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Positive Space Kwantlen

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MISSION

The Positive Space Working Group will seek to establish a formal Positive Space Campaign for Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) – its students, faculty, staff and visitors to its campuses – that includes training sessions open to the campus community to gain an understanding of:

  • issues related to homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, cissexism and heterosexism
  • queer and trans* culture and local resources at KPU and in the surrounding communities
  • a recognized designation – following training – identifying participants as Positive Space Campaign members and/or allies
  • how to share this knowledge in the interest of ongoing improvement to KPU policy, communication and support services

 

Spring 2016 Inclusivity Training

This workshop introduces principles of inclusivity to help you make your classrooms, clubs, groups, workplaces a safer and more inclusive space for everyone. Open to all - students, staff, faculty! Through discussion and exercises explore how you understand and perceive diversity. Increase your knowledge and awareness of inclusivity at one of these fall workshops! More information here....
 

Pride Kwantlen Collective

Pride Kwantlen is a collective of queer, trans, gender variant and/or intersex positive folks for all people who are queer, queer- positive, gender-variant and/or intersex. We strive to create a safer space and meet the needs of people who self-identify as queer (including but not limited to people who are Two Spirit, bisexual, lesbian, gay, asexual, and pansexual, as well as people who do not identify with these labels); trans people; those who are questioning their sexuality or gender; those who are struggling with concerns related to intersexuality and supportive partners, friends, family members, and allies.  To find out more about the Pride Kwantlen Collective:
Office: Birch 208A

Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00 PM

Thursdays, 4:00-7:00 PM

 

Kwantlen Faculty Association - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Two-Spirited Executive Representative and Working Group

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer and 2-Spirited (LGBTQ2S)  Working Group will make recommendations on initiatives the KFA should take to advance the diverse interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gendered, queer and 2-spirited faculty members at Kwantlen. The Working Group will also make recommendations for initiatives that can be taken forward to FPSE.
 
More information at: http://www.kfa.bc.ca/committees
 

Coming Soon! Positive Space Facilitator Training!

Coming soon - Train-the-Trainer opportunities for KPU's Positive Space campaign. These sessions are ideal for those looking for a chance to strengthen their leadership, mentorship, and facilitation skills as well as show their commitment to Positive Space.

The 1.5-day training session will be held on Surrey, Richmond, and Langley campuses. Faciltators must be able to commit to hosting a minimum of three Positive Space Resource Person training sessions per year (3 x 3 hour workshop). Questions can be directed to positivespace@kpu.ca

Training session days and times...coming soon!

 

What is Positive Space?

The Positive Space Campaign is made up of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are working to make KPU (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) a safer and more inclusive space for people of all genders and sexualities. Positive Space is a national campaign aimed at ensuring all LGBTQ2s students, staff, and faculty feel visible, supported and knowledge about LGBTQ issues and resources on campus.

What does a Positive Space Facilitator do?

The Facilitator training will prepare facilitators to host 3 hours workshops for Positive Space Resource Persons starting in the fall of 2015. Each facilitator will be required to host a minimum of 2 workshops during the year.

What does a Positive Space Resource person do?

The Positive Space logo that Resource People will display in their work or study space indicates that they are making a contentious effort to provide support and referrals to anyone with questions.

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

May 2014 - The Positive Space Working Group has been struck and terms of reference have been adopted.

The Working Group is currently seeking 3 Faculty representatives to complete its membership. Ideally, representatives will come from the Richmond, Cloverdale, and Langley campuses.

To learn more or get involved, please email positivespace@kpu.ca.

April, 2014 - KPU partners with PeerNet BC to launch Positive Space Campaign.


MEMBERSHIP

The Positive Space Working Group has been established as a partnership between Pride Kwantlen and KPU’s departments of Student Engagement and Human Resource Services.

Committee membership:

  • KSA Queer Liaison
  • 3 Student representatives of Pride Kwantlen
  • Director, Student Engagement
  • 1 Human Resource Services representative
  • 1 Student Affairs representative
  • 3 Academic Department/Faculty representatives

The Working Group should be broadly representative of gender and sexual identities.
Working Group membership must include a minimum of 1 representative from each KPU campus where that campus is considered to be their “home” campus and they spend the majority of their working hours.

The Working Group has the authority to expand its membership as it deems necessary from time to time.