Safer Space

What is a “safer space”?

The Pride Centre at the University of Ottawa is committed to creating and maintaining a safer space for students, where we support, encourage, educate, and challenge each other.  Within the Pride Centre, the staff and volunteers will work to protect members from:

 

We actively work to challenge each other on oppressive language, including but not limited to: heterosexism, cissexism, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, queerphobia, HIV-phobia, sex negativity, fatphobia, femme-phobia, misogyny, transmisogyny, racism, classism, ableism, xenophobia, sexism, and linguistic discrimination. We strive to do this in a respectful, tactful, and supportive way that gives members the space to learn, stand up for themselves/each other, and expect the same from others.

Why do we have a safer space policy?

Because of the reality of the queer experience, the Pride Centre will often host discussions about controversial or sensitive topics—for example, religion, politics and “hot” issues in the news.  We encourage our members to express themselves freely, provided they are respectful of the opinions and backgrounds of others.

Our goal is to make everyone feel safe and welcome, and to avoid arguments that are inappropriate for the Pride Centre.  Members and visitors are encouraged to bring any concerns they have to staff or the volunteers, either directly, by email, phone, or through our anonymous suggestion box.

We are committed to protecting your right to a confidential, supportive environment, and we will intervene in situations where we feel that members’ identities, choices, or any other part of their personhood has been disrespected

Our Policy:  Rights and Responsibilities of Members

EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO:

 

EVERYONE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO:

WITHOUT FEAR OF RIDICULE