Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At Queens, we recognize that human identities and qualities—and the diversity of them within our campus and community—provide us all with an opportunity to learn and grow.
At Queens University of Charlotte, we are committed to fostering a culture that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity and access for students, faculty, staff and the community around us.
We believe that this commitment is vital in our quest to provide transformative educational experiences that nurture intellectual curiosity, promote global understanding, transform students' lives and foster personal and professional success. We also understand that an insightful view of diversity acknowledges that human identities and qualities influence one's worldview, life choices and interpersonal relations.
Queens’ commitment to living and succeeding in a changing world challenges us to develop cultural humility and to find common ground with those unlike ourselves. We strive to empower students, faculty, staff and alumni to be authentically engaged citizens on campus, off campus and around the world. Our efforts are intended to help bridge the academic and civic missions of the University to live out its motto, "Not to be served, but to serve."
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Diversity at Queens
Queens Renames Building After Discovery of Ties to Slavery
Queens University of Charlotte’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the university’s main administration building, after a task force appointed by the university’s president investigated its namesake’s ties to slavery. Burwell Hall, built and named in 1914, will now be called Queens Hall.
Reading List on Systemic Racism and Racial Injustice
Queens faculty and leadership from across campus collaborated to create a reading list on systemic racism and racial injustice with a focus on doing the work to learn what it takes for us to become anti-racist, committing to learning about institutionalized and systemic racism and, with that knowledge, finding ways to combat and dismantle it.
Queens' Message on Ending Systemic Racism
The horrific acts of violence resulting in the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have brought pain and anguish across the country and right here in our community. These are not isolated incidents. These three people are the latest in a long list of people of color who have died senseless deaths as a result of institutionalized racism and oppression in our society – two things Queens stands firmly against.
Three Universities. One Mission.
Three Charlotte universities are banding together to support racial healing and transformation. As the Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium, UNC Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, and Queens University of Charlotte will collaborate to listen to Charlotte’s many racial truths, encourage a community that understands its history of race and racism, and develop student, university, and community leaders who work across our region towards truth, racial healing, and equity.