Become a resource person
Resource People are faculty, staff, and students who are committed to making UVic a safer and more inclusive space for people of all genders and sexualities. Everyone who volunteers as Resource Person first participates in a PSN Workshop. After the workshop, those who chose to become a Resource Person receive a PSN poster or button to display in their work, study, or living area on campus.
What is my role as a Resource Person?
Positive spaces are locations in which all sexual and gender identities are affirmed and individuals can receive assistance, information, and resources on sexual orientation and gender identity issues from a Resource Person. By displaying the Resource Person card, you become part of a visible network where those with questions or concerns can connect.
- A Resource Person offers assistance and information as well as make resource referrals.
- A Resource Person is not expected to be a counsellor.
- The PSN recognizes that equity issues are interconnected. We encourage Resource People to participate in events at UVic and in the community that focus on any aspect of inclusivity, diversity, or equity.
- We support those who choose to take a proactive role in advocating for inclusivity and equity at UVic.
What can I expect as a Resource Person?
- Queer/trans students, faculty, and staff may censor their speech less around you (they will more openly refer to having a partner, etc.).
- You may be sought out for guidance relating to LGBTTIAQQ services and resources and able to effectively make a referral.
- You will be a role model for others. Your actions may influence others and help them learn how to better speak and act in support of people who are queer/trans.
- People who enter your work, study, or living space will anticipate a non-judgmental, open atmosphere.
- You will be actively making a personal contribution to improving the lives of many students, faculty, and staff at UVic by creating a more inclusive campus environment.
What are the guidelines for acting as a Resource Person?
- Respect each person’s privacy. Please keep all contacts confidential. If issues arise that you need to discuss with other Resource Persons, please do so without disclosing the identity of the person contacting you. Please do not talk about these contacts with persons outside the Positive Space Network.
- Use language that is appropriate to the person who has approached you. Try to avoid using labels that describe someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity if they have not first used the terms to refer to themselves.
- Though you may become a mentor or advocate for a person who seeks your help, you must always maintain clear and professional boundaries.
- Support each other as Resource People.
- Do not take on more than you can handle. If someone contacts you with an emergency or crisis situation, refer them immediately to the appropriate resource.
- If your Positive Space indicator is vandalized or removed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a replacement.
- If you are leaving the University of Victoria, moving within the university, or wish to discontinue your participation in the program please contact us at email@example.com.
How does the PSN support Resource People?
As part of the PSN, a Resource Person will always have support. The PSN website has a copy of the workshop manual and a list of up-to-date, local resources. The PSN Executive is also available to answer questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Every month, Resource People will also receive the PSN newsletter with information about upcoming events on campus.
How do I become a Resource Person?
You can register for an upcoming workshop here.