Sexual & Gender

We are diverse. We are inclusive. We believe everyone has the right to live, learn, work and play in a safe environment. The Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity supports research, teaching and service work related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression on campus and in the community. 

Supported by the Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Issues, we develop inclusive and responsive policies, support evidence-informed practices and encourage the full and equitable participation of sexual and gender minorities on campus and in society. We can answer your questions about sexual and gender minority issues and support your ideas for initiatives that increase knowledge about and bring visibility to the LGBTQ2S+ community.

COVID-19: Campus events cancelled

Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of our university community. Due to concerns over public gatherings during COVID-19, all public events on MacEwan campuses will be cancelled.



Two-spirit teachings

"To me, being Two Spirit isn't as simple as an identity marker or a lifestyle. It's who I am, and I am at home in my Two Spirit body, "says Kairyn, participant in the 2020 Pride Week Human Library.

I strongly believe that research can be used as a catalytic force to both serve and benefit the public good.

Dr. Kristopher Wells


Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity

780-497-5296 | csgd@macewan.ca

City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Jessica Scalzo

Program Coordinator, Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity

M.Ed. (Alberta)


Jessica Scalzo is a passionate advocate for social justice and has devoted her professional life to building communities that are safe, welcoming and inclusive for all people. She has a background in K-12 education and professional development, focusing on topics in equity, diversity and human rights. Jessica is committed to supporting all members of the MacEwan community in deepening the culture of inclusion on campus, specifically as it pertains to sexual and gender diverse students, staff and faculty.

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Dr. Kristopher Wells

PhD (Alberta)


Dr. Kristopher Wells specializes in sexual and gender minority youth, education, health, sport and culture. He is one of the driving forces behind the creation of many ground-breaking initiatives including PrideTape and NoHomophobes.com, which has been featured across the world in more than 50 publications including the Economist, Atlantic, Independent and Guardian. Dr. Wells is a frequently invited national and international speaker on sexual and gender minority youth issues. He has served as an expert scientific consultant to the Federal Government of Canada, Canadian Senate, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, RCMP, Public Health Agency of Canada, UNESCO, World Health Organization and many provincial and municipal governments across Canada. Currently, Dr. Wells serves as the co-editor of the International Journal of LGBT Youth, which is the world’s leading research publication on LGBT youth. His early career work has been recognized with over 50 scholarly and community awards and recognitions including the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s Public Education Award, University of Alberta’s Alumni Horizon Award and an Alberta Centennial Medallion.

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Pride week

Pride Week 2020 kicked off with a march across campus featuring drag performers, PAWSS dogs Ranger and Zoey and many, many rainbow flags. Here's a glimpse of one of the ways our university came together this week to celebrate the diversity of our students, faculty and staff and to support the LGBTQ2S+ community and allies.