Workshop Description:

An interactive workshop designed to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus and to increase the visibility of supportive people and positive spaces for the LGBTQ+ community on campus.

Carleton University Safe-Space Program (CUSSP) is an important University-wide initiative to reduce the impact of homophobia and heterosexism on campus. The program also enhances and supports Carleton’s Sexual Orientation Equality Policy:

Carleton University respects the dignity of all individuals and strives to enhance their ability to fully participate in education and employment at the University regardless of their sexual orientation. Equality and the recognition of diversity on the basis of sexual orientation among faculty, students, staff and associated professionals are sources of human excellence, cultural enrichment and social strength. The University recognizes that a harmonious climate in relation to sexual orientation is essential to the academic, professional and personal development of all of its members.

By creating a resource network and identifying LGBTQ+ positive people and spaces we can work proactively to better the lives of all members of the university.


  • To show commitment for Carleton University’s policy to provide a responsive and open environment that is safe for, and inclusive of LGBTQ+ community
  • To increase the visibility of positive and supportive people and spaces for LGBTQ+ community
  • To provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ community who are questioning their sexual and gender orientations, or those who have been discriminated against because of their identities.

Who Should Participate?

Any student, staff or faculty member is encouraged to participate in the program. Participants have a respect for people of any sexual and gender orientations and want to see a community that has safe spaces for all people regardless of these identities. Anyone is welcome to participate regardless of sexual or gender orientation. Whether or not you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, all participants share a desire to learn more about this community and work to remove discrimination and oppression .

If you have any questions concerning this workshop please feel free to contact the workshop facilitator.

Program Participants – Responsibilities

Participants are volunteers who have attended a Carleton University Safe-Space Information Session and registered with the Program. The responsibilities of participants are:

  1. To display a CUSSP sticker in a place that will clearly identify the space or area as “Carleton University Safe-Space Program “. To remove the sticker when moving out of the space. To report defacement of sticker as soon as it is noticed.
  2. To provide information on the CUSSP program and relevant resources as requested
  3. To maintain confidentiality of people using the Program, even after ceasing to be a CUSSP participant
  4. To the best of your ability, maintain and support an inclusive and discrimination-free space
  5. To increase knowledge of issues and resources relevant to LGBTQ+ people
  6. To remain a subscriber to the CUSSP list-serve and to stay in touch with the Committee and other CUSSP participants


To register for a session email equity@carleton.ca.