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

  • Engage outside of On-Campus Recruitment (OCR): We encourage all firms to build a strategy outside of OCR which develops an ongoing relationship with our students. The Career Advancement Centre is happy to support firms in engagement throughout the year with connections to student groups or by hosting workshops, coffee chats, or social events.
  • Engaging with Student Clubs: Supporting conferences, case competitions, and other student events is a great way to get to know students and promote your brand. At these events, talk about your diversity and inclusion practices. Corporate support of our diversity groups will help you target these particular students and help endorse these groups, providing strong branding for your firm.
  • Host Special Events: The Career Advancement Centre team would be pleased to support you in hosting your own custom diversity and inclusion event for our students. Talk to your Relationship Manager about opportunities to engage.
  • Advertise Roles Broadly: Although recruiting through core industry associations can be helpful in developing a targeted candidate pipeline, these groups don’t always reflect the broader student body. Ensure that you are promoting your firm across a variety of platforms and associations.
  • Bring Diverse Representation to Campus: When coming to campus bring a variety of representatives that reflect a diverse workplace. Consider hosting a diversity panel with representatives from your firm who can speak to their unique experiences.

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

Student Groups

Ethnic Diversity

  • EDGE Leadership
    Program Target: Undergraduate

    EDGE is a non-profit organization that is focused on enabling the professional growth of underrepresented students. We believe that their representation contributes to a presence of diversity that is integral to the success of all reputable organizations.

Women's Groups

  • Queen’s Women In Leadership (QWIL)
    Program Target: Undergraduate

    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.

  • Women In Leadership (WIL)
    Program Target: MBA

    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.


  • Q+
    Program Target: Undergraduate

    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.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Q.Limitless
    Program Target: Undergraduate

    Q.Limitless is an organization that nurtures passionate leaders dedicated to shaping a more inclusive world through selfless service and social empowerment. Acting in partnership with the University and Kingston communities, it is the club’s duty to build good citizenship with compassion and understanding of the social model of disabilities, which conveys the United Nations’ belief that a disability is not an individual’s inability to do something but rather the society’s inability to provide the necessary resources for the person to succeed.

Mental Health

    Program Target: Undergraduate

    Queen’s Commerce Mental Health Association (QCMHA) promotes the conversation of mental health. This year they obtained mental health data from the commerce student body and over 25% of students gave a 4/5 or 5/5 when asked how often they felt their mental health has prevented them from reaching their full academic potential. They are striving to change the stigma surrounding mental health with dedicated, diverse, and driven team members, motivated to create positive change.


  • Four Directions Indigenous Centre
    Program Target: All student groups and faculties

    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.