The Thriving On Campus team is pleased to release our community reports. These reports provide information about the study design and our participants’ demographics and share key findings related to campus climate and student wellbeing and academic success. 

We hope the reports are useful to you in understanding the needs and experiences of diverse 2SLGBTQ+ university students from throughout Ontario.

If you have any questions or comments about the reports, please contact us at  lgbtq2scampusresearch@wlu.ca.


#1: Study Overview & Participant Demographics

This report provides:

  • Details about the demographics of the survey and interview participants and gives an overview of our research methods.

To cite this report, use the following reference:

Thriving On Campus. (2022). Study Overview & Participant Demographics. Wilfrid Laurier University: Waterloo, ON. 


#2: 2SLGBTQ+ Campus Climate: Students’ Experiences on & Perceptions of Campus

This report provides:

  • Findings about students’ experiences of blatant victimization and subtle microaggressions, and their perceptions of campus climate in terms of 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion and safety.
  • Findings about how discrimination and perceptions of campus climate affect students’ mental health, social wellbeing, and academics.
  • Recommendations for campuses to consider as they work to foster the belonging, wellbeing, and academic success of 2SLGBTQ+ students.

To cite this report, use the following reference:

Thriving On Campus. (2022). 2SLGBTQ+ Campus Climate: Student’s Experiences on & Perceptions of Campus. Wilfrid Laurier University: Waterloo, ON. 


#3: Campus Policies, Facilities & Resources

This report provides:

  • Findings from an environmental scan about 2SLGBTQ+ policies, facilities, and resources available on campuses throughout the province.
  • Findings about students’ awareness of the availability of gender-inclusive bathrooms, changerooms, and housing as well as their views about these facilities.
  • Findings about students’ awareness of their institution’s name and gender change policies and their perceptions of these policies.
  • Findings about students’ use of campus-based services, such as health and wellness services, and their perceptions of the services they received.
  • Recommendations for campuses to consider as they work to foster the belonging, wellbeing, and academic success of 2SLGBTQ+ students.

To cite this report, use the following reference:

Thriving On Campus. (2022). Campus Policies, Facilities & Resources. Wilfrid Laurier University: Waterloo, ON. 


#4: The Experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) 2SLGBTQ+ Students

This report provides:

  • Insights about the complex experiences of BIPOC 2LSGBTQ+ students related to various aspects of student life.
  • Information about the importance of campus safety and its effects on BIPOC 2SLGBTQ+ students’ belonging, mental health, and academic development.
  • Recommendations for campuses to consider as they work to foster the inclusion and thriving of BIPOC 2SLGBTQ+ students.

To cite this report, use the following reference:

BIPOC Working Group. (2022). The Experiences of BIPOC 2SLGBTQ+ Students. Thriving On Campus, Wilfrid Laurier University: Waterloo, ON. 


#5: The Role of Disability in 2SLGBTQ+ Students’ Campus Experiences

This report provides:

  • Findings about 2SLGBTQ+ students who reported having a disability or a condition that significantly affects their experiences as a student.
  • Findings on how students’ experiences can affect their wellbeing, belonging on campus, and academic development and engagement.
  • Recommendations for campuses to consider in order to improve campus experiences for students with disabilities.

To cite this report, use the following reference:

Disability Working Group. (2022). The Role of Disability in 2SLGBTQ+ Students’ Campus Experiences. Thriving On Campus, Wilfrid Laurier University: Waterloo, ON.