Racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of violence and discrimination are present at Queen’s University and thrive here.
Mere weeks ago, Indigenous and Pride flags were vandalized at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre. In the past year, a racist and homophobic note threatening violence against Indigenous and LGBTQ+ students was posted anonymously in a Chown Hall common room. Less than a year before that, a display of Indigenous art at Jeffrey Hall was vandalized with racist and anti-Semitic messages.
In the wake of these events, there have been revelations of racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of exclusion within Smith itself. Driven to act based on our own experiences and the qualitative data presented on Stolen By Smith, a team of Smith Commerce alumni and students created Reform Smith.
The tireless efforts of student organizers at Smith have documented the persistent and widespread prejudice and discrimination experienced by Black students, Indigenous students, students of colour, and members of the LGBTQ+ community through the Stolen by Smith Instagram account.
With a particular focus on the Commerce program, we have identified seven categories of equity concerns:
3. Equitable Hiring & Education/Training
4. Financial Aid
6. Disclosure, Reporting & Disciplinary Measures
7. Student Support & Community Development
Through extensive research, we have outlined recommendations spanning these core areas, addressing key equity problems within the Smith School of Business. We are calling on the school to take urgent action based on these recommendations. This document details existing problems and presents concrete plan to address these problems and to measure our success as we proceed.