Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

ISMSS rainbow website banner with a selection of photos on the side and the statement "supporting sexual and gender diversity through research, advocacy, education, community".png

The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (iSMSS) is a non-profit organization and research institute housed in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. iSMSS provides educational programs and services to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community and its allies. Through our partnerships with various local Edmonton organizations such as the Pride Centre, LGBTQ+ Wellness Centre, and Altview we provide direct services from mental health support to 2SLGBTQ+ education to the community

Our programs focus on community outreach and educational advancement specifically for the 2SLGBTO+ community through our educational programs, research, advocacy and scholarship opportunities. The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) works to create a society where all queer and trans people are free of discrimination.

Through our education programs, research, policy development, advocacy, and community services, we strive to:

  1. Empower the 2SLGBTQ+ community to thrive.
  2. Build leaders, particularly among youth.
  3. Build public awareness and allyship.
  4. Advance sexual and gender diversity studies to the forefront.
  5. Create hope

We are unique in that we utilize research to inform our services, and our services drive the direction of our research.

We believe:

  1. All queer and trans people deserve to be free of discrimination.
  2. Through nurturance and resiliency practices, all 2SLGBTQ+ people have potential to thrive.
  3. In the continued pursuit of knowledge as a tool to empower and build capacity.
  4. In grounding our practices in evidence-based research.
  5. We cannot achieve our goals alone but through collaboration 

These annual reports aim to provide our stakeholders an overview of our yearly activities and any new initiatives and major activities we have added within the specified year.

2015 - 2016  2016 -2017 2017 - 2018 2018 - 2019

What's New at iSMSS? 

iSMSS Graduate Scholarships Now Open 


Learn More

Book a Workshop with Where the Rivers Meet 


Learn More

Save the Date: AB GSA Conference 


Learn More

CHEW'S Youth in Need of Winter Coats 


Learn More

Give to iSMSS 

To donate, please click on Donate Now. All donations to iSMSS are eligible for a charitable tax deduction receipt, from the University of Alberta. Your generous support helps us facilitate our programs, services, and research, which you can learn about here. 

Donate Now 

Contact Us

We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can email us at
or leave us a message at 780.492.0772

Connect with Us on Social Media 

Instagram: @ismss_ualberta
Twitter: @ismss_ualberta
Facebook: @iSMSS

iSMSS in the News