Brief overview

Fast Facts about the Ban Righ Foundation

“I’m home. I’m safe. I belong” – Laurie Gashinski, BRC Alumna

The Ban Righ Foundation carries on the tradition of encouraging women’s achievements – a tradition begun by the women who came to Queen’s University in the 1870’s and who built Ban Righ Hall in 1925. Staff work with Alumni and donors to raise substantial funds to support mature students.

Mission

Supporting the continuing Formal and informal education of women, especially mature women returning to Queen’s University, the Ban Righ Foundation:

  • Maintains the Ban Righ Centre on campus which is the focus of campus life for mature women students, through which they become part of a community of peers;
  • Provides advisors and financial assistance;
  • Brings to the attention of students the many university facilities (intellectual, scholastic, cultural, recreational);
  • Facilitates the participation of women in campus functions;
  • Advocates on behalf of mature women students;
  • Brings staff, faculty, and students together in an environment which encourages mutuality and equality;
  • Provides a continuing education program of speakers and visiting scholars open to the broader community; and,
  • Promotes the university in the community.

Services

  • Student advisors offer one to one personal support, advocacy, referral services, and informal counselling in a comfortable, familiar setting
  • Daily soup lunches help to promote food security and augment incomes and encourage students to develop natural supports with their peers
  • Emergency bursaries and Spring Awards help students avoid financial crisis
  • A variety of study and respite spaces allow students the flexibility to study, rest, write a paper, or work with a study group
  • Informal speaker series and faculty mentoring programs provide opportunities for learning and engagement
  • A spring writing studio for graduate and professional students provides dedicated writing time in a distraction-free environment
  • Free new or gently-used winter gear for international students and those who are struggling financially
  • Babies and nursing moms are always welcome at the Ban Righ Centre.

Impacts

*Names have been changed to protect confidentiality

  • Dhina is a single parent to three children and struggles to make ends meet as a full time student. Thanks to the nutritious soup and snacks provided at the Ban Righ Centre, she knows she can feed herself affordably on campus.
  • Fatima’s partner was unexpectedly injured in an accident and has been unable to work for the past three months. She was able to access emergency financial assistance through the Ban Righ Centre to ensure she would not lose utilities in her home due to arrears.
  • Carmen struggles with anxiety and depression, and finds it difficult to cope with the personal, financial and mental stresses of navigating academia as a first generation mature student. She receive supportive, informal advising at the Ban Righ Centre, and was connected with formal services on campus and in the community.
  • Nari is an international student and survivor of domestic violence. At the Ban Righ Centre, she has found solidarity with women who have shared experiences.