Informed by their various perspectives and areas of expertise, committee members help to facilitate the study’s successful implementation by providing their feedback to the research team. Also, they help to interpret and disseminate the findings, including informing the development of recommendations to shape policies and programs tailored to the needs of LGBTQ2S+ students.
Advisory Committee Member Organizations
- Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity
- Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario
- Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
- LGBT YouthLine
- Ontario Committee on Student Affairs, Council of Ontario Universities
- Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
- Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, University of Toronto
Advisory Committee Members
Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Jeremy Dias (they/them/theirs)
The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity intersectionally promotes diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation in all its forms on a national level through services in the areas of education, health, and advocacy. Our resources and programming can be used to uplift gender and sexual minorities, as well as give the tools to wider populations in building allyship.
“I am so delighted to be part of this project. As a university student I was attacked twice after being identified as gay on campus. I was disappointed with the lack of support, resources and tools from my university, and hopeful that this project will work to create safer spaces for learning.”
Canadian Federation of Students
Trina James (she/her)
The Canadian Federation of Students is a non-profit organization that represents over 500,000 students across the country creating untied voice to advocate for the diverse needs of students.
“As a queer woman of colour, I feel it is important to advocate for on-campus resources to support LGBTQ2S+ students that are reflective of their unique and embedded within all aspects of campus life.”
Richard Matern (he/him)
Director of Research and Policy
Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) is Canada’s only national charity working to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues.
“I hope this project will provide a more robust understanding of LGBTQI2S student experiences on campus, with a focus on trans and non-binary students and especially Black and Indigenous queer, trans and non-binary students.”
LGBT Youth Line
Berkha Gupta (they/them)
LGBT Youth Line is a 2SLGBTQ youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth across Ontario through anonymous peer support and referrals, training and providing resources to youth to make informed decisions.
“I’m looking forward to hear about student experiences, getting more in-depth research related to intersectional identities so we can continue to building more positive environments for 2SLGBTQ youth.”
Ontario Committee on Student Affairs (OCSA)
Nona Robinson (she/her)
Associate Vice President Students, Trent University
OCSA consists of the senior administrator at each Ontario university holding responsibility for student issues, the student experience and the majority of services and programs designed to serve and support students at the institution. The OCSA provides a forum for information sharing and discussion of emerging policy and practice on student issues facing Ontario’s universities.
“Supporting LGBTQ students is an important aspect of student affairs work, including ensuring that services are in place, and also working to identify and address any barriers to inclusion. Issues and concerns outside the university (e.g. community homophobia, family dynamics) can also affect LGBTQ students. The survey work will help OCSA members to better understand what is needed to help ensure LGBTQ student success.”
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
Martyna Siekanowicz (she/her)
Research and Policy Analyst
OUSA represents 150,000 undergraduate and professional students from 8 student associations across Ontario. Our advocacy is based on creating substantive, student driven, and evidence-based policy recommendations to the provincial government.
“I oversee the LGBTQ+ policy file at OUSA, which we are revising Accurate data is essential to our advocacy and developing policy recommendations.”
University of Toronto
David Pereira (he/him)
Sexual and Gender Diversity Officer
David is pleased to be joining this project’s advisory committee. Along with his role in the SGDO, David is an instructor in the Sexual Diversity Studies Program at the University of Toronto where he teachers about queer youth in formal, non-formal and informal educational contexts. http://sgdo.utoronto.ca/
“My hope is that this project sheds light on the diverse experiences of queer youth, particularly of those of queer youth of colour and on the margins, to bring greater awareness of the work that remains to be done on campuses throughout Ontario concerning LGBTQ+ inclusivity.”
University of Toronto
Allison Burgess (she/her)
Sexual & Gender Diversity Officer- Currently on leave
The U of T Sexual & Gender Diversity Office develops partnerships to build supportive learning and working communities at the University of Toronto by working toward equity and challenging discrimination. The Office provides innovative education, programming, resources and advocacy on sexual and gender diversity for students, staff and faculty across the University’s three campuses.
“This is an important project that thinks deeply about the complexity and intersectionality of LGBTQ+ student wellness across Ontario universities. I am glad to be a part of a project that considers students’ abilities to flourish and succeed while pursuing higher education.”