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. OUR COMMITMENTS 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
At the SGPS we recognize that we need to do better to support students of colour. In addition to our participation in #blackouttuesday we will be making these commitments moving forward. 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; and Providing BIPOC students a platform for advocacy at the SGPS where Queen’s history of institutional racism can continue to be challenged. Please see the following link for tonight’s vigil, organized by the Black Luck Collective – https://www.facebook.com/events/257321368687529/ In addition, you can check out https://sgps.ca/campus-resources/ to check out some important campus and community resources. This conversation is not over and will continue to provide updated supports as they come.
To All SGPS Members, The 2020-2021 Executive team will be holding a town hall-style meeting this Friday, June 5th @ 2:30 pm EST. Town Hall Guidelines You will have the opportunity to bring up your ideas/concerns one at a time After an executive addresses your idea/concern you will have the opportunity to clarify or ask a follow-up question before we move to the next student If you have any concerns or would like to speak to the Executive team privately, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will start a dialogue. The chat function will be open during this meeting for individuals to state that they have a question and you will be added to the speaker list. This is not a formal meeting although we will be trying to keep a list of speakers and do the best to address individuals in order. We ask for your understanding if we make an order error or miss your name, it is not our intention to skip anyone and will ensure you have the time to talk Should you have any questions or concerns leading up to this meeting, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. Thank you, The SGPS Executive Team Click here to access the Zoom link for the Town Hall The password will be sent out via the SGPS mailing list one hour before the meeting.
Have you seen the recent update from the AMS and City of Kingston regarding Bus-It fees? If not, you can read more about it here. Our friends at the AMS have negotiated this on behalf of the SGPS for many years and have kindly consulted us all throughout this process! If you are wondering how this will impact you as a graduate or professional student we have some answers. From internal discussions and based on the media releases, the City of Kingston and the AMS is committed to ensuring you will have access to transportation. As plans for returning students become more clear negotiations will be prioritized to ensure we are represented! As of right now, city transit is free and your current eligible SGPS student card will cover you until August 31st. We will be sure to update you often on what the plan looks like come September 1st. Please know that no matter what, you will be supported and have financially equitable access to transportation.