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LGBTQ2IA+ Student Advising

The Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor supports LGBTQ2IA+ students as they navigate school and their identity. The Sexual & Gender Diversity Advisor can assist you with:

  • Personal matters
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Homophobia and Transphobia
  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Mental health supports
  • Navigating the university system and culture
  • Finding community and belonging
  • Academics
  • Getting connected with peers, resources and supports

Get to know the Sexual & Gender Diversity Advisor

My name is Caleb Harwood (he/they/she), and I am the Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor supporting and advocating for LGBTQ2IA+ students navigating identity and/or bumping up against cisheteronormativity within any facet of life. I have an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama Studies from the University of Toronto at Mississauga, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Adult Development from the University of Guelph, and a Conservatory Diploma from Sheridan College. As a queer individual, I understand the importance that the spaces offering equitable support to LGBTQ2IA+ students must grasp the nuances, uniqueness, and individuality of queer identity. Apart from advising, I also supervise our OUTline staff who run various events, discussions, and spaces for the LGBTQ2IA+ student community and our OUTline Online Chat. I have a commitment that the supports within the Sexual and Gender Diversity Team are mindful of bias and continue to unlearn and relearn how we can better support identities that may intersect with queerness. I look forward to meeting and supporting you during your time at the University of Guelph.

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.