The University of Victoria Pride Collective strives to gather as a sustainable, driven Collective that solicits participation from and provides space for folks who experience homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, and/or cissexism and allosexism, as well as intersex folks and folks who are questioning. As an organisation, the University of Victoria Pride Collective works towards the eradication of all forms of oppression in personal, interpersonal, societal and institutional practices through challenging ourselves.
The University of Victoria Pride Collective works to provide a safer space for individuals within and outside of the queer and trans communities, both at the University of Victoria and in the broader communities. The University of Victoria Pride Collective aims to alleviate all forms of oppression and to address a lack of available safer space, community and education regarding queer and trans issues, needs and experiences. The University of Victoria Pride Collective acts as an organisation that facilitates community building through various activities and advocates for issues related to sexual orientation and expression and/or gender identity and expression.
The University of Victoria Pride Collective identifies priorities for the
organisation based upon the following values:
i. Advocacy with and for individuals in queer and trans communities, while being respectful of intersections of identity, experience and oppression;
ii. Striving for anti-oppression while recognizing that all forms of oppression are linked;
iii. Creating safer spaces that are anti-oppressive, and use a framework that challenges racism, ableism, colonialism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism cissexism, classism, xenophobia, and ethnocentrism, while celebrating body positivity, consensual sex, diversity, and different religious and cultural backgrounds and practices.
iv. Ongoing development of safer spaces, events and resources;
v. Respect for individuals’ privacy;
vi. Respect for and inclusion of individual self-identification and self-expression, without making unfounded assumptions or assumptions based on stereotypes, and without appropriating or co-opting identities and experiences;
vii. Ongoing promotion and development of resources and events for a broad variety of topics, including intersections of theory and practice;
viii. Inclusion of sexual orientation and expression and gender identity and expression;
ix. Striving to reach as much of the queer and trans communities as possible at the University of Victoria and throughout the broader communities;
x. Acknowledgment and recognition of histories of oppression, including the ongoing processes and effects of colonization, and understanding that the process of decolonization is a necessary foundation of creating safer spaces'
xi. Acknowledgement of the importance of bodily autonomy, judgement- free health care and reproductive justice;
To provide ongoing, anti-oppressive education and resource development in line with the needs of queer and
trans communities and the University of Victoria Pride Collective
ii. To provide safer space(s), including a broad range of accessible events, resources and outreach
iii. To provide an accessible, welcoming, anti-oppressive and safer space in the office of the University of Victoria Pride Collective
iv. To develop resources and actions aimed to eliminate all forms of oppression both within and outside of the University of Victoria Pride Collective
v. To work on Collective values within a framework of anti-oppression
vi. To maintain a sustainable, anti-oppressive volunteer model under which volunteers are supported by, encouraged by, and accountable to the University of Victoria Pride Collective and queer and trans communities.