Safe Spaces For LGBTQ Students
At NAIT, everyone deserves to feel safe. Safe Spaces is an initiative to mark safe and inclusive spaces for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, queer and questioning (LGBTQ).
Pride Week 2017
"Pride is..." Board
Pride is an ongoing movement. We've come so far but we've also a lot of good work to still do. Take part in the discussion and respond to different questions every day on our "Pride is..." Board which will be located in CAT. Every day there will be a new question. Check them out here:
- Monday, March 6 - "Pride is Celebration. I celebrate because..."
- Tuesday, March 7 - "Pride is Protest. What do you want to protest?"
- Wednesday, March 8 - "Pride is Discovery. What's one question you have for someone who is LGBTQ2+?"
- Thursday, March 9 - "Pride is Liberty. If you could say one thing to someone in the closet, what would you say?"
- Friday, March, 10 - "Pride is Hope. Who are your heroes and champions for inclusion?"
Monday, March 6
11:45 a.m. | Departs from U Hallway
- Join NAIT President Dr. Glenn Feltham and two-time NAIT alumna and transgender rights advocate Marni Panas as we take Pride Week celebrations to the campus. Dress brightly and get ready to make a lot of noise. The U hallway is the wing located by Fresh Express and the Library.
- Join NAIT President Dr. Glenn Feltham and two-time NAIT alumna and transgender rights advocate Marni Panas as we gather to celebrate diversity, show solidarity with NAIT's LGBTQ2+ community, and share in cake and refreshments.
Office Decorating Contest
At all NAIT campuses
- NAIT offices will be competing in a Pride decorating contest. Staff: please encourage your team to participate. Students: please stop by your favourite office, take a photo and upload it to Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.
Tuesday, March 7
12:15 p.m = 1:05 p.m. | Y240, Nexen Theatre
- Join us for the 2nd annual Pride Panel. The Panel gathers community leaders and allies from around NAIT and Edmonton to talk about how NAIT can be a leader on LGBTQ2+ issues. This is an opportunity to get your questions asked and to be part of a prfound discussion. Panelists include Marni Panas, alison lewis, and student-club executives.
That's so GAY: Calling out Homophobia
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.. | CAT Crossing
- When you say something's "gay", do you really know what you say? Stop by to learn about how the intent of what you mean is outweighed by the impact it leaves. Take away some strategies to call out homophobia and some alternatives to calling things "gay." Win some great pride-themed prizes!
Wednesday March 8
Out of the Closet Clothing Swap
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.. | CAT Main Street
- Have you ever wanted to take home some gently-used clothing that will help you or someone you know better express themselves? This event is seeking donations for clothing and acessories like gently-used suits, dresses, blouses, non-hooded sweaters, heels, vests, ties, and jewellry. Donations can be dropped off to O117 by Tuesday 7 March. Question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Match Gayme! LGBTQ2 Words and Phrases
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.. | CAT Main Street
- Can you match LGBTQ2+ terminology with its definition? At stake? Hot Chocolate!
Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon: Queer Colouring
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | HP 2nd Floor
- Come chill out and celebrate Pride at the same time. Colouring pages features works from "Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon" by Jacinta Bunnell and Nat Kusinitz.
Lunch Special: Rainbow Salmon Skewers
Lunch Service | Corner Store (CAT) and Blue Plate @ Common Market (O)
- Just when you thought there couldn't be enough rainbows this week, we've rainbow-ed up your lunch. Try out this delicious and healthy CRAVE feature today! Food Services has crafted a special menu item in celebration of Pride Week. Stop by the Common Market to sample the specialty lunch item, produced and developed from the most positive and supportive food team in the city.
Thursday March 9
The Big Gay Alphabet: Queer Colouring
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | NAITSA Student Lounge, CAT 2nd Floor
- Come chill out and celebrate Pride at the same time. Colouring pages features works from "The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book" by Jacinta Bunnell and Leela Corman.
Friday March 10
Richard Simmons Aerobics: Tight and Bright!
12:15 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.. | CAT Main Street
- Open to all abilities. This is a low-impact class. Living a healthy lifestlye has been a pillar of the LGBTQ2 movement since the 1980s. Lets come together, get dressed comfortably or in the brightest athletics wear you have and work out to the fitness stylings of the great Richard Simmons.
Lunch Special: LGBTQ Sandwich
Lunch Service | Blue Plate @ Common Market
- But what does it all stand for? In this case it means Lettuce, Guacamole, Bacon, and Tomato Sandwich with a side Quinoa Salad. Food Services has crafted a special menu item in celebration of Pride Week. Stop by the Common Market to sample the specialty lunch item, produced and developed from the most positive and supportive food team in the city.
Safe Spaces Workshops
Safe Spaces office stickers identify staff members who have attended a workshop to be a resource for sexual and gender minority students.
The workshop includes
- exploring terminology
- understanding the realities of sexual and gender minority students
- identifying strategies for creating safe and inclusive learning and working environments
Though trained staff may not have all the answers, they welcome conversations and questions. Staff are also prepared to help students find resources on campus and in the community. For more information on the Safe Spaces program, please download the Frequently Asked Questions document.
The Safe Spaces coordinator keeps a list of trained staff. Contact them if you’re looking for someone to talk to.
Staff who are interested in attending a workshop and being part of the Safe Spaces program, please email email@example.com.
- Check back for more info!