Is my Reading Week Trip Voluntourism?

Last week, QPID hosted a forum on Voluntourism: the cross being volunteering and travelling. Voluntourism is often through a company that offers volunteer experiences abroad. These might include building, teaching, practicing medicine, or working with children or animals and often also a good number of “fun” tourist experiences (beach days, ziplining, etc.). There has been…

Forum: Election

Just in time for the election, QPID hosted representatives from each party to tell us about their stance on the issues we want to know about most: Student debt, Indigenous Reconciliation, Healthcare, Foreign Aid, and Climate Change. The Representatives included: Bruce Baker (Queen’s Liberal Association, representing the Liberal Party), Alex Cherry (Queen’s PPC, representing the…

Sexual Harassment on Campus and in the Workplace

9.1.2018 Action Item This week’s action item was an article and petition via globalcitizen.org. The article shed light on the shocking statistic that of the 193 United Nations member states, 68 do not have any laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace, leaving an estimated 235 million women vulnerable to harassment with no avenues to…

The True Cost

28.11.2017 Action Item For this week’s action item we encouraged attendees to consider getting involved with Queen’s Student for Literacy (QSL), a campus-based chapter of Frontier college. QSL is an organization concerned with improving literacy skills and literacy awareness. In partnership with Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA), QSL has launched a new program that…

Gun Control

14.December.2017 Action Item This week we asked forum attendees to visit globalcitizen.org and read an article titled “This Is the Public Health Crisis – and Cost – of Gun Violence in America”. The article outlines the public health costs associated with gun violence. The annual cost of gun violence per year between 2006 and 2014…

Forum 6: Disaster Assistance Response Team

24.10.2017 Action Item This week Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Izatt from the Canadian Armed Forces Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART) gave a presentation on what DART does and how the armed forces approaches Disaster relief. Forum attendees were encouraged to ask Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Izatt specifically about the Canadian government’s approach to foreign aid in terms of disaster…

Forum 5: Innovations in Healthcare

17.10.2017 Action Item This week we asked forum attendees to go on globalcitizen.org and read the article Mobile Health Messages are Helping Parents and Saving Lives. The article outlines an initiative by various health organizations to send health related information to individual’s phones via text in remote regions. The initiative has thus far been very…

Forum 4: Sustainability and Development

10.10.2017 Action Item This week’s forum was all about Sustainability and the environment. For our action item we asked attendees to read two articles on globalcitizen.org. The first was called 5 Cities Leading the World in Sustainability. From bike paths to wind farms and everything in between, this article outlined some admirable steps cities around…

Investing In Development

FORUM 3.10.2017 Action Item The action item this week was some light reading on the correlation between investment and development. If you’re interested, give the following articles a read: Group Savings: The importance of increasing women’s access to investment capital https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/group-savings-the-importance-of-increasing-womens/ Leveraging Impact Investment for Global Development https://www.csis.org/analysis/leveraging-impact-investment-global-development This Week’s Conversation Introduction Forum began this…

An Introduction to Development

FORUM 19.09.2017 Action Item Each week at the beginning of forum we will be posting a related action item to help educate, engage, and encourage you to take an active approach to development. Whether it’s sending a tweet, signing a petition, sending an email, or making a phone call, we want to put you in…