Selkirk College envisions campuses and a society free of LGBTQ2SIA+ prejudice, bigotry and hate. Our vision is to create a fully equitable community of all genders and sexualities that strives for knowledge, challenges barriers, and seeks to empower agents of social change.
Selkirk College works to develop student leaders, campus networks, and future actions to create a welcoming, inclusive school community.
If you identify as LGBTQ2SIA+, or as an ally, and would like to be part of a discussion about key components for effective Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at Selkirk College, please contact Director of Student Development Rhonda Schmitz to arrage.
Trans Connect is a community resource that connects Trans, Non-Binary, Two Spirit, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex People in the East and West Kootenays with educational workshops, support groups and individual support.
Equity - We promote equity for all queer individuals, recognizing that to do so we must honour and affirm all personal identities which intersect and impact LGBTQ2SIA+ lived experiences in the world. In embracing equity, we seek to eradicate the powers that oppress, marginalize, make invisible, disenfranchise, harass, bully, intimidate, harm, abuse, and/or discriminate against LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals and communities.
Community - We nurture and develop a safe, vital, healthy, and evolving community for all LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals, founded on integrity and collaboration while recognizing and valuing differences and seeking partnerships with our allies.
Inclusion - We embrace the full spectrum of LGBTQ2SIA+ experiences, viewpoints, and contributions, celebrating the different nuances and cultural diversity created in the intersections of sexuality and gender with race, ethnicity, religion, class, ability, nationality, and all other identity categories.
Leadership - We empower innovative leaders who both inspire and are inspired by others as they work together to transform the world in a climate of respect and celebration for all LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals.
Respect - We celebrate the value of individuals of all sexualities and genders and we welcome a wide range of opinions and ideas that are grounded in human dignity.