Choose U of GImprove LifeNews

LGBTQ2IA+ Student Advising

My name is Jarred Sanchez-Cacnio and I am the Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor.
My pronouns are they/them.

A little about me: I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario where my parents settled after immigrating from the Philippines. I completed my undergraduate degree here at the University of Guelph, and have since lived in British Columbia, New Brunswick, and now back in Ontario. 

Throughout my career, I have dedicated my work into understanding and working to improve the experiences of LGBTQ2IA+ students as they navigate the university system. As such, I know that our experiences in the world as LGBTQ2IA+ folks are influenced by multiple aspects of identity. If you are looking for someone to talk with or connect to, I’m here to listen and provide support. All undergraduate and graduate students can access my support, without the need to self-identify in any particular way. 

As the Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor, I can provide one-on-one confidential advising relating to academic or financial concerns, housing, or personal matters including topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity. I can also let you know about upcoming events for the LGBTQ2IA+ campus community, and help connect with your broader community resources. 

Here are some of the ways I can assist you:

  • Personal matters
  • Academics
  • Finances
  • Exploring and questioning your identity
  • Homophobia, transphobia, queerphobia, and exclusion
  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Housing
  • Employment on or off campus
  • Navigating the university system and culture
  • Graduate studies
  • Finding community and belonging
  • Getting connected with peers, resources, and supports

Please feel free to email me at if you're interested in connecting or setting up a meeting time.

What is an Advisor? 

Wondering what the difference is between the Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor and the Counsellors in Counselling Services? 

An Advisor is a staff member that provides information about the many supports and resources available to students. The Advisor can guide students and assist in navigating the university system. This includes direct support as well as facilitating connections with other campus or community services, explaining and clarifying institutional policies, and describing overarching expectations of students. 

Students can also access Counselling Services in the Vaccarino Centre for Student Wellness.