The Capilano Students’ Union holds annual Pride Week programming during the month of March to create fun, safe, and engaging spaces for 2SLGBTQQIA+ members of the Capilano Students’ Union, and to educate members of the university community on the experiences of 2SLGBTQQIA+ students.
Pride Week Cocktail Party
Friday, March 12 • 6:00pm • Register
Pride Week Cocktail Party is an online meeting-style Zoom space will be set up for members of the queer students collective and 2SLGBTQQIA+ community members to gather, socialize, and kick off Pride Week. As a special feature, attendees will be treated to a video bartender preparing a queer-themed cocktail that attendees will be encouraged to prepare themselves.
The first 20 registrants from the North Shore or Vancouver will receive a Pride Week package with cocktail or mocktail ingredients, free of charge, to be able to follow along with the bartender. Door prizes will be made available to randomly-selected attendees, including one prize reserved for attendees who stay until the event closes in order to encourage participant retention.
March 15-18 • YouTube
An online interview series featuring queer elders or leaders in the queer community will be posted on YouTube and embedded on this page throughout the week.
Paris is Burning Watch Party
Friday, March 19 • 6:00pm • Register
CSU will be hosting a live watch-party of Paris Is Burning (1990) with community members – but especially members of the queer students collective and 2SLGBTQQIA+ students – will be invited to watch together as the wrap-up to Pride Week.
CSU collectives represent self-identified members of various constituency groups at Capilano. They meet regularly to work on ways to benefit the students they represent , these activities include:
- organizing events to help students build support and friendship in their community
- executing campaigns to raise awareness of issues facing their group
- facilitating discussions and seminars on important issues in the community
- finding ways to break down stigma in the broader society
- improving accessibility for students to resources, programs and events on and off campus
WHO WE ARE
The queer students collective is comprised of Capilano University students who are queer, trans or allied with queer and trans causes and goals. The collective meets regularly to provide support, discuss relevant issues and organize events both on and off campus.
WHAT WE DO
In the past, the queer students collective has hosted on and off campus socials, guest speakers, trans awareness week events, information tables in the cafeteria and open houses.
The collective is entirely inclusive and open to all students, although allies are not able to vote on proposed resolutions.
QUEER RESOURCE CENTRE
The collective has a regular meeting space and resource centre located in BR 313. While campus is open, students can get the access code to the room by visiting the CSU desk in Library, room 195 or contacting the queer students liaison.
The space serves many useful purposes and is an ideal location for:
- collective meetings
- using the office space (computer)
- relaxing (couches, coffee, tea)
- quiet study
- eating lunch (microwave and fridge)
- checking out the events calendar
- accessing the pamphlet station and information library
- reading our collection of queer-themed books
- free condoms, dental dams, and lube!
Queerphobia and Heterosexism at Capilano University
Unfortunately, discrimination based on gender identification and sexual orientation still exists on campus. For some the threat of being singled out hinders learning ability and emotional health as school space is rendered unsafe. Derogatory comments, the defacing of queer collective posters, the ambiguity around trans inclusiveness and acts of homophobia all contribute to an unhealthy environment for students. As discriminatory attitudes are often rooted in a lack of understanding or education about certain issues, the CSU endeavors to raise awareness for the purpose of creating a healthier environment. All students are encouraged to access the safe space and resources available in the Queer Resource Centre, the peer support group and the counseling department.
The Collectives’ Positive Space campaign looks to transform the whole campus into a positive space for all, a space where the LGBTTIQQ community and allies are accepted and safe. In doing so the collective is looking to raise awareness and increase the capability of students and staff to respond to heterosexism; to work in partnership with departments and offices on campus to provide academic, social and cultural support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning (LGBTTIQQ) students; and to assist those coming out and supply a forum for dialogue about gender & sexuality.