Headshots of Jacob DesRochers, Jane Mao, and Clarrisa DeLeon from left to right.

We are thrilled to announce recent awards our stellar Graduate Students have received. 

Clarissa DeLeon (PhD Candidate) - The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Indigeneity Impact Award is presented annually to students, individuals, and groups who have shown their commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity through making Queen’s a more inclusive campus. Clarissa was nominated for the anti-racist education work she has done with the Social Healing and Reconciliatory Education Research Group, Teacher Candidates of Colour, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. She is also lead curriculum designer and a co-director for local organization Roots and Wings.

Jacob DesRochers (PhD Candidate) – The Peer Leadership Award is presented annually to Queen’s students, individuals or groups, who through their commitment, skill, dedication, and interest in helping others have exemplified excellence in peer-to-peer assistance and outreach. "As a member of his faculty Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization committee and a Graduate Inclusivity Fellow for @queensgradstudy, he is dedicated to sharing his expertise with new graduate students at every level.”

Jane Mao (Artsci’21, Med’23) – Jane has been awarded with two different awards in the last week! 

  • Jane was awarded one of the most prestigious student honours at Queen’s – the Agnes Benidickson Tricoulour Award – given annually by the Office of the Rector to students based on “valuable and distinguished service to the University in non-athletic extra-curricular activities.” “As a Master of Education candidate, Mao creates spaces of joy for marginalized students to thrive. As the founder of the Gender Affirming Assistance Project, equity commissioner with the Society for Graduate and Professional Students, co-chair of the Social Healing and Reconciliatory Education research cluster, and more, Mao's personal and professional work is characterized by direct action, mutual aid, and compassion.”
  • Jane was also awarded the Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award, which is presented annually to Queen’s students, individuals or groups who make a significant contribution to society by working with and encouraging youth who are experiencing social, behavioral, economic or other challenges by helping them realize their worth as individuals and their potential to achieve. Jane was nominated for this award because of their work with the Gender Affirming Assistance Project, developing and delivering trans-inclusive lifeguard training at the ARC, and their work with the Limestone District School Board on the use of inclusive terms and resources in schools. 
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