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Allyship: It Begins With Us

Written by: Serena Sengupta A quick google search returns the definition of an ally as “being a person or organization that cooperates with or helps another in a particular activity”.  What does this mean? Why is it important? Being an ally isn’t easy; it requires constant attention and awareness of the situations we are in.Continue reading “Allyship: It Begins With Us”

What’s In a Name

Written by: Jade Courchesne “F**k, I’m in a group with international students.” Let’s unpack this sentence.  Let’s talk about how someone I used to know would look at a list of names for a group project and assume that the outcome would be detrimental to their grade; that they would be pulling all the weight;Continue reading “What’s In a Name”

Being a Real Ally

Written by: Rana Salman Allyship is a powerful and beneficial trait that we often hear a lot about, but what does that really look like?  Social media posts are probably what many think of when considering what allyship means in 2021. They think posting black squares to their timelines, retweeting statistics and reposting articles toContinue reading “Being a Real Ally”

Understanding the Difference Between Performative Activism and Genuine Allyship

Written by: Mehak Narula In the world of social media, it is becoming increasingly hard to connect to the social issues surrounding us. Thus, the distinction between performative and genuine allyship tends to be blurred. Being able to understand the difference of when allyship is performative or genuine is extremely important for being an ally.Continue reading “Understanding the Difference Between Performative Activism and Genuine Allyship”

Being an Ally is Hot

Written by: Abigail Mathews Being an ally is hot.  An ally uses their power to stand up for a person or group that is facing discrimination or injustice, An ally understands that educating themselves is entirely up to them, An ally uses the benefits of their privilege to support those lacking it, An ally isContinue reading “Being an Ally is Hot”

Various Forms of Discrimination & the Within Group Allyship We Must Cultivate

Written by: Shayla Joshi I often find myself questioning my identity as a woman of colour, and when this internal dialogue arises, I find myself validating my identity by analyzing my experiences.  Have I even been racially discriminated against?   Well, before I even start with that I must ask: what is discrimination? Racial discrimination canContinue reading “Various Forms of Discrimination & the Within Group Allyship We Must Cultivate”

Humans of Queen’s

a QWOCC x QBFA collab QWOCC is so excited to have collaborated with Queen’s Black Fashion Association (QBFA) on the Humans of Queen’s photo series to explore the ways in which women use fashion to express their identity. Founded in May 2021, QBFA is a rapidly growing club on campus that facilitates an inclusive, safeContinue reading “Humans of Queen’s”

Book Review: Ecocriticism and Ecologism

Written by: Yiyi He Ecocriticism and Ecologism by Chinese ecocritic Wang Nuo constructs a theory of ecocriticism with uniquely Chinese characteristics, comprehensively discussing ecologism as one of the foundations of ecocritical theory and analyzing and responding to more than one hundred of the most controversial and mystifying issues[1] in the field of ecocriticism and ecologicalContinue reading “Book Review: Ecocriticism and Ecologism”


Written by: Dalyah Schiarizza So sassy, Sapphire. Quick-witted tongue. Sharp mind. Bold with an attitude. So sassy, Sapphire. When I was told about the prompt for this month, I was immediately reminded of this common stereotype for Black women that has snuck its way into the media. I also greatly suspect it won’t be leavingContinue reading “Sapphire”

Who Does This Benefit?

Written by: Ana Storer Social media activism has been used in so many ways to help amplify voices, educate people, and make meaningful change. From the #MeToo movement to amplifying voices about climate injustice or coordinating protests for Black Lives Matter, many movements have been rooted in social media. There is no doubt that socialContinue reading “Who Does This Benefit?”

Am I Brown Enough?

Written By: Niroshini Mather In most first-generation Canadian communities, there is an unspoken agreement on how one should navigate their dual identities. The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears offers the perfect analogy for this continuous battle of identities; don’t be too Canadian and, in my own experience, don’t be too Tamil.  We conductContinue reading “Am I Brown Enough?”

Book Review

Cheng, Xiangzhan. Sheng-sheng Eco-aesthetics (Aesthetics of Creating Life) Analects, People’s Publisher, 2012. Written By: Yiyi He Chinese ecocritic and aesthetician Xiangzhan Cheng’s anthology, Sheng-sheng Eco-aesthetics Analects (2012) collects a decade’s worth of his Chinese academic essays. Cheng demonstrates an evolution throughout his research that covers the transition from literary aesthetics (文艺美学) to the construction ofContinue reading “Book Review”

Not Just a “Dark Chapter”

Written by: Mariam Ibrahim TRIGGER WARNING: brief mention of genocide and residential schools; this article centers around racial gaslighting and systemic racism. Residential School Survivors Society Helpline: 1 800 721 0066 24 hour residential schools crisis Line: 1 866 925 4419 Residential Schools Resolution Health Program Resources:​​ 1-877-477-0775 Blackline: 1(800) 604-5841 (also textable) Kids HelpContinue reading “Not Just a “Dark Chapter””


Written by: Shayla Joshi This upcoming week will mark the beginning of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Set to start on July 23 and end on August 8th, this year’s Olympics will be for summer sports including swimming. The governing body responsible for the rules and regulations surrounding competitive swimming is FINA: Fédération Internationale De Natation(1).Continue reading “FINA’S BAN ON SWIM CAPS FOR NATURAL BLACK HAIR “

White-Passing: Acknowledging Privilege and Reclaiming Identity

Written by: Ana Storer Navigating our identities is a quintessential part of both the human experience and personal growth. There can be different layers of complexity for people of mixed ethnicities. I can’t speak for others, but I know I go through life hyper-conscious that others are making assumptions or guesses about me and myContinue reading “White-Passing: Acknowledging Privilege and Reclaiming Identity”

Critical Race Theory

Written By: Niroshini Mather On June 16th, the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, signed a controversial bill officially banning the teaching of critical race theory in educational institutions, following in the steps of Florida. This legislative change is a frightening step backwards in the global movement towards racial equity, which reignited after the devastating andContinue reading “Critical Race Theory”

QWOCC x LMF Queen’s: Introduction to Like Minded Females

Interviews Conducted by: Sydney Ko, Shayla Joshi, and Niroshini Mather Meet LMF’s Leaders Sonya Barlow Sonya is the founder of LMF Network, and is also a TEDxSpeaker, Podcast Host, Independent Diversity Consultant and soon-to-be published author. In 2020, she was named the winner of the Most Influential Women in Tech UK.  Beenish Saeed Beenish isContinue reading “QWOCC x LMF Queen’s: Introduction to Like Minded Females”

QWOCC: a Year in Review

Written by: Niroshini Mather, Sydney Ko, Shayla Joshi  March 8th 2021, not only marks International Women’s Day but our first ever blog anniversary. QWOCC’s blog has been up and running officially for one whole year. To celebrate this milestone, our blog team collaborated to create this year in review- a timeline from when we launchedContinue reading “QWOCC: a Year in Review”

Missing: Women of Colour Educators

Written by: Niroshini Mather A teacher is often defined as a figure who helps students develop knowledge, virtues and morals. In primary education, they play an immeasurable role during a child’s most impressionable years. This persists in post-secondary education, where professors often act as mentors to bridge the intimidating jump into the workforce. In my 16Continue reading “Missing: Women of Colour Educators”

Origin Story

Written by: Urooj Salar I am the girl from the mountains that hold my roots, the way my mother used to hold me in her arms. I am the girl split into sections by lines on a map drawn by strangers with ill intentions, dictating where one fraction of my identity begins and the otherContinue reading “Origin Story”

Decolonizing Beauty at Queen’s

Written by: Larissa Zhong It’s a curious incongruity to be Han Chinese (belonging to one of the biggest ethnic groups in the world) and to be acutely underrepresented, but it’s my reality. At Queen’s, more than ever before, I feel that my almond eyes and short nose are unwanted. Student government leaders, university service staff,Continue reading “Decolonizing Beauty at Queen’s”

Stolen by Smith- an Article

Written by: Niroshini Mather The instagram account @StolenbySmith has sparked a much needed introspection into the experiences of BIPOC students and staff at Queen’s University. The account was launched by Kelly Zou, a fourth year commerce student, in order to offer Queens students and alumni the opportunity to anonymously share their experiences of racism, homophobiaContinue reading “Stolen by Smith- an Article”

How to Spark Change: the Distinction Between Equity and Equality

Written By: Shayla Joshi A distinction that is often overlooked is that of equity versus equality. Sure, in general terms, most people understand the definitions of these words, but what do they mean when executed? What do they signify as ideals? The distinction between equality and equity is paramount in addressing the systemic barriers rootedContinue reading “How to Spark Change: the Distinction Between Equity and Equality”

The Angry Black Woman

Written By: Danielle Pinder Like many mixed race individuals, growing up I struggled with my identity. In my mind, black was a bad word and I feared claiming it as my own. I wished to put as much distance between my black roots and my identity, hoping that the tie between the two would eventually snap.Continue reading “The Angry Black Woman”

“Matters is the Minimum”

Written and Photographed By: Leah Biberdorf In the midst of one of the greatest health pandemics, the biggest civil rights movement ever recorded is happening. Not in some far off news story that gets broadcasted for ten minutes but right in our own countries, cities, and homes. The death of George Floyd has rightfully sparked aContinue reading ““Matters is the Minimum””

What is a Woman of Colour?

Written By: Shayla Joshi What is a Woman of Colour (WOC)? Who qualifies as a WOC? Questions paralleling these are observed as the focus of discussion within a variety of fields, ranging from academia to politics. A basic definition of a woman of colour would be: a female person of colour. Simple, right? Not necessarily—Continue reading “What is a Woman of Colour?”

Meet Our Exec!

Yasmeen Choudhri: Co-President Yasmeen is a second year Life Sciences Specialization student at Queen’s. She was born and raised in Ottawa but has mixed Pakistani and Yemeni roots. Yasmeen is very passionate about peer support and representation for women of colour in STEM fields. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, and having impromptu danceContinue reading “Meet Our Exec!”

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