What’s up with that name?

We are the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity, or GRCGED for short.

We had our beginnings in 1982 as the Women’s Resource Centre, and held a prominent place on the University of Guelph campus. Since then,we have continued to offer space, services, information and solidarity to people experiencing marginalization on campus and in the larger community.

In 2007?(or whenever the name change happened), we changed our name to reflect our values our center was more than just a space for women-identified people and also to reflect the intersectionality of the oppressions we were actively working against. We wanted this to be reflected in our name,

We strive to make GRCGED a space that is welcoming to people of all or no genders, including genderqueer and intersex folk. It is equally important that we consciously create a comfortable and inviting space for people of colour and women from diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as folks with different abilities.

We are a feminist group and community space dedicated to fighting oppression and promoting diversity through outreach, education, resources and advocacy on campus and in the region. As sexism intersects with countless other forms of oppression (including racism, homophobia, ableism, classism and colonialism), we are dedicated to providing resources and programming that is meaningful for trans* folks, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, communities of colour, and more! We are continuously and actively working to provide an anti-oppressive space that promotes diversity in all forms. So please, come by our space and chat with our great staff, take a book from our extensive library, or just enjoy chilling on our comfortable couches!

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