On June 3, 2019, the Humber community commemorated the beginning of “Pride Month” by hoisting the Pride and Trans flags at both Humber North and Lakeshore campuses.
By raising the flag, Humber community-members demonstrated their support for the LGBTQ+ community and also the overall commitment of the institution to an inclusive and diverse environment. At the North Campus ceremony Chris Whitaker, CEO and president of Humber College, said that while there is much to celebrate, there is more work to do. “We can continue to work to ensure that our employees reflect our diverse and inclusive community, and that everyone feels supported and comfortable to be themselves when they walk into a classroom or an office,” he said.
Humber College has two LGBTQ+ Resource Centres and will be hosting ten events this pride month, says Matthew Travill, Student Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Coordinator.
Senior Dean of the Faculty of Social and Community Services and Lakeshore Campus Principal Derek Stockley spoke at the Lakeshore event. “It’s a time to reflect on everything that we have to celebrate and the healthy and inclusive community we are continuously trying to foster at Humber and beyond,” he said.
Also on hand to mark the occasion and provide remarks at both events were Monica Khosla, IGNITE president, and Yami Msosa, Student Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Coordinator for the BASE (Black Academic Success and Engagement) program.
The flag raising ceremonies were followed by receptions for staff and students at the LGBTQ+ Resource Centres.