Diversity at Smith

Supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Smith School of Business is committed to recruiting processes that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. While building your brand on campus, consider ways that you can foster meaningful engagement with a variety of student groups. This page will provide you with some best practices to consider when recruiting at Smith and a list of the main student diversity groups. Please connect with your Relationship Manager to determine how to develop a diversity strategy as part of your engagement with Smith.

Best Practices

The following principles and practices are highlights from the EDII Best Practices through the Recruitment Cycle.

Representing your Organization, Culture and EDII Practices Online

  • Ensure strong and visible commitment to EDII by the organization’s leadership. A CEO statement of commitment, outline of Employee Resource Groups, and a diversity news feed all show support.
  • Feature a diverse work force on your communications, including representation of senior leadership. The visibility of individuals from underrepresented groups in prominent roles positively influences students.
  • Ensure there is an informed education and outreach specialist to address student’s EDII-related questions. Be specific about why EDII is important to your business. Use strong examples rather than general statements.
  • Demonstrate the organization’s commitment to work/life balance by portraying senior leaders having a family and/or pursuing interests outside of the office.

Engaging with Students on Campus or Virtually

  • Ensure representatives, including management, can communicate the organization’s equity and diversity data, objectives, and initiatives.
  • Acknowledge the traditional Indigenous land on which the organization is located or if virtual, acknowledge the land on which you are situated. See Land Acknowledgement guidelines from The Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Queen’s University.
  • When inviting students to the events, state that the organization will respect and adhere to any accommodation needs. The Queen’s Accessibility Hub provides Accessibility guidelines.
  • Reach students in year 1 and 2 as they begin to consider a career path before they make pre-conceived judgements of the industry, company or function.

Posting a Role to Attract Diverse Candidates and Encourage Inclusion

  • Advertise roles broadly to reach the wider student body. Ensure that you are promoting your organization across a variety of platforms and associations.
  • Post only the qualifications, experience, abilities, and skills necessary for the job. Be inclusive of all genders using unbiased and ungendered language.
  • Add key verbiage for attracting underrepresented groups. For example, ensure your posting is open to everyone and you can add that you encourage people who belong to underrepresented groups to apply.
  • If you are collecting data on applicants who identify as members of underrepresented groups, ensure you provide the proper privacy notice of the purpose of collection, how the data will be used and who has access to it. If you are not getting a diverse enough applicant base, extend the application deadline, or review the ad more critically for potential barriers/language and re-post it.

Interviewing to Eliminate Bias

  • Ensure a diverse hiring committee and provide EDII training for all interviewers that includes combating bias. Evaluate candidates using a pre-determined rubric that ranks the selection criteria. Retain rubric on all candidates. Ensure the same rubric is applied to all candidates.
  • Ensure that candidates who are not shortlisted in the process are treated with courtesy and respect by providing responses as swiftly as possible.
  • Consider on-campus interviews (following public health guidelines) – This eliminates inequities of access for on-campus students relative to the cost and time for travel. If interviewing off-campus, consider covering the costs for candidates to interview in person.
  • Offer interview information to the candidate in advance such as the types of questions, length of interview and interviewer names or positions.

Campus Diversity Initiatives

Over the years, firms have hosted a variety of successful diversity events that have been engaging, informative, and impactful.

Examples of activities that have been effective in engaging diversity groups:

  • Coffee Chats
  • Panel Discussions
  • Thought Leadership Events
  • Roundtables
  • Lunch and Learns
  • Socials, Dinners, and Off-Campus Activities
  • CAC hosted Diversity Student Group Fair in November
  • Plus Other Suggested Engagement Activities

Student Groups

BIPOC

  • EDGE Leadership
    Program Target: Undergraduate
    Email: Kenny Yu
    https://www.facebook.com/EDGEQUEENS/
    https://www.instagram.com/edge.queens/

    EDGE Queen's is a sub-chapter of EDGE Diversity leadership. We are a student-run non-profit organization that is focused on enabling the personal and professional growth of underrepresented students. We believe that representation contributes to the presence of diversity that is integral to the success of all reputable organizations. As such, EDGE Queens is committed to fostering more empowering more inclusive environments within STEM and business fields.

  • Four Directions Indigenous Centre
    Program Target: All student groups and faculties
    Email: Kandice Baptiste
    queensu.ca/fourdirections

    Four Directions Indigenous Centre strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students and a site of information and support for the broader Queen’s community. It is a hub of activity and they welcome and encourage everyone to drop in and learn about the supports and services available.

  • Queen’s Conference on Indigenous Reconciliation (QCIR)
    Program Target: Business & Law
    Email: Amber St-Jean
    www.queensreconciliation.com

    The Queens Conference on Indigenous Reconciliation was inspired by Andrée Cazabon's documentary Reconciliation on Bay Street. The conference focuses on economic Reconciliation and building positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in business and in law. Whether you are a newcomer to these conversations, or you are already comfortable in this space, we believe you have something to offer and something to gain from this conference.

  • Smith Black Business Association
    Program Target: Undergraduate
    Email: Victoria Chukwuma
    https://www.facebook.com/smithblackbusiness/?ref=py_c

    The Smith Black Business Association seeks to eradicate the barriers that intervene with the prosperity of black people in the Business Industry and to provide a space that is both safe and welcoming, in which they can learn and grow.

  • Smith EDII Club
    Program Target: Graduate
    Email: Smith EDII Club
    https://www.instagram.com/smith.ediiclub/?hl=en

    We are a student run club that spans all Smith Graduate programs. Our mission is to create awareness about EDII challenges and present learning opportunities so that every Smith graduate promotes equity & indigeneity, celebrates diversity and cultivates inclusion in every community they become a part of. We want to help all Smith graduates become catalysts of positive change and life-long promoters of EDII within their student as well as professional communities

LGBTQ+

  • Q+
    Program Target: Undergraduate
    Email: Chad Huang
    facebook.com/qplusatqueens

    Q+ is a committee designed to allow the LGBTQ+ community at Smith School of Business to flourish. They offer support through recruiting opportunities, access to professional development and resources, and foster a strong LGBTQ+ community within the school. Q+ hosts events in Kingston and Toronto.

Women's Groups

  • Queen’s Women In Leadership (QWIL)
    Program Target: Undergraduate
    Email: Emily Prpic
    qwil.ca

    QWIL began over a decade ago as “Women in Finance”, hosting only 31 delegates. The continued success of the event allowed the conference to expand into “Queen’s Women in Leadership”, bringing together students, sponsors, and speakers for a weekend of innovation and inspiration. The conference has come to encompass young individuals from all fields, allowing them to share their experiences and celebrate their successes.

  • Smith Women in Finance (SWIF)
    Program Target: Masters-Level Women in Finance
    Email: SWIF
    https://smith.queensu.ca/swif/

    Smith Women in Finance (SWIF) is a student-driven organization committed to the advancement of those who identify as women in the field of finance, fostering diversity and inclusion through community-building and professional development opportunities.

  • Women In Leadership (WIL)
    Program Target: MBA
    Email: WIL
    smith.queensu.ca/recruiting/build-your-brand/student-clubs.php

    The Women in Leadership group (WIL) is committed to promoting and empowering women in the MBA as they advance their careers through their academic pursuits at Smith. This group brings together employers, alumni, and students to share experiences and learn from each other.

Mental Health

  • QCMHA
    Program Target: Undergraduate
    Email: Dione Ng
    qcmhaofficial.wixsite.com/mysite

    Queen’s Commerce Mental Health Association (QCMHA) promotes the conversation of mental health and wellness throughout the Commerce community. A survey was sent out to the Commerce student body and 25% of students responded with a 4/5 or 5/5 when asked how often they felt their mental health has prevented them from reaching their full academic potential. It is clear that mental health is prevalent in our community, which is why QCMHA’s driven team is striving to push the conversation and end the stigma of mental health.