PRIDE Week promotes equity, dialogue, and visibility surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQIA) identities through events focused on community engagement and education at The U.

2016 Pride Week will focus on the idea of safe spaces and how they are created. Each event will examine ways safe spaces provide a type of freedom for the LGBTQIA community and explore aspects and characteristics of these spaces that may exclude some parts of the community.

When it comes to sanctuary spaces for the LGBTQIA community, often times these spaces are found in realms of art, athletics, or various social pockets in the community. Sanctuary spaces offer refuge and a sense of freedom, but what happens when these spaces end up excluding parts of the community or are no longer safe? What are the actual characteristics of a sanctuary space and how do people create their own safe space?