Thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors, we are pleased to announce a new bursary that will support black students at Queen’s University. Based on Katherine McKittrick’s recommendation, the donors have chosen to name the new award after Stephanie Simpson, Queen’s Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion).
Stephanie’s research and praxis demonstrate a mode of caring that imagines social change as simultaneously rewarding and difficult. She insists that human rights work and activism on campus are points of ongoing struggle—aligning with much of the work done by organizers such as Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, and others.
This bursary recognizes Stephanie’s brilliant and tireless work on campus and acknowledges her willingness to imagine social change as a dynamic process. In addition to supporting efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion and the Minor in Black Studies, Stephanie has initiated conversations that have helped Queen’s community members celebrate the black diaspora (alumni, current students and faculty, administration) at the university.