UNENE members celebrate Pride Month

Students with assorted Pride flags
Image: Ontario Tech Student Life

Universities across the UNENE network host festivities to celebrate the progress and recognize the continued challenges to equal rights and inclusion for LGBTQ2S+ individuals.

JUNE 10, 2021 – Every June, University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) institutions across Canada celebrate Pride Month.

The month-long festivities recognize the progress made to achieve equal rights and inclusion for LGBTQ2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or Questioning and Two-Spirit) individuals, and to affirm and honour their lives.

UNENE members are hosting events and virtual activities, throughout the month, focusing on equity and inclusion. These initiatives provide opportunities to share ideas, find community and promote a culture of empathy across each university campus.

Ontario Tech University has a busy month of programming planned with equity talks, sexual health workshops and a collaborative Pride Night. Ontario Tech’s Office of Student Life will also be sharing quizzes and videos through its Instagram account.  

As well, Queen’s University’s Faculty of Health Sciences launched Pride-inspired Zoom and Teams virtual backgrounds, among several initiatives and events taking place across the institution.

McMaster University Library put together a special online resource with recommended readings on the history and inspiring figures behind the global Pride movement.

Among its busy schedule of events, University of Toronto will host its second annual Pride Pitch event where LGBTQ2S+ can showcase their innovative business ideas for the chance to win prizes.

University of Saskatchewan hosts a virtual Pride Week (June 14-19) that will include a series of educational and celebratory events including sponsorship of a global panel on trans rights (June 17), among other activities.

Pride Month takes place in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York City in June 1969. The riots served as a defining moment for the gay rights movement and LGBTQ2S+ activism. UNENE and its members are committed to on-going development and improvement in the application of equity, diversity and inclusion principles in our programming.