During Helsinki Pride Week, the University of Helsinki will hold a discussion on the psychological safety of minorities, while Helsinki University Library will highlight LGBTQIA+ literature, and flags will be flown for equality on all campuses.
This year, the theme of the Helsinki Pride event is Encounters. The theme is also reflected in a discussion session organised by the University, in which the focus is on how to nurture a sense of solidarity and psychological safety in the gender and sexual minority community at the University of Helsinki.
The University session will be held on Thursday, 30 June at 13.00-14.30. The objective of the discussion is to present and collaboratively consider ways of creating spaces and practices, through a variety of encounters, that promote solidarity and make everyone feel safe and part of an inclusive University community. The event is open to all in Zoom via this link:
Zoom event (in Finnish, but questions from the audience are also accepted in Swedish and English)
13.00 Opening address, Vice-Rector Tom Böhling
13.05 A video on psychological safety
13.10 University Chaplain Laura Mäntylä
13.40 Mathilda Selin (chair, Qaareva student association)
14.00 Panel discussion (participants will be confirmed at a later date)
14.25 Concluding words
14.30 The event ends
As usual, Helsinki University Library will highlight LGBTQIA+ literature. A Pride-themed collection of works will be published in the Helka library database on Helsinki Pride Week (27 June-3 July 2022). It will be available to customers throughout the year. In addition, a Pride-themed event will be held at Guidance Corner in Kaisa House on Wednesday, 29 June from 14.00 to 16.00, and flags will be flown for equality on all of the campuses as per tradition. The Pride Week culminates in a parade on 2 July, in which the University will also participate.