What is SOGI?
SOGI stands for sexual orientation and gender identity.
The BC Ministry of Education required all schools to reference SOGI in their Code of Conduct by December 31, 2016 after the BC Human Rights Code added gender identity and expression as a prohibited ground for discrimination (sexual orientation was already a prohibited ground).
SOGI’s goal is to send a message of acceptance to welcome students from different family structures, cultures and the LGBTQ+ community.
Schools are responsible for creating a safe, inclusive learning environment for all students. Yet, 64% of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe at school (Every Class in Every School Final Report, Egale 2011).
The Vancouver School Board statement regarding SOGI is as follows:
SOGI aims to create an inclusive environment by acknowledging the importance of inclusivity through these 10 Key areas.
- Common Language
- Safety and Anti-Harassment
- Dress Guidelines
- Gender Integrated and Inclusive Activities
- Educator Training
- Inclusive Learning
- Inclusive Extra-Curricular Activities
What might my child learn?
Valuing diversity and respecting differences is a part of the BC’s New Curriculum. For young students, that mean seeing themselves reflected in the classroom to develop a sense of belonging. For example, understanding that some kids have a two-parent family with a mom and a dad, other kids might not have a mom or perhaps they have two. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Older students might learn that no student should be limited stereotypes or be teased because of them.
Do you have questions about SOGI or ideas about making the Van Horne PAC more inclusive? Contact Hilary Statton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for more information:
Questions and Answers for Parents and Caregivers of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth
Link Q&A for Parents and Caregivers of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth in Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Punjabi and Vietnamese