As the MacEwan University community gets ready to celebrate Pride Week, we’re taking a look at the many ways pride intersects and connects with everyday efforts to make our campus a more inclusive space.
The training looked at challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and behaviours; building capacity to foster safe and inclusive environments; increasing familiarity with common words to express sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; applying knowledge to situations of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic discrimination and harassment and planning effective ally behaviours and language.
New financial award supports LGBTQ2S+ students and allies
Krystal Monahan, recipient of the Hayley Jayne Richman Memorial Award.
The Hayley Jayne Richman Memorial Award, the first of its kind at MacEwan, supports students who are members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, allies of the community or those who have LGBTQ2S+ parents. Recipients must also have made significant contributions to fostering service and activism, demonstrating leadership in activities or issues that promote awareness and acceptance, or actively advocating for LGBTQ2S+ youth who are affected by bullying or suicide.
In November 2018, Krystal Monahan became the first recipient of the award.
Dr. Kristopher Wells, associate professor, Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
MacEwan University welcomed Dr. Kristopher Wells in September 2018, and since then he has spearheaded a number of events and activities on campus. In October, he supported Purple Shirt Day (also known as Spirit Day), which was established out of concern for LGBTQ2S+ youth suicide rates.
“While we've come a long way in the fight for LGBTQ2S+ rights and inclusion, the sad reality is that these youth are still two to three times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers,” explains Kris, who is the driving force behind Pride Tape and NoHomophobes.com. “Why? A lot of it comes down to feeling unsafe, unsupported and not valued or loved.”
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.