The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community at Algonquin College includes students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds. The Positive Space campaign celebrates this diversity and recognizes the responsibility of our community to work toward being a safe and accepting environment for persons of all gender identities and sexual orientations. The goal of this campaign is to train a network of college personnel to help ensure that all LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff feel visible, supported and knowledgeable about LGBTQ issues and resources on campus. The Positive Space logo that workshop participants display in their workspaces indicates that they are making a conscientious effort to provide support and referrals to anyone with questions about LGBTQ issues on campus.
Among our key contributions to the campaign:
- Positive Space Training Workshops – voluntary training for college faculty and staff
- Annual Poster Campaign – designed to raise visibility, educate the public, and promote on-campus resources
- Unisex (“Family”) Washrooms – a list of unisex or “family” washrooms on campus with a map
- Day of Pink Event – a campus-wide anti-bullying event aimed at raising awareness and providing practical resources and support for all students
- LGBTQ Glossary – a brief list of commonly used language and vocabulary”
- Positive Space Resources – a centralized source of on- and off-campus resources for Algonquin Students from the rainbow community