Arc Education

Arc Education is a new initiative that aims to build a group similar to a gay-straight alliance (GSA) in the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Education.

The name "Arc" represents the height of the rainbow, a symbol of diversity and pride in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer (LGBTTQ) community. We see education as being at the "height" of confronting issues and challenges facing LGBTTQ people, and therefore well-positioned as a discipline to contribute to social change.

As a social and research group, we have several purposes:

  • To create a safe space for LGBTTQ students, faculty and staff and their allies in the Faculty of Education;
  • To explore some of the complex issues surrounding sexual and gender diversity faced by stakeholders in education (teachers, administrators, students and so forth); and
  • To guide teacher candidates, educators, administrators, researchers and colleagues on the process of creating a gay-straight alliance in Manitoban schools and other educational venues.


Meetings

Meetings have been scheduled from 4:30 - 5:30 P.M. in Room 228 and will take place on the following dates:

  1. September 22, 2015
  2. October 6, 2015
  3. October 26, 2015
  4. November 2, 2015
  5. January 12, 2016
  6. January 26, 2015
  7. February 9, 2016 (Pink Triangle Day February 14; Campain Day February 10, 2016)
  8. March 1, 2016

This schedule has taken into consideration the academic schedules of B.Ed. teacher candidates, graduate students, Faculty of Education faculty members and staff.


Contact

If you would like to participate in Arc Education, please email robert.mizzi@umanitoba.ca
 

Anyone who is interested in joining the group is welcome. Students, faculty and staff are most welcome to attend. Attendees are encouraged to preview the website www.mygsa.ca so they can obtain a sense of what a GSA does.