LGBTQ2S+ Students in the Time of COVID – Resilience in the Face of Challenge

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With classes being cancelled or moved online, employment challenging to find, and students adjusting to limited social contact and life indoors, social distancing has had significant impacts for all post-secondary students.  LGBTQ2S+ students, however, face a unique set of challenges that service providers (including academic institutions) need to understand in order to address.

This webinar seeks to elicit the resilient voices of the LGBTQ2S+ student community as they navigate life, love, and learning in these unprecedented times.  Join us as we discuss evidence-informed suggestions for fostering resilience and explore the unique ways in which the LGBTQ2S+ student body is addressing the needs of their community.  Please note that participants can join anonymously.  


Kirstin McLaughlin (she/her) is an LGBTQ2S+ nurse educator with Camosun College on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.  An LGBTQ2S+ advocate and activist, prior to moving to Vancouver Island Kirstin was the Chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee for the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Pride Past President, and the BC Winter Games first-ever Inclusion Chair in 2018.  She is delighted to work with, and in service to, post-secondary students and LGBTQ2S+ community members.     

Ingrid Handlovsky (she/her) is a continuing faculty at Camosun College situated on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.  Ingrid recently completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in the School of Nursing and her research overarchingly focuses on examining health inequities with a focus on discrimination. Ingrid’s work has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and A UBC 4-year fellowship. As a health professional, Ingrid believes it is her ethical responsibility to ensure individuals, groups and populations have a fair opportunity to attain their fullest health potential (WHO, 2020). Ingrid is an enthusiastic LGBTQ2S+ ally who is honoured to contribute to work that supports the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S+ community members.