[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On October 12th 2018, UR Pride provided each URSU Candidate with a questionnaire about queer, trans and intersex issues on campus. We provided a deadline of October 15th 2018 at 12:00pm (noon).

Our questions were as follows:

  1. What do you think are some issues that 2SLGBTQIAP+ students navigate on our campus, and how will you help mitigate them?
  2. UR Pride’s fee levy has remained the same for over 5 years, despite the rising needs of students. How would you support a $0.25 fee levy increase for UR Pride to allow us to develop a robust mental health program and increased health and emergency funding pots for U of R students to access? Or, why would you not support a fee levy increase?

  3. The University of Regina is currently reviewing their sexual assault and sexual violence policy. What are your thoughts on the current sexual assault policy in terms of supporting survivors of sexual violence? What suggestions would you make to improve the policies?

  4. Do you support the development of more gender-neutral washrooms on campus?

  5. Would you support the financial involvement of URSU in coordinating a Campus Pride Week, similar to the Campus Pride Weeks that exist at the University of Alberta or Algonquin College?

  6. Would you support a policy requiring all URSU staff, University staff, and faculty to undergo Positive Space Network training or other similar LGBTQ+ inclusion training?

(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 Tuesday, October 16th 2018 at 12:00pm.

(Any questionnaires received after the deadline will not be eligible for endorsement. However, we will still include their answers below.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Candidates for President” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Each candidates answers are provided word-for-word to how they were provided to us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”Sukhdeep Brar” tab_id=”1539626317125-a41ff11b-16ea”][vc_column_text]Sukhdeep Brar did not respond to the questionnaire.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Matt Fedler” tab_id=”1539626317126-6a56cafc-5ea8″][vc_column_text]

Hello,

Thank you for the opportunity to address these important issues, and for all the important work your organization does for LGBTQ+ students here at the University of Regina. I respectfully submit to you my answers to the UR Pride Survey below:

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. A recent study found that LGBTQ+ youth are 3.5 times more likely to attempt suicide, so I believe that a $0.25 increase is more than justifiable in order to meet the needs of students who are in need of additional mental health supports.

3. The University of Regina was given a D+ rating for its sexual assault policy by the advocacy group Our Turn, and I believe that URSU is obligated to work with groups such as Our Turn, UR Pride, and the Women’s Center to hold the University administration accountable and pressure them to improve our policies in consultation with students and staff.

4. 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 currently available locations on campus.

5. As President I would work with UR Pride to raise awareness of the issues being faced by LGBTQ+ students and fully support the Pride movement. I believe that a Pride Week on campus would be an effective avenue to creating a more inclusive community at the University of Regina.

6. 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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Rashad Haque” tab_id=”1539626393614-961fe976-ccc5″][vc_column_text]Rashad Haque did not respond to the questionnaire.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Colton Macdonald” tab_id=”1539626600910-16781f78-bc86″][vc_column_text]Colton Macdonald did not respond to the questionnaire.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Shawn Wiskar” tab_id=”1539626455085-c3699b14-36bf”][vc_column_text]

1. What do you think are some issues that 2SLGBTQIAP+ students navigate on our campus, and how will you help mitigate them?

Some of the major issues I believe facing 2SLGBTQIAP+ students are personal safety, campus supports, and URSU supports. When discussing personal safety, there has been concerns of these students being targeted by campus students and being subjected to verbal and even sometimes physical abuse. My goal would be to ensure there are immediately available staff these students can talk to such as the student advocate and that the university is encouraged to enforce it’s zero-tolerance policy on campus violence. I believe the presence of campus security also needs to be increased outside of the owl and large campus events to ensure the safety of marginalized students. Finally, I believe ursu should provide more support to the student centers including URPride to better promote services offered. This could be done through a monthly spotlight of activities.

2. UR Pride’s fee levy has remained the same for over 5 years, despite the rising needs of students. How would you support a $0.25 fee levy increase for UR Pride to allow us to develop a robust mental health program and increased health and emergency funding pots for U of R students to access? Or, why would you not support a fee levy increase?

I think that with rising costs, the levy should be increased to reflect rising costs. That being said, students must be demonstrated that the increase in costs provides better quality services to students. I believe with how hard URpride works, both of these goals are easily accomplishable.

3. The University of Regina is currently reviewing their sexual assault and sexual violence policy. What are your thoughts on the current sexual assault policy in terms of supporting survivors of sexual violence? What suggestions would you make to improve the policies?

Currently the UofR has a D+ rating on it’s sexual assault policy. This is unacceptable and needs to be changed. The university is making improvements to this policy through it’s working group, but this work is being largely hidden from student input. I believe that any sexual assault policy needs to be fair, impartial, and victim-centered to address the trauma of the assault. I think more student input would be the biggest aspect that would need to be reiterated to the University administration, as many of the students who come through the UofR’s doors are at risk and will face sexual harassment and assault. I think it is also essential that all UofR staff and owl staff who interact with students receive bystander training.

La majorité des blessés étaient des femmes et beaucoup étaient des personnes âgées. Mais la semaine dernière, les données suggéraient qu’une livraison rapide avait eu lieu pendant un an, plus des trois quarts des victimes étant des hommes.

4. Do you support the development of more gender-neutral washrooms on campus?

Yes, there should be atleast one in every building.

5. Would you support the financial involvement of URSU in coordinating a Campus Pride Week, similar to the Campus Pride Weeks that exist at the University of Alberta or Algonquin College?

I would support a partnership between URSU and other groups to help launch a URPride week as long as this initiative is led by 2SLGBTQIAP+ students and not ally’s like myself.

6. Would you support a policy requiring all URSU staff, University staff, and faculty to undergo Positive Space Network training or other similar LGBTQ+ inclusion training?

Yes, many ursu staff and board members are already supposed to do annual training. I would enforce that policy and try to broaden it to owl staff. I also believe that any staff and faculty that interact with students should have Positive space training to deal with the needs of 2SLGBTQIAP+ students.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][vc_custom_heading text=”Board of Director Positions” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]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_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Endorsements”][vc_column_text]

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 2SLGBTQIAP+ students on campus.

In particular, we are especially excited to endorse, based on questionnaire answers and answers given during the All-Candidates forum on Wednesday, October 10th 2018, the following individuals:

President: Matt Fedler & Shawn Wiskar

[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Conflicts of Interest”][vc_column_text]In order to remain as fair and transparent as possible, we would like to share the following conflicts of interest:

  • UR Pride’s Executive Director, Jacq Brasseur, is running for the position of LGBTQ+ Student Representative, and therefore was asked to not complete the questionnaire.
  • Rashad Haque, Candidate for President, is a brother to one of our board members. This board member was not involved in any endorsement of any candidate.
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