Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

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 2019 - 2020 

What's New at iSMSS? 

Online Workshops 

iSMSS is happy to offer free workshops in the form of video conferencing through Google Meet and Zoom. Our presentations will cover a variety of different and interesting topics focused on 2SLGBTQ+ topics through. The workshops are open to everyone who is interested in learning more about 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, education, terminology and more!

Contact our fYrefly in School Coordinators and ask them about their workshops!

Evan Westfal                                              Alexandra Marshall
Education Coordinator                               fYrefly in School Rural Coordinator                      

Raise the Roof Campaign 

It's that time of year again! Homeward Trust has choosen CHEW Project YEG as their charity of choice for the Raising the Roof Campaign. Raising the Roof Coporate Kits are now available for purchase. Help us reach our goal of 1000 items sold and $2500 in cash donations. Purchsae toques and hats for your clients, co-workers, or employees and show your coporate social responsibility by directly supporting local programs. 

Coporate Kits are $300 and contains 20 items, including an assortment of toques and ball caps. Proceeds go to CHEW Project YEG.  Email for your coporate kit today! For more information, click here. 

For more information or general inquiries regarding our Programs and Services, please contact:

Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services
Tel: 780.492.0772

We invite you to volunteer with us to help build a more diverse, inclusive, and respectful campus, community, and province. iSMSS has many diverse volunteer opportunities in both Edmonton and Calgary. To learn more about how you can volunteer to help lead social change check out the specific volunteer pages for more information or contact us at

iSMSS has a number of programs that provide support the well being of 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Edmonton and surrounding area.You can support the work we do by making a charitable donation to any of our programs, services, or projects.  For a full list of the programs and services we provide click here. 

All donations to iSMSS are eligible for a charitable tax deduction receipt, from the University of Alberta. To make a donation, click here. 

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