Belief Statements

Belief statements of the Ban Righ Foundation

The Mission Statement and Statement on Diversity of the Ban Righ Foundation






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.

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.

The Ban Righ Foundation acknowledges that Queen’s University sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe peoples.

Respect for diversity and individual dignity is critical to sustaining community at every level. The Ban Righ Foundation is committed to fostering a culture of mutuality and equality.

The Foundation’s mission is to provide a safe and respectful environment where women are supported as whole persons and encouraged to connect with and learn about one another.

The Foundation’s programming and services are flexible and responsive to change. Education, discussion, and awareness have defined the work of the Ban Righ Foundation since it opened its doors in 1974. From its first day, the house has offered space for quiet study, panel discussions, talks, and workshops, where community-seeking women at Queen’s University find a warm reception and inclusive conversation.

The Ban Righ Foundation has built a community based on collaboration, connection, sharing, trust, and active listening. The Foundation stands as an example of the importance of respecting our individual and social differences.


For a downloadable version of this page, please visit: Ban Righ Statement on Diversity and Inclusion 2018

Our commitment to accessibility

The Ban Righ Centre aims to create an environment that enables everyone to participate fully in mainstream university life. The main floor of the Centre is fully wheelchair accessible. We have wireless internet and laptops available. Please contact us if you have accommodation requirements to access our services or special events. We are very happy to assist you.

Staff at the Ban Righ Centre have all participated in Positive Space training sessions and we are proud to say the Centre is a very inclusive space.