An inclusive environment is one where everyone is respected equally, feels safe, and has access to the same benefits. As a member of the INRS community, you can help maintain inclusive and safe environments for people of every orientation and gender.
Moving to a university environment is a step towards self-affirmation for many people. But is this also the case for members of the LGBTQ+ communities? Are universities welcoming and inclusive environments for people of sexual and gender diversity?
That’s the question the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) asks in the podcast Les voies multiples.
The four-part series (available in French only) highlights six life journeys to raise awareness of the realities and challenges that students, faculty and employees from LGBTQ+ communities face in the academic world. It helps universities and their communities become better allies.
Multiple voices is available on all main listening platforms.
In this first episode, we introduce you to the identity journeys of six LGBTQ+ individuals from the INRS community, that you will hear from throughout this series. Their unique and revealing stories give us insight into the importance of providing safe spaces for people of sexual and gender diversity so they can affirm and take their rightful place within universities.
Mathilde and Steven are two international students who chose Québec to study. Their identity makes them consider their academic experience from a different perspective. How will Mathilde and Steven be received by their colleagues? Who will act as their role model along the way? Listen to their story about their university experience in this 2nd episode.
Based on their experiences as professors and doctoral students, Géraldine and Amélie take a closer look at how far educational institutions have come in terms of inclusion. They also share initiatives that have been put in place, at INRS and elsewhere, to raise awareness about the realities of LGBTQ+ people and to improve universities’ inclusivity.
Maude and Simon explain how people around them can make all the difference in whether or not they feel like they belong in an academic or work environment. It is essential to have a sensitive and caring environment that is open to the realities of people who identify as LGBTQ+.
The project was made possible thanks to funding from the ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec.
The podcast series was produced by INRS and directed by RECréation.
Original music and animation
Recording and mixing
At INRS, we include all variables. Want to help maintain an inclusive and safe environment? Here are some tips*.
*By Géraldine Delbès, professor, and Maude Cloutier, doctoral student in biology at the Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie Research Centre.
One way to create and normalize a space where people can share their pronouns is to start by sharing yours. Sharing pronouns is an important part of respecting everyone’s identity. People with diverse gender identities and gender expressions are not always able to publicly display their identity in their study or work environments, which means that they are often likely to be misgendered.
In some cases, sharing their pronouns may even lead to negative repercussions. Pronoun sharing is a way to support people of all gender identities and expressions in their daily lives and contribute to a safer, more inclusive workplace for the entire INRS community. See the electronic signature template on the intranet.
INRS makes equity, diversity and inclusion an institutional priority. Welcoming, recognizing, and ensuring the safety of sexually and gender-diverse individuals is part of the institution’s commitment to an inclusive environment for its entire community.
Homophobia, transphobia, lesbophobia, and biphobia can negatively affect the academic and work lives of sexually- and gender-diverse people. The consequences of such behaviours are significant: they create an unsafe work environment, increase anxiety, and make people feel unsafe or unwelcome in the community.
In Québec, sections 10 and 10.1 of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
No form of incivility, discrimination, or harassment whatsoever should be tolerated. INRS strongly encourages you to report events as soon as they occur. As set out in INRS’s Harassment, Discrimination, and Incivility Policy, you may file a complaint by sending an email to the Complaints Office.
Do you have questions about equity, diversity, and inclusion? Get in touch with us confidentially.