Campus Pride – Advocacy Community Campaigns for Safe Universities

Project facts

Project promoter:
MozaiQ LGBT Association(RO)
Project Number:
In implementation
Initial project cost:
Donor Project Partners:
Samtökin ‘78 – The National Queer Organization of Iceland(IS)
Other Project Partners
PRIDE Romania(RO)

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Studies indicate that the phenomenon of discrimination is not only present and consistent in Romania, but also that young people are amongst the most affected. In the context of a daily climate filled with hate speech, it’s necessary to create mechanisms in educational institutions to fight against homophobia and transphobia. The analysis of the policies of the major universities in Bucharest, Cluj and Timișoara indicates mere provisions regarding discrimination, taken from the national legislation, without adopting procedures regarding the monitoring and combating discrimination on the basis of sexual and gender orientation or administrative procedures for respecting gender identity of trans people, procedures regarding accommodation for LGBTQIA+  students; creation of a LGBTQIA+ academic fund relevant to university disciplines and research. In the absence of a representative LGBTQIA+ student body, the advocacy actions are limited to legalistic discourse, with no concrete results. The project will change the climate of acceptance of LGBTQIA+ students in the university environment by increasing their capacity to self-organize and create models of university policies. The beneficiaries are 428 young LGBTQIA+ who will be involved in the activities pertaining to evaluating and monitoring LGBTQIA+  acceptance in universities, Campus Pride summer schools, piloting Campus Pride Centers as safe spaces for LGBTQIA+  youth and as adoption models for improvement, as well as running local advocacy campaigns. Moreover the project develops an innovative approach to these issues by piloting a Campus Pride Index to evaluate the university environment for LGBTI students. The project involves the Icelandic organisation Samtökin ’78, who contributes in developing the Index. In addition, the DS partner is invited to attend the Campus Pride Summer School where it will be involved in an exchange of experience and knowledge on topics such as innovative fundraising techniques, advocacy.

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