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Message from Dr. Aitken

In the early weeks of my time here at the College, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting and collaborating with Patrice Callegaro, our pluralism coordinator in the Upper School. It became very clear to me the importance of not only the role in the development of pluralism, but also the intelligence and compassion with which Patrice has approached the position and its place in our community.

I had the opportunity to speak to our students in Laidlaw Hall just last week about respect as an integral part of pluralism and one of the values we hope for in all the students at UCC. Our approach and understanding of pluralism must be rooted in a basic and fundamental respect for one another as human beings. As a school, we feel it is important to affirm the lived experience of the members of our community who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. We owe it to all of our students. We owe it to ourselves.

As you will have heard, we continue to engage students and staff in discussions around pluralism; and as important as the conversations are, they must be complemented with education and action. Patrice is working closely with leaders across the school to ensure that we are preparing curricular connections and action, but also professional learning for employees. This is the beginning of a journey, and although progress has been made, we have a way to go. I am proud to be a part of the journey, not as a passenger, but, I hope, as an active and engaged participant. Pride Week is just one opportunity for understanding, action and celebration.

During Pride Week, which begins October 18, independent schools across Ontario will be raising awareness and celebrating Pride. Together as a community we must engage. We owe it to all of our students.