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Faculty of Education Commitment to Support the 2SLGBTQIA+ community
Faculty of Education
UM united in our commitment to equity, respect, and human dignity
We are proud of our support of Pride Winnipeg and always look forward to taking part in Pride celebrations together with the beautiful Winnipeg Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diverse community.
2023 Pride Winnipeg Parade
Thank you to the hundreds of UM students, staff, alumni, family and friends who came together in allyship and celebration with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and proudly participated at this year's Pride Winnipeg parade with UM.
As part of the UM’s mission to provide a safe and inclusive learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff, we are continuing to expand the number of resources and supports available to members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community on campus.
Connect with a UM faculty member who researches 2SLGBTQIA+ issues
The University of Manitoba has resources available for 2SLGBTQ+ students who are diligently working to achieve their career goals. Specialized resources exist on campus and in the greater community to support 2SLGBTQIA+ groups of employment candidates.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
UM is firmly committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion within our community. All who have the potential for success at our university should have access to it. We respect each other's uniqueness and celebrate our diversity. We recognize inclusion is a right and not a privilege. This statement expresses our ongoing commitment to fostering a culture where all people feel valued, respected and included.
Human rights concerns
If there are concerns about discrimination or harassment, including use of deadnames or misgendering, the Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management (OHRCM) is available to all 2SLGBTQIA+ students, staff and faculty, and can provide assistance through both informal and formal processes to address their concerns.
Name change and pronouns
At UM, we respect the individuality and uniqueness of each member of our campus community. It is the responsibility of every student and staff member to help foster an environment of inclusion and respect on campus. Ensuring that you are using someone’s preferred name and pronoun when addressing them or referencing them in conversation is a simple but important way of showing respect.
Students and staff who are considering a legal name change are encouraged to visit the government Vital Stats site for more information.
Changing your name in Aurora
If you are a 2SLGBTQ+ student who is looking to change your name or pronoun in Aurora, you can do so by clicking the link below. Please note that while students can change their name for Aurora, making this change won’t necessarily alter your personal information in employee contracts or health/vaccine verifications for the time being. We continue to work on extending preferred names across different processes.
Providing a safe environment for 2SLGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty and visitors is a priority at the University of Manitoba. We take a proactive approach to safety and security on our campuses through a variety of programs and security measures.
You don’t have to walk alone. Patrollers at both campuses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through our SafeWalk program. Security Services patrollers can be identified by their blue SafeWalk jackets or shirts with yellow lettering.
SafeWalk patrollers carry photo ID cards.
For a secure escort, call 204-474-9312.
UM Safe app
UM Safe is a mobile safety app that enhances the safety of students, staff and faculty on campus. The app sends safety alerts and provides instant access to campus safety resources.
Emergency Phones on campus
There are two types of emergency phones on campus:
- Code Blue emergency poles
- Emergency Red Phones
When a Code Blue or Emergency Red Phone is activated, Security Guards will be priority dispatched to the location and in most cases, will arrive in under two minutes. While the Security Guards are on route, a dispatcher continues to have two-way voice communication with the caller.
Emergency Red Phones
Emergency Red Phones can be found on almost every floor of every building located at both Fort Garry and Bannatyne campus. These phones provide two-way voice communication with the Security Services department.
Code Blue emergency poles
The Code Blue poles are a welcome sight when walking alone at night on the Fort Garry or Bannatyne campus. The poles are nine feet high and strategically placed at various locations throughout both campuses. They provide area lighting, project a visible blue light 24 hours a day, and provide instant, two-way voice communication with the Security Services department.
Sexual Violence Resource Centre
Sexual violence affects people of all ages, sexual orientations, genders, gender identities, abilities and relationship statuses. We want to build a safe and inclusive campus community where survivors of sexual violence know they can receive the supports they need to succeed, both academically and personally.
The Sexual Violence Resource Centre, located at 537 UMSU University Centre on the Fort Garry campus, provides support, resources, information and referral services for any student, faculty or staff member who has been affected by sexual violence.
Student Counselling Centre’s 2SLGBTQIA+ services
In addition to providing free counselling and mental health support, the Student Counselling Centre offers same-day, brief crisis and emergency services to 2SLGBTQIA+ students in very high distress (e.g., having a panic attack, recently experienced sexual violence, feeling at risk for harming self or others).
If you are in such a situation, go to the main office of the SCC at 474 UMSU University Centre or the Student Services at Bannatyne Campus office during their regular working hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Gender-inclusive washrooms and facilities
Respecting our campus community members means providing facilities that are safe and inclusive to all students, staff, faculty and visitors, regardless of sex, gender or sexuality. Use the Gender-inclusive washroom list to look for an inclusive bathroom near you! More gender-inclusive bathrooms are added regularly.
Jeff Kushner and Randall McGinnis Scholarship
This scholarship will be offered to an LGBT undergraduate student who is enrolled full-time in the Price Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba; has completed a minimum of 36 credit hours of study; has a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0; and has demonstrated leadership skills with a focus on community service. If there are no applicants in the Price Faculty of Engineering, the scholarship may be offered to a student in Geology, Computer Science or Medicine, who otherwise meets the award criteria.
Application deadline: October 1
Lambda Foundation for Excellence
One scholarship for a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in any faculty or school who is conducting or has proposed to conduct research relating to 2SLGBTQIA+ people, their community, values, achievements, art or sports or human rights issues.
Application deadline: October 1
Connect with your community off campus! Here are some local organizations and groups to explore.
Whether you’re a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community or an ally, educating yourself and others is a key component of both self-discovery and creating safe, inclusive spaces. Here are some resources to learn more about topics relevant to the 2SLGBTQIA+ experience.
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