LGBTQ International Student Group

The Centre for International Experience (CIE) and the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) are working together to invite lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) international students at the University of Toronto together for monthly social & educational events.

With the success and courage of students over the 2013-2014 term, the LGBTQ International Student group put on 2 events and facilitated student participation in Pride 2014. We are proud to have brought together over 50 students, and we anticipate supporting more this year!

After the success of our Queer Orientation LGBTQ International Student Lunch, we are currently recruiting for members of our LGBTQ International Student Advisory Committee, and getting ready for our next event on Friday, October 17, 4 – 6 pm (details to come soon).

Join the LGBTQ International Student Group Listserv to stay connected to all of our activities.

Join the LGBTQ International Student Advisory Group

We are currently recruiting a team of students to volunteer on the LGBTQ International Student Advisory Group. This is an excellent leadership opportunity for international students and exchange students at the University of Toronto to increase their involvement and leadership skills.

All interested students are invited to fill out an application form.
Applications are due Monday, October 6 at 5:00 pm.

LGBTQ International Student Advisory Group

Terms of Reference

Vision and Goals

The Centre for International Experience (CIE) and the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) have partnered to support a vision of a strong and vibrant community of lesbian, gay, trans, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) international students at the St. George campus at the University of Toronto.

To achieve this vision, a Student Advisory Group (SAG) is needed to achieve the following goals:
• To discuss the experiences of LGBTQ international students at the University
• To connect with LGBTQ international students on campus to build a community and identify needs
• To plan events and other opportunities to address these needs
• To provide suggestions on how organizations at the university can enhance the experiences of LGBTQ international students

Working with University staff and students, the group will identify areas in which the LGBTQ International Student Group can make a positive impact at U of T. By sharing any ideas or volunteering with the Student Advisory Group, students will aim to value student inclusion, program sustainability, and a supportive community of LGBTQ international students. The student membership is strongly encouraged to volunteer their time by running initiatives, doing research or planning events and/or programs.

Membership

This SAG may be comprised of a minimum of 3 students and a maximum of 10 students. The membership will include staff or identified students at the CIE or SGDO.

The LGBTQ International Student Group is committed to prioritizing U of T’s equity principles in all aspects of our programming and services. We encourage students to apply for this position who will assist in expanding and diversifying LGBTQ student involvement at U of T.

Student participation in at least 80% of meetings will warrant a notation on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Student Advisory Group meetings will meet regularly on a schedule agreed upon by members. Members are asked to hold their position in the group for a minimum of one year to support transition and continuity of group developments.

Meetings and Schedule

This SAG is recommended to meet at least once a month, wherein each meeting follows an identifiable event or community building program. The schedule would result in a minimum of 8 meetings, and 2 meetings in summer as permissible. The meetings may be guided by member interests, with a focus on the following themes:
1. Introductions and purpose of the group
2. Reflections on student experience and needs
3. Creating plans for events and activities
4. Reviewing events and activities
5. Celebrating the group and member involvement

The meetings will usually be 2 hours in length.

How to Apply

Students interested in applying should fill out an application form to state their interest in being a member of the Student Advisory Group.

Deadline to apply: October 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm.