With U of A Pride Week taking place February 28 - March 7, Dean of Students, Dr. Robin Everall shares her thoughts on this exciting opportunity to celebrate our diverse and inclusive campus.
|Pride Week 2015 Schedule|
The University is dedicated to creating strong systems of support, both formal and informal, for everyone as we continue to strive for a wholly inclusive campus. All U of A student services are inclusive of diverse identities and our staff make continued efforts to educate themselves on how to best serve all students, ensuring that they know they have safe and equal access to services. We demonstrate our commitment to creating safer and more inclusive campuses in many ways, including the Safe Spaces Initiative, the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), The Landing, as well as initiatives like the all-gender washrooms map. In the journey towards this goal, a collaboration between iSMSS, The Landing, and the Office of the Dean of Students has produced the Sexual and Gender Diversity webspace. This online space acts as a one-stop webpage, providing information about support services and groups and links to a variety of resources. Regardless of the time of year, support on campus can be found in many forms including through our friendships, within the classroom, or from services and groups.
I encourage you to participate in the U of A Pride Week events and join in the celebration of our strong, diverse, and accepting community. What we celebrate and learn this week will help us continue to engage in conversations of equality and respect for all identities on this vibrant and beautiful campus.
Dr. Robin Everall
Interim Vice-Provost and Dean of Students