LGBTQ2S+ Affinity Network

Affinity networks are spaces that offer an opportunity to gather and build community around shared identities and similar experiences. Inter-school affinity networks, like the CIS Ontario LGBTQ2S+ Affinity Network, can offer a sense of belonging in ways that a school environment may not able to, either because there is a lack of representation in staff and student populations, or because identifies may not be affirmed through policy, procedures or curriculum.

The LGBTQ2S+ Affinity Network is a space for those that identify as members based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. This is not a space to learn about the LGBTQ2S+ community. It is a space for people who identify as LGBTQ2S+.

It is our hope that the inaugural meeting on November 17, 2021 will provide an opportunity for individuals to engage in important conversations and will create a new inter-school community to connect employees from CIS Ontario member schools. 

If this is a space for you, please consider joining us so that we can share, give testimony to our experiences, and support one another.

The LGBTQ2S+ Affinity Network will meet on Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. during the 2021-2022 school year.

Meeting dates are:

  • November 17, 2021
  • December 15, 2021
  • January 19, 2022
  • February 16, 2022
  • April 20, 2022
  • May 18, 2022
  • June 15, 2022

In addition to emailed invitations to join meetings, members of the LGBTQ2S+ Affinity Network are also invited to access the LGBTQ2S+ Affinity Network dashboard on the CIS Ontario member portal. This online resource includes discussion boards, links and announcements about upcoming meetings and events.

NETWORK LEADS

Patrice Callegaro
(they, them)
Upper Canada College

Reed Patterson
(he/him/they/them)
St. Clement's School

For additional information, please contact:
 
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager
slittle@cisontario.ca
647-330-8622