Our Policy

UTMWGEC is a volunteer-run organization, a resource centre that strives to make our campus safer and more accessible for women, trans folks, and non-binary folks. Every volunteer at UTMWGEC is expected to respect the policies outlined below while volunteering at UTMWGEC:


Anti-Oppression Policy

  • UTMWGEC is committed to an anti-oppression policy, affirming it in all its practices, services, programs, literature, and in all its staff, volunteer and client interactions; at all levels and in every facet of its operation, this policy applies.
  • UTMWGEC is committed to a policy of anti-oppression, whether the oppression is on the basis of ethnicity, language, race, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, income, political or religious affiliation.
  • UTMWGEC recognizes that many marginalized groups encounter barriers to full access and participation in the community’s life. Therefore, within its mandate, the organization assumes an active role of advocacy for women’s, children’s, and newcomers’ rights. As residents of Canada, all have a right to full and successful participation and integration into society.
  • UTMWGEC is committed to empowering members of UTM community, enabling them to actively and responsibly contribute to the cultural, social and economic fabric of our city and country.
  • UTMWGEC is committed to supporting its members’ voices and views to help ensure their human rights as they become established in their new environment and continue to learn about Canadian laws, procedures and the policies.
  • UTMWGEC is committed to providing services and programs that are sensitive to the community’s needs and will strive to eliminate all barriers to access and participation in these services.
  • UTMWGEC is committed to traveling a positive path in bridging the gap between members of UTM community and other ethnic and cultural groups in order strengthen the Canadian mosaic and enrich the enjoyment of civic and social life.
  • UTMWGEC will not tolerate discriminatory attitudes, behaviors or practices. The organization’s staff, volunteers and associates will adhere to UTMWGEC’s anti-oppression policies and practices in all of their affiliated endeavors within the organization.


Client’s Bill of Rights

UTMWGEC is committed to building a safe and healthy community, in general, and in particular, through supporting and strengthening the quality of life for members of the UTM community.

All UTMWGEC services, programs, literature, staff, and volunteers adhere to this principle.
Every client and community member who uses UTMWGEC’s services and programs have the right to:

  • Be treated with dignity, courtesy and respect.
  • Expect that UTMWGEC will offer services and programs that are within its capacity and be responsive to the client’s and community’s needs.
  • Receive UTMWGEC’s services, delivered in a manner that is free from discrimination, be it racial, ethnic, religious, or because of gender, sexual orientation, financial ability, age, or disability.
  • Understand that all services and accommodations provided to the client are confidential, and in accordance with law.
  • Expect direct service from UTMWGEC‘s resources or referral to other reputable service providers.
  • Receive information that is current and accurate.
  • Participate in enhancing and commenting on the quality of UTMWGEC‘s programs and services.


Non-Political Organization

UTMWGEC is a non-political organization and does not advocate for any particular political opinion in Canada. UTMWGEC is not affiliated with any political parties in Canada.


What personal data we collect


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An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Your name, email and any information you enter into our contact forms will be collected and stored for as long as we please. If you sent anything to us through our contact forms and you wish to delete your info please let us know by contacting us again and request a “contact info delete process”.


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How long we retain your data

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For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

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