Tomorrow Pride Week festivities begin on North Campus and at Campus Saint-Jean and next week they begin at Augustana. As an ally of LGBTQ2S+ communities, University of Alberta Library endeavors to create safe, inclusive spaces where all members of the campus community can thrive.
Over the next week, as you enter our library spaces, you may notice displays devoted to books and other resources related to those who identify as queer, non-binary, transgender, Two-Spirit or as a part of various other sexual minorities. We will also be featuring a couple Pride adjacent posts here on the blog. To start the celebration we thought we would highlight some resources here at the library, and the campus at large, where you can learn more about sexual and/or gender minorities.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity Subject Guide – Last year we introduced this subject guide, which covers resources related to race, religious diversity, gender and sexual minorities. This description hardly does this guide justice, so I’ll let the words of intrepid ISS and regular news blog contributor Junelle Mah explain why this guide is noteworthy.
LGBTQ2S+ in Education Subject Guide – For researchers, teachers, and soon-to-be-teachers, interested in researching questions related to LGBTQ2S+ inclusivity in the classroom.
Institute of Sexual Minority Studies (iSMSS) – Speaking of education, iSMSS is a non-profit research organization located within the Faculty of Education that focuses on the empowerment of LGBTQ2S+ community and their allies.
The Landing – The Landing is a North Campus service located in the basement of the Student Union Building that provides support to LGBTQ2S+ communities. Folks at The Landing offer education sessions, peer support, social opportunities and even a resource library containing materials pertinent to these communities.
We recognize that matters related to gender identity or sexual orientation can be the source of anxiety or anguish. If you are in need of someone to talk to, or are experiencing a crisis there are a number of campus organizations that offer mental health and wellness support listed here.
Happy Pride Week everyone! Be sure to check out the various virtual events going on between now and March 17.