Diversity and inclusion at USask

The University of Saskatchewan stands for inclusion and diversity, and acknowledges the injustices faced by many in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

As our University Plan 2025 states, our ambition is to be the university the world needs, and the world needs safe and welcoming spaces for everyone. We will lead by example.

Pride Playlist

 Pride Playlist on Spotify

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Show your pride

Pride sidewalk
In previous years, the rainbow sidewalk was located between the Arts Building and the Murray Library Building on the Saskatoon campus. This year, two crosswalks on campus will be painted with pride flag colours.

USask pride shirts, mugs, socks and more are available for purchase in person at the Shop usask Bookstore or online at Shop USask. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the university's queer housing initiative.

Pride flag on campus
The pride flag in 2022 is hung in Nobel Plaza on the Saskatoon campus.
This year, the intersex-inclusive Progress Pride flag will be hung in Nobel Plaza on the Saskatoon campus.
Two-spirit flag
The two-spirit flag will be hung alongside the intersex-inclusive Progress Pride flag.

Events

Saskatchewan Pride weeks  

Peter MacKinnon is lit in a rainbow of coloured lights.
Typically during Pride, the Peter MacKinnon on the Saskatoon campus is lit in a rainbow of coloured lights. This year, the President's Residence will be lit.

Saskatoon Pride
June 12 - 18

Regina Queen City Pride
June 3 – 12

Prince Albert Pride Week
June 4 – 12

USask sponsored events

EDI Discussion Series: LGBTQ2S+ Employees in the Public Sector

June 1, 2022
Time: Noon - 1:30 pm
Location: Delivered by Zoom
Website

Working in the public sector can provide many opportunities and advantages for employees—job security, career advancement, and the opportunity to serve the public and make change in your community. What strategies, policies, or leadership is needed to make the public service a good sector to work in for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community?

Spark Your Pride

June 14, 2022
Time:
12:30 – 9 pm
Location:
Western Development Museum, 2610 Lorne Avenue
Website

Spark Your Pride is a trailblazing partnership between Queer Seniors of Saskatchewan and the Western Development Museum creating a daylong event celebrating the lives of 2SLGBTQ+ people in Saskatchewan in a safe space for all queer communities, their families, and allies. USask is a workshop sponsor of this event.

Drag Queen Story Time for Adults

June 15, 2022
Time: Noon
LocationMurray Library, Groundfloor, USask
Website

This free story time hosted by the University Library will feature local Drag Queen Chelazon Leroux reading stories from the Neil Richards Sexual and Gender Diversity Collection with the kind of flair that only Chelazon can do! The content of the stories will be aimed at adults and will feature adult situations, but all are welcome.

Queer Theory, Gender Diversity, and Sexualities Studies: Panel Discussion

June 17
Time: 2-3 pm

On USask Instagram Live

With guests Dr. Alessio Ponzio (PhD), assistant professor of Modern European History and History of Gender and Sexuality in the College of Arts and SCience; and Rachel Loewen Walker, Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights, in the College of Law.

Saskatoon Pride Parade

June 18, 2022
Time:
Starts at 1 pm (to walk with USask, meet by 12:30 pm)
Location: Downtown Saskatoon, view the parade route (to walk with USask, meet at Spadina Cres. and 24 St. East)

The Saskatoon Pride Parade is back in person this year. All members of the USask community are invited to walk with USask in the parade or support from the sidelines along the parade route (make sure to look for the USSU and USask entries).

Educate yourself

Murray Library Pride display
Look out for curated exhibits and displays in the University Archives and Special Collections office on the third floor of the Murray Library and elsewhere in the Murray and Law libraries.

Academic opportunities

University archives and special collections

The University Archives and Special Collections at USask has a large collection of materials relating to sexual and gender diversity. These materials can be viewed in the University Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of the Murray Library by appointment.

OUTSaskatoon

A curated list of resources covering a range of topics, challenges and experiences.

Saskatoon Sexual Health

Watch more videos to get a preview of what's in the University Library's collection of materials relating to sexual and gender diversity and perspectives on how it can be used.