Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

Pride Week

Volunteer Opportunities  

Pride Week  is a collective celebration of LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals and communities at the University of Alberta. The planning and implementation of Pride Week is a collaborative effort by students, staff, faculty members, groups, units, organizations, and individuals across U of A campuses. Everyone is welcome and invited to participate - host an event in your area of campus, attend a workshop, walk in the parade, celebrate being LGBTQ2S+, support your colleagues and friends!


Our Pride Week community recognizes and embraces the origins of Pride as a political struggle for the rights, safety, and acceptance of LGBTQ2S+ people, many of whom live at the intersections of multiple forms of marginalization by virtue of not only gender and sexuality, but also race, class, disability, neurological experiences, citizenship, age, religion, place of origin, and more. University of Alberta Pride Week is an opportunity to reflect on our campus and ourselves. What can we celebrate having accomplished?

Volunteer Opportunities  

 In order to provide programming for University of Alberta Pride Week we rely on volunteer and community support. Volunteer roles can include putting up posters and advertising materials, event set-up, making pride week buttons, online promotion, or you can tell us how you would like to contribute! All are simple, low commitment volunteering opportunities that will help UofA Pride Week be the best it can be!

Queer Identities: Love, Life and Light Exhibition 

UAlberta Pride Week is inviting artists to submit artwork for consideration for our Pride Week Exhibition, “Queer Identities: Love, Life, and Light.” The exhibition will take place from March 9th 2020 to March 15th 2020 at the Enterprise Square. We are looking for submissions across all disciplines: paintings, sculptures, 3D works, photography and more! 


Deadline: February 17th 2020 

  • How will I know my work has been chosen?
    Artwork will be chosen through a jury selection consisted of members of the UAlberta Pride Committee. Successful artists will be contacted directly. 
  • If I have more questions, who can I contact?

    Susan Dut 
    Communications & Events Coordinator

  • What is the theme?

    Queer Identities: Life, Love and Light. This exhibition will showcase artwork that depicts positive images of LGBTQ2S+ identities and people. This exhibition aims to showcase art work that reflects Queer love, life and everything in between that exemplify the feelings of joy within the LGBTQ2S+ community. 

  • What types of artwork can I submit?

    Artists can submit all mediums of visual artwork: paintings, photographs, sculptures etc.There will be displays available for 3D work and sculptures. The only requirement is that all work must be ready for hanging and displaying in a professional manner.

  • When is the deadline to submit?

    The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2020.

  • When is the Exhibition?

    The exhibition will take place from March 9th to March 15th in conjunction with UAlberta Pride Week. On March 8th artists, friends, family and community members will be treated to a opening reception and kickoff Pride Week 2020. 

  • Who can submit?

    This call is open to the general public. Artists of all levels are welcome to submit. All work submitted must fit within the theme to be under consideration. 

Submission Form

Queer Identities: Love, Life and Light Exhibition 

iSMSS is looking for LGBTQ2S+ businesses, artists or entrepreneurs to be vendors for UAlberta Pride Week. Come and table at the University of Alberta Farmer's Market (UAFM). This is your chance to sell your artwork and products to students, faculty and staff at the U of A campus. Come out and share what services you provide and how you support the LGBTQ2S+ community. 

  • What is the Pride Week Farmers Market?

    Every Thursday the University of Alberta Farmer’s Market (UAFM) hosts a variety of local businesses, makers and artisans throughout the year. UAFM aims to provide the campus community with local, sustainable and ethical goods and services. 

    In collaboration with UAlberta Pride Week, Sustain SU has partnered to have Pride Week themed farmers market. UAlberta Pride Week aims to highlight and promote local LGBTQ2S+ owned businesses, artists and services.

  • When is the Pride Week Farmers Market?

    Pride Week Farmers Market will be taking place on Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in SUB at the University of Alberta Main Campus. 

  • What type of vendors do you want?
    We would like to highlight LGBTQ2S+ owned businesses, artists and entrepreneurs who would like to sell their merchandise or share information about the services they offer. Priority will be given to those individuals who identify as LGBTQ2S+; however, if you provide services or directly help members of the  LGBTQ2S+ community you can also apply to be a vendor.
  • What is the cost to be a vendor?
    Free. iSMSS will cover the cost. 
  • When is the deadline to apply?
    Deadline is February 30, 2020. After your application has been reviewed you will be contacted directly with the next steps to become a vendor.
Vendor Form



LGBTQ+ is one version of an acronym used to describe groups of individuals across gender and sexual identities. The plus (+) in LGBTQ+ represents the vast array of identities not captured in this short acronym, which is sometimes extended to LGBTQ2S+, LGBTTQIA+, LGBTQ2SIA+, or other variations. Letters in this acronym refer to terms such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, Two-Spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, asexual, and more. Definitions relating to gender and sexual diversity are not fixed, and tend to vary across time, regions, cultures, communities, ages, individual interpretations and identities, etc. For more information, please see here.

iSMSS Programs and Services

The primary goal of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (iSMSS) is to help LGBTQ2S+ youth grow into healthy, happy, and resilient adults. By bringing together research, teaching, service, and community outreach, they offer programs and services to the community, including:

LGBTQ2S+ Supportive Resources 

The Landing 




Peer Support Centre

Sexual Assault Centre

University Health Centre (UHC)

UHC Pharmacy

Counselling and Clinical Services

First Peoples' House

Campus Food Bank

Office of the Student Ombuds