Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

Pride Week

Pride Week  is a collective celebration of 2SLGBTQ+ 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 2SLGBTQ+, 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 2SLGBTQ+ 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? 

Pride Week will be taking place from March 9th - March 15th! The campus community has come together to organize a series of events to celebrate, honour and highlight our 2SLGBTQ+ community here and abroad! Come out and support your campus community and show some U of A pride!

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Full Event Schedule

  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 U of A Pride Week be the best it can be! 

Pride Parade - Monday, March 9th  

The campus pride parade is a colourful and diverse celebration of LGBTQ2S+ people and communities at the University of Alberta. Show your pride or support with colourful walking entries! The route is wheelchair accessible and an ASL interpreter will be available for the introductions. Everyone is welcome and we encourage people from diverse identities and backgrounds. The parade will be starting outdoors just south of the CCIS building and ending at SUB.

We invite all students, faculty and staff to sign up and march in the campus parade! 






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



Community Partners

UAlberta Pride Week relies on the partnership of community partners to help us continue to host Pride Week each year. We are grateful for the donations and sponsorship from our partners as well as individuals who through there contribution ensure that Pride Week continues to be present on campus.


Fruit Loop Society dedicates itself to supporting and promoting non-profit groups within the LGBTQ2+ community by providing well-respected and popular public events, showcasing local talent and culture. Fruit Loop also aims to educate the general public on current provincial, national, and international LGBTQ2+ issues through its social media channels