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Feb 11, 2019


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Leigh MacKenzie
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Bow Valley College
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Bow Valley College celebrates Pride Week February 11–15 with free, engaging events for learners and staff

Bow Valley College’s Pride Week activities are dedicated to supporting diversity, which matches established values of Respect and Inclusion, our mission of inclusivity, to challenge thinking, remove barriers, provide opportunity and make all learning count.
 
The LGTBQ movement reached a milestone in 2018, celebrating 25 years internationally of advocacy and building bridges to understanding, tolerance and community. Bow Valley College has supported Pride initiatives over the years and this is the first official presentation of a pride week on campus. Although the formal public celebrations are observed in August in Calgary, the college decided to host Pride Week in February to make the activities more accessible to learners and staff.
 
“The week is a chance to reflect, build understanding and foster positive relationships with Bow Valley College’s LGBTQ+ community to create an inclusive environment for all learners and staff,” states Emily Gidden, Manager, Learner Access and Inclusion, Learner Success Services. “Most colleges and universities pick a week that works best for their students rather than aligning it with their city’s Pride parade or week.”
 
Activities range from resource fair and classroom toolkit training, two-spirit understanding with a Siksika Nation member and activist, a history lesson on Calgary’s ‘Queer’ past’, and a midday stellar stage drag show performance that is sure to entertain and amaze. The 6 Avenue SE Plus 30 that links the college’s North and South campuses is also decked out in rainbow colours.
 
For more Pride Week details and information, visit the Bow Valley College website.

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