[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On March 10th 2018, UR Pride provided each URSU Candidate with a questionnaire about queer, trans and intersex issues on campus. We provided a deadline of March 14th 2018.

Our questions were as follows:

  1. What do you believe are the main concerns of queer, trans and intersex students on campus?
  2. Do you believe that enough is being done to support sexual health initiatives on campus? If not, what
    could be done to improve sexual health on campus?
  3. Do you support the development of more gender-neutral washrooms on campus?
  4. What do you think needs to be done on campus to better support queer, trans and intersex students who also experience xenophobia, colonialism, and/or racism?
  5. What will you do to advocate for better competent health care for queer, trans and intersex students at the University of Regina?
  6. What are the University of Regina’s staff and faculty’s responsibilities to support and promote the
    inclusion of queer, trans and intersex students?
  7. Do you support the requirement for all University faculty and staff to undergo Positive Space Network
    training or other similar LGBTQ+ inclusion training? Please explain why, or why not.

(You can also view a PDF of the document we sent here.)

Please take a look below at the answers provided to us by candidates. We will be sharing our endorsements of candidates by Friday, March 16th 2018 at 5:00pm.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Executive Positions” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_custom_heading text=”Candidates for President” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Each candidates answers are provided word-for-word to how they were provided to us.[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”Matt Fedler” tab_id=”1521137876905-54f8aa98-4825″][vc_column_text]Thank you to UR Pride for the thoughtful questions! I respectfully submit the following answers for the Questionnaire:

  1. I believe that the main concerns of queer, trans, and intersex students on our campus revolve primarily around accessibility and safety. The recent renovations around campus to include gender-neutral washrooms have been an excellent step forward in accessibility, and one which many other universities have also taken. Safety is also a major concern; with the recent rise in hate crimes against queer, trans, and intersex people, this must be something that the university takes in all seriousness to combat. While I
    believe these to be some pressing concerns for queer, trans, and intersex students, we must also listen to the voices of these students to better understand how we can work together to make the University of Regina a welcoming and safe environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexuality.
  2. While I commend the work that has been done on campus in regards to sexual health initiatives, there are still ways that this can be improved. The pop-up sexual health clinics have been a tremendous support to many students on campus, but as they are only offered once a month, these services are still limited; after all, a lot can change in someone’s life in the span of a month. I believe that these services must be provided on a more consistent basis to better accommodate the students, staff, and faculty of the University of
    Regina.
  3. I fully support the development of more gender-neutral washrooms on campus. These washrooms allow anyone of any gender identity or expression to use them without the fear of persecution or harassment, and they must be extended to more than the 10 locations currently available on campus.
  4. I believe that we must recognize that queer, trans, and intersex students who also experience xenophobia, racism, or colonialism experience a unique form of discrimination that other students do not. These issues must be approached with an intersectional perspective. By having an open-door policy to all LGBTQ+ students, we will ensure that these experiences are heard, and we can work together towards creating a safe environment for all students.
  5. As URSU president, I will work closely with URPride in order to form a comprehensive plan for competent health care. I will push for Diversity Training on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity among all staff to ensure that all students are treated with respect and dignity while accessing health care. Ultimately, listening to queer, trans, and intersex students on how to best serve their needs is an absolute must; “Nothing about us without us” is a guiding mantra that must be followed in all aspects of representation and advocacy.
  6. The University of Regina has a responsibility for the safety and inclusion of all students on campus. The staff and faculty must ensure that the campus is safe for all students; this includes Diversity Training on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for all staff and faculty, and the extension of the gender-neutral washroom program. The challenges that many queer, trans, and intersex students face can be quite different from other students, and the faculty and staff must be prepared to handle these properly.
  7. I fully support the requirement of all university staff and faculty to undergo LGBTQ+ inclusion training. The exclusion of LGBTQ+ people continues to be a major issue in academia, and it must be addressed. By making such training mandatory, staff and faculty will gain a better understanding of the unique challenges faced by the students, as well as how to address them in a respectful and productive manner.

Thank you once again.

Sincerely,
Matt Fedler
Candidate for URSU President[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Haris Khan” tab_id=”1521137876906-0fd02d3e-b51b”][vc_column_text]

  1. I think some of the problems that are related to queer, trans and intersex students are Gender-neutral washrooms, Lack of awareness in addressing gender non/binary individuals on our campus by staff, faculties and services providers.
  2. No, We need to do more. We need to do a campaign throughout the academic year and perhaps look towards formalizing URSU’s relationships with Planned
    Parenthood and LGBTQ ADVOCACY GROUPS.
  3. Yes! We need to make our campus a welcoming campus for all the students. We need to ensure that there are appropriate facilities available for all marginalized students on campus.
  4. We need an Equity Week on our campus to discuss problems and issues related to marginalized students groups. This semester, we are organizing the first annual Equity Week 2018 on our campus.
  5. Develop strong ties with the external organizations such as Planned Parenthood to support our LGBTQ students group on our campus. I will advocate for a better health care plan for students that will meet the medical and counseling needs of LGBTQ students in specific.
  6. University of Regina’s staff and faculties should be well educated on the issues
    related to LGBTQ students, that should help to promote and support LGBTQ
    student groups. We need to encourage University of Regina’s staff and faculties members to take part in Pride Prade each year. We should hold people accountable if they don’t follow the inclusion policies! We need to ensure that our campus is a welcoming campus for all the student groups! One united campus for the students!
  7. The short answer to this questions is YES! This will be the first step towards making our campus a welcoming welcome to the student groups! Educate and create awareness!

Best Regards,
Haris Khan[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Oleksandr Tsuprak” tab_id=”1521138698856-4a5440cb-a6dc”][vc_column_text]Oleksandr Tsuprak did not respond to the questionnaire by the deadline.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Vice-President Student Affairs” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Each candidates answers are provided word-for-word to how they were provided to us.[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”Victor Adeolu Oriola” tab_id=”1521138770962-73bb460d-074b”][vc_column_text]

  1. As a member of a minority community, I understand the need and desire for representation. It is important to have leaders and policy makers that are able to empathise with you and see things from your point of view and I would imagine that the queer, Trans and intersex students on campus share that sentiment with me. I must, however, include the caveat that I am not in the best position to comment definitively about what the main concerns are because I respect that it is impossible to know just how hard the fight is unless you have personally fought in the battle yourself.
  2. Sexual health is very important, especially in Saskatchewan where STI rates are high. Most people glean much of the needed knowledge from high school, but there remains a need to do more. The “Red Zone” was a great initiative and I think future sexual health programs ought to emulate its unique promotional style. I have heard that there are places to buy contraceptives on campus, but one change I would make is making them more readily available, such as the Kisik C-store. Having lived in and worked for residence, I can confidently say this would go a long way towards promoting healthy sexual practices on campus.
  3. This is an initiative that I support. There are no strong counter arguments in my mind against not having more gender-neutral bathrooms.
  4. An injustice against one of us is an injustice against all of us. Discrimination in any form is unacceptable and to combat it, we must demonstrate that our campus and our institution have zero tolerance for discrimination. In addition to this, I find it is hard to hold biased views against any group of people when you have a personal experience of what their life is like. To that end, a campaign that brings these issues to light.
  5. Advocating for better healthcare should be a priority for URSU. In addition to increasing the availability of contraceptives and other products that promote good sexual health practices, we should explore the possibility of providing and expanding the counselling services available on campus to include sexual health advice that is quick and anonymous- if one so desires. These reforms will be of benefit to all students, not least the students in the LGBTQ community.
  6. As a publicly funded institution, U of R cannot legally exclude students on account of sexuality or gender identity. Holding staff and faculty accountable to these legal rights is key. It is the responsibility of staff and faculty to ensure that wilful or accidental exclusion on these grounds cannot and does not happen. To this end, it is important for us to review our policies constantly to ensure we’re creating an inclusive environment that enables everybody in our University is able to live their best life.
  7. If we are able to better prepare our staff and faculty to meet the diverse needs of our students, then we should go ahead and do so. It is important to instil in the hearts and minds of everyone that all students are equally deserving of an education regardless of their sexual orientation, nationality, identity, gender or race.

Please contact me if you require clarification on any of the responses I have provided. I’m more than willing to explain and expand if necessary.

Kind regards,
Victor[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Rylan Jensen” tab_id=”1521138770963-0d43ebb5-36e6″][vc_column_text]

  1. I believe that if these students have anything to fear it should be a lack of knowledge or respect for their identity. With issues such as queer, trans, and inter-sex individuals coming up in the news more and more often it is crucial for both students who do, and students who don’t identify themselves in these ways need to be willing to have an open dialogue on terminology and respect for all students.
  2. I’m going to be a little bit blunt here, setting up a table in the middle of a hallway and getting having students come up to it, or be approached can be super awkward. Although this method may reach many students, I feel that a large demographic is being missed. There needs to be more support for sexual health initiatives on campus. For university students sexuality is a huge part of a person’s identity. What we should do is to tackle the stigma around talking about sexuality. Once people are willing to talk about sexuality then the campus will become more inclusive for all students.
  3. I completely do! The more the better! Gender-neutral washrooms are for everyone and it provides a safe location for everyone to do their business.
  4. Students need to know that support is available for you! For victims there are counseling services that both the university and URSU provide.  Again, communication is key, there needs to be a open dialog about these issues on campus. Additionally, students experiencing these issues need to know that they are supported not only by the university, but also by their community and individuals who have experienced similar situations.
  5. I would rather not choose for them what they want, and instead listen to them on what they want and work from there. The VP of Finance and Operations oversees the URSU Health and Dental plan, but as I mentioned before an open dialogue must be reached. I would voice concerns and follow up to make sure URSU does the best we can to support all students.
  6. Staff and faculty job is to support and promote inclusion for all students. Being queer, trans or intersex should not change that role. In this case staff and faculty should learn to use more inclusive language and be educated on the issues that members of the LGBTQ+ community have gone though. This, however, will be a slow-moving issue. Members of the pride community must understand that using inclusive language naturally in a lecture or conversation setting may not be natural to those who are just learning.
  7. YES! The University of Regina should be a safe and positive place that students can be with out fear! I know it is wishful thinking but going through training is a step in the right direction for a more inclusive campus.

I want to be the voice for all students. I have been privileged my whole life and it confuses me how others who are privileged don’t, or wont, try to be more inclusive. University should be a safe space for all people who come to further their knowledge. I also want to state that I am no expert about concerns that the LGBTQ+ community faces, or the solutions that can be found for them, but I am willing to get educated on your concerns and help educate others. For that reason, I would like to sit down with members of this community and talk about issues they face.

I can always be contacted at rylan_jensen@icloud.com feel free to contact me with any questions and/or concerns at anytime![/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Jermain McKenzie” tab_id=”1521138981126-a050dfd0-79c6″][vc_column_text]

  1. We exist in an institution with complex layers of power that is only just beginning to acknowledge the issues experienced by the community. I believe the community wants to live out the beauty of their humanity without fear of any form of violence or discrimination. Safety on campus for members of the community is very important, because the university has not always been welcoming to the community and their concerns. We need to be willing to listen to the concerns of the community and fearlessly advocate for what needs to be done so that they don’t feel unsafe or unwelcome in any space on our university campus. We, who are not apart of the community need to be allies and learn how to support the community without trying to determine for them what it is that they need to feel safe and accepted.
  2. Currently our campus needs a great deal of work in sexual health. Sexual health is more than just ensuring that we are protecting ourselves during sex. A large education campaign needs to be carried out that reaches every student. The fact that we even have one case of sexual assault is one too many, and the reality is that the number is far greater than one. Maybe there needs to be a mandated online course that every first-year student must take. It appears that students coming out of high school are entering with gaps in their knowledge that the university needs to do a better job at filling.
  3. Yes, I most definitely would support such an initiative. I believe it is a positive thing to do, and it will help over time with reducing fear and stigma.
  4. As student representatives, we need to ally ourselves with students who have historically and contemporarily been faced with various forms of oppression. I try my best to see the world through the lens of intersectionality, realizing that oppression cuts across many different identities. We need to ensure that we are not silent when we see issues of discrimination taking place. We need to fearlessly call attention to these issues of racism whenever we see it happening. We also need to acknowledge that the system we exist in was built by a colonial worldview and there are a plethora of commonly accepted patterns of thought and behaviour that are oppressive to racialized people.
  5. Firstly, I would need to be educated on all the gaps that currently exist in the health care that is being provided. Once I have the necessary information then I will ensure to pressure our health care provider to find ways to address the needs of the community that are not being adequately met.
  6. The University of Regina prides itself for being inclusive and encourages its faculty and staff to treat all students fairly and respectfully. The university has various policies in place to ensure that its faculty and staff adhere to the commitment of an inclusive campus. The university also helps with spreading awareness to students who might need to access the services available to the community. However, while the university has taken steps to help the community, and have put in a few gender-neutral bathrooms, I believe that the faculty and staff would be well served having to take a training course on how to respectfully engage with members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  7. As stated in my previous answer, I believe that the university staff and faculty can only benefit from having to take the Positive Network training. The more we learn of the problems and issues that are faced within a community the better allies we should become. If for whatever reason we fail at being better allies, then we have no excuse for any behaviour that falls short of the expected behaviour towards members of the community.  We all have a role to play in shifting society away from all forms of discrimination, but this will only happen by truly listening and learning about the issues being faced by the LGBTQ community, and collaborating with them to solve those issues.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Catherine Pamisaran” tab_id=”1521139157323-b2be5deb-efe4″][vc_column_text]
  1. I believe stigma is one of the main concerns of the LGBTQ+ community on campus. I remember one occasion during my first of university (2015). It was welcome week, I was walking around RIC, looking at all the different groups tabling. I was trying to find a student group related to International Studies. I found RPIRG, I was happy! However, a few tables later I saw UR PRIDE. Looking back, I remember feeling uncomfortable about seeing UR PRIDE’s table. Uncomfortable because I wanted to come up to them and talk about the LGBTQ+ community, but, I felt like if I approach them, the people around will think I am gay. All I was thinking was, I do not want to be stigmatized as a gay person. Today, I still feel uncomfortable, however, not for the reason above. I now feel uncomfortable because, I self-identity as a straight ally, but, I had no courage to talk to the community I supposedly support. That experience taught me that stigma has a real powerful impact to people. Thus, I want to help erase that stigma. I do not want another first-year Catherine.
  2. No. A bold move is to pitch the idea of free sexual health clinic on campus. To make this possible, I propose that URSU coordinate with the University; student centres’; and possibly with the Faculty of Nursing. However, I recognize that creating a new student centre will take time, so for the meantime, I will have to suggest that a more consistent pop-up sexual health clinic on campus is introduced. Moreover, I am not really familiar with all ongoing initiatives to support sexual health on campus, thus, if I win, I will be more than willing to sit down with UR PRIDE and other student centres’ to listen to their ideas.
  3. Yes. I understand that for some that very concept of gender-neutral washrooms is unfathomable. However, the University is a place for people to not limit themselves to their beliefs, but to question it and adapt a better understanding of the world. If we need to host an open-debate about the development of more gender-neutral washrooms, I will be more than willing to support it and be part of it.
  4. I believe that we need to equip our counselling services with better tools to tackle these issues. These tools can be as simple as a workshop or training. I will coordinate with UR PRIDE with how we can make this possible.
  5. My first course of action will be to talk with UR PRIDE. I believe in bottom-up approach to any problem. I cannot be an advocate for better competent health care for the LGBTQ+ community, if I am not able to actually understand what their needs are. I believe health care is not only about sexual health, but is also comprised of mental, social, physical, and so forth.
  6. I believe that it is the University’s responsibility to provide the necessary tools to show support and inclusion of queer, trans and intersex students. These tools can be in the form of training(s) and workshop(s). The University needs to invest on training their staffs and sending them to workshops to help them better understand issues that queer, trans, and intersex students face. Moreover, it can also equip them with the right approach on how to show support and inclusion. Furthermore, providing training and workshops can be the foundation blocks of a University policy about promotion of inclusion of LGBTQ+ students on campus.
  7. I support it. I consider education as the best course of action to combat our preconceived notion about any subject matter.

If given the chance to serve as URSU’s VP of Student Affairs, I intend to introduce a bottom-up approach to promote inclusion of LGBTQ+ students on campus. I believe that no significant change can happen, if no one is willing to listen to the group they advocate for. Thus, my first course of action to help support LGBTQ+ students on campus is to listen to them and coordinate with them and UR PRIDE.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Vice-President Operations and Finance” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Each candidates answers are provided word-for-word to how they were provided to us.[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”Derrick Gagnon” tab_id=”1521139362361-6dcf7357-ec94″][vc_column_text]

  1. From what students have told me is the lack of visible safe spaces on campus. I honestly believe that the besides UR Pride there is really no designated safe spaces on campus. When I say visible what I reference is not everyone knows where UR Pride is, it is tucked away in the corner of the Riddell center. UR Pride being the only safe space on campus, it is also not a large enough space. UR Pride represents queer, trans and intersex student which is not a small number of the student body, those students should have multiple safe spaces on campus where they can be free from judgment. I will continue to work with our student affairs so that folks know can have more than one safe spaces on campus and make those spaces well know to students.
  2. I think that what is currently being done about informing students about sexual health, however, there is always room for improvement. For example, more accessibility, religion, and language can be barriers and stigma around recreational sex. Partnering with UR Pride and the International office to help eliminate those barriers around recreational sex can improve the information on campus.
  3. Yes, I support the development of more gender-neutral washrooms. Currently there are 17 gender-neutral washrooms on campus, however, most are located on the second floor or out of the way. I would like to see more visible gender-neutral washrooms on campus.
  4. I believe raising awareness on campus and generating the conversations by Partnering with FNUniv and international students and UR Pride that experience these oppressions. At the end of March URSU is putting on the first ever equity week. This event will generate the discussion on campus so folks can be more inclusive.
  5. As VP Operations and Finance, The health and dental plan is my responsibility. That is why I’m so passionate about equality in our Healthcare plan. For example, hormones such as estrogen and testosterone are covered by URSU health and dental plan, some are covered by the Saskatchewan health plan. If those hormones are not covered students can apply for the drug exception program that will cover them up to 80 percent. I believe informing the student about the coverage is just one small way of showing our support. Continuing advocating the government to have competent practitioners and gender reassignment surgeries being covered.
  6. It is the staff and the faculties job to promote a safe learning environment for queer, trans and intersex students. The faculties and staff members must be well informed so that they know where to direct students if they can no longer provide competent answers. Therefore, they should all undergo positive safe network workshops.
  7. Similar to my answer to question six, I agree, all staff and faculty to have Positive Space Networking. Again it’s important to have the people well-informed role models because a student will usually seek advice from their professor and it’s important the professor relays reliable information or is able to support a student positivity.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”James Colton Macdonald” tab_id=”1521139362362-7b5e8af0-e202″][vc_column_text]James Colton Macdonald did not respond to the questionnaire by the deadline.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Muhammad Usman Khan” tab_id=”1521139599900-a5297d97-6ff5″][vc_column_text]Muhammad Usman Khan did not respond to the questionnaire by the deadline.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Vice-President External Affairs” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Each candidates answers are provided word-for-word to how they were provided to us.[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”Anthony Gibson” tab_id=”1521139698618-eec6f503-3f46″][vc_column_text]I believe that UR Pride is essential to our campus here in Regina. As a candidate for VP External Affairs in the upcoming URSU election, one of my main goals is to increase the visibility of UR Pride on campus. My priorities would be getting UR Pride involved with Welcome Week, organizing more Sexual Health events on campus, and advocating for a more open campus. Sexual Health is an issue I take very seriously, and I would do my best to advocate for a healthier campus. I would also like to promote the campus as open and welcoming to students of all genders and race. We, as a student body, are stronger when we work together as a team achieving the dream.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Heather O’Watch” tab_id=”1521139698619-2f7c248b-f07d”][vc_column_text]
  1. I believe the main concerns of queer, trans, and intersex students on campus is the lack of inclusion amongst all campuses and their services including our federated colleges; First Nations University of Canada, Campion College, and Luther College. Concerns I have expressed and have seen the lack of support on other campuses or accessibility to those services based on not having them on other campuses. I also believe another major concern is the safety of queer, trans, and intersex students amongst classroom and learning spaces based on the lack of support given from teachers, staff and faculty.
  2. I believe that there can always be more done to support sexual health initiatives and
    education outreach on our campuses in terms of funding, promotion, and partnership amongst all our campuses. The UofR and federated colleges have an advantage of being able to come together to generate a more diverse support amongst each campus but also need the support of faculty and staff.
  3. Absolutely. I strongly support gender-neutral washrooms and have seen other
    campuses across the country make those needed changes to work towards a better
    campus community and I hope that soon all of our campuses steer towards developing more gender-neutral washrooms. Currently we have around 17 gender-neutral washrooms, but that is still disproportionate to the amount of gendered washrooms and I fully support the expansion to our other federated campuses including my home campus.
  4. I think there needs to be more spaces and opportunities of representation given to
    students who face multiple impacts of discrimination amongst our campus and
    communities. Those spaces can look like active campaigns, support groups, and including diverse voices amongst the planning of those initiatives and spaces of
    discussions.
  5. I will advocate for more support amongst all campuses along with the URPride Centre in tackling social stigma and discrimination against LBTQ+ communities including the blood ban that directly discriminates students on our campuses. I will also lend support where needed as an ally and student leader in raising awareness for cultural competence and equity in health care for queer, trans, and intersex students at the University of Regina when engaging with policy makers, governments, and health professionals at my capacity if elected as an executive member of URSU.
  6. I believe the UofR’s staff and faculty should not only support the inclusion of LGBTQ+ community amongst our campuses by actively being conscious of the use of language and discrimination in classrooms and spaces but also by properly reporting those incidencies. I also believe staff and faculty should exercise the use of preferred gender pronouns in classrooms when addressing students and more importantly promote existing services such as the URPride Library or inviting and introducing Positive Space Network to their classrooms each semester.
  7. I absolutely support this requirement. I think as an educational institution we must strive to continue to educate at all levels internally especially if the training is accessible on our campus.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Rishabh Dutta” tab_id=”1521139938718-43812646-42b6″][vc_column_text]Rishabh Dutta did not respond to the questionnaire by the deadline.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Board of Directors” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Only a handful of non-Executive candidates submitted responses. If you do not see a candidates’ name here, it is because they did not respond to the questionnaire by the deadline.[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”Colin Keith – Faculty of Arts” tab_id=”1521140173532-5145eb4d-4ca4″][vc_column_text]
  1. I would think the main concern is to educate the student body so that the campus is a comfortable, accepting and most importantly a safe place for everyone to have the best university experience that they deserve. I think that it is crucially important that the UR Pride Center continues their efforts as they have. I first began my studies at the U of R in 2005 and I can say that I have noticed a change in student’s attitudes and behaviours around campus. Around 2005 it was much more notable to see students using derogatory language in relation to these communities when describing something negatively. I feel that many of the students around this time did so sub-consciously without realizing how hurtful these comments truly were to many people. In subsequent years I can say happily that I rarely ever notice these types of ignorant comments anymore and I would say that has much to do with UR Pride and their efforts.
  2. Considering that the University of Regina received a D+ grade in sexual assault policy I would say that we have much yet to accomplish in terms of sexual health.
  3. I absolutely support this and see it as a necessary facility option for students.
  4. It starts right here with student governance. Candidates and elected student leaders need to be heard by these varying demographics about these very real concerns. I highly suggest that all student’s come out to the all candidate’s forum on Thursday at 3:00pm in the Multi-Purpose and make these concerns a top priority for all candidates across the board to answer. There should be zero tolerance of bigotry, racism, and xenophobia on campus. All students should feel safe and accepted on campus no matter where they are. Furthermore, the University of Regina cannot reach its full potential unless there is a consistent feeling of impactful inclusivity with students coming and going over the years.
  5. The concerns of competent health care for queer, trans, and intersex students is a subject that I would like to gain more knowledge and education about. I hope to meet with UR Pride and be educated on these topics to move forward with them to advocate for adequate health care.
  6. To make all areas of the University safe from physical harm and from verbal abuse. To offer and support mediums of communication to allow UR Pride to continually educate students. To include UR Pride in all campus activities. To take advantage of any educational seminars or courses.
  7. Every student’s university experience is different. Whether you are a 1st year student, a 4th year student, an international student, a queer, trans, or intersex student, or a student with a disability. I think it is crucially important that all student’s and especially those in student governance keep this in the forefront of their mind when assisting in decision making. I feel that the faculty and staff is no different and especially as an authoritative figure. They should have ample training to be able to assist in making the University a comfortable place for all students, so that they can have the University experience that they deserve just like everybody else.

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  1. I can not pretend to know all the concerns of the U of R’s queer, trans and intersex community, but first and foremost, I know I can listen when they want to voice those concerns. As a member of the board, I will always be ready to work with UR Pride and push our executive to address issues and support the community on campus.
  2. I don’t believe that anything we’re doing on campus is enough, and settling into a current strategy as “doing enough” is dangerous. The students’ union should always be looking for new ways to support sexual health initiatives on campus, whether it be tabling in Riddell or the RIC, classroom talks or public speaking events on campus.
  3. I fully support gender-neutral washrooms across campus and would advocate for them if there was ever opposition with URSU.
  4. As a community, we need to move forward more in recognizing that racism is still common on campus. Measures against this are often reactionary, and not preventative. Counselling for students who have experienced homophobia, racism or xenophobia is a fantastic service, but we should be inviting more discussion on campus about racism and how we can prevent it.
  5. It is important for the board to ensure the executive is putting forth the best health plan for all students at the university, and that includes queer, trans and intersex students. As a member of the board I will push for better options across the board, while keeping our plans affordable and to not burden the student body with high costs.
  6. & 7. Faculty and Staff at the U of R have a duty to include and support all of their students from diverse backgrounds and circumstances. Many members of faculty may not be in tune with the modern discourse regarding things like prefered pronouns, which is why I would support faculty undergoing LGBTQ+ inclusion training. We need ensure, as students, that we hold our faculty to high standards of conduct.
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  1. The fear of discrimination is a top concern as is the fear of harassment by other students. Another fear would be more on a personal level with the fear of not being accepted by ones peers.
  2. I think the sexual health clinics are a big step towards helping all students and the fact that opposite-sex sexual relations isn’t made to seem to be the only option. I personally do not know what else needs to be done as on a personal level these clinics have been more than enough so I will end my comment here
  3. Yes. I feel these are a great addition and I cannot wait to see more pop up on
    campus.
  4. These issues I feel are dependant on the individual and as a white student who does not experience this I do not feel I have the proper information to comment fully. Opening up support to students who by students from similar backgrounds might be a great start.
  5. When an issue is brought to my awareness by a student I will work with who I can to help address this issue to those who can make the change wide spread whether it is with the health clinic on campus or dentist I will do what is possible to offer a suggestion that could be useful.
  6. I feel all members of the university deserve to be treated fairly by all. Last semester I had a professor say at the start of the year that if any student had preference to be called by a non-binary title to let him know and he’d do that. I feel all teachers should be respectful of pronouns as it is a small thing to do that means a lot to a student who does not identify with he or she.
  7. Yes. The classroom should be made to feel safe by all. If extra is what it takes to make classrooms more welcoming then let’s do it.
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UR Pride recognizes that every candidate who answered this questionnaire was active and committed to addressing queer and trans needs on campus.

We are excited to support all of these students in their campaign by sharing their perspectives with 2LGBTQ+ students on campus.

In particular, we are especially excited to endorse, based on questionnaire answers and answers provided to UR Pride during the All-Candidates Forum on March 15th 2018, the following individuals:

President: Matt Fedler

VP Student Affairs: Victor Oriola, Rylan Jensen, Jermain McKenzie, Catherine Pamisaran

VP Operations & Finance: Derrick Gagnon

VP External Affairs: Heather O’Watch

Faculty of Arts: Colin Keith

Faculty of Education: Patrick Scherr

Students’ with Disabilities: Katlyn Richardson

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