SKHS news & updates
November 2020 | Issue #6
important dates (new items are bolded)

7th - Last day to apply for accommodation for an official exam conflict for December exams
9th @ 8am - 4th year students can add/drop Winter & Summer term courses
11th - Remembrance Day Service – classes cancelled between 10:30 and 11:30 am
12th @8am - All other years students can add/drop Winter & Summer term courses
18th - QUIP Information Session

1st- First date to apply to graduate in SOLUS for Spring 2021
7th - Fall term classes end
8th to 10th - Fall term pre-exam study period
10th to 23rd - Final assessments in fall term classes and mid-year tests in multi-term classes

Winter Term Registration

Not sure whether your winter class has mandatory class times? Check the SKHS website to find out!

Am I on track to graduate? Please fill out the Degree Quick Check Form and you’ll receive a degree audit by e-mail (turnaround time dependent on volume of requests and advisor availability). 

I can't reach the SKHS Academic Advisor but need help immediately! What can I do? You can find help at the Faculty of Arts & Science:

  • by Phone at 613-533-2470. Our phones are answered from 9:00 to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm EST Monday to Friday. 
  • via LiveChat in the Live Chat box in the bottom right-hand corner of our website ( from 9:00 to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm EST Monday to Friday.              
  • NEW - Advisors will be now also available from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST, from Monday to Friday, to answer your questions.
  • Via Zoom from 12 noon to 1:00 pm EST on the following days:
Monday November 9 Join Zoom Meeting ID: 850 3868 0535 Passcode: 581919
Thursday November 12 Join Zoom Meeting ID: 896 8239 7819 Passcode: 962194

Need another course in Winter? Check out courses added from the BISC online!
Academic Resources

Want to persist in all of your work, increase your accountability, receive academic help, and have fun at the same time? Join us at Get it Done via Zoom from November 23-27.

Register for one or all of our study group sessions on November 23, 25, & 27 from 6-8pm. You’ll be placed in break-out rooms with students working on similar projects and our Peer Learning & Peer Writing Assistants will be there to help you complete your work. During each study session, we’ll be playing games and giving away amazing prizes!
Career Services has resources for you about job searching and careers during this time of physical distancing. Got career questions and not sure where to start? Drop-in to our remote career advising any Monday to Thursday from 1:30pm-3:30pm through MyCareer.
other resources
There are LOTS of resources to help you succeed mentally, emotionally, physically!

Mental Health Resources
For general counselling inquiries, email 

·      Medical appointments are available remotely (phone and online) for some requests. For general health inquiries, email 

·      Health lifestyle appointments are available remotely for students who want help changing a health behavior. For general inquiries, email 

·      “TAO” is Therapy Assistance Online. This is an interactive tool for Queen’s students.

·      Empower Me is a 24/7 phone service for crisis situations and scheduled sessions that allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. 1-844-741-6389 is the number. You can also log in to the Empower Me website and use "Studentcare" as the password or download additional Empower Me student assistance tools on the iAspiria mobile app. Enter "Studentcare" as the Login ID and select "Student" in the drop-down menu. 

·      Good2Talk for post-secondary mental health support - call1-866-925-5454, available 24/7 or text GOOD2TALKON/ALLOJECOUTEON to 686868
SKHS Events
Bio: Dr. Janelle Joseph is an Assistant Professor of Critical Race Studies at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Dr. Joseph is an internationally recognized and award-winning scholar committed to disseminating knowledge about race, education, and physical cultures. Her research highlights the importance of facilitating social networks that connect racialized people in Canada and deepening understandings of race through intersectional analyses. Dr. Joseph is the founder and director of the IDEAS Lab, which uses perspectives of Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Antiracism in Sport to explore decolonization of and inclusion in physical cultures and organizational leadership.
Changing on the Fly: Hockey through the voices of South Asian Canadians
November 23 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm ET

Discussant: Dr. Kristi Allain, Associate Professor of Sociology, Trent University
Bio: Kristi is a Canada Research Chair in Physical Culture and Social Life and an Associate Professor of sociology at St. Thomas University. Her work examines the intersections of physical activity and identity, asking how dominant notions of Canadian national identity work to privilege particular members of the nation while marginalizing others. Her work examined this celebration/marginalization dichotomy within Canadian hockey institutions. 

Moderator: Dr. Shobhana Xavier, Assistant Professor, School of Religion, Queen's University

Author: Dr. Courtney Szto, Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University
Other News & Events
November 6 & 7th
Friday evening’s keynote address will be presented by Joseph Pitawanakwat of Creators Garden, followed by a full day of panels, workshops and presentations on Saturday. For more information and for the full event schedule, please visit our website.
Life After Artsci
Life After ArtSci, ASUS’ alumni networking and career summit. With speakers from the UN to NASA to the cannabis industry, Life After ArtSci promises to help open new doors to all Arts and Science students. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in one to one networking with these alumni, which is perfect for any students searching for a summer job!   
Students will have the opportunity to hear from alumni in four exciting panels: 
  1. Careers in the Sciences
  2. Politics, Law, and Government 
  3. Technology, Innovation, and Change 
  4. Marketing, Consulting, and Creativity 

Students in Kinesiology & Health Studies might be especially interested to hear from Dr. Joanne Langley (Politics ‘79) – Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician, IWK Health Centre, Dr. Mark Ware (Philosophy ‘86) –Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth Corporation, and Farah Mohamed (Politics ‘93)- Senior Vice President - Strategic Initiatives, Policy & Public Affairs, Toronto Region Board of Trade, speakers in our Careers in the Sciences and Politics, Law, and Government panels. 

The summit runs from 10am-2:45pm, and only costs $5.

Check out the event on Facebook.

Questions? Email
November 10, 2020 | 4:00 PM (via Zoom)
 The Pandemic and the Crisis:
An Indigenous Perspective

Bob Watts - Senior Fellow (Reconciliation), First Peoples Group; VP Indigenous Relations, NWMO; Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
The global pandemic has been particularly difficult for Indigenous peoples globally. Indigenous peoples in Canada have implemented a variety of measures to protect themselves from the virus. Some of these measures have brought forward memories of past trauma and pain and this has impacted Indigenous communities across the country. 
The response by government and by some industries exposed cracks in Canadian society especially as it pertains to Indigenous well-being. This talk will explore some of these inequalities and invite conversation on pathways forward based on our national commitment to reconciliation. 

NOV 17 – 
“A divine Infection”: Religious Communities and the epidemiology of COVID-19
Shobhana Xavier, Assistant Professor, School of Religion
Eun-Young Lee, Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
“An equal opportunity assassin” --this is how COVID-19 is framed by Kimberlé Crenshaw (2020), an influential scholar in critical race and intersectionality, during her recent interview. The subsequent waves of the outbreaks of COVID-19 have indicated the ways in which various marginalized communities have been impacted by unequal access to resources, especially health care, highlights the disposability of particular groups of societies (e.g., those in long term care facilities, those who are incarcerated). These disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on members of our global and local communities amplify underlying inequities. One thread of the COVID-19 pandemic that has not been given sufficient scholarly and public attention is the relationship between religion and COVID-19. Scholarship on religion and public health has indicated that religion is an important “social determinant” of health, particularly infectious diseases such as in historical instances of the spread of the plague or a contemporary crisis of HIV/AIDS. In light of these discussions of the role of religion, religious communities, practices and beliefs in the spread or mitigation of infectious diseases, we ask how has religion implicated the spread or mitigation of COVID-19 and how individuals with varying social identities within religious communities are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? 

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office is hoping to create a video for submission to Sexual Assault Centre Kingston’s memorial video for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. SACK is asking for submissions from the community ranging from music, art, calls to action, and remembrance. This video will be publicly aired by SACK on December 6th. We’re hoping to create a submission from Queen’s that focuses on the many ways we can all act to end gender based violence and we would love to include a collage of Queen’s staff/faculty identifying ways in which they pledge to act. We know that action against gender based violence is a community effort, and we’re hoping to demonstrate that in our video.

How to participate: 
  1. Choose one of the GBV prevention pledges we’ve provided (or make your own) and either print out the message (see attached) or write it out on a piece of paper.
  2. Take a photo of yourself or your office holding up a pledge (see photo of example!). Screen shots of everyone on zoom and teams are welcome!
  3. Send photo to before Thursday November 19. We will be incorporating all the photos into an image collage video for submission. 

Looking for other ways to stay informed about December 6th? Make sure to follow us on our socials on Instagram and Facebook. We’ll be participating in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign. From November 25 – December 10 we’ll be sharing ways in which we can all be more informed, take action, and build a culture of community care and action.  
GBV Prevention Action Pledge Options
This is not an exhaustive list but we wanted to offer some options for you. Please feel free to create your own.
I Pledge:  
1.     To listen and believe survivors of gender based violence 
2.     To call out misogynist comments when I see, hear, and read them 
3.     To recognize the intersectionality between racism and misogyny 
4.     To keep informed and support the calls for an end to violence against Indigenous women and girls  
5.     To intervene when I see signs of domestic violence 
6.     To be an open resource for anyone wanting to access help 
7.   To promote positive consent culture 
8.   To support and promote the local organizations working to end violence against women 
9.   To promote positive healthy relationships personally, socially, and professionally 
10. To recognize and advocate against gender based violence towards trans people 
11.To advocate for an end to gender based violence 
Teaching Awards
Do you know a professor or teaching assistant at Queen's University that has shown outstanding commitment to the education of their students? Now is your chance to nominate a teacher you think is deserving of an AMS Teacher's award! We are currently accepting nominations from students for: 

This is a chance to recognize and honour the exceptional contributors to the academic life here at Queen’s that shape the student experience. To nominate or read more about each award, please visit and click on the award title! Nominations are due November 9th at midnight. Have questions? Email!

Check your email for a survey about fall term courses!
A Spotlight On...
HLTH 334 Politics of Health & Illness in the news
The course is designed to answer questions of students regarding Covid-19 and its effects. It will also explore health and illness as products of systemic forces and sites of political struggle. 
If you would like to highlight a student, faculty member or event in SKHS, please email Vanessa McCourt