Pride is moving online because of COVID-19, but Kwantlen Polytechnic University continues to support our diverse and inclusive community in the celebrations.
KPU will be participating in the virtual Vancouver Pride Parade as it is livestreamed on Sunday, August 2, starting at 1 p.m. Many members of the KPU community will also be taking part in the virtual Pride Week events, including a series of anti-racism workshops.
“Although KPU isn’t able to participate as a Toonie Brigade this year due to the pandemic, we are excited to celebrate Pride with a virtual parade entry, made up of a montage of photos submitted by the KPU community,” says Romy Kozak, KPU’s director of diversity.
In the past year, KPU has formed the KPU Pride Advocacy Group, consisting of employees, faculty and students, to further support LGBTQ2+ initiatives and enhance inclusiveness on campus and beyond.
One initiative arising from the work of the group is the scheduling of four Out in Schools workshops, which will be run by the Student Health Promotion team with sponsorship from the President’s Diversity and Equity Committee.
“These workshops aim to increase awareness of LGBTQ2+ issues, and combat homophobia and transphobia,” says Shalini Vanan, manager of sport, recreation and health promotion at KPU.
Pride flags will also be flying at all KPU campuses until August 10. All members of the KPU community are encouraged to participate and support the Pride events. And for those who want to know how they can be an ally, Kozak has some advice.
“Be true to yourself, be as brave as you can, and fight injustice - remember Pride started as a protest, ignited by queer and trans people of colour. Be generous with love and see the beauty in difference.”
Visit Pride at KPU for more information on Pride events, how you can be an ally, terminology guidance, how to contact the Pride Advocacy Group and more.