LGBTQ2IA+ Campus and Community Resources

The University of Guelph has a number of student groups who provide resources, support and social opportunities for LGBTQ2IA+ students.

  • EngiQueers Guelph (FacebookInstagram)
    A student group whose objective is to promote and advocate for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ students and their allies.
  • Guelph Queer Equality (GQE) (Facebook, Instagram, GryphLife)
    A student group aimed at building capacity through social events and offering resources to students.
  • Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity (GRCGED): (Facebook, Instagram, GryphLifeWebsite)
    A feminist groups and community space dedicated to promoting diversity and equity through education, advocacy, resource provision, skill-building, outreach and community building.
  • OUTline (Facebook, GryphLife)
    A confidential support and resource service for individuals with questions relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, online chat and other in-person support programs.
  • OVC Pride Veterinary Community (Facebook)
    A student group based out of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) creating safer spaces for the LGBTQ+ community within OVC and to help raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community within the veterinary profession.
  • Queer and Trans People of Colour (QTPOC) (Facebook, Instagram)
    A student group specific for building community amongst black, indigenous and people of colour who are queer and transgender.
  • Queer Christian Community (QCC) (Facebook, Website)
    The Ecumenical Campus Ministry offers QCC for people who wish to explore the intersection of Christian faith and their LGBTQ+ identities.
  • Student Help and Advocacy Centre (SHAC) (Facebook, Instagram, GryphLife, Website)
    A student run advocacy and referral centre that provides a safe space for students to ask questions and get information.
     

Athletics

There are a number of program offerings through Fitness and Recreation to encourage physical health and wellness. The schedule of programming is usually released a few weeks prior to the start of a new semester. Within varsity level athletics, students can participate in gendered sports aligned with their gender identity. This new policy change is coming directly from U Sports. Students can find a Universal Changeroom with individual change areas, showers and bathrooms as you enter the fitness facilities if you are interested in a non-gender specific change facility.

Name Changes at the University

The University has processes to enable students to update their name and email address to better reflect their identity.
For students without a legal name change, you can submit the Change of Given Name(s) and/or Gender Identity Form. Instructions on how to submit are found directly in the form, as well as information on where this change will be reflected.
For students with a legal name change, you can submit the Change of Legal Name Request Form.

Student Financial Services

If you find yourself in a unique or challenging financial situation, whether because of your sexual or gender identity or another barrier in your life, there are staff at Student Financial Services that can assist with OSAP, bursaries, emergency financial assistance, budget counselling and much more.

Student Wellness

Student Wellness provides a wide range of services to support health, wellbeing, and accessibility. The team is made up of both professional staff and students, including members of the LGBTQ2IA+ community at every level of involvement.

The unique experiences, needs, and perspectives of LGBTQ2IA+ students are integrated into mental health services, supports for survivors of trauma, wellness education, primary health care (doctors, nurses, and other health professions), and academic accessibility. This includes recognition of how experiences of discrimination and inequity can affect health and wellbeing.

Student Wellness is sensitive to many issues relating to sexuality, identity, and relationships. Within Student Wellness, Health Services can provide support for hormone replacement therapy, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Student Housing Services

Student Housing Services is committed to offering an inclusive and safe environment for all. Connect with the SHS staff and/or the Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor about concerns or questions so that they can actively work to address these and support LGBTQ2IA+ students living in residence.