Bringing together LGBTQI+ info, resources, and services
UFV continually works on being:
- a welcoming, accessible, safe, and respectful place to study and to develop as people and professionals;
- mindful of our commitments to our students; and
- a community where people can learn and become better allies to our peers.
Pride Culture Conference
UFV Student Life is hosting our second annual Pride Culture Conference (PCC) — an event meant for meaningful, and inspiring conversation for members, allies, and advocates of the 2SLGBTQIAP+ community! This year, we will be exploring intersectionality, allyship, and body and sex positivity. We are honoured and grateful to be gathering for this event on the traditional and unceded territory of the Stó:lō Nation.
This series of workshops is free to attend for UFV students, post-secondary students from other institutions, high school students, and UFV Alumni. The cost for staff, faculty, and community members is only $5.00, which gives you access to the full series of workshops this semester. To register and receive the list of Zoom links, please click here
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Winter 2021 Conference Schedule
January 26 | 5 - 7 pm
Sexual Wellbeing and Relationships
Explore personal decision making, consent, healthy relationships, assertive communication, and safer sex through this discussion and activity-based workshop. Part 2 of this workshop is on Feb 23.
February 2 | 5 - 7 pm
Delve into the concept of Queerness along with the history of the oppression and resiliency of the queer community. Through glimpses of history, we hope to also help allies understand how to better support and understand the struggles the queer community still face.
February 23 | 5 - 7 pm
Part 2 of Sexual wellbeing and relationships workshop – a continuation of the discussion about decision making, consent, healthy relationships, assertive communication and safer sex
March 9 | 5 - 7 pm
Innovate Your Pride
This interactive session is for students, faculty and staff who are passionate about improving life for LGBTQ2S+ students on campus. Participants will work in teams with a facilitator to identify gaps and challenges faced by LGBTQ2S+ students looking for services, supports, and community on campus. This work will lead to a larger collaboration at the Fall 2021 Pride Culture Conference to design and present solutions to the EDI Task Force that address the gaps and challenges faced by LGBTQ2S+ students.
March 16 | 5 - 7 pm
Power and Privilege
Through a BIPOC lens, this presentation examines the concepts of oppression and privilege and how they intersect and create advantages and disadvantages for individuals within society. The topics and ideas are to push individuals to think critically about their own actions, powers they hold in society and to support those who may struggle due to racism, classism, and other issues.
March 23 | 5 - 7 pm
Challenges HIV stigma, and covers HIV basics: facts, myths, how HIV is and is not passed, what we can do to reduce the impact of HIV in our communities, testing, and safer sex.
April 6 | 5 - 7 pm
Lets Talk it Out
This interactive workshop unpacks the complexities of "outness” and highlights queer resilience and resistance to the ‘everyone must be out to live an authentic live’ narrative that can become oppressive for LGBTQ2S+. This presentation introduces the idea that we don’t have to be “out” to take care of our sexual health, access mental health services, and participate in community. What is missed from the dominant health conversations too often is that for many of us, our understanding of “outness” is rooted in a western colonial framework. We hope to build empathy for all "outness" levels (including participants themselves) by investigating the oppressive systems that shape discourses around “the closet”.
Join the UFV Pride Collective
This UFV student group is a safe, fun way to connect and engage with other students, peers, staff, alumni, and community members in and around UFV. Members of the LGBTQI+ community, as well as allies and advocates, are welcome to join. Come to events, meetings, educational opportunities, and much more. Visit the UFV Pride Collective on Facebook and at myCampusLife.
As a part of our commitment to make UFV an inclusive, safe space, we have put together a gender-inclusive washrooms map as a resource to the community.
Be an ally—learn, reflect, and practice
Everyone has a right to study in a safe, respectful, and comfortable environment at UFV. One way we can all make a difference and ensure a positive study and workplace is to be allies of the LGBTQI+ community. This means being an active bystander towards harassment or discrimination, reporting incidents of misconduct, and being respectful of others’ views and opinions.
The Canada Human Rights Trust shares steps and strategies as to how we can all be allies to the LGBTQI+ community. More education on LGBTQI+ topics for non-LGBTQI+ peers was a large desire expressed in their research conducted in the university setting.