SGPS Statement on #BlackoutTuesday and Going ForwardJune 2, 2020
SGPS Finance Committee 2020 – 2021June 15, 2020
Over the past 24 hours after posting our initial communications in support of BIPOC Students at Queen’s, we have been challenged by both Queen’s Black Academic Society (QBAS) and the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre to put our words to action. We thank you for keeping us accountable. In addition to the three commitments below, the SGPS has made financial contributions to both the Black Health Alliance and to the Black Legal Action Centre.
The SGPS is committed to action rather than simple rhetoric and we extend the challenge to other Queen’s services, clubs, and the especially administration to provide financial support where possible. In addition, we will be holding a town hall on Friday, June 5th at 2:30 PM EST and encourage all students to come to speak to our executive so we can continue the conversation.
- Commitment to add mandatory cultural safety training to our bylaws and policies (in addition to our mandated anti-oppression training).
- Committing to furthering internal Executive education by reaching out to the Queen’s inclusion and anti-racism advisor for educational opportunities.
- Providing BIPOC students a platform for advocacy at the SGPS where Queen’s history of institutional racism can continue to be challenged.
- Financial supports in the amount of $1000 for the Black Health Alliance and $500 for the Black Legal Action Centre.
This is just the beginning, the SGPS will continue to educate themselves and put in the work.
At your service,
Your 2020-21 Executive Team