This year’s Pride Week format may have changed, but its importance remains the same for the University of Saskatchewan campus community. (Photo: Shop.USask/Bunnyhug Media)

Shop USask and the USask community donate to queer housing on campus

Participating in Pride Week emphasizes many of the values that the University of Saskatchewan (USask) stands for: inclusion, diversity and building a safe, welcoming space for people. With no in-person events, Pride Week at USask looked a bit different this year, but the university celebrated and honoured the occasion as best as the pandemic allowed.

USask has enacted many initiatives on campus in support of the queer community, including the establishment of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Gender and Sexual Diversity, Positive Space and Trans Positive workshops—developed and presented by members of the committee offered to the campus community—as well as significantly increasing the number of inclusive washrooms on campus, just to name a few.

Another important initiative highlighted this year was the queer housing project in USask Residence. Queer housing was launched in September of 2019 and offers queer students an opportunity to live with other queer students in a safe, inclusive and supportive space.

In an effort to support this vital program, USask created Pride T-shirts and totes which were sold at Shop USask. All of the proceeds from the sales went to the queer housing project, with $1,378.96 being donated by Shop USask at the end of June. Further, a donation fund was established this year that allowed people to donate directly to queer housing, raising $800.

USask is proud to continue to be an inclusive and diverse space for people to study and work.

If you would like to donate to Queer Housing please go to: https://donate.usask.ca/online/advancement.php?fund_code=QUEER-SUS

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