A webinar discussing best and emerging LGBTQ2S+ inclusion practices was held on February 27, 2020. Below are the recorded presentations and slides. The presentations were delivered in English, and unfortunately we do not have the resources to translate them into French. English captions are available for each presentation video.

If you have any questions or comments about the webinar presentations, please contact us at lgbtq2scampusresearch@wlu.ca or contact the presenter directly through their listed email address.

Welcome and Introduction

Presented by Simon Coulombe, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University

LGBTQ2S+ Campus Climate: Highlights from the Thriving on Campus Study

Presentation description: Thriving on Campus is an Ontario-wide study exploring the experiences, wellbeing, and academic development of LGBTQ2S+ university students. This presentation reported on key survey findings about the campus climate and students’ mental health and academic engagement.

Presenter: Michael Woodford (he/him) has been conducting LGBTQ2S+ campus climate research for over a decade. He is the principal investigator for the Thriving on Campus study. Overall, his research aims to support the development of policies and services tailored to needs and strengths of diverse LGBTQ2S+ students. Michael is an associate professor of social work at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Contact: mwoodford@wlu.ca

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2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion: Key Terms and More

Presentation description: Key terms and concepts related to LGBTQ2S+ inclusion were discussed, including processes of exclusion (e.g., heteronormativity, cisnormativity). This presentation also outlined ways that student affairs professionals can respond to and address these forms of exclusion and effectively support LGBTQ2S+ students.

Presenter: Tameera Mohamed (she/her) is a mixed-race, cisgender queer woman who is passionate about challenging oppressive systems and creating more inclusive post-secondary environments. She currently works in the Student Experience department at the University of Guelph, supporting new students in their transition to the university.
Contact: tameera@uoguelph.ca

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Creating Gender Inclusive Learning & Work Environments on Campuses

Presentation description: Campuses are filled with spaces and services that gesture to one’s gender identity and expression. As a result, some members of our community are limited in their access to campus services and experiences. This presentation reviewed several strategies, tools and best practices for increasing gender inclusivity in the built environment on our campuses.

Presenter: David Pereira (he/him) is the Director of the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office at the University of Toronto. He holds a doctorate in Social Justice Education from OISE and has worked as an equity and inclusion educator for over a decade. He has worked in students services since 2007. He teaches in the University of Toronto’s Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.
Contact: david.pereira@utoronto.ca

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Supporting Racially & Culturally Diverse LGBTQ2S+ Students

Presentation description: We must resist the practice of asking students to fragment their identities and complex realities to be visible, engage in resistance, or receive support. This presentation outlined challenges and wise practices against the erasure of students who are often positioned as racially or culturally “other” in LGBTQ+ student spaces and programming.

Presenter: Lauren Burrows (she/her) is a cisgender queer Black activist who has been involved in social change work for over ten years. She has experience as an educator, consultant, and student affairs practitioner and currently works with Wilfrid Laurier University’s, Centre for Student Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. In her work, she relies on adult education principles and anti-oppressive pedagogies to enhance diversity and inclusion.
Contact: lburrows@wlu.ca

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Pronoun Best Practices & Navigating Digital Spaces

Presentation description: This presentation covered best practices pertaining to pronouns. Things one can immediately incorporate into their work were highlighted, as were key considerations for how trans students can navigate barriers in digital spaces at our campuses.

Presenter: Jarred Sanchez-Cacnio (they/them) is a genderqueer racialized student affairs practitioner, whose work for the past 5 years has focused on supporting marginalized students at postsecondary campuses. They currently work as the Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor at the University of Guelph.
Contact: cacnioj@uoguelph.ca

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