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.