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Volunteer training Pride Centre SFUO

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Pride Centre

on 5 October 2016

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Transcript of Volunteer training Pride Centre SFUO

Green Team
Campaigns Committee
Facilitated by the Advocacy and Equity Supervisor
Working on the campaigns of the PC. This year: the All Gender Washroom Campaign.
Promote this campaign, raise awareness on our campus, and conducts research on policies and related resources.

Events &
Promotion Committee
Facilitated by the Communications Supervisor
Assisting in helping out with events, discussion groups, panels, etc.
Promoting the Centre and events by
class talks

SFUO Pride Centre
Volunteer Training
Guidelines for the Space
•This is a learning space!
•Avoid generalizing and making assumptions
•Allyship is a process, not a single action or an identity
•Maintain confidentiality & don't share other people's info
•Ask questions!
•Anything else to add?
Facilitated by the Outreach Supervisor
Provide assistance in locating books and other resources
Help keep the drop-in space clean and tidy
(ie. ensure that the dishes have been cleaned in preparation for weekly events)
Receive delegated tasks from the Outreach Supervisor, such as replenishing the resource shelves, sorting and coordinating the library-lending program (books and zines), organizing the space, etc. Tasks vary.

Program overseen by the Volunteer Supervisor
Mentors act as a friend, advisor, guide, and role model by
being supportive, encouraging and patient
recognizing that their mentee's experiences are valid and unique
sharing their own experiences and how they dealt with them
Buddy Up Mentors
Getting Comfortable
has the right
to be treated with respect, to be addressed in whichever way makes them comfortable, and this includes pronouns and name

has the responsibility
to treat others with respect, and to participate in creating a safe and positive learning environment
The Pride Centre strives to be a Safer Space. It is a place on campus where everyone is welcome. We strive to create an environment of acceptance and affirmation for LGBTQ+ people within our centre, throughout campus, and in our communities.
The Pride Centre is a Student Service of the SFUO that strives to promote a culture of affirmation through sex-positivity, and celebrate diversity of gender, sex, and sexuality both on and off campus.
Maintain a Safer Space
Greet members
Represent the Pride Centre
You will be acting on the Centre’s behalf!
If asked to make a statement, refer them to the Service Coordinator (Quinn)
Security of the Pride Centre
Members are not allowed in the Centre alone
Make sure that the Centre is closed and locked when empty

Keep all information gained confidential
Member Confidentiality
Do not reference the Centre or events unless the Member does so first.
Information Confidentiality
Includes: names of members, sexual orientation, etc.
Under no circumstances should confidential information leave the Pride Centre
Breaching of Confidentiality
Let the staff know – we need to know so we can take steps to make sure people are okay
May result in the suspension or dismissal of volunteer duties

If you cannot fulfill a commitment, contact the person in charge as soon as possible!
We just need to know, so that we can ensure we have enough people to get things done! Volunteers are an essential part of our services!

Refers to dating or any sort of intimate contact between two or more persons
Fraternization with a person holding a position of trust is a criminal act
Maintaining a Safer Space
Some members might not be comfortable with public displays of affection
Fraternization while ‘on duty’ is not allowed
The Staff cannot fraternize with volunteers
Volunteer Responsibilities
Safer spaces
Safer spaces...
are spaces that try to be as
as possible for everyone. This happens by working to
learn and unlearn
, and challenge oppression. We try to make the Pride Centre a space where homophobia, heterosexcism, transphobia, cissexism, transmisogyny, femmephobia, biphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, HIV stigma, sex negativity, fatphobia, classism, whorephobia, rape culture, mental health stigma, xenophobia, and all forms of oppression are not welcome and are being unlearned. We work to have
respected, affirmed, and valued
. Creating safer spaces is an
ongoing process
, that involves everyone!
Language matters!
The language we use has power! Think about what you're saying, the origins of it, and what it means!
A lot of words we use are homophobic, transphobic, racist, ableist, etc. But we can work to change that!
What are some other words we use, and alternatives to them?
What to do if someone tells you you've said or done something oppressive or hurtful?
Privilege can be uncomfortable to explore sometimes, so
a few things to remember

The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.
Another’s experience does not invalidate your own, but it should and necessarily does complicate your own.
Privilege doesn't mean bad things don't happen.
Privilege happens at the expense of others.
Imagine that your ally card expires at the end of every sentence.

- so you can be present for what they have to say
- as long as they want you to
- that you have caused hurt
- ask for more information or resources if they are willing to share. Ask what they would like you to do.
Move towards resolution
- sharing knowledge and dealing with oppression takes time and energy. What can you do to concretely increase their quality of life? what will you do to put what they've given you into practice?
What would you do if...
Someone uses a term that might make someone feel unsafe?
People are discussing a topic that might be triggering?
Someone makes a direct attack against another person?
Someone generalizes about a certain demographic?
Someone's using pronouns you know are wrong?
Someone is asking invasive questions (including sexuality)?
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