Humber College Lakeshore campus has just opened an LGBTQ+ resource center following a similar unveiling at North campus in 2015, and held its first mix-and-mingle of the year earlier this month.
Natalie Elisha, coordinator of the space located in the newly created Welcome and Resource Centre building on campus, says the facility is a breakthrough.
“This is the first time we have had a dedicated space,” said Elisha. “We ran QTALK last semester but what’s new about this space is that it’s open all the time. Previously we were kind of hopping between different rooms, this space is ours and it’s for the students.”
The LGBTQ+ holds regular drop in hours for students with various organized group activities or just as a place to study and connect with other students. Drop in times are incorporated with information sessions as well as opportunities for students to mix and mingle with others.
The facility also hosts events such as QTALK – a support group for students to share their stories and connect within their school community.
“[It’s] so that LGBTQ+ students can have a safer place to go on campus,” said Elisha. “We know that just based on talking to students that that’s not always the case, sometimes they do run into situations where they are experiencing some types of discrimination or harassment.”
A new QTALK discussion topic is offered each week, as announced in the centre’s weekly emails.
The next event, Feel the Love, will run on Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WELL211. Staff and students are encouraged to pop by as there will be Valentine’s cards, board games and candy cupcakes.
For further information about the LGBTQ+ Resource Center or information about volunteering with the LGBTQ+ Resource Centre, students can email LGBTQ@humber.ca
Lakeshore campus drop in hours are Monday to Thursday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room WEL211. North campus centre drop in hours are Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room E140.