Peterborough ON â€“ (September 7, 2018) â€“ A rainbow of colour was added to Fleming Collegeâ€™s Sutherland Campus this week. Flemingâ€™s main crosswalk was painted with the colours of the rainbow in time for the start of the 2018 fall semester.
â€śThis crosswalk means so much more than just colours, it is a symbol to new and returning students that Fleming promotes acceptance,â€ť said Liam Goodrich, second semester student in Community and Justice Services at Fleming College. â€śThere are many students here with different stories and this crosswalk reassures students that there is a sense of community at Fleming.â€ť
The rainbow crosswalk was painted on the Collegeâ€™s main crosswalk, at the intersection of Fleming College Way and Groombridge Way. President Maureen Adamson, Vice-President Academic Tom Weegar and Mayor Daryl Bennett were among members of the Fleming community that gathered to unveil the crosswalk after the Knights Colour Fun Run on September 7, 2018.
â€śAs a transgender male, I feel it is important for me to be visible for those who canâ€™t be,â€ť continued Goodrich. â€śThis crosswalk will bring students and community members together to educate, create hope and promote safety.â€ť
The passionate student leaders who brought the crosswalk to life at Fleming College saw an opportunity to reach their peers who were isolated or withdrawn.
â€śThe rainbow crosswalk is our passionate proposal to create inclusivity among all students and faculty at our Fleming campuses,â€ť said Rachel Cooper, second semester student in Custom and Border Services at Fleming College.
Fleming College believes that diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of global citizenship, equity and success for students and staff. Flemingâ€™s promise is an inclusive community where students can Learn, Belong, Become and the introduction of the rainbow crosswalk opens the door for an evolving culture of respect.
â€śFleming College promotes a welcoming and inclusive environment for students, staff and guests, and the addition of our rainbow crosswalk will send a message to everyone that our campuses are inclusive of all,â€ť said Shauna Longmuir, Common Semester Coordinator, School of Justice and Community Development. â€śI am so proud of the hard work these students put in and thank everyone in our College community that made this a reality.â€ť
For more information about the rainbow crosswalk, please contact Shauna Longmuir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni.
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