QUTE (Queer U of T Employees)



Queer University of Toronto Employees (QUTE) is an employee resource group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) staff and faculty who work at the University of Toronto.  Run by a small team of volunteers, the organizing committee plans a variety of social and networking events.  New volunteers are always welcome.


Upcoming Events

  • QUTE Games Night: Virtual Edition


Contact Us

Get involved with QUTE – New members and steering committee members welcome! Contact our co-chairs at terry.gardiner@utoronto.ca or  mary.stefanidis@utoronto.ca.



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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Employee Resource Group (ERG)?

An Employee Resource Group is an informal network of employees who share a common identity, characteristic, or set of interests.  Employee Resource Groups develop to provide members with opportunities to meet, network and build community.  Employees may participate in initiatives and activities that contribute towards the growth of the network and the workplace environment.


What could an ERG do?

  • Provide a network that supports professional development and mentoring of LGBTQ employees
  • Nurture a network that supports the retention of sexual minority employees
  • Make recommendations for employee recruitment from the LGBTQ communities by identifying new services and outreach opportunities to the LGBTQ communities
  • Make recommendations on approaches to expand and sustain more equitable and positive work environments for LGBTQ employees
  • Respond to the university of emerging concerns, directions and/or opportunities


Why have an LGBTQ-specific ERG?

The University of Toronto is a large and decentralized place of employment, and U of T employees work in incredibly diverse settings, across three campuses.  Many employees have very few opportunities to meet and network with their colleagues across the University.

The establishment of QUTE arose out of a response from employees who were interested in participating in the group.  The group’s establishment was unequivocally endorsed by the senior leadership of the University of Toronto through the Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity.  The first few years of QUTE were made possible through the University Advancement Partnerships and funding from TD Meloche Monnex for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.


What is the organizational structure of QUTE?

QUTE is a relatively informal gathering for employees.  There is a small group of volunteers involved in the organizing committee who help to organize and plan for annual events. New volunteers are welcome.