Attend a Workshop… Become a Resource Person
Everyone who volunteers as a Resource Person in the Positive Space Campaign at UBC first participates in a workshop about some of the resources for and issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, transgender, transexual, gender-variant, two-spirit and intersex (LGBQTTI) students, staff and faculty. Once they successfully complete the training session, participants may choose to become Resource Persons and then are given a Positive Space poster or button to indicate that they provide a welcoming space to be open about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of homophobia, transphobia or reprisal. Of course, people who are interested in attending the workshop without becoming a Resource Person are also most welcome. Please see our Workshops page to sign up for a training session.
What are the Responsibilities of a Resource Person?
Display a Positive Space Poster or Button:
- Display a Positive Space poster or button in an easily visible place, preferably at the entrance to your work, study or living space or on your person or backpack. Please make sure that you have told anyone with whom you share space of your intent to join this program. If you share space, affix your name to the bottom of the poster so as to clarify whom in the space is a Resource Person. If you staff a front counter with others, you may wish to create a portable Positive Space poster by attaching your poster to an easily movable stand.
- Report any graffiti, damage or removal of the poster to the Positive Space coordinator so your poster can be replaced.
- Remove the poster from your current work, living or study space if you are moving from that space.
Act as a Resource Person:
- Be trustworthy and sensitive to the needs of LGBQTTI people on campus.
- Respect the confidentiality of people who contact you.
- Maintain an up-to-date list of resources at UBC and within Greater Vancouver. Be familiar with these resources and be prepared to discuss them with others. Also, be aware of upcoming events for LGBQTTI people.
- Be willing to be a compassionate listener, but not a counsellor. Know where to refer people who require more assistance.
- Don’t condone homophobia, transphobic or heterosexist actions in your work, study or living space.
Support and Publicize the Program
- Be willing to explain to others what the Positive Space poster means.
- Consider ways you can address systemic and personal barriers faced by LGBQTTI people on campus.
- Refer friends and colleagues to the program.
What Can I Expect as a Resource Person?
- That LGBQTTI students, staff and faculty may censor their speech less around you, thus enabling you to provide a better service or engage in richer dialogue.
- That people who enter your work, study or living space will anticipate a non-judgmental, open atmosphere.
- That even if you never notice a difference in your interactions with students, staff and faculty, you will still have made a difference by showing LGBQTTI people at UBC that they are welcome and respected here. You will make a personal contribution to improving the lives of many UBC students, staff and faculty by improving the campus environment.
Acknowledgement: Thanks to the Positive Space program at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Some of the information on this page has been adapted from this source.