The idea of a space such as The Landing developed gradually, with student leaders engaging in dialogue around the concept beginning in 2012, or possibly even earlier. These students identified a need to establish a physical space at the University of Alberta that would provide education and support services related to sexual and gender diversity. Such a space would be a dedicated physical centre on campus that would provide consent education, mental health related resources, and support referral services to students, while offering education and awareness to all, including students, staff, faculty, and the broader Edmonton community.
The Landing in its current form emerged through the sustained advocacy efforts of a core group of students, including student leaders Linh Lu and Nicholas Diaz. Through dialogue with Lu and Diaz in 2013, the U of A Students' Union recognized that they could play a key role in the start-up creation of a dedicated student space for gender and sexual diversity. The Students’ Union has since provided an office, student lounge area, and seed funding for the service.
Launched officially in the 2014-15 academic year, The Landing operates programming based on a drop-in space and peer-run student support model. This model is important for the sake of visibility and accessibility to all students on campus. Being in a highly visible and centralized location, The Landing reduces barriers for students accessing both informal and formal support networks through volunteer opportunities, the drop-in location, peer mentorship programming, and referrals to mental health services on and off campus. Having a dedicated student space for gender and sexually diverse communities contributes to feelings of inclusion and acceptance for all members of our U of A campuses, enriching our learning and social environments.
The Landing works collaboratively with other organizations focused on gender and sexuality, such as the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), OUTreach queer student social group, APIRG Feminists at the U of A, Project FU, and more. The Landing’s contributions as a dedicated student space help to fulfill the need for comprehensive and holistic services that meet the institutional, academic, social, and support needs of students with diverse genders and sexual identities.
In October, 2018, at the Landing AGM, students were given the option to vote on whether or not the Landing should approach the Students' Union to absorb the service under their student services department. The AGM vote passed and the Students' Council also approved the request to absorb the service, so now the Landing works closely with the other SU services such as InfoLink, Sustain SU, the Peer Support Centre, and SafeWalk.
We strive to promote gender equity on a broad scale, and advocate for the safety and acceptance of individuals of all genders and sexualities in campus life.
The Landing's mission is to effect meaningful change in the quality of life of students at the University of Alberta who are marginalized on the basis of gender and/or sexuality, by providing support services that are available for all students, and by promoting student-led initiatives to address the needs of LGBTQIA+ communities at the U of A and beyond. These goals rest on four key pillars: Visibility, Support, Inclusivity, and Community.
We value a prominent, physical presence on the main U of A campus so that all sexual or gender minority individuals and their allies are aware of the service and its scope.
We value informed programming that meets gender and sexual minority individuals' needs for emotional and social support, in harmony with other Students’ Union, University of Alberta, and Edmonton area services.
We value safe spaces for all individuals regardless of their race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual and gender identity, or gender expression, and we strive to promote equity within the connections of these aspects.
We value active, sustainable participation and collaboration in our University of Alberta and Edmonton communities.
Monday to Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm via Zoom
4:00pm-7:00pm via Zoom
Closed Friday to Sunday
0-68A Lower Level
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW