My Pride: Building Inclusion and Community on Campus

My Pride: Building Inclusion and Community on Campus is an initiative brought to you by Student Life and MUNSU. The My Pride campaign aims to further understanding within the university community regarding issues confronting LGBTQ2S peoples on campus. In fostering this dialogue, we hope to create a culture of care on campus that encourages empathy in our day-to-day interactions thereby providing greater opportunities for academic success. Events will be taking place Saturday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 17.

Building Community: Bannerman Park Event

Student Life and MUN Students’ Union have partnered to bring you a Pride Celebration at Bannerman Park. Come celebrate with a DJ, BBQ and outdoor activities. This FREE event will be happening July 14, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., busing from the University Centre to Bannerman Park and back will be provided. Buses will leave at 10:30 a.m. from the University Centre, at the bus terminal. There is no registration required for this event.

Building Awareness: LGBTQ+ in Focus

This interactive conference is focused on building cultural competence, growing relationships, and working together to foster continued progression of LGBTQ2S rights. This conference will be happening July 17, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., ED-1014. Space is limited, register here by July 16.

8:30 a.m.     Registration

9:00 a.m.     Opening Ceremony

9:15 a.m.     Gender Diversity: Beyond the Myths with Julie Temple-Newhook and TJ Jones

In this presentation, we blend research evidence and lived experience to outline and dispel the dominant myths about trans and gender diverse people. We discuss gender and sexual diversity in the human species, the history of medical research on gender, gender identity development in childhood, the importance of parental support for trans youth, and social and medical transition. Finally, we identify supports and resources and will end our session with a question and answer period.

10:45 a.m.   Break

11:00 a.m.   Listen Up U!: a panel on varying university experiences

Listen Up, U! explores the experiences of campus life through the eyes of LGBTQ2S students and alumni. Panelists in this workshop will take an appreciative inquiry look at the campus environment, including resources and supports, and discuss how these shaped their experience at Memorial. The workshop will be followed by a Q and A session.

12:00 p.m.   Lunch

Lunch is provided. There will be musical entertainment and a poetic performance during lunch.

1:00 p.m.     Just Be Gemma + Talk and Q&A session with Gemma Hickey

'Just Be Gemma' is a documentary film produced and directed by Peter Walsh that chronicles Gemma's journey from one side of the island to the other side of the self. Gemma joins us to talk about their journey, surviving sexual abuse at the hands of a Roman Catholic priest, and how seeing life from two perspectives has made them a better feminist.

2:30 p.m.     Break

2:45 p.m.     Troubling curiosity and examining silence: Building inclusive community in everyday interactions with Dr. Ailsa Craig

This interactive discussion workshop moves beyond the initial necessity of understanding inclusive language to explore different aspects of inclusive and respectful interactions. The session uses the concepts of curiosity and silence as starting points for understanding different aspects of building inclusive community with an awareness of power, privilege, and ethical relations.

4:00 p.m.     Reflection Session

This session hopes to shed light on the changes that the university has made to support LGBTQ2S students and employees in recent years and ones that have yet to be made. We will explore possible solutions to common problems and the ways in which institutions can support all peoples to allow them to thrive on campus. This information will be used in a purposeful and important way.


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