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LGBTQI Project Report Update

With the LGBTQI Project concluding nearly a year and a half ago, now is a good a time as any to look back on the progress that has been made to provide inclusive working and learning environments at Victoria.


The LGBTQI Project, conducted by Project Coordinator Connor Mcleod, was a response to LGBTQIA+ students being named one of the seven groups most likely to have met challenges on campus under the Equity and Diversity Strategy.


The project culminated in the LGBTQI Project Report, which provided insight into the experiences of LGBTQIA+ students and staff, and laid out key areas of development in which further action could be taken to transform the working and learning environments to be inclusive of Rainbow communities.


The areas are: infrastructure, education, accessibility, community, health and support, and visibility. The recommendations made in the report each fall under one of these six areas.


Among the first recommendations to be adopted was the one to “create a paid position within the University to manage and coordinate rainbow community development”.


This position is the Rainbow and Inclusion Adviser role, which began early January this year and is currently filled by Georgia Andrews.


A few other key recommendations include the establishment of a rainbow space, support for the multidisciplinary trans-affirmative clinic at Mauri Ora, and increasing the number of all-gender bathrooms on campus.


Some recommendations are at varying stages of development, although it is unknown when implementation will occur and which recommendations are being considered.


There are many recommendations in the report, which highlights those “most frequent and/or perceived to be of great importance” by those consulted.


Consultation was done via five focus groups and one pilot, in-depth interviews with participants, and a Rainbow Hui on November 20, 2018.


These groups consisted of staff, students, and alumni who were all Rainbow-identifying.


The Suggestions


  • Guided support for queer groups on campus.
  • Develop name and gender marker change guides.
  • Develop resources for people working with the queer community.
  • Establish a rainbow “steering group” for continuous consultation.
  • Establish a paid position for rainbow coordination and management at VUW.
  • Review policies and practices.



  • Review ways of delivering education that is being inclusive of queer communities.
  • Impliment accreditation for staff trained in sexual, gender, and sex diversity.
  • Consolidate a list of rainbow resources and research, especially for literature conducted by VUW researchers.
  • Develop support for students and staff researching rainbow communities.



  • Increase the number of all-gender bathrooms on campus and develop a map of their locations.
  • Establish uni-wide tech support for non-binary gender markers.
  • Promote the consistent use of gender markers and preferred names and pronouns.
  • Develop and apply a “rainbow lens” to facility and service use



  • Develop a rainbow space.
  • Develop an opt-in rainbow network.
  • Publish regular newsletters with content from VUW’s rainbow communities.
  • Establish annual rainbow-orientated events.
  • Develop relationships with both local and national tertiary queer organisations. 


Health and Support:

  • Support, evaluate, and report on trans healthcare services at Mauri Ora.
  • Provide rainbow-specific pastoral care.
  • Increase the visibility of queer communities in health and support settings.
  • Ensure queer communities are represented in data collection.



  • Create a guide for queer students at VUW.
  • Increase rainbow representation in everyday life.
  • Produce a university-wide awareness campaign.
  • Support and participate in local rainbow initiatives.


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