USQ Update

USQ Update

Diversity & Equity Committee Initiatives

Introduction to the new diversity & equity committee and initiatives this team is rolling out for USQ.

USQ is proud to officially roll out initiatives brought on by our new Diversity & Equity committee. Our sport is rooted in providing a safe space for people of all backgrounds to come together to compete. USQ wanted to take that a step further and ensure there was a group dedicated to creating initiatives in this area. This committee is composed of the Diversity & Equity Coordinator Brandi Cannon, Strategic Planning Manager Megan Anderson, and Executive Director Mary Kimball. This team will be looking to expand in the upcoming season.

quidditch community census

One of the first initiatives is conducting a census. The goal of this survey is to better understand USQ's demographics and aid in inclusive practices to better serve the quidditch community. Responses in this survey are anonymous. You can fill out the census by clicking here.  

Why should I take the census?

The census will help inform our team on where to begin focusing initiatives for future seasons. A few examples based off of questions asked in the census include:

  • Understanding what religious holidays members take part of will help for tournament planning.

  • Knowing dietary restrictions/allergies will help us make more informed decisions on tournament vendors.

  • Learning about  the diverse community we serve can help us create affinity groups where players can meet and have conversations about quidditch and topics surrounding their identities (i.e. race/ethnicity, gender, religion, etc.). 

The census will be open through June 5.

Preferred Gender pronouns

Additionally, starting in the 2020-21 season USQ will be moving to include preferred gender pronouns in all USQ staff and volunteer email signatures. We will also be working towards including preferred gender pronouns on USQ event volunteer forms and individual member registration. Preferred gender pronouns provided on forms and registration will be kept private to those on USQ staff and used only to help staff provide a more inclusive experience when interacting with members and volunteers. Preferred gender pronouns will only be placed on public facing information if given permission by the member or volunteer.

What are preferred gender pronouns?

Preferred gender pronouns are used to identify an individual when speaking about them in the third person. Some examples of gender pronouns are:

  • She/Her/Hers

  • They/Them/Theirs

  • He/Him/His

  • Zi/Zir/Zirs

Why the addition of preferred gender pronouns? 

Assumptions based on appearance or names may be incorrect and can sometimes lead to making a person feel uncomfortable or hurt. It can also leave them with a feeling that their appearance or name has to be a certain way in order to demonstrate the pronouns they identify with. It also provides a safe space for those who identify outside the binary to have their identity affirmed and validated. When you are able to use a person's preferred pronouns, it helps create a feeling of respect and inclusivity. When meeting someone for the first time, don’t be afraid to ask for their preferred gender pronouns! 

Where can I learn more?

For resources on preferred gender pronouns, we recommend the following websites:

For questions about the Diversity & Equity committee, email strategicplanning@usquidditch.org.