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FHS Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives progress report - March 2021

FHS Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives progress report - March 2021

Dean’s Action Table (DAT) on EDI highlights: 

  • Outreach and Summer Program Working Group is creating a health science youth program that would offer mentorship and summer program opportunities to equity-deserving youth. 

  • EDI for Admission Working Group is developing a framework to conduct an environmental scan of admission policies and process across FHS and health science programs external to Queen’s University.   

  • EDI Curriculum across FHS working group is also drafting a framework to conduct an environmental scan of FHS curriculum, which includes 50+ undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs. 

  • EDI Research Working Group is developing a survey to be released to all FHS research groups to better understand the different approaches to EDI research, EDI in research governance, and EDI in knowledge translation across FHS.   

  • The DAT-EDI Executive Committee is planning a DAT-EDI Forum scheduled for September 2021.  At the forum, the DAT-EDI working groups will present their findings and recommendations and learners, staff, and faculty will share EDI initiatives across FHS.   

FHS EDI Office Initiative Highlights: 

  • The Department of Family Medicine teamed up with the EDI Office to release the Horizon BIPOC Lived Experiences in Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences

  • The EDI Office collaborated with Kingston Immigration Partnership to host the You Belong Here Information Session to provide equity-deserving youth and their families with information on FHS programs.   

  • The EDI Office supported the Queen’s Human Rights and Equity Office to offer a series of equity training opportunities for FHS learners, staff and faculty, which included sessions on Unconscious Bias, Anti-Oppression, and Handling Grievances and Complaints.   

  • The EDI Office collaborated with the FHS Communications team to augment EDI communication efforts.  The communication campaigns included: 

    • International Day of the Girl Video 

    • LGBTQSTEM Day Learner Videos 

    • Black History Month Social Media posts of Black alumni and Black learners 

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