LGBTQ+ Students Policy Paper

On university campuses across Ontario, students who are LGBTQ+ face varying levels of discrimination, exclusion, and increased health and safety risks. This policy paper was developed by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) to explore possible policy interventions. In the fall of 2014, OUSA began an extensive research and consultation process to assemble a wealth of information about the experiences, opinions, and satisfaction levels among university students who identify as LGBTQ+ in Ontario. Guided by these student voices, and informed by best practices highlighted in existing literature, this paper offers recommendations to improve equity, safety, and inclusion. Though deep-seated structural factors are the root causes of discrimination and prejudice, it is not in the scope of this paper to offer an academic exploration of these topics. Rather, this paper maintains a problem-solving focus, connected closely to primary research, and offers short-term prescriptions intended to improve the student experiences for LGBTQ+ students.

For more information visit OUSA’s website.

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