UTS Day of Pink is an annual tradition at the school, one that provides our students with the opportunity to express their support of a safe and respectful environment for everyone, both inside and outside our walls. Coinciding with the International Day of Pink, the UTS is also an opportunity for our entire community to demonstrate our commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion.
At this year's Day of Pink assembly, one of our guest speakers, Toronto Councillor Joe Cressy, reminded the audience of the city's official motto, "Diversity is our strength." At UTS, we strive to embody this principle by creating a safe and inclusive space for all students, staff, alumni and visitors. As the primary organizers of and participants in UTS Day of Pink, our students lead the way in this regard. This year, students raised funds for Rainbow Railroad, a non-profit organization that assists LGBTQ+ people seeking safety from state-sponored or state-tolerated violence and persecution. And, as they do every year, UTS students took to the corner of Bloor and Spadina carrying signs and shouting messages promoting inclusion, while also enjoying some complementary food and music.
"It's really important to celebrate equality and inclusion, and this is the perfect way to do it, because it's so fun," says Patrick, a UTS student.
French and German teacher Nicola Townend, meanwhile, describes Day of Pink as an occasion for all people to feel comfortable and proud.
"For me, it's really about the sense of community it generates, because it's one day of super-visibility. A lot of people sometimes feel like they have to be a little more hidden in how they express themselves, whereas on this day it's all out there.
"It's important that it's outside, too, because we get to go outside and engage with our community."