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Community Congress: Making Academia Accessible – Join UR Pride and RPIRG on prioritizing all forms of knowledge during Congress 2018

We are so excited about this project!

To compliment the University of Regina’s hosting of the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social SciencesUR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, and the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) are excited to be hosting Community Congress; a complimentary event that prioritizes the knowledge and voices of non-professional academics interested in making academia accessible and creating dialogue about barriers that exist in academia for meaningful participation of all knowledge-holders.

Community Congress will take place from May 27th – June 1st 2018.

Community Congress is, in no way, affiliated with the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The theme for our Community Congress is “Making Academia Accessible”. We’re so excited to invite you to participate with us!

Learn more by clicking here.

#SKPoli Leadership Races

On January 27th 2018, the Saskatchewan Party will elect a new leader. On March 3rd, 2018, the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party will elect a new leader.

The results of these leadership races will have significant impact on sexually and gender diverse communities in Regina and Saskatchewan as a whole. On January 17th 2018, we sent all candidates a list of questions about queer and trans issues in the province, and we wanted to share their answers with you. As soon as candidates respond, we will update this post with their responses.

Here are the questions we asked:

  1. What do you believe are the main concerns of 2LGBTQIAP+ people in Saskatchewan?
  2. Saskatchewan has some of the highest rates of HIV+ in Canada. With recent funding cuts to organizations that work on preventative intervention, how do you intend on increasing support to HIV+ and AIDS organizations in Saskatchewan?
  3. Trans healthcare in the province of Saskatchewan is absolutely abysmal, with healthcare professionals not being armed with the knowledge to properly care for transgender patients. In what ways do you think the Saskatchewan government can better support access to medical services and specialists for transgender patients in the province?
  4. Many jurisdictions across Canada have mandated that students have the right to access GSAs (Gay/Straight Alliances, Gender & Sexuality Alliances) in their schools. Do you believe in supporting students’ rights to developing safe(r) spaces in their learning environments that promote discrimination-free schools for 2LGBTQIAP+ students and teachers? Why or why not?
  5. Unemployment or underemployment is an enormous issue for 2LGBTQIAP+ people. 2LGBTQIAP+ are less likely to be hired, and experience wage disparity in comparison with their heterosexual peers. What sorts of initiatives do you believe that the Government of Saskatchewan can develop or support in order to reduce the rate of unemployment and underemployment in the 2LGBTQIAP+ community?
  6. As of August 31st 2018, Canadians will be able to hold passports identifying their gender with an “x” marker. Many jurisdictions across Canada have changed their vital statistics act to allow for non-binary Canadians to access vital documents with gender-neutral markers. Do you believe that the Saskatchewan Government should update legislation to reflect a congruence with this national legislation?

No candidates have responded yet, but that’s understandable since we gave them the questions pretty recently!

Trans Day of Remembrance 2017

Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is a day that takes place every year on November 20th to memorialize those who have been killed due to transphobic, transmisogynistic, cissexist and transmisogynoir violence. To often, trans people are not remembered in their death in a way that pays respect and offers love to who they truly are. TDOR is about grieving the lives lost because of transphobic violence in our communities, but also about cisgender (non-trans) people making commitments to do better.

Join us on November 20th in the Riddell Centre to remember and memorialize the lives lost due to transphobic violence, and make a commitment to do tangible things that will support trans people on our campus and in our community.

Download the poster here.

For more info, email us here.

Job Posting: Program Coordinator

We’re hiring!

Our amazing Kobie will be moving on to bigger and better things, so we’re looking for somebody to fill her shoes. If you’re interested or know somebody who might be, check out the job posting here:

Download the PDF version of the job posting here


Position: Program Coordinator

Competition Opens: October 5, 2017

Competition Closes: October 27, 2017 at 5:00pm

Description:

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the research, development, and implementation of the programs of the UR Pride Centre. UR Pride’s programming is dynamic, multi-faceted, and ever changing. With new volunteers joining every year, UR Pride’s pool of skills is always rotating. This is important to note because the Centre’s programming tends to be volunteer driven in a way. It is up to the Program Coordinator to recognize this, and adapt UR Pride’s activities accordingly.

Annually, the Executive Director will establish a general outline for programming, and suggest a few key programming areas to focus on. Additional programming will be developed in collaboration with the Executive Director, and active volunteers.

Reporting:

The Program Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

Qualifications/Assets:

  • Bachelors Degree and/or significant related experience in the field of sexuality and gender diversity and equality and human services;
  • Knowledge of the current issues relating to Gender and Sexually Diverse individuals and communities;
  • Volunteer management skills;
  • Organizational skills;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills (English);
  • Able to work with a team and alone;
  • Able to work flexible hours;
  • Conflict mediation skills;
  • Has worked with media; and
  • Knowledge of Google Products and Microsoft Office Suite.

We especially encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, and value opportunities for people identifying within a Gender and Sexually Diverse realm.

Responsiblities:

Program Development

  1. Work with the Executive Director to design and develop programming that serves the needs of a diverse membership.
  2. Take direction from the Board of Directors’ outlined programming priorities.
  3. Establish the current needs and wants of the UR Pride Membership and greater community with respect to GSD Health and Wellness programming.
  4. Review and revise existing programming annually.

Program Delivery

  1. Ensure all programming is adequately staffed.
  2. Collect appropriate data from program participants to monitor program efficacy.
  3. Coordinate the acquisition and distribution of materials needed for program delivery.
  4. Ensure the bookings of workshop presenters, speakers, event venues, and equipment are done in a timely manner.

Finances

  1. Record and report program expenses to the Executive Director.
  2. Ensure that programming expenses do not exceed budgetary allotments.
  3. Work with the Executive Director to ensure programs are funded as adequately as possible, within the means that the UR Pride Centre has access to.

Staff Relations

  1. Participate in the recruitment, appointment, orientation, and management of all programming staff and volunteers.

General

  1. Address communications and walk-in requests in a timely manner.
  2. Oversee that resources and files are kept in an organized fashion.
  3. Maintain positive working relationships with campus and community groups with similar mandates.
  4. To provide leadership to the volunteers in maintaining a positive work environment.
  5. To promote a positive relationship with Membership, the Board, URSU, Student Affairs and the students, faculty, and staff.
  6. To monitor the Centre and ensure that regular repair, maintenance and cleaning is undertaken.
  7. Work within an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-colonialist and feminist framework.

Hours of Work & Salary:

This position is a part-time, salaried position, at the equivalent of 30 hours/week. Set hours of work may vary depending on weekly activities, however the Program Coordinator is expected to keep the office and lounge open from Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm and Friday 11am – 2pm.

These hours will be flexible for a University of Regina student who needs to adjust hours to fit with a class schedule.

The salary will be negotiated with relevant experience and education, within a starting range of $25,000 – 30,000 (CDN).

Performance Evaluation:

Performance evaluations are carried out by the Executive Director, and will occur at three (3) and 12 month intervals.

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to executive.director@urpride.ca by October 27th 2017 at 5:00pm (CST). Hard copies will not be accepted.

2016/2017 Annual General Meeting

We’re super excited to be hosting our 2016/2017 annual general meeting, and we invite all students and community members to attend.

The AGM is taking place from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the URSU Boardroom, on the second floor of the Riddell Centre.

The agenda for this AGM will include:

  • Reviewing the Annual Report
  • Reviewing and accepting the 2016/2017 financial statements
  • Waiving a review and audit for the 2017/2018 fiscal year
  • Adopting new by-laws
  • Electing a new board of directors

If you would like to run for our board of directors, we ask that you fill out this nomination form and submit it over e-mail to executive.director@urpride.ca before October 29th at 5:00pm or bring it with you to the Annual General Meeting on October 30th.

We’re stoked to share this with you, and we hope that you’ll come! If you’re unable to attend, but want to send somebody to represent you, fill out this proxy form.

Any questions regarding this meeting can be sent to contactus@urpride.ca.


Download: UR Pride AGM Poster

Download: Nomination Form for Board of Directors

Download: Proxy Form


AGM Documents:

The following documents will be available at the AGM, in limited copies, but we invite you to bring an electronic copy with you.

Conference Opportunity! C2C: Two Spirit & Queer People of Colour Call to Conversation with LGBT & Allies

We’re so excited to be able to share this great conference opportunity with you. We encourage you to register!

We do offer student and community funding for folks to be able to participate in these sorts of projects. If you are interested in attending this conference and would like financial support from UR Pride, please fill out the appropriate application below and email it to us:

All applications must be received by October 5th 2017 to be considered before the conference. Priority will be given to both students and those who are Two-Spirit, Indigenous & LGBTQ+ and queer people of colour; please feel free to identify yourself as a member of any of these groups in your application.

Student Application | Non-student Application

Conference information is below:

This is a call to conversation. We are gathering scholars, community members, activists, artists, students, youth, and traditional knowledge holders to dialogue on the work being done in two-spirit (2S) and queer people of colour (QPOC) communities. We call on our communities and institutions to act in a spirit of reconciliations.

We are gathering for three days in October to discuss:

  • Where our communities intersect
  • What individual, institutional, and community efforts are needed to reconcile our relationships
  • Relationship-building and coaltion work occuring across our communities
  • How we can celebrate our gifts and achievements
  • How we can more deeply understand and enact the politics and practices of love in community

Winnipeg is located on Treaty 1 land in the heart of the Métis Nation. Winnipeg was the location of the 1990 “Third Annual Inter-tribal Native American, First Nations Gay and Lesbian American Conference” where the term “two-spirit” was affirmed. Given the current political landscape, both nationally and in the US (for example, the Canadian federal government’s identification of 2S issues as a priority area and their announcement that they will make an apology to the queer community for state oppression by the end of 2017; Black Lives Matter’s challenge of the whitewashing of LGBT Pride marches; the regressive social policy reforms underway in the US), we are at an important historical moment that presents both dangers and opportunities for our communities. This conference therefore calls for critical dialogue between 2S and QPOC communities and with LGBT and cisgender heterosexual allies about how best to move forward.

Queer Youth Group is starting!

We’re stoked to have our first Youth Group of the Fall semester on Thursday, September 14th 2017 at 7pm at the UR Pride Lounge!

Kobie has organized a super fun scavenger hunt with the opportunity to win $25 Winners gift cards. Make sure you pop in for it.

Queer Youth Group is a weekly safe space for Two-Spirit, queer, trans, questioning and allied youth (14 – 24) to come hang out and meet each other. You do not have to identify as 2SLGBTQ+ to attend the group.

We can’t wait to see you!

Pop-Up Sexual Health Clinics

We’ve scheduled our Pop-Up Sexual Health Clinics for the Fall 2017 semester.

A big thanks to the nurses at Regina Qu’appelle Health Region for donating their time, and to the Aboriginal Student Centre for offering us their space again this year. A thanks also goes out to Planned Parenthood Regina for providing us with a Nurse Practitioner for the clinics.

The clinics will be taking place in Room 117 in College West on:

  • September 14, 2017 – 1pm to 4:00pm
  • October 12, 2017 – 1pm to 4:00pm
  • November 9, 2017 – 1pm to 4:00pm
  • December 14, 2017 – 1pm to 4:00pm

For more info, click here!

Keep Pride going at the Owl: The ’89 Pride Beer

We’re so excited to announce that The Owl is selling Queen City Pride & Rebellion‘s Pride Beer “The ’89” until supplies last!

The best part about it is that proceeds from every pint sold will be donated to the UR Pride Centre. This means that you can keep Pride going as long as possible, while making a difference on campus.

Check it out, and try the delicious beer!

The ’89 is named after the first Pride parade that happened in Regina, in 1989. People marched without a permit, as it was denied by the Regina Police Service at the time, and some individuals even wore masks out of fear of losing their jobs. Celebrate Pride on campus, and try an ’89!

Download the graphic.

Divas at the Owl 2017 Photos

A big thanks to Erika Gayle Photography for the great photos from Divas!