Osteoporosis Month
Month of Nov Movember
Month of Nov Fall Prevention Month
Month of Nov Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month
First week Nov Treaties Recognition Week
Week w Nov 8 Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) Week
10-Nov World Science Day for Peace and Development
Week in Nov (varies) Digital Health Week
Week in Nov (varies) Nurse Practitioner Week
12-Nov World Pneumonia Day
14-Nov World Diabetes Day
16-Nov International Day for Tolerance
17-Nov World Prematurity Day
18-Nov Pride in STEM Day
Week in Nov (varies) World Antibiotic Awareness Week
Week in late Nov (varies) National Addiction Awareness Week
20-Nov Transgendered Day of Remembrance
20-Nov National Child Day
25-Nov International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
30-Nov Stomach Cancer Awareness Day


1-Dec World AIDS Day
2-Dec Women's Brain Health Day
3-Dec International Day of Persons with Disabilities
5-Dec International Volunteer Day
6-Dec National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
10-Dec Human Rights Day
12-Dec International Universal Health Coverage Day
18-Dec International Migrants Day