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Pride @ KPU is a campus-wide initiative that aims to provide safer and more inclusive spaces for people of all genders and sexualities. Pride @ KPU ensures all LGBTQ2+ students, staff and faculty feel visible and supported.

In collaboration with Student Health Promotion, we've developed Pride @ KPU web resources for both LGBTQ2+ and allies, as well as demonstrating the ways KPU is showing its Pride.

Click here to find out more about joining KPU in the Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday, July 31

Resources

Pride @ KPU supports the LGBTQ2+ community with resources both on- and off-campus, and supports allies through our FAQ and common terminology use.

Gender Inclusive and Accessible Washrooms

  • Surrey: Arbutus 1814, Main 1895 and Cedar 1256 and 1258
  • Richmond: Room 1436 (near Boardroom 1420)
  • Langley: Room 1802 (near Student Enrollment Services)
  • Tech: Room 1606 (near the café)
  • Civic Plaza: All bathrooms are individual – 1-2 accessible on each floor

Preferred Name

A preferred name is the name that you commonly use that is different from your legal name. While there are many reasons why someone may use a preferred name, it is especially important for trans and non-binary individuals whose well-being can be negatively impacted when their preferred name is not used. As such, Individuals should indicate a preferred name if they want students, staff or faculty to refer to them by a name that is different from their legal name. 

If you would like to apply for a legal name change please visit the Government of BC webpage: Legal Name Change Application

Updating Your Preferred Name

To update your preferred or chosen name, complete the Student Information Change form and submit to Student Enrolment Services

Student email addresses are in the form of firstname.lastname@email.kpu.ca with some variation to account for students sharing the same name. When updating your preferred name, if you would also like to have your KPU email address updated, be sure this is indicated on the Student Information Change form.​

Pride Advocacy Group

Formed in 2020, the Pride Advocacy Group (PAG) is made up of individuals from across KPU (student, employee and KSA representatives), who represent an array of intersectional gender and sexual identities. Our goals are:

  • To support and empower LGBTQ2+ students, staff and faculty at KPU.
  • To increase awareness, affirmation and education around sexual and gender diversity issues.
  • To challenge patterns of silence around LGBTQ2+ issues, as well as help create a more visibly welcoming, safer and inclusive campus community for all.
  • To increase the visibility of, and contribute to the development of, positive, supportive advocates and spaces for LGBTQ2+ students, staff and faculty at KPU.
  • To demonstrate KPU’s commitment to enrich and enliven the diversity of its community, including LGBTQ2+ persons.

The Pride Advocacy Group meets monthly, if you are interested in meeting with us or supporting an initiative, please contact pride@kpu.ca.

Pride Advocacy Initiatives

KPU endeavors to provide learning and working environments that are inclusive and support fair and equitable treatment of all members within its diverse community, no matter their social identity.

Current Initiatives

Over summer 2021, KPU will be painting the Progress Pride flag on crosswalks at Surrey and Langley, a pathway at Tech, a pillar at Civic Plaza and a staircase at Richmond as a physical demonstration of the university's commitment to inclusion.

Find out more about all the Pride Initiatives KPU is involved in, both on- and off-campus.

How Can We Better Support Inclusion?

We want to hear from you! KPU’s Pride Advocacy Group is looking for more ways to support the LGBTQ2+ community and welcomes your thoughts and ideas.

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Allyship @ KPU

An ally is someone who considers themselves a friend to the LGBTQ2+ community. This person does not identify as part of the LGBTQ2+ community, but supports and stands up for people who are.

Learn more

The President's Diversity and Equity Committee

The President's Diversity and Equity Committee (PDEC) is dedicated to furthering the goal of diversity and equity within the KPU community. Members of the Pride Advocacy Group are part of this committee, ensuring LGBTQ2+ voices are represented.

KPU has policies in place to support diversity and inclusivity on campus. For more information about KPU's commitment diversity and inclusion, please visit PDEC.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us.