On May 27, the MacEwan University community came together for the annual raising of the rainbow and transgender flags. New for this year, however, was the painting of the 107 Street crosswalk.
At a special event under the clock tower, Dr. Craig Monk, provost and vice-president, academic, talked about the importance of sending a strong message of inclusivity for students, faculty and staff in the LGBTQ2S+ community. The crosswalks are intended to welcome and recognize the university’s transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse community.
“We’re putting paint to pavement, and illustrating this institution’s commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone,” says Craig. “These are more than colourful crosswalks – they are a constant reminder of the importance of embracing diversity and celebrating difference within our community of students, staff, faculty and community members.”
The addition of a transgender Pride crosswalk, located on the south side of campus between Building 7 and 8, marks a first for a post-secondary institution in Edmonton.
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