QPID is a student run organization operating out of the Queen’s Engineering Society since 1990. We host a variety of initiatives on campus, in Kingston, in Canada and
On campus, QPID hosts a weekly forum (discussion, presentations and workshops), which focus on a variety of development and global justice issues. All students are welcome to come out to think, talk and learn together about questions that aren’t necessarily addressed in students’ classes or everyday lives.
In Kingston, QPID runs workshops and a conference for high school students. Many of the same issues addressed in weekly forum are introduced to Kingston youth. Through these education initiatives QPID hopes to stimulate more awareness of global problems that our generation faces. In Canada and internationally, QPID participates in summer projects. These projects vary from region to region, but share a focus on collaboration and teamwork between interns and members of host communities to fill needs that have been recognized by host communities themselves. These two to three month projects provide host communities with eager volunteers, and our volunteers with a unique opportunity for a cross-cultural experience. QPID has participated in over 200 grassroots community development projects in Guyana, Ghana, Nunavut, Bolivia, Peru, India, Nicaragua, Burkina Faso and Kingston.